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International Box Office: Century Weekend for Interstellar

November 20th, 2014

Interstellar poster

Interstellar remained in first place with $107.9 million in 63 markets over the weekend for totals of $225.8 million internationally and $322.7 million worldwide. This might be enough to cover the film's production budget, but probably not. That said, by this time next week, its worldwide total will be close to $500 million, which should put the film in the black. This weekend the film opened in first place in China with $42.67 million during its five-day opening. Perhaps more impressively, the film grew by 6% in South Korea helping it remain in first place with $13.13 million on 1,410 screens over the weekend for a total of $35.24 million after two weeks of release. It didn't hold up quite as well in the U.K., but still remained in first place with $5.91 million on 576 screens over the weekend for a total of $19.11 million.

Big Hero 6 rose to second place with $11.9 million in 23 markets over the weekend for a total of $36.7 million after three. The film's biggest new market of the weekend was Mexico, where it opened with $4.91 million on 2,491 screens, including a little bit of previews. It also did very well in Malaysia with $1.62 million on 203 screens and Singapore with $1.18 million on 66.

Penguins of Madagascar opened in third place, both internationally and in China, earning $11.37 million in that market. It is too soon to tell how well it will do internationally; in fact, this number doesn't really tell us much about its domestic chances, as China isn't a particularly great predictor.

Don't go breaking My Heart 2 was next with $9 million in 6 markets over the weekend for a total of $24 million. This includes a $19.67 million run in China, but that was for the full week. Its running tally in its native market now stands at $22.76 million.

Dumb and Dumber To opened in fifth place with $9 million in 16 markets. This includes a surprisingly strong first place debut in Brazil, where it earned $3.50 million on 414 screens. It placed second in Spain with $1.18 million on 345 screens and third in Germany with $1.58 million on 487 screens. It wasn't as strong in Mexico with $780,000 on 645 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $881,000. If it can match its domestic numbers internationally, then it will be a solid hit. However, these numbers suggest that might be tough.

Gone Girl fell to sixth place with $4.8 million in 35 markets for totals of $166.7 million internationally and $319.3 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings this past weekend, but even so, it is a week, maybe two, from becoming the biggest hit in David Fincher's career.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was close behind with $4.3 million in 20 markets over the weekend for totals of $283.2 million internationally and $474.4 million worldwide. The film's final market is Japan, but it doesn't open there till February. When it does, it should top $500 million, assuming it does relatively well in the market.

The Imitation Game opened in second place in the U.K. and eighth place internationally with $4.30 million on 459 screens.

The Maze Runner has almost fallen out of the top ten earning ninth place with $3.9 million in 25 markets for totals of $231.6 million internationally and $331.7 million worldwide. Unless the sequel bombs in comparison, the franchise will be a major hit.

Rounding out the top ten was Ouija with $3.3 million in 22 markets for a still early total of $17.5 million. Its biggest market of the weekend was Russia where it opened in second place with $1.65 million on 605 screens.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Interstellar, Penguins of Madagascar, The Maze Runner, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Big Hero 6, Gone Girl, Dumb and Dumber To, The Imitation Game, David Fincher