GLOBAL: 'Gravity' Crosses $100M Overseas; Fox Hits $2B For Fifth Consecutive Year; 'Fifth Estate' and 'Escape Plan' Continue to Struggle
on October 20, 2013
Gravity crossed the $100 million milestone at the overseas box office after a $33.5 million performance from 51 markets. The sci-fi film is the top overseas release for the third consecutive week. Gravity has grossed $114.2 million overseas and has four key markets still scheduled for release.
The film became director Alfonso Cuarón’s biggest opener in his native Mexico after a $5.7 million premiere from 1,770 screens. The special effects were a big hit in the filmmaker’s home market, even fooling a journalist into believing the film was actually shot in outer space. Gravity launched to a $7.1 million first place finish in South Korea, posting a 34% improvement above Life of Pi’s Korean debut. The United Arab Emirates opened to a $1.4 million takes rom only 50 screens, making Gravity the third biggest opening weekend of all time for Warner Bros. in the territory.
The film kept the #1 spot in Australia during its third weekend, grossing $2.2 million from 489 screens –a 27% drop from the previous weekend. Gravity has grossed a total of $11.5 million in Australia. Germany added $2.1 million to reach an $11.9 million total in the territory. Gravity reached a $17.3 million cume in Russia after its third weekend. Gravity has grossed a total of $284.7 million worldwide.
Warner Bros. isn't the only studio celebrating this weekend's overseas box office results. Fox releases contributed $36 million to the studio this weekend, helping the company surpass the $2 billion mark in the global box office for the fifth consecutive year. Fox has reached the milestone a total of seven times.
Turbo contributed the lion’s share of Fox’s weekend numbers overseas. The animated film took $16 million from 20 markets, taking its overseas cume to $143.5 million. Turbo opened in first place in key markets France, Span, and the United Kingdom this weekend. The U.K. brought in $6.4 million in its debut; France posted a $3.3 million bow; and Spain recorded a $1.8 million debut.
The Wolverine crossed the $250 million overseas milestone after a first place opening in China. The superhero spin-off recorded a $13.6 million bow at the Chinese box office, four times more than the debut of Thor and three times the amount grossed by Captain America’s opening weekend in the same market. The Wolverine has grossed $390.8 million worldwide.
Runner Runner added $4.2 million to its overseas cume. The film enjoyed a $1 million opening in Germany. Runner Runner has grossed a total of $55.3 million globally.
Captain Phillips took $9.1 million from its first 11 overseas markets this weekend. The Paul Greengrass film recorded a first place finish in the United Kingdom, where it finished the weekend with a $5.6 million take. The opening is more than twice the amount that Argo posted in its U.K. opening last year. Captain Phillips took second place in Spain, grossing $1.4 million from 411 screens behind new opener Turbo. The film will open in 15 territories next weekend, including top markets Australia and South Korea.
The Fifth Estate flopped in its North American debut, finishing the weekend in 8th place with a dismal $1.7 million gross. The weak debut combined with a struggling $1.6 million overseas total, where The Fifth Estate has also struggled to find an audience. The United Kingdom is the film’s top foreign market, where it has already grossed a $1.4 million total. The Fifth Estate opened in Spain with a disappointing $200K bow.
Planes reached a $110.2 million overseas total after taking $4.5 million from 50 territories this weekend. The animated Disney release has grossed a total of $198.9 million worldwide. The top markets for Planes are the United Kingdom ($13.4M), Spain (($7.8M), Mexico ($7.4M), and Germany ($7.3M). Planes will open in Thailand next weekend.
Despicable Me 2 kept the top spot in Italy for the second consecutive weekend. The animated sequel added $4.4 million from 419 dates, bringing its eleven-day total in Italy to $13.2 million. The film is also posting strong gains in Japan, where it has now reached a $22.3 million cume. Despicable Me 2 has grossed $534.7 million overseas and $898.4 million worldwide. The film is the fifth highest grossing animated film of all time worldwide as of this weekend, surpassing the $887 million global cume of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
The World’s End opened in eight place in Russia with a $323K take from 323 dates. The film struggled in its Norway debut with a $64K bow from 50 dates. The World’s End has grossed $19.8 million overseas and $45.7 million worldwide. The comedy will open in the Czech Republic and Slovakia next weekend.
Escape Plan struggled out of the gate in its North American debut, placing added pressure to the film’s overseas run. The Stallone/Schwarzenegger vehicle opened in 21 new markets this weekend, adding $9.4 million to its overseas tally. The film placed second in Russia with a $3 million debut from 690 screens. Escape Plan opened in third place in the U.K. with a $1.5 million bow from 362 screens, trailing openers Captain Phillips and Turbo. Escape Plan has grossed $14.1 million overseas and $23.6 million worldwide.
Prisoners posted a $650K debut in Brazil, finishing the weekend in third place behind Gravity and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Prisoners continued with its positive results in France, where it reached a $5 million cume in its second weekend. The United Kingdom continues being a success story for the film after a $1 million weekend brought Prisoners to the $10 million mark in its third frame. Prisoners opened in third place in Australia, grossing $1.1 million from 204 screens. Prisoners has grossed $34.3 million from 49 overseas markets and $91.5 million worldwide.