Interstellar is hitting screens across 62 countries this weekend in a day-and-date debut that spans most of the overseas market. Major territories that will be left out from the initial roll out include China (November 12) and Jpan (November 22). Warner Bros is planning a release that will reach more than 13,000 screens outside of North America and over 200 IMAX locations.
The studio released the initial overseas numbers for the film in a press release on Thursday:
Interstellar dominated the French speaking markets on Wednesday, taking over 50% of the marketshare of the top 5 films in France and Belgium. France grossed a terrific €594k ($743k) with 91k admissions on 750 screens. An outstanding 4.7/5 rating on the Allocine website, coupled with the extensive and positive media coverage on the film, positions the film extremely well to play into the Nov 11 Armistice Day holiday weekend, which is traditionally one of the strongest weekends of the year.
By Shawn Robbins
Paramount reports that Christopher Nolan's Interstellar picked up a solid $1.35 million start from its 249 locations in a first place victory on Wednesday, including Tuesday night's first screenings. The per-theater average was $5,423. The film is playing exclusively in IMAX, 35mm, and 70mm film formats ahead of its nationwide release on Friday. Direct comparisons for this sort of release are nil, but the closest comparison may be that of Skyfall--it earned $2.2 million from 463 IMAX and large format screen locations ($4,752 per location) one day before its wide release this same weekend two years ago.
Nightcrawler added $0.87 million to its first-week haul, giving the thriller a $13.5 million 6-day start. That puts the film 8 percent off the pace of 2011's Drive, a similarly niche film that garnered strong reviews with a fall release.
Fury eased 25 percent from last Wednesday to $0.85 million yesterday. The war drama has earned $2.95 million through 20 days of release.
John Wick tallied $0.74 million yesterday, down 35 percent from the same day last week. Keanu Reeves' actioner has now tallied $30 million through 13 days.
Rounding out the top five, Gone Girl added $0.724 million on Wednesday for an 18.5 percent week-to-week drop. The hit adaptation has taken in $138.6 million domestically in all.
By Daniel Garris
Open Road's Nightcrawler led the daily box office on Tuesday with $1.24 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal has now topped the daily box office for two consecutive days. Nightcrawler was up a healthy 30 percent over Monday, as holdovers in general saw significant daily increases on Tuesday thanks in part to Election Day. Nightcrawler has grossed $12.63 million in five days. That is in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 21 percent behind the $15.91 million five-day start of Open Road's End of Watch back in September of 2012.
Sony's Fury took in $1.10 million to remain in second. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt was up 32 percent from Monday's performance and down a healthy 27 percent from last Tuesday. Fury has grossed $62.09 million in 19 days. That is towards the lower end of expectations and is 5 percent stronger than the $59.27 million 19-day take of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year.
John Wick held steady in third place with $0.997 million. The Keanu Reeves led action thriller from Lionsgate increased 30 percent over Monday and was down 39 percent from last Tuesday. John Wick continues to perform on the high end of expectations with $29.29 million in twelve days. That leaves the film just $9.07 million away from the $38.36 million final gross of last year's 47 Ronin.
Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day surged 121 percent and 4 spots over Monday's performance to move into fourth place on Tuesday with $0.944 million. Election Day is traditionally a strong day for family films and that was certainly the case yesterday for Alexander. The 26-day total for Alexander stands at a very solid $55.09 million.
Fox's Gone Girl held steady in fifth with $0.893 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was up 28 percent over Monday and down a slim 19 percent from last Tuesday. Gone Girl has grossed a very impressive $137.87 million in 33 days, which leaves the film $12.13 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic mark.
Universal's Ouija, Fox's The Book of Life and The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent followed closely behind in places sixth through eighth with respective daily grosses of $0.871 million, $0.865 million and $0.851 million. Fifth place and eighth place were separated by just $41,984 yesterday, as daily grosses among the top 8 were very much bunched together. Respective total grosses stand at $36.44 million for Ouija in twelve days, at $41.76 million for The Book of Life in 19 days and at $20.42 million for St. Vincent in 26 days.
"Interstellar" is Outperforming "Gravity," "Prometheus" and Christopher Nolan's "Inception,"
While "Big Hero 6" is Outselling "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Tangled" at Same Point in Fandango Sales Cycle
LOS ANGELES - November 5, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, two new releases, "Interstellar" and Disney's "Big Hero 6," are topping Fandango's weekend ticket sales and scoring a strong 92 and 91 out of 100 points, respectively, on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator.
Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" ranks as Fandango's top advance ticket-seller among all 2014 films based on original screenplays. It is outselling Nolan's 2010 thriller "Inception" and previous space-based adventures, "Gravity" and "Prometheus," at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango. Disney's "Big Hero 6" is outselling previous Disney hits, "Tangled" and "Wreck-It Ralph," at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.
Based on a survey of more than 1,000 "Interstellar" advance ticket-buyers on Fandango:
· 95% are attracted to epic, large-scale productions best seen on the big screen;
· 94% are science fiction fans;
· 82% will see "Interstellar" with a group of friends;
· 78% are Christopher Nolan fans.
"Two truly original films hit theaters this weekend: the epic and mind-bending ‘Interstellar' and the clever and action-packed ‘Big Hero 6,'" says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Both movies arrive with great buzz, so it makes perfect sense that moviegoers are scooping up tickets for each film."
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.
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