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Thursday, July 31, 2014



International Box Office: Winter of Content

Captian America: The Winter Soldier poster

Captain America: The Winter Soldier started its international run a week earlier than its domestic run and it started out really well. It earned first place with $75.2 million in 32 markets. This includes a number of major markets, led by the U.K. with $10.05 million on 535 screens. By comparison, the first Captain America made $14.75 million in the U.K., in total, including a $4.90 million start. It also cracked $10 million in South Korea with $8.89 million on 1,268 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $10.99 million. The first film made $3.81 million in South Korea in total. The Winter Soldier also opened in Mexico, earning $8.60 million on 2,681, which was a little bit above its predecessor opening. It is too soon to tell if it will reach $20 million, like The First Avenger did. The first film made $10.28 million in France in total, while this film opened with $6.06 million on 664 screens. In Germany, the film only managed $3.66 million on 626 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.99 million, compared to $4.81 million the original made in total. It had a near identical opening in Italy with $3.60 million on 648 screens over the weekend, for a total opening of $4.06 million. This is close to half of the $8.60 million the first film made in total in that market. On the other hand, the film had to settle for second place in Spain with $2.93 million in 709 screens, which is just a little bit more than the $2.54 million the original opened with. As you can tell, The Winter Soldier topped The First Avenger's opening in every major market. It topped its predecessor's total in one major market. This is an amazing start and with several major markets left ahead of it, an international total of $300 million is a reasonable goal.

Noah rose to second place with $33.6 million in 22 markets for a two-week total of $51.1 million. This includes a first-place, $17.09 million opening on 1,800 screens in Russia. This is the biggest ever opening for a non-sequel and fourth biggest opening of all time, in that market. It also opened in first place in Australia with $4.18 million on 387 screens. It did fall to a distant second place in both South Korea ($2.39 million on 629 screens) and in Mexico ($2.76 million on 1,350) but the movie has $12.41 million and $10.72 million in those two markets respectively.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman earned third place with $17.5 million in 65 markets for totals of $123.9 million internationally and $218.4 million worldwide. The film debuted in second place in Australia with $2.25 million on 508 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.49 million. The film should reach $250 million before too long, while it has yet to open in Japan. Given its results so far, it should break even sometime on the home market.

Rio 2 rose a spot to fourth place with $14.5 million in 3 markets for a two-week total of $30.1 million. It dominated Brazil with a first-place, $7.62 million opening on 552 screens. It held on well in Russia slipping to second place with $6.52 million on 2,478 screens over the weekend for a total of $20.99 million.

Need for Speed fell from first to fifth with $13.3 million over the weekend for a totals of $130.4 million internationally and $168.0 million worldwide. Up next for the film is Spain, where it opens this weekend.

Frozen rose to sixth place with $8.92 million on 1,322 screens in 22 markets for totals of $674 million internationally and $1.072 billion worldwide. It is now in 10th place on the all-time chart and the biggest animated hit of all time. The film rose to $8.57 million on 596 screens in Japan for a three-week total of $51.58 million. I have no idea where the film will end up in that market, but it will certainly last long enough to top The Dark Knight Rises on the worldwide chart, while Skyfall could be within reach as well.

300: Rise of an Empire fell from second to seventh with $8.4 million in 65 markets for totals of $213.9 million internationally and $315.0 million worldwide.

The Monuments Men returned to the top ten with $7.8 million over the weekend for a total of $72.2 million internationally after seven weeks of release. It was aided by a fourth place, $4.96 million opening in China.

The Grand Budapest Hotel slipped to ninth with $7.6 million in 29 markets for a total of $45.3 million after a month of release. It is still going strong in the U.K. with $1.45 million on 434 screens over the weekend for a total of $13.24 million after nearly a month of release.

Ocho Apellidos Vascos earned first place in Spain and tenth place internationally with $7.57 million on 398 screens lifting its total to $22.79 million after three weeks of release. Since the domestic box office is about 14 times bigger than the Spanish one, this is equivalent to a $300 million total here. It is also more than any movie made in Spain in 2013, topping the $18.55 million The Croods earned last year.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2014-04-03

Movies 
 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
 Noah
 Mr. Peabody & Sherman
 Rio 2
 Need for Speed
 Frozen
 300: Rise of an Empire
 The Monuments Men
 The Grand Budapest Hotel