International Box Office: Journey has a Good Day
Thanks to the Chinese New Year, Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons rocketed into first place with $94.26 million in 5 markets over the weekend for a total run of $113.09 million. The film broke a number of records in its native China, including biggest opening day for a Chinese film ($12.3 million) and biggest single day of all time ($19.6 million) and fastest to $100 million in China (8 days). At this point, someone in North America should be interested in grabbing the film for a domestic release.
A Good Day to Die Hard jumped into second place with $60.60 million on 9,589 screens in 66 markets for an early total of $79.14 million. Its biggest opening came from the U.K. where it made $7.03 million on 484 screens, while Russia was close behind with $6.63 million on 1,693. It earned first place in both markets. It also earned first place in Germany with $5.59 million on 639 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $6.05 million and in Japan with $4.28 million on 624 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $6.49 million. It also reached first place in Mexico with $2.47 million on 1,131 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.04 million. On the other hand, the film had to settle for second place in Spain with $1.77 million on 459 screens and in Italy with $1.30 million on 334 screens. As far as holdovers go, the film remained in third place in South Korea despite falling 59% to $1.45 million on 329 screens. After two weeks of release, the film has made $9.09 million in that market.
Say Yes was the second Chinese film on the chart earning $18.96 million in its native market.
Django Unchained was pushed into fourth place with $13.84 million on 4,636 screens in 62 markets. However, the studio still has plenty of reasons to celebrate, as it crossed $200 million internationally. Its running totals are now $208.53 million internationally and $365.55 million worldwide. Both of these totals are more than any other previous Quentin Tarantino film.
Les MisÚrables rose to fifth place with $9.8 million on 3,514 screens in 45 markets for totals of $234.65 million internationally and $380.17 million worldwide. Its biggest opening of the weekend came from Mexico where it made $1.31 million on 507 screens over the weekend for a total of $1.57 million. It has yet to open in Germany, as well as other markets, while it should get to $400 million worldwide before too long.
Wreck-It Ralph fell to sixth place with $9.6 million on 3,173 screens in 68 markets for totals of $226.0 million internationally and $411.5 million worldwide. This is enough to pay for its rather hefty production budget, and likely its global P&A budget. It held on very well in the U.K. down just 24% to $5.31 million on 543 screens over the weekend for a total of $16.25 million after two.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was right behind with $9.42 million on 2,693 screens in 42 markets for a total of $100.49 million internationally. This is likely enough to cover its entire production budget, meaning it just needs to cover its global P&A budget domestically and on the home market to break even, which is very likely. I don't think it will make enough to encourage the studio to make a sequel, but this is better than expected given its release date.
Miracle In Cell No.7 remained in first place in South Korea, while it rose to eighth place internationally with $7.60 million on 721 screens over the weekend for a total of $58.93 million after four weeks of release.
Flight returned to the top ten with $7.15 million on 2,543 screens in 30 markets for a total of $45.63 million after a month of release. Its biggest new market of the weekend was France, where it managed third place with $1.82 million on 338 screens.
Silver Linings Playbook also popped back into the top ten, earning $6.73 million on 2,043 screens in 30 markets internationally for a total of $48.62 million. Films that open in limited release here rarely find wide audiences internationally, but this film has done better than most.
Date posted: 2013-02-21