International Box Office: Frozen Outlasts Competition

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Frozen continues its impressive run earning first place with $24.0 million in 47 markets for totals of $545.1 million internationally and $913.7 million worldwide. It became the 28th film to reach that level and has already overtaken Finding Nemo for 27th place. The film opened in China with $14.11 million over the weekend, which was enough for third place over the weekend, which is good, but not amazing. On the other hand, it fell just 30% in South Korea adding $8.93 million on 1,375 screens over the weekend, lifting its total to $58.04 million after four weeks of release. At this pace, it should catch up to Despicable Me 2 in a couple of weeks, and depending on how it does in Japan, it could reach $1 billion worldwide.

The Man From Macau was the first of three Chinese films to reach the top ten this week earning $23 million of for a two-week total of $45 million. Of this total, $44.09 million has been earned in China, including $32.21 million over the past week.

The Monkey King was next with $21.5 million in 8 markets for an estimated total of $130 million after just two weeks of release. It pulled in a massive $74.22 million during the full week in China for a total of $126.34 million in that market. On the one hand, this is a fantastic total for that market. On the other hand, it cost a reported 500 million yuan or $82 million to make, so it will need to continue this run for a little bit longer to break even. (It also depends on how much the studio gets vs. the theater owners, but China is not a very transparent market in that regard, so it is nearly impossible to tell. Hollywood films only get about 20% of the box office, but I seriously doubt Chinese studios get such a small slice of the box office.)

RoboCop earned third place with $20.2 million over the weekend for a two-week total of $28.7 million. The film just managed first place in Australia with $2.04 million on 224 screens, topping The Wolf of Wall Street, which made $2.01 million during the weekend. In the U.K., the film earned second place with $3.96 million on 421 screens.

The Lego Movie didn't do as well internationally as it did domestically with $18 million in 34 markets. The film's best market was Mexico where it earned first place with $3.82 million on 1,865 screens. It also earned first place in Spain ($2.04 million on 427) and in Mexico ($1.73 million on 574). This is not good compared to its domestic debut. Then again, it only cost a reported $60 million to make, so it will break even on just its domestic numbers alone. Anything it makes internationally will be pure gravy.

The Wolf of Wall Street fell to sixth place with $17.97 million over the weekend for a total of $196.99 million after seven weeks of release. The film opened in second place in Russia where it made $5.64 million on 1,155 screens. Worldwide it has pulled in $304.89 million, which makes it the first film in Martin Scorsese's career to reach that milestone.

Dad, where are we going? added $12.5 million over the weekend for a total of $94.12 million after two, all of it was made in China.

Up next was Miss Granny, a South Korean movie, which managed $12.27 million on 1,022 screens over the weekend for a total of $26.58 million after two. It placed second in its native market for the second weekend in a row.

ВИЙ, a.k.a. Viy remained in first place in Russia with $6.82 million on 1,037 screens over the weekend for a total of $28.62 million after two.

12 Years a Slave rounded out the top ten with $6.7 million in 48 markets over the weekend for a total of $61.2 million after a month of release.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman didn't reach the top ten, but it did debut in first place in the U.K. with $6.43 million on 507 screens. That's a pretty good opening, especially since I'm not sure how popular the original cartoon was in the U.K.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2014-02-13