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GLOBAL: 'Lucy' Takes Another $25M Overseas, Crosses $350M Worldwide; 'Guardians' Flies Above $600M on September 14, 2014

image.jpgLucy refuses to slow down overseas, adding another $25 million to its tally to reach a $231 million cume outside of North America. A $9.6 million #1 debut in Russia led the latest frame as the film continues to thrive in South Korea ($2.9M Weekend / $15.4M Cume) and the UK ($1.3M Weekend, $19.7M Cume). The film has grossed $354.5 million worldwide.

Sex Tape $11.5 million from 52 markets over the weekend, largely due to its #1 premiere in Germany. The raunchy comedy opened to $4.5 million from 628 screens in Germany, on par with Bad Teacher and 89% ahead of We're the Millers. The film has grossed $61 million overseas and $99.2 million worldwide. The film will finally hit the $100 million global mark in the coming days.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles put up a $10.5 million weekend from 49 territories, reaching a $138.9 million overseas cume. A $6.3 million debut from 254 locations in Australia was more than enough for a #1 finish in the market, as the film nearly doubled the opening weekend of The Smurfs in Australia. The latest Turtles has grossed $319.9 million globally with major markets like Italy, Germany, Spain, China, and Japan still left on the release schedule.

Divergent opened in China, taking a 7-day gross of $10 million from 2,454 screens. The film finished its first week at #5 in the country's top ten chart. China is the last overseas stop on Divergent's schedule. The film has grossed a total of $135.4 million outside of North America and $286.3 million worldwide.

Hercules brought in $9.6 million from 45 territories, lifting its overseas total to $138.5 million. The film has grossed $210.2 million worldwide with China and Japan still to come in late October.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes claimed $9.5 million from 18 markets, bringing its overseas haul up to $464 million. The film has grossed $670.8 million worldwide with Japan, its final remaining market, scheduled for release on Friday.

Guardians of the Galaxy crossed the $600 million global mark, as both overseas and North American figures near an even 50/50 split. The latest Marvel hit scored a $9.3 million weekend overseas, leading to a $305.6 million cume outside of North America and $611.5 million global cume. Top markets include the UK ($44.7m), Russia ($37.3M) and Australia ($22.3M) with China and Italy remaining on the schedule. The film opened in Japan over the weekend, where it took $2.1 million from its first two days.

The Maze Runner is off to an $8.3 million start from its first 5 markets overseas. The film claimed the top spot in all its markets and registered grosses above the opening of Divergent across all respective markets. Mexico ($2.6M), Taiwan ($2.2M), and Malaysia ($1.9M) are the early leaders ahead of the film's next expansion.

Into the Storm opened to a $7.6 million haul in China en route to a $14.2 million weekend from 46 markets. The natural disaster film has grossed $87.6 million overseas and $133.4 million globally.

The Boxtrolls took a $5.7 million start from its first 8 territories overseas. A #1 debut in the UK with $3.4 million (including last weekend's previews) impressed, while a #2 bow in Mexico with $1.8 million from 605 dates also helped establish the new animated film abroad. The Boxtrolls will expand to 49 additional territories over the next couple of months/

Fox International's Finding Fanny took a strong debut from India, grossing $4.3 million to establish a commanding lead in the country. The film opened day-and-date in the UK and US, with the two markets combining to help the film reach a $5 million global debut.

Deliver Us from Evil delivered $4.8 million from 42 territories, reaching a $41.9 million overseas cume. The film opened in fourth place in Mexico with a $1.2 million bow. The horror flick has grossed $72.4 million worldwide.

If I Stay expanded to 13 smaller markets over the weekend, earning $3.2 million from a total of 31 territories. The film has grossed $15.6 million outside of North America and $60.5 million globally.

As Above/So Below expanded to 14 territories over the weekend, adding $3 million to its overseas haul. The horror flick has now grossed a total of $8.5 million from 32 territories and $27.6 million worldwide

The Fault in our Stars colleted $3 million from 12 markets to reach a $175.1 million cume overseas. The drama has grossed a total of $299.8 million worldwide and will cross $300 million global milestone early in the week.

Let's be Cops caught another $2.5 million from 24 market, taking its overseas haul up to $22.3 million. The buddy cop comedy has grossed $95.2 million worldwide.

