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GLOBAL: 'Thor: The Dark World' Outgrosses Original in 19 Days on November 17, 2013

thor2reportcard.pngA massive $52.5 million weekend in 69 territories pushed Thor: The Dark World to a $332.8 million overseas cume. The Thor sequel has already crushed the original’s $268 million overseas total after only 19 days of release.

Thor has already hammered through the overseas box office totals of Captain America ($192M), Iron Man ($267M), Thor ($268M) and Iron Man 2 ($312M). The film’s global total currently stands at $479.7 million, ahead of the original’s $449 million global lifetime gross.

The film opened in Argentina with a $1.8 million bow to take first place in the territory and post a 230% improvement over its predecessor’s premiere. The top markets for Thor: The Dark World are currently China ($41.8M), Russia ($31.6M), U.K. ($27.4M), and Brazil ($20.9M). Thor: The Dark World will open in Italy and Greece and next weekend.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is already hot in Brazil. The highly anticipated sequel opened on Friday, November 15 in Brazil, a week ahead of its day-and-date debut in 65 territories leading into the November 22nd weekend. The film more than doubled the gross of its predecessor with a $6.2 million debut.

Major territories opening in the lead-up to The Hunger Games' November 22 roll-out include: the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Germany, Spain, China, South Korea, Russia, Mexico, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands. The film will open in France, Belgium, and Italy the following week, with Japan as the last overseas market on December 27. The original Hunger Games grossed $278.5 million overseas and $686.5 million worldwide.

An $18.5 million weekend from 62 markets launched Gravity above the $500 million worldwide milestone. Gravity has now earned $274.3 million overseas and is reporting a $515 million global cume. The top markets for Gravity outside of North America include France ($37.5M), South Korea ($26.5M), the U.K. ($23.2M), and Russia ($20.9M).

Despicable Me 2 continues to add milestones to its terrific overseas run. The film crossed the $550 million overseas mark over the weekend, taking its global cume to $916 million. Despicable Me 2 is Universal’s second highest-grossing overseas release of all time behind Jurassic Park ($636M) and the second highest-grossing film of the year in terms of overseas and global box office. Despicable Me 2 is the fifth-highest grossing animated film of all time at the global box office.

Bad Grandpa opened in Australia and six smaller territories to bring its overseas cume up to $29 million. The Australian debut turned in a #1 result with $3.2 million from 223 locations. The weekend performance is 42% ahead of Jackass Number Two and on par with Jackass 3D. The film became the highest-grossing Jackass release in the U.K. over the weekend after reaching a $9.8 million total in the market. The film’s other top market, Germany, finished with a $9.1 million total. Bad Grandpa will open in Mexico and Brazil on November 29.

Captain Phillips finished the weekend in third place in Germany with a $1.7 million bow. The film added $8.4 million from 62 markets to take its overseas cume to $66.4 million. The top performing overseas market for the Paul Greengrass film continues to be the United Kingdom with $23.6 million. Captain Phillips has earned $164 million worldwide.

Escape Plan took $1.2 million from 199 screens in its French debut. The Stallone/Schwarzenegger vehicle has now earned $78.6 million overseas, saving its poor performance at the North American box office. The film has grossed $92.7 million worldwide.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 hit the $200 million worldwide mark over the weekend. The animated sequel has grossed $87.1 million in its overseas run.

About Time added another $1.9 million from 39 territories to bring its overseas to cume $41.4 million. The film’s global total is $55.6 million.

North America: Weekend Studio Estimates: 'Thor: The Dark World' Leads with $38.5M; 'The Best Man Holiday' in Strong Second with $30.6M (3rd Update) on November 16, 2013

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Sunday Update: This weekend's box office race between Disney's Thor: The Dark World and Universal's The Best Man Holiday ended up being closer than was widely anticipated, but Thor: The Dark World was still able to lead the way with an estimated $38.45 million. The Marvel superhero sequel starring Chris Hemsworth slid 55 percent from last weekend. While that is a respectable second weekend decline for a superhero sequel, it isn't a great hold by any means either, especially with the film likely having received a bit of an extra boost this weekend from moviegoers who wanted to catch it before Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire enters the marketplace next weekend. In comparison, 2011's Thor fell 47 percent in its second weekend to gross $34.70 million, while last year's Skyfall fell 53.5 percent to take in $41.10 million.

In the bigger picture, Thor: The Dark World has grossed a healthy $146.97 million through its first ten days of domestic release. That places the film 23 percent ahead of the $119.46 million ten-day start of Thor and 9 percent behind the $160.94 million ten-day take of Skyfall. Those comparisons strongly suggest that Thor: The Dark World is still on course to eventually clear the $200 million domestic milestone.

The Best Man Holiday exceeded expectations this weekend with a strong second place take of $30.6 million. Expectations for the modestly budgeted ensemble comedy sequel had been rising in the days leading up to the film's release due in part to strong pre-sales. Playing in 2,024 locations; The Best Man Holiday earned a terrific per-location average of $15,115 for the frame. The Best Man Holiday opened just below the $33.64 million start of last year's Think Like a Man and blew past the $9.03 million debut of 1999's The Best Man (which stands at $14.37 million when adjusting for ticket price inflation). The Best Man Holiday has already nearly out-grossed the $34.10 million total domestic gross of The Best Man (which stands at $54.25 million when adjusting for inflation), as the fanbase of The Best Man has clearly increased in the years since its theatrical release.

The Best Man Holiday placed in first on Friday with $10.7 million, increased 16 percent on Saturday to take in $12.4 million and is estimated to fall 39.5 percent on Sunday to gross $7.5 million. That gave the film a very solid estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.86 to 1. That is a good early sign for the film going forward, as is the A+ rating the film received on CinemaScore. The Best Man Holiday will hope to hold up well throughout the holiday season, though the rush out of fans of the original film on opening weekend could still lead to some front-loading.

The audience breakdown for The Best Man Holiday skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (75 percent) and moviegoers 35 and older (63 percent). African American moviegoers made up 87 percent of the film's audience.

CBS Films' Last Vegas held up very well this weekend with $8.87 million. The modestly budgeted ensemble comedy fell only 20 percent from last weekend, as the film clearly continues to benefit from strong word of mouth. Last Vegas has grossed $46.96 million through 17 days of release and is very likely to continue holding up well going forward, especially with this Thanksgiving's new options for adult moviegoers looking softer than usual.

Also holding up nicely this weekend was Relativity's Free Birds. The 3D computer animated film was down just 25 percent from last weekend with a fourth place take of $8.3 million. Free Birds has grossed $42.22 million through 17 days and should continue to hold up well between now and Thanksgiving.

Paramount's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.67 million. The successful Jackass spin-off starring Johnny Knoxville was down 32 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $90.20 million in 24 days. That leaves Bad Grandpa just $9.80 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.

On the limited front, Focus' Dallas Buyers Club took in $1.78 million from 184 locations. That gave the awards season hopeful starring Matthew McConaughey a per-location average of $9,701 for the frame. Dallas Buyers Club has grossed $3.05 million in 17 days and will expand into additional locations this coming Friday.

In other platform news, Fox's The Book Thief grossed $425,000 from 29 locations for a per-location average of $14,655. The film's ten-day total stands at $568,518. Meanwhile, Paramount Vantage's Nebraska debuted with $140,000 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the Alexander Payne directed film a very solid per-location average of $35,000.

Also of note this weekend were the $75,584 start of EchoLight Studios' The Christmas Candle from 5 locations (for a location average of $15,117) and the $23,000 start of Janus Films' The Great Beauty (from just one location in New York). The Christmas Candle will expand into limited release next weekend.

On the limited front, Focus' Dallas Buyers Club took in $1.78 million from 184 locations. That gave the awards season hopeful starring Matthew McConaughey a per-location average of $9,701 for the frame. Dallas Buyers Club has grossed $3.05 million in 17 days and will expand into additional locations this coming Friday.

In other platform news, Fox's The Book Thief grossed $425,000 from 29 locations for a per-location average of $14,655. The film's ten-day total stands at $568,518. Meanwhile, Paramount Vantage's Nebraska debuted with $140,000 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the Alexander Payne directed film a very solid per-location average of $35,000.

Also of note this weekend were the $75,584 start of EchoLight Studios' The Christmas Candle from 5 locations (for a location average of $15,117) and the $23,000 start of Janus Films' The Great Beauty (from just one location in New York). The Christmas Candle will expand into limited release next weekend.

Saturday Update: Disney estimates that Thor: The Dark World took in a healthy $10.5 million on Friday, and BoxOffice projects a $37.5 million sophomore frame. That represents a mildly weak 56.5% drop from last weekend. The Dark World is outpacing 2011's Thor by a healthy margin at this point in the release cycle: Thor had $119.5 million in the bank after its second weekend.

Universal estimates that The Best Man Holiday is set to take in a solid $31.1 million during its debut frame. The sequel is already close to topping the $34 million domestic cume of its 1999 predecessor. The original Best Man's total would be $54.2 million when adjusting for inflation--The Best Man Holiday should easily trump that.

Last Vegas is holding up incredibly well. The CBS Films release has positioned itself nicely among moviegoers aged 35+. It should continue to do solid business in the weeks to come. 

Elsewhere in the top 10, 12 Years A Slave fell only 27% as word of mouth continues to spread. The Fox Searchlight release still has plenty of life left in it. 

Friday Update: Sources tell BoxOffice that Thor: The Dark World will easily finish in first place during its sophomore frame. The sequel is set to take in more than $37 million this weekend. Adding $37 million will put The Dark World at a solid $145.5 million in North America after just two weekends. 2011's Thor made $34.5 million during its sophomore frame.

This weekend is incredibly crucial for The Dark World, because the emergence of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire next week will distract attention away.

Universal can celebrate the successful launch of The Best Man Holiday. The follow-up to 1999's The Best Man--a $34 million sleeper hit--could end up with $30 million during its debut frame. A gap of more than ten years is often toxic for most properties, but The Best Man Holiday has clearly dodged that bullet. The strong debut could indicate that the comedy is breaking out beyond its core base of African-American moviegoers. (Demographic breakdowns will be available on Sunday.) The Best Man Holiday will represent a solid bit of counter-programming to Catching Fire, so we expect steady grosses over the next couple of weeks.

Check back tomorrow morning for official studio estimates and updated weekend projections.

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