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International Box Office: Spectre has Spectacular Start

November 5th, 2015

Spectre

Spectre opened in first place with $80.4 million during its seven-day opening weekend. That doesn't seem like a huge amount, especially considering some of the opening weekends we've seen on the international stage this year. However, there is a mitigating factor. It was only playing in six markets. This includes the U.K., where the film broke records with $62.82 million in 651 theaters. This is equivalent to a $300 million opening week here, which would be the record for a seven-day box office here. We shouldn't get too ahead of ourselves, as Bond films have a natural affinity for that market. It does mean Spectre has a real shot at a $100 million opening weekend here.

Hotel Transylvania 2 remained in second place with $33.6 million in 83 markets for totals of $217.6 million internationally and $373.6 million worldwide. It is now ahead of the first film domestically, internationally, and worldwide. The weekend box office includes a first place, $12.25 million six-day opening in China.

The Witness was the biggest Chinese film on the international chart earning third place with $$19.07 million in its native market.

The Last Witch Hunter rose to fourth place with $18.6 million internationally and $58.4 million in total worldwide. It could get to $100 million worldwide, which would be enough to save face, but not enough to make a profit. In Russia, the film opened in first place with $4.33 million on 1,310 screens. It also opened in first place in Brazil with $2.12 million on 468 screens. It had to settle for second place in Italy with $1.48 million on 301 and it bombed in France with sixth place earning $1.64 million on 265.

The Martian fell to fifth place with $17.0 million in 56 markets for totals of $245.6 million internationally and $428.7 million worldwide. The film has a shot at $500 million worldwide, but even if it doesn't get there, it will earn a large profit.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension slipped to sixth place with $13.5 million in 47 markets for totals of $37.8 million internationally and $51.4 million worldwide. Its production budget is low and it will likely break even, but I think it is time to retire the franchise or demote it to Direct-to-Video.

Ant-Man fell to seventh place with $11.0 million in 3 markets over the weekend for totals of $334.5 million internationally and $513.8 million worldwide. It became the seventh film in a row from the M.C.U. to reach the $500 million milestone. Over in China, it added $19.45 million over the full week for a total of $101.47 million after 17 days of release.

Goosebumps is struggling internationally pulling in $7.1 million in 45 markets over the weekend for a total of $18.6 million internationally. The film had no major market openings this past weekend. In fact, its next major market opening is in Russia on the 3rd of December. Hopefully things turn around then.

Pan fell to ninth place with $6.3 million in 62 markets over the weekend for totals of $76.0 million internationally and $107.9 million worldwide. Getting to $100 million worldwide might have saved someone their job, but not enough to break even. The film opened in Japan earning second place with $1.29 million on 672 screens. This is a terrible result. Up next is Italy, but it really doesn't matter how much it makes there, because unless it breaks records, it isn't going to make a profit any time soon.

The Intern grabbed tenth place with $5.65 million in 67 markets over the weekend for totals of $81.19 million internationally and $149.8 million worldwide. If the film hasn't broken even yet, it will get there very soon.

Filed under: International Box Office, Ant-Man, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Hotel Transylvania 2, Spectre, Pan, The Intern, Goosebumps, The Martian, The Last Witch Hunter, Wo shi zheng ren, James Bond, Paranormal Activity, Marvel Cinematic Universe