International Box Office: Transformers Climbs into First Place
Transformers: Age of Extinction remained in first place with $100.3 million in 50 markets for totals of $543.5 million internationally and $752.3 million worldwide. This makes is the biggest worldwide hit of the year so far. Granted, half of the film's international total came from China where it has made $279.75 million so far, including $56.36 million this past week, and the studio gets a very small share of the box office revenue from that market. As for new markets, the film debuted in first place in the U.K. with $20.11 million on 533 screens, including previews. This is the biggest opening of the year in that market so far. The film also did well in Mexico with $8.26 million on 3,131 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $15.84 million.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 was next with $34.4 million in 62 markets for totals of $199.0 million internationally and $351.3 million worldwide after a month of release. This includes a second place, $13.31 million opening on 555 screens over the weekend in the U.K. for a total opening of $16.39 million, which includes a run in Scotland. The film has yet to open in Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea, and other markets, so it should top its predecessor internationally, perhaps even worldwide.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes started its run in third place with $31.4 million in 26 markets. Its biggest market was South Korea with $10.46 million on 919 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $11.99 million. It also opened in first place in Australia with $5.76 million on 579 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $6.66 million.
Maleficent remained in fourth place, again, with $13.3 million in 45 markets for totals of $447.0 million internationally and $669.0 million worldwide, making it Angelina Jolie's biggest hit of her career. The film remained in first place in Japan with $5.97 million on 644 screens for a two-week total of $19.36 million.
Oldboys, the way of the dragon opened in third place in China and fifth place internationally with $12.4 million over the weekend for a total opening of $16.74 million.
The Fault in Our Stars earned seventh place with $7.8 million in 44 markets for totals of $118.5 million internationally and $238.1 million worldwide. It is closing in on the $250 million mark worldwide, which is very impressive for a film that cost just $12 million to make.
22 Jump Street fell to eighth place with $6.12 million on 37 screens over the weekend for a total of $81.54 million after six weeks of release. The film has yet to open in Italy, Spain, and Germany, but will do so before the end of the month. On the other hand, it doesn't open in France or Mexico till August, while it has major market openings in September and October. It will easily get to $100 million by the end of its run and I'm sure the studio is working on a third film.
The Divine Move remained in second place in South Korea, but fell to ninth place internationally with $5.12 million on 683 screens over the weekend for a total of $18.92 million after two weeks of release.
Frozen added $1.35 million on 359 screens in Japan for totals of $243.52 million in that market, $869.4 million internationally, and $1.270 billion worldwide. It would need to earn nearly $60 million more to overtake Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II for fourth place on the all time chart, which isn't going to happen (barring a re-release), but this is still a fantastic run.
Date posted: 2014-07-16