22 Jump Street took $2 million from 27 territories, reaching a $131.7 million overseas total and $322.5 million worldwide.

El Nino kept the top spot in Spain for a third consecutive weekend, grossing $2 million from 441 screens. The Spanish box office has been revived this year from strong performances by domestic films. El Nino has grossed a total of $13.4 million from three frames in Spain.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 added $1.6 million from 15 markets to reach a $435.5 million cume overseas and $610.7 million global total.

Dolphin Tale 2 opened in 7 markets overseas for a $1.3 million start to its run outside of North America. The film has grossed $17.8 million worldwide.

Transformers: Age of Extinction added $1 million from 21 markets as it winds down its overseas run. The film has grossed $835.5 million overseas and $1.08 billion worldwide.

'The Maze Runner' Takes Early Lead Ahead of 'Divergent' Across First Batch of Overseas Markets on September 14, 2014

image.jpgThe Maze Runner is off to an $8.3 million start from its first 5 markets overseas. The film claimed the top spot in all its markets and registered grosses above the opening of Divergent across all respective markets. The film's first batch of overseas markets are led by Mexico ($2.6M, 753 screens), Taiwan ($2.2M, 135 screens), and Malaysia ($1.9M, 270 screens) are the early leaders ahead of the film's next expansion. The film will expand to 48 new markets, including North America, next weekend. Comparable title Divergent has grossed a total of $135.4 million overseas.

'The Boxtrolls' Scores #1 UK Debut as it Rolls out in First 8 Territories on September 14, 2014

image.jpgThe Boxtrolls took a $5.7 million start from its first 8 territories overseas. A #1 debut in the UK with $3.4 million (including last weekend's previews) impressed, while a #2 bow in Mexico with $1.8 million from 605 dates also helped establish the new animated film abroad. The Boxtrolls will expand to 49 additional territories over the next couple of months. The film is scheduled to open in North America on September 26.

NORTH AMERICA: Studio Estimates: 'No Good Deed' Leads with $24.5M; 'Dolphin Tale 2' #2 with $16.55M; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Surpasses $300M Milestone on September 13, 2014

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Sunday Update: Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $24.5 million. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson exceeded its rising expectations heading into the weekend. Much of the film's success was due to the drawing power of Elba and Henson. No Good Deed was also helped out by the fairly empty marketplace this weekend and Screen Gems has had a strong history with thrillers in the past. The film's opening weekend performance was similar to the $23.45 million start of I Can Do Bad All By Myself back in September of 2009.

No Good Deed opened with $8.83 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.8 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $5.88 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.77 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (60 percent) and towards moviegoers 30 years and older (59 percent). No Good Deed received a B+ rating on CinemaScore, which is very solid for a thriller.

Dolphin Tale 2 opened in second place with an estimated $16.55 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and a respectable 14 percent below the $19.15 million start of Dolphin Tale back in September of 2011. Dolphin Tale 2 was helped out by solid critical reviews and by the recent lack of family fare in the marketplace.

Dolphin Tale 2 grossed $4.26 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.45 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to take in $4.84 million. That places the estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.88 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (56 percent). Like its predecessor (which registered a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.77 to 1), Dolphin Tale 2 will hope to hold up well going forward. The film's strong A rating on CinemaScore is an encouraging early sign.

After leading the box office for each of the past three weekends, Guardians of the Galaxy was down two spots to place in third with an estimated $8.04 million. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $300 million domestic mark this weekend; making it the first release of 2014 to do so. The 45-day total for the film stands at $305.93 million. Guardians of the Galaxy held up very nicely this weekend, as it was down just 22 percent from last weekend.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles placed in fourth with an estimated $4.8 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 26 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.04 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with an estimated $4.2 million. The fairly last minute decision to open The Drop in moderate release paid off, as the crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini earned a very solid per-location average of $5,315 from 809 locations. The Drop opened with $1.46 million on Friday, increased 20.5 percent on Saturday to take in $1.76 million and is estimated to decline 44 percent on Sunday to gross $0.98 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.88 to 1.

Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fifth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.3 million and $4.05 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 23 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 27 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $72.97 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.94 million for If I Stay in 24 days.

On the platform front, Roadside's The Skeleton Twins was off to a very solid start this weekend with an estimated $0.411 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $27,384 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.

