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International Box Office: Deadpool Still Lively with $85.0 million Weekend Haul

February 25th, 2016


Deadpool remained in first place with $85.0 million in 74 markets over the weekend for totals of $256.3 million internationally and $493.2 million worldwide. The film had a trio of openings in major markets. This includes South Korea where it earned $7.36 million on 1,035 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $11.58 million. This is the biggest opening for a 18+ film, which is the South Korean equivalent of an R-rating. The film also opened in first place in Spain with $3.86 million on 319 screens, but had to settle for second place in Italy with $3.24 million on 368. Even if the film doesn't earn another dollar, its return on investment would be well over 100%.

The Mermaid remained in second place with an estimated $60 million in 7 markets for totals of $437 million internationally. It added $55.75 million during its second weekend in China, pushing its running tally in its native market to $418.94 million. It is now the biggest film in China and the biggest Chinese film worldwide. A lot of people are really stunned by this, but I'm not sure why. Yes, it broke records, so that's obviously very impressive. However, it is directed by Stephen Chow, whose previous film, Journey to the West, earned more than $200 million. It is normal to be surprised it broke the all-time record so fast, but if you are surprised it was a monster hit, you're likely not paying attention to the Chinese movie industry.

Zootopia started its international run three weeks ahead of its domestic one and this week, it debuted in the top five in third place with $31.2 million in 22 markets for an international total of $39 million. Its biggest opening of the weekend came from France, where it pulled in $8.13 million on 647 screens. This is a great sign for its debut here, as are its reviews, which remain 100% positive.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny debuted in fourth place with $21.23 million in two markets. It earned second place in China with $20.76 million over the weekend for a total opening of $21.04 million and sixth place in Hong Kong with $166,000 on 31 screens over the weekend for a four-day opening of $190,000.

Monkey King 2 rounded out the top five with $13 million in 10 markets for a total of $165 million internationally.

This will likely be the last weekend Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains in the top 20. It landed in 19th place with $2.6 million in 25 markets over the weekend for totals of $1.118 billion internationally and $2.040 billion worldwide. The film is the biggest domestic hit of all time with a lead of over $150 million over the second place film; however, it will remain in fourth place on the All-Time International Chart.

Filed under: International Box Office, Deadpool, Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Zootopia, Xi You Ji zhi Sun Wu Kong San Da Bai Gu Jing, Mei Ren Yu, Stephen Chow