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International Box Office: Peculiar Powers Its Way to the Top with $37.4 million

October 5th, 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children debuted in first place internationally with $37.4 million in 59 markets. The film’s biggest market was South Korea, where it earned second place with $4.43 million on 810 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.30 million. It also earned $4.43 million in 558 theaters in the U.K., which was also enough for second place in that market. The film had nearly identical results in both Mexico ($3.61 million) and in Australia ($3.07 million). The film cost $110 million to make, so it will need to make about $250 million internationally to have any real chance of breaking even in the short term. It is too soon to tell if that will happen. We will need to see more results from other markets, and more importantly, we will need to see the film’s legs as well.

I Belong to You was the first of three Chinese films in the top five. It earned $35.20 million during the three-day weekend in China for a total opening of $46.65 million. The film also opened in limited release in Australia ($110,000) and New Zealand ($20,000).

Up next was L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties with $28.30 million over the weekend in China for a total opening of $29.59 million. It too opened in limited release in Australia ($70,000) and New Zealand ($10,000).

Operation Mekong was right behind with $24.53 million / $24.75 million.

Bridget Jones’s Baby fell from first to fifth; however, this was because there were four new releases above it and not because it collapsed at the box office. In fact, it was down less than 15% to $19 million in 50 markets over the weekend for an international total of $99.9 million. This includes a third place opening in South Korea, where it pulled in $1.59 million / $2.42 million. It remained in first place in the U.K. with $6.13 million in 646 theaters for a three-week total of $39.96 million. That’s like a $200 million run here, given the relative size of the two markets. The film has already made more in its native market than it cost to make and it has more enough worldwide to nearly pay for its combined budget. They could make a sequel and not bother releasing it wide here and it would likely make money.

Last week, I estimated Finding Dory would need to earn above $4 million during its debut in Germany in order to maintain its pace for $1 billion worldwide. It beat that number. It beat that number convincingly. Over the weekend, the film pulled in $13.6 million in 17 markets for totals of $500.8 million internationally and $985.2 million worldwide. Germany was its final major market and the film went out with a bang earning 2016’s best opening weekend at $8.4 million. By comparison, Zootopia opened with $6.62 million in Germany and Inside Out debuted with $6.43 million in that market. Both films finished with roughly $30 million. If Finding Dory has the same legs, it will finish with about $40 million. It will hit $1 billion worldwide, possibly by this time next week.

Filed under: International Box Office, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Finding Dory, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I Belonged to You, Operation Mekong, L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties