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International Box Office: Hobbit Battles to the Top of China

January 29th, 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily earned first place in China and that helped it rocket back to the top of the international chart with $54.3 million over the weekend for totals of $617.0 million internationally and $866.5 million worldwide. The film had a total opening of $50.00 million in China, which was more than the rest of the market combined.

Taken 3 was pushed into second place with $26.3 million over the weekend for an international total of $151.6 million internationally and $227.5 million worldwide. The film had a pair of major market openings this past weekend earning first place in France with $8.2 million and second place in Brazil with $2.1 million. It will reach $250 million worldwide over the weekend, which is enough to cover its entire production budget and maybe even all of its P&A budget.

American Sniper rose to third place with $17.6 million over the weekend for an early international total of $47.2 million. The film debuted in first place in Australia with $4.3 million on 298 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $4.6 million. It added $3.82 million in 457 theaters over the weekend in the U.K. for a two-week total of $9.96 million.

Big Hero 6 re-entered the top ten in fourth place with $14.9 million over the weekend for totals of $238.5 million internationally and $456.0 million worldwide. This includes a second place opening in South Korea, where the film earned $4.98 million on 824 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $6.27 million. The film will finish with more than $500 million, which is more than enough to break even early in its home market run.

Penguins of Madagascar slipped a spot to fifth place with $9.0 million over the weekend lifting its international total to $240.0 million, while its worldwide total reached $321.3 million. Its biggest new market was Argentina, where it earned first place with $1.2 million on 223 screens. Meanwhile in neighboring Brazil, the film made $2.6 million over the weekend for a two-week total of $10.1 million.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb fell to sixth place with $8.7 million over the weekend for totals of $192.5 million internationally and $301.1 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings over the weekend, but it still has yet to open in France, Japan, and other smaller markets.

The Theory of Everything climbed a couple of spots to seventh with $7.0 million over the weekend for totals of $41.7 million internationally and $70.8 million worldwide. The film opened in France, but struggled with just $520,000 in 213 theaters.

Seventh Son fell from second to eighth with $6.8 million over the weekend for an international total of $77 million. This is what happens when a film has a pump and dump in China. On the positive side, it has matched its production budget internationally. It if can get to $200 million worldwide, it will break even.

Gangnam Blues opened in first place in South Korea with $5.47 million over the weekend for a total opening of $7.56 million.

Exodus: Gods and Kings rounded out the top ten with $5.2 million over the weekend for totals of $189.4 million internationally and $253.9 million worldwide.


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Filed under: International Box Office, The Theory of Everything, Seventh Son, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Penguins of Madagascar, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Big Hero 6, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Taken 3, The Theory of Everything, American Sniper