International Box Office: Frozen Fights Its Way to the Top

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After being in second place for a long time, Frozen finally scored first place with $27.8 million in 50 markets for totals of $394.6 million internationally and $711.9 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings this past weekend, but it opens this weekend in South Korea and in Japan in March.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug slipped to second place, but it still doing strong business with $21.9 million in 62 markets for totals of $566.3 million after of month of release. Worldwide, it has $808.5 million, putting it just outside the top 40 on the all time chart. It will get there very shortly.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones rose to third place with $15.5 million in 40 markets for a two-week total of $34.60 million. This includes a second place, $3.69 million opening on 951 screens in Russia. It made $2 million on 311 screens during its opening weekend in Brazil.

Despicable Me 2 exploded back onto the chart in fourth place with $14.4 million on 4,500 screens, all of which was earned in China. This is the third biggest opening for an animated film in that market, behind Kung Fu Panda 2 with $16.2 million and Ice Age: Continental Drift with $19.4 million. This lifted its totals to $567.8 million internationally and $935.8 million Worldwide.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was right behind with $14.2 million over the weekend for a total of $93.9 million after three weeks of release. Getting to $100 million internationally is a nice milestone, but with a reported $90 million budget, this isn't enough to break even in the near future.

The Wolf of Wall Street earned fifth place with $10.0 million over the weekend for a total of $28.0 million after three. The film opened in Germany, Spain, and the U.K. this weekend, so it should rise.

47 Ronin fell to seventh place with $9.6 million over the weekend for a total of $69.9 million. It remained in first place in Russia with $3.72 million on 892 screens for a total of $22.71 million after two weeks of release. To put this into perspective, this is about half of what The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will end with in that market. If it had done this well everywhere, it would finish with more than $400 million worldwide.

The Attorney remained in first place in South Korea with $6.75 million over the weekend for a total of $63.0 million after four weeks of release.

The Physician, a.k.a., Der Medicus, slipped a spot to ninth, also with $6.75 million in five markets for a total of $38.0 million after three weeks of release. This is very strong for a German film.

Walking with Dinosaurs rounded out the top ten with $6.3 million in 65 markets over the weekend for a total of $64.6 million after four. It isn't done its international run just yet, but it will need to improve dramatically to break even any time soon.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2014-01-15