Saturday Update: Sony reports that No Good Deed posted a strong opening day of $8.8 million on Friday, taking first place in the process. The PG-13 thriller opened 18 percent higher than 2010's Takers (a fellow PG-13 release co-starring Idris Elba), largely thanks to an effective social media ad campaign and the casting of Taraji P. Henson and Elba (each of whom have starred or co-starred in a number of mid-range hits in recent years). Early word of mouth appears decent with a 74 percent Flixster score this morning, flying in the face of critics' lowly 10 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. BoxOffice is projecting a $23.5 million weekend finish in first place, far exceeding the film's $13 million production budget.

Warner Bros. reports that Dolphin Tale 2 took in an estimated $4.27 million on Friday, a generally healthy bow relative to recent sequel performers. BoxOffice projects a $15.9 million opening weekend. The flick, down 16 percent from its predecessor's opening day of $5.1 million in 2011, is capitalizing on positive word of mouth from the first film, a solid marketing campaign, and a weak family market. The film's Flixster score stands at a solid 83 percent this morning, while critics have awarded it a respectable 73 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Combined with the pic's encouraging "A" CinemaScore, we can likely expect the movie to hold up well in the weeks ahead.

In benchmark news, Guardians of the Galaxy inched closer to the $300 million line. The Disney/Marvel smash added $2.09 million on Friday, down just 23 percent from last week, bringing its domestic tally up to $299.98 million. Guardians is locked to topple the $300 million threshold in its 44th day of release on Saturday--4 days quicker than 2008's original Iron Man. For the weekend as a whole, BoxOffice projects $8.4 million.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took in $1.18 million yesterday, down 23 percent from last week. The hit reboot's total now stands at $177.4 million. BoxOffice projects $4.7 million for the weekend.

Rounding out the top five, Fox's Let's Be Cops grabbed $1.27 million on Friday for just a 20 percent Friday-to-Friday drop. The comedy's total gross now stands at $69.9 million.

Meanwhile, last week's lone opener, The Identical, slipped over 74 percent from opening day to $136,000 yesterday. The 8-day total is $2.3 million. Freestyle Releasing projects a $373,000 sophomore weekend.

- Shawn Robbins

Friday Report: Sources are reporting that No Good Deed is off to a strong start and could reach $9 million on Friday. Should that early projection hold through the night, the thriller could net an opening weekend around $20 million.

Meanwhile, Dolphin Tale 2 is pacing for an opening day around $5.5 million. That will put it in a distant second place for Friday, but the family-driven sequel will almost certainly hold up very over the weekend. Based on these early projections, Dolphin may also wind up with around $20 million this weekend.

More as it comes.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Remains #1 on Thursday and is Now on the Verge of the $300M Mark on September 12, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy grossed $0.727 million on Thursday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel has now led the daily box office for 20 consecutive days. Guardians of the Galaxy was unchanged from Wednesday's performance and down a very healthy 14 percent from last Thursday. It should be noted that percentage declines from last Thursday were soft in general for wide releases yesterday. Guardians of the Galaxy was the week's top film with a weekly haul of $13.48 million. That was down 48 percent from the previous frame and brings the film to the verge of the $300 million domestic milestone with a 42-day take of $297.88 million.

Let's Be Cops held steady in second place with $0.452 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy increased 3 percent over Wednesday and was down an extremely slim 4 percent from last Thursday. Let's Be Cops took third place for the week with $7.47 million. That represented a 38 percent decrease from the previous week and brings the film's 30-day total to a very solid $68.67 million.

The November Man took in $0.398 million to remain in third. Relativity's action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan was down 3 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 20 percent from last Thursday. The November Man finished in fifth for the week with $6.08 million. That was down 49 percent from the previous week and brings the film's 16-day total to $19.75 million.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grossed $0.369 million to continue to claim fourth. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was unchanged from Wednesday and down 20 percent from last Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles placed in second for the week with $8.09 million. The film was down 54 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a very impressive $176.24 million in 35 days.

The Identical rounded out its disappointing first week of release with $129,924 on Thursday. The faith-based drama from Freestyle placed in twelfth for the week with a very soft $2.17 million in its first seven days and will obviously be fading away from theatres quickly.


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