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Thursday, August 21, 2014



International Box Office: Trio Top the Charts

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There were three films that were in a virtual tie for top spot on the international top ten. Godzilla squeaked out a win with $38.4 million in 62 markets for totals of $248.7 million internationally and $440.2 million worldwide after a month of release. This includes a $37.00 million opening weekend in China. Needless to say, it earned first place in that market. The film finishes its international run in Japan at the end of July and it should jump over $500 million worldwide when it does.

Edge of Tomorrow was just $1 million back with $37.4 million over the weekend for totals of $181.0 million internationally and $238.0 million worldwide. The film has now made more worldwide than it cost to make, but it will need to pull in at least another $100 million if it is break even any time soon. The film remained in first place in South Korea with $6.2 million over the weekend for a total there of $24.8 million. Its biggest holdover was in China where it added $9.2 million over the weekend two a two-week total of $49.2 million. It also help up well in Russia down 31% to $5.26 million on 1,539 screens over the weekend for a total of $15.53 million after two weeks of release. Next up is Japan, where it debuts during the first weekend of July.

Maleficent was right behind with $37.2 million on 53 markets for totals of $272.9 million internationally and $435.9 million worldwide. The film is likely already profitable, while it has yet to open in China and Japan. If it does well in those two markets, it could hit $600 million worldwide.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 made its international debut in fourth place with $24.4 million in 25 markets. This includes Russia, where it dominated the chart with $12.88 million on 2,409 screens. This is 77% more than the original opened with in that market. This film opens in a trio of major markets this weekend (Australia, Brazil, and Mexico) and it should rise on the international chart.

X-Men: Days of Future Past fell to fifth place with $18.2 million on 74 markets for totals of $457.6 million internationally and $663.9 million worldwide. The film has now earned more internationally than all but one of the installments of the franchise earned worldwide.

The Fault in Our Stars more than doubled the number of markets it was in adding $16.4 million in 37 markets for a two-week total of $39.3 million. Its biggest new market was Germany where it pulled in $1.8 million on 388 screens. Meanwhile, it held onto top spot in Brazil with $4.2 million over the weekend for a total of $12.3 million after two.

22 Jump Street was well back in seventh place with $6.70 million on 1,003 screens in 14 markets for a two-week total of $20.5 million internationally. The film had no major market openings this past weekend, but it remained in first place with $3.8 million over the weekend for a two-week total of $16.5 million.

A Million Ways to Die in the West earned $4.6 million in 46 markets for a three-week total of $26.8 million.

Noah re-entered the top ten in ninth place with $4 million in 19 markets for totals of $251 million internationally and $352 million worldwide. This includes a second place, $3.5 million opening in Japan.

Frozen remained in first place in Japan and fell to tenth place internationally with $3.8 million over the weekend. The film now has $225.5 million in Japan, $852 million internationally, and $1.253 billion worldwide. To put its Japanese run into perspective, only 11 films made more than $225 million in the United States last year.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2014-06-18

Movies 
 Godzilla
 Edge of Tomorrow
 Maleficent
 How to Train Your Dragon 2
 X-Men: Days of Future Past
 The Fault in Our Stars
 22 Jump Street
 A Million Ways to Die in The West
 Noah
 Frozen