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International Box Office: Thor 2 Still Strong Second Time Around

November 14th, 2013

Thor: The Dark World debuted last weekend, but thanks to a number of new markets this weekend, it was even more dominant on the international chart. It pulled in $94 million in 66 markets, which lifts its running tally to $240.9 million internationally and $326.6 million worldwide. Its biggest market was China where it made $20.98 million. In comparison, Thor made about $15 million there, in total. This is incredible growth. It grew in Russia rising to $11.44 million on 1,500 screens for a total of $24.04 million after two weeks of release. The original Thor finished with $268.30 million internationally, which is a figure Thor 2 will smash through by the weekend. It might make more internationally than the first film made worldwide and it could help Disney break the all-time single year global box office record, currently at $3.791 billion, which it earned in 2010.

Gravity was in a distant second place with $26.3 million on 5,895 screens in 61 markets for totals of $241.2 million internationally and 472.4 million worldwide. The film opened in the U.K. with $9.99 million on 539 screens, which is equivalent to a $50 million to $60 million opening here. The film is already a hit, so the studio should be ecstatic about this opening.

Escape Plan missed expectations here, to be kind, but it is performing better internationally. This weekend it rose to third place with $15.5 million in 54 markets for totals of $53.5 million internationally and $76.7 million worldwide. This weekend it opened in a very close second place with $20.81 million in China. Unfortunately, while China is a huge market, studios only get a fraction of the box office, unlike domestically, where they get the lion's share. In short, becoming a big hit there will only save face, it won't help the film break even.

Sole A Catinelle remained in first place in Italy with $14.77 million on 1,111 screens for a two-week total of $46.40 million. This is more than Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2 made in that market combined.

Fack ju Göhte, which means... well, it means exactly what you think it means. The film opened in first place in Germany with $9.16 million on 518 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $9.70 million. That's an impressive start for that market.

Captain Phillips rose a spot to sixth place with $7.7 million in 54 markets for totals of $55.1 million internationally and $146.1 million worldwide. Its only major market opening this past weekend was in Brazil. The film earned fourth place with $741,000 on 204 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $828,000.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was in a tie for sixth place with $7.7 million 4,385 screens in 43 markets for totals of $81.1 million internationally and $191.1 million worldwide. It had no major market openings this past weekend, but it did score first place in Argentina with $1.14 million on 202 screens.

Turbo fell to eighth place with $5.0 million on 3,720 screens in 19 markets for totals of $192.0 million internationally and $274.8 million worldwide. The film is coasting on holdovers, but it has likely made enough to ensure it will break even early in its home market run.

Ender's Game slipped to ninth place with $4.0 million in 13 markets for an early international total of $12.0 million. The film placed third in its opening in Spain with $1.11 million on 353 screens. It also opened in France, but the French numbers are still not available. Granted, it has a lot of markets left to open in, but it is really hard to spin its results so far in a positive light.

Planes returned to the top ten with $3.9 million in 53 markets for totals of $129.5 million internationally and $219.1 million worldwide. It earned second place in Italy with $1.90 million on 536 screens while it finishes its run in Japan on December 21st.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Ender's Game, Escape Plan, Gravity, Turbo, Thor: The Dark World, Captain Phillips, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Disney Planes, Sole A Catinelle