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International Box Office: Fast Five Laps Competition

May 18th, 2011

Fast Five remained in top spot on the international chart with $58.34 million on 8,819 screens in 61 markets for totals of $272.24 million internationally and $441.93 million worldwide. The film's only major market opening was in China, where it grabbed $9.1 million, which was easily enough for first place. It remained in first place in France ($4.97 million on 500 screens) and in Mexico ($4.77 million on 1,003) while it now has $15.17 million and $17.22 million in those two markets respectively. Its biggest market so far has been Russia, where it has earned $27.39 million after three weeks of release, including $2.53 million on 752 screens this past weekend. At this point, $600 million worldwide is becoming very likely, even with few additional markets left to open in. In fact, its next major market is Japan, but it doesn't open there till October.

Thor remained in second place with a very solid $29.73 million on 12,193 screens in 57 markets for a total of $227.43 million internationally and $346.89 million worldwide. Had the film finished with that total, the studio could have spun the number as a qualified success. ("With home market sales, increased comic book sales due to heightened brand awareness...") As it is, reaching $400 million worldwide is academic, while $500 million is not out of the question. It will be tough, but it is not out of the question. No new major markets didn't hurt the film too badly, as it had a better than expected hold. For instance, it was down just 30% in the U.K. to $2.21 million on 472 screens over the weekend for a total of $19.18 million after three. It fell to third place in China, but with $3.8 million over the weekend and $11.2 million after two. Compared to other Marvel hits, the film is now between X-Men and X2, and it isn't done yet.

Priest rose from seventh to third with $17.55 million on 4,050 screens in 47 markets for a still early total of $26.45 million. The film's best opening came in Brazil, where it placed third with $1.91 million on 281 screens. It also placed third in Germany with $1.22 million on 366. On the other hand, it only managed seventh place in France with $1.05 million on 187 screens. It climbed into first place in Russia with $3.44 million on 550 screens over the weekend for a total of $9.07 million after two.

It was another week of holdovers for Rio, which slipped to fourth place with $12.76 million on 5,512 screens, in 67 markets, over the weekend for a total of $309.14 million internationally and $434.38 million worldwide. It is shedding screens and will start shedding whole markets soon, but it is already a financial success.

Water For Elephants added $11.54 million on 3.898 screens in 52 markets to its running tally, which now sits at $36.54 million. Its only major market opening of the weekend was in Australia where the film earned first place with $2.78 million on 392 screens over the weekend for a total opening on $3.76 million.

The latest from Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris was next with $5.56 million on 676 screens in 3 markets. Most of this was earned in France where it placed second with $3.77 million on 406 screens. Meanwhile it earned first place in Spain with $1.42 million on 257 screens.

Looking a little further down the list we find Black Swan in 10th place with $3.45 million on 700 screens in 8 markets for a total of $198.31 million internationally and $305.26 million worldwide. Almost all of its weekend haul was earned in Japan, where it earned first place with $3.32 million on 319 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $6.13 million. This is the film's last major market, but a $300 million global haul on a production budget of just $13 million is phenomenal.

Attack The Block opened in the U.K. with $1.84 million on 352 screens, which was enough for third place in its home market and 19th place internationally. The film doesn't have a release date here, but it has generated some buzz with genre fans.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Thor, Priest, Rio, Fast Five, Black Swan, Midnight in Paris, Water for Elephants, Attack the Block