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UK: 'Fifth Estate' Flops as 'Prisoners' Enjoys Third Consecutive Week as #1 on October 16, 2013

PRisonersstill.jpgJulian Assange has been repeatedly attacking The Fifth Estate from his asylum at the Ecuatorian embassy in London, predicting that the film based on true events would bomb at the box office. Assange was on the mark in the United Kingdom, as The Fifth Estate opened in the bottom half of the box office table. The film was unable to break the $2,000 mark in per-screen average, an especially poor result considering The Fifth Estate was only one of four films to play in over 400 screens last weekend. The Fifth Estate’s $801K bow is a disappointment for the film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and a bad omen a week ahead of its release in North America.     

Prisoners is enjoying its time on the right end of the box office table. There’s no stopping Prisoners in the U.K.; the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhall vehicle led the box office for the third consecutive weekend, adding $1.5 million to its tally and reaching an $8 million cume. Sunshine on Leith posted a $1.1 million hold in its second frame, a 5% drop from its opening weekend after expanding to 7% more screens. The film reached a $3.4 million total in the United Kingdom.

Blue Jasmine earned another $1 million in its third weekend. Woody Allen’s latest is the only film in the top five to be playing in less than 300 screens in the U.K. despite a 41% expansion compared to last weekend. Blue Jasmine has grossed a $5.3 million cume in the U.K. Filth finished the weekend in fourth place with a $1 million take that brings its total to $4 million. Ron Howard’s Rush looks to be slowing down after five weeks in release. Rush reached a $14.2 million cume after an $848K mid-table performance over the weekend.

 

Top Ten Films in the United Kingdom. October 11-13, 2013 

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ITALY: The Minions Take Over Italy with $6.9M Debut on October 16, 2013

DM2Still.jpgDespicable Me 2 broke through the Italian box office with a $6.9 million opening weekend. It’s a fantastic result for the animated sequel, already reaching more than half of the lifetime total of Monsters University in Italy. Monsters University opened to $4.4 million in late August and is the second-highest grossing animated film of 2013 in the overseas box office. The Minions packed a market-leading 863 screens with an $8,105 average –more than any other film in the market.

Domestic comedy Aspirante Vedovo had a successful second place debut with a $2.2 million bow. The Italian comedy averaged $4,938 from 463 screens and bumped Gravity’s second weekend down to third place. Gravity was overshadowed by the two new releases despite posting a $1.9 million hold, only 31% down from the previous frame. Gravity has grossed a total of $5.5 million in Italy since its October 10 debut.

Top Ten Films in Italy. October 11-13, 2013

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GERMANY: 'Gravity' Pulls $8.1M on October 16, 2013

gravityopeningweekend.jpgGravity kept the top spot at the German box office after expanding to 8% more screens over the weekend. The sci-fi film took in $3 million dollars from 614 screens, averaging $4,957 per theater. Gravity’s numbers only fell 17% compared to its opening weekend. The film has now grossed $8.1 million. Turbo’s $1.8 million take from 709 screens made the animated film the #2 film in the country for a second consecutive week. A middling $2,615 per-screen average, however, suggests next weekend’s numbers will drop more than the 30% reported this weekend. Turbo has earned a total of $5.2 million in Germany.

Prisoners played in 254 screens, a fraction of Gravity’s 614 and Turbo’s 709 theaters. The Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhall vehicle was able to scrape a third place finish in its limited debut, collecting a $1.3 million bow. Rush expanded to 15% more theaters and only suffered a 29% drop, finishing its second weekend in fourth place with a $1.1 million tally. The F1 biopic has grossed a total of $3.3 million from Germany. Lee Daniels’ The Butler opened in eight place to a $591K bow from 147 screens.

Top Ten Films in Germany. October 11-13, 2013.

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FRANCE: 'Planes' Takes Off with $4.2M Debut on October 16, 2013

planes_still.jpgDisney’s Planes opened in 500 screens to take first place in the French box office over the weekend. The animated film averaged a healthy $7,261 per-screen on its way to a $3.6 million weekend total and $4.2 million bow. The successful debut makes France one of the film’s top markets; Planes has only grossed above $4.2 million in seven overseas territories.

Eyjafjallojokull, last week’s box office champion, fell 29% in its first hold for second place. The film took $2.9 million from the weekend, playing in a market-leading 665 screens for a $4,409 average. Eyjafjallojokull has grossed a total of $7.8 million in France.

Prisoners premiered in third place, a positive result considering it only played in 258 screens –the fewest number among all the films on the top half of the chart. Prisoners grossed $2.6 million in its French premiere, a stronger opening than films like The Conjuring, Argo, The Town and Silver Linings Playbook. Prisoners was the runaway winner in the per-screen average category with a $10,096 showing.

Palme d’Or winner La Vie d’Adele took fourth place in its first weekend, earning $2.3 million from 285 screens. Woody Allen occupies the mid-table spot with a $1.7 million take from its third weekend, only a 29% drop from last week’s performance. Blue Jasmine has grossed a total of $9.1 million in France. Lee Daniels’ The Butler rounds out a strong weekend for art house titles in France, adding $1.6 million to its tally during its fifth weekend in release. The Butler expanded its theater count by 51%, a sign of its box office resiliency in the territory. The Butler has now grossed a total of $12.2 million in its French run.

Neither Diana nor Runner Runner have enjoyed the same success as the films mentioned above. The Lady Di biopic sank to the bottom half of the chart with a 49% drop, translating into a $548K weekend a $1.9 million cume. Runner Runner never took off in France, rounding out the top ten with a  $422K performance after three weeks in release. Runner Runner has grossed a total of $2.9 million in France.

Top Ten Films in France. October 11-13, 2013

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