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International Box Office: Rise of Detective Dee

October 3rd, 2013

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon opened in China with $17.0 million earning first place in that market and on the overall international chart. The original earned a limited release here and was a great movie, so I'm hoping this film will also get a release here. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing it.

Runner Runner opened in second place with $11.9 million on 4,042 in 43 markets. This is a terrible start. It managed first place in Russia, but with just $3.05 million on 1,231 screens. By comparison, Jobs was top in that market last weekend with $3.31 million on just 630 screens. The film was even weaker in France with just $1.30 million on 375 screens, only good enough for third place. Meanwhile, it bombed in Australia with just $1.18 million on 235, which was only enough for sixth place. This suggests an opening here this weekend in the low teens.

Instructions not Included remained strong, down less than 20% in Mexico to $9.40 million on 2,091 screens for a two-week total of $27.34 million. The only question now is whether or not it will expand beyond America and Mexico, first to other Spanish-speaking markets, then to the rest of the world.

The Smurfs 2 was pushed into fourth place with $8.70 million on 8,645 screens in 61 markets for totals of $251.52 million internationally and $321.44 million worldwide. Like I've said a number of times in the past, the film will break even, but it is far less profitable than the original was.

We're the Millers rose to fifth place with $7.9 million on 3,305 screens in 56 markets for totals of $96.0 million internationally and $238.4 million worldwide. It will have no trouble getting to $100 million internationally by next weekend, while $250 million worldwide is an easy goal.

Planes was tied for for fifth place with $7.9 million in 46 markets for an international total of $81.4 million. This is very close to what the film made domestically, and also very close to what it will need to make internationally to break even. This is amazing, considering the film was originally developed as a direct-to-DVD release.

The Conjuring was right behind with $7.5 million on 2,715 screens in 56 markets for totals of $160.8 million internationally and $297.8 million worldwide. The film was down just 10% in South Korea, which is mind-blowing for that market. (By comparison, the number one film, The Face Reader, was down just over 70% from last weekend.) Over the weekend, the film added $3.11 million on 563 screens for a two-week total of $10.51 million.

Elysium slipped a spot to eighth with $7.34 million on 6,388 screens in 52 markets for totals of $171.94 million and $263.79 million worldwide. It has likely made enough to cover its production cost, but it will still need to deal with its global P&A budget on the home market. Its biggest new market of the weekend was Mexico, where it earned $1.79 million on 788 screens during its debut, placing third in the process. On the other hand, it remained in first place in Brazil with $1.66 million on 373 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.03 million after two.

2 Guns earned ninth spot with $6.40 million on 2,289 screens in 31 markets for a total of $29.26 million internationally. It opened in first place in Germany with just $1.49 million on 571 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $1.60 million. It opened in second place in Spain, but again with weak weekend total of $1.16 million on 334 screens. It only managed fourth in France with $1.17 million on 342 screens.

White House Down rounded out the top ten, again, this time with $5.87 million on 3,561 screens in 34 markets for totals of $121.30 million internationally and $194.41 million worldwide. The film opened in fourth place in Italy with $926,000 in 357 screens. That's weak, but overall it has performed relatively well internationally compared to its domestic run. Worldwide, the film is still struggling and won't break even any time soon.

There were a couple more interesting notes on the international scene as Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2 had major milestones. Despicable Me 2 crossed $500 million over the weekend, while Grown Ups 2 topped $100 million.


Filed under: International Box Office, We're the Millers, Elysium, Despicable Me 2, The Smurfs 2, Grown Ups 2, White House Down, Runner Runner, The Conjuring, 2 Guns, Disney Planes, Gwansang