International Box Office: Dragons Invade China

How to Train Your Dragon 2 poster

How to Train Your Dragon 2 debuted in first place in China with $26.32 million. This helped the film earn first place on the international chart with $37.7 million in 28 markets for totals of $366.0 million internationally and $537.2 million worldwide. The film is already ahead of its predecessor internationally and worldwide, so the studio should be happy, even if it didn't earn as much domestically.

Guardians of the Galaxy slipped into second place with $35.2 million in 65 markets internationally, giving it totals of $197.6 million internationally and $420.3 million worldwide. After just three weeks of release, the film has overtaken the lifetime total of Captain America: The First Avenger. It earned first place in Spain with $2.23 million on 674 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $2.96 million. On the other hand, the film only managed second place in France with $6.58 million on 677 screens. It remained in first place in Australia with $3.99 million on 586 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $14.08 million. Next up is Germany, while it opens in Japan in September and in China and Italy in October.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remained in third place with $26.1 million in 28 markets for a still early run total of $68.1 million internationally. This includes a first place, $5.68 million opening on 456 screens in Brazil. The film also remained in first place in Russia with $5.18 million on 1,817 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $20.97 million.

Lucy rose to fourth place with $22 million in 28 markets for a two-week total of $61 million. The past weekend, the film opened in first place in Germany with $4.95 million on 446 screens. Meanwhile, it remained in first place in France with $6.93 million on 615 screens over the weekend for a total of $23.33 million after two weeks of release. It's already a hit and it has a lot of international markets left to debut in.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fell from second to fifth place with $16.7 million in 65 markets for a totals of $337.2 million internationally and $539.1 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings, but Japan is still ahead, so the film could reach another milestone at the box office.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents remained in first place in South Korea with $16.15 million on 1,012 screens over the weekend for a total of $109.57 million after three weeks of release. It is now the biggest hit in that market ahead of local films like Thieves and The Host, as well as the previous all time leader, Avatar.

The Expendables 3 debuted in seventh place with $15 million in 39 markets. Its biggest market was the U.K. where it placed third with $2.82 million on 462 screens. It also earned third place in Australia with $1.67 million on 303. Meanwhile in Spain, the film opened in second place with $1.27 million on 394 screens over the weekend for a total opening of 1.67 million.

Pirates grew 20% in South Korea remaining in second place with $11.26 million on 910 screens over the weekend for a total of $32.15 million.

Transformers: Age of Extinction slipped a spot to ninth with $8.4 million in 51 markets over the weekend for totals of $811.1 million internationally and $1.054 billion worldwide. It is coasting on holdovers at the moment, but unless Mockingjay, Part 1 or The Battle of Five Armies surprises, it will remain the top film by the end of the year.

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 rounded out the top ten with $7.19 million on 520 screens in the U.K. for a total of $37.44 million in that market.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2014-08-20