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International Box Office: Dying Does More than Just Survive

July 11th, 2018

Dying to Survive

Dying to Survive opened in its native China with a stunning $152.73 million during its opening weekend for a nine-day debut of $201.56 million—enough for it to easily win the weekend at the international box office. This film is based on the real-life story of a cancer patient who smuggled cheap drugs from India to China. Since Indian films have found an audience in China, perhaps this is another step if forging connections between those two markets.

Ant-Man and the Wasp opened in second place with $85.0 million in 41 markets during its first weekend of release. The film’s biggest market was South Korea, where it earned $15.44 million on 1,775 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $20.76 million. This is 51% higher than the first film’s opening there. It also did well in Mexico with $5.58 million over the weekend for a total opening of $6.78 million there, while the film had nearly identical openings in Indonesia at $5.6 million and in Russia with $5.36 million on 1,370 screens. Due to the World Cup, the film opened in less than half of the international marketplace and it will continue to have major market openings through the end of August.

Incredibles 2 slipped a spot to third with $35.7 million in 39 markets for totals of $268.4 million internationally and $772.2 million worldwide. The film opened in France with $9.9 million over the weekend, $10.6 million including previews, for the second-best opening for a Pixar film in that market, behind only Finding Nemo.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fell from first to fourth with $28.8 million in 68 markets for totals of $727.6 million internationally and $1.061 billion worldwide. It became the third film released in 2018 to get to $1 billion worldwide and the 35th all-time.

Sanju rounded out the top five with $12.21 million over the weekend for a total of $51.29 million after just two weeks of release.

Filed under: International Box Office, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Sanju, Wo Bi Shi Yao Shen