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International Box Office: Passengers Takes the Wheel with $30.59 million

January 19th, 2017

Passengers

For the first time in its run, Passengers earned first place with $30.59 million on 17,000 screens in 78 markets for totals of $136.34 million internationally and $226.07 million worldwide. At this point, the studio has either earned back the $110 million production budget, or has come close. If it can find an audience on the home market, then it could break even, eventually. This weekend, the film’s biggest opening was in China where it earned first place with $17.45 million on an estimated 10,000 screens over the weekend for a total of $17.52 million including previews. China is already the film’s biggest market overtaking Russia, where it has $16.25 million after four weeks of release, including $618,000 on 528 screens this past weekend.

Assassin’s Creed remained in second place with $23.1 million in 71 markets for totals of $132.4 million internationally and $185.3 million worldwide. The film earned first place in Brazil with $4 million, which is great, but at this point, the studio is just hoping to minimize its loses.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fell to third place with $21.9 million in 53 markets for totals of $481.1 million internationally and $979.7 million worldwide. The film added $9.10 million over the weekend in China for a two-week total of $53.09 million. It is now in fourth place on the 2016 worldwide chart. The film will soon cross $1 billion worldwide and jump ahead of Zootopia and Finding Dory and into second place for the year.

La La Land landed in the top five on the international chart for the first time during its run earning fourth place with $17.8 million in 50 markets However, while this is the highest it has ranked it has been playing in a lot of markets for a while and has a running tally of $54.8 million internationally and $128.9 million worldwide. Normally I would say this would be enough to break even given its $20 million production budget. That said, I think its Awards Season PR budget has been substantial and it will take a couple of more weeks to cover all of its expenses.

Moana rounded out the top five for the third weekend in a row, this time earning $16.9 million in 40 markets for totals of $215.3 million internationally and $482.9 million worldwide. It likely hasn’t broken even just yet, but it is probably close. The film had to settle for second place in South Korea with $4.04 million on 953 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $4.60 million. While it only managed second place in that market, this shouldn’t be seen as a sign of weakness. The number one film was Your Name, which is the biggest Japanese hit of all time. (Spirited Away did earn more in Japan, but Your Name is the first Japanese film to earn more than $300 million worldwide.)

Filed under: International Box Office, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Moana, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, La La Land, Kimi no na wa