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International Box Office: Despicable Me Wrestles Top Spot from Optimus Prime with $98.8 million

July 6th, 2017

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 dominated the international box office almost as much as it dominated the domestic box office earning $98.8 million on 8,525 screens in 52 markets for totals of $121.1 million international and $171.2 worldwide. Its biggest opening came from the U.K., where it earned $14.50 million in 608 theaters, while Mexico wasn’t far behind with $12.34 million. However, arguably its most impressive opening came in Brazil where it earned $7.5 million, which is the best opening for an animated film in that market. The film has already made enough to pay for its $75 million production budget, so it is a monster hit. However, its decline from Minions means Universal is more likely to make a second and third Minions movie rather than a fourth Despicable Me. As someone who prefers the Despicable Me movies, this is disappointing. On the other hand, I recognize I’m not in the target demographic for these films, so I really shouldn’t have a say in these things.

Transformers: The Last Knight fell a lot during its second weekend of release earning second place with $68.0 million in 44 markets for totals of $327.8 million internationally and $429.8 million worldwide. France was the biggest new market of the week earning first place with $5.5 million. India was close behind with $3.4 million, which is great for a Hollywood film. Its biggest market overall was China, where it added $30.81 million over the weekend for a two-week total of $197.78 million. The film fell 75% during its second weekend in that market, which is a really sharp decline, even for China. The film is still on pace to cover its entire production budget worldwide, so it will break even early in its home market. However, it is not printing money for Paramount like the previous entries in the franchise did.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales debuted in Japan and that helped it return to the top five on the international chart with $16.3 million in 48 markets for totals of $543.2 million internationally and $708.8 million worldwide. It dominated the box office chart in Japan with a two-day opening of $9.2 million. Furthermore, films tend to have really long legs in Japan, so it could stick around for weeks. At this point, the film has covered all of its production budget and about $50 million of its advertising budget. This puts it in fantastic shape to break even early in its home market run.

Reset earned second place in China and fourth place internationally with $14.84 million over the weekend for a total opening of $17.51 million.

Wonder Woman rounded out the top five with $13.6 million in 64 markets over the weekend for totals of $361.8 million internationally and $708.0 million worldwide. It is now ahead of Man of Steel’s worldwide total and it about two weeks away from overtaking Suicide Squad for second place in the DCEU. Furthermore, the film has yet to open in Japan and could add enough there to push its worldwide total past $800 million.

Filed under: International Box Office, Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Despicable Me 3, Transformers: The Last Knight, Ni Shi Ying Jiu, Transformers, DC Extended Universe