A busy week in the overseas box office saw Gravity exceed the $200 million mark soon after its second weekend in release. Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi spectacle continued to succeed across 38 markets, bringing in a total of $28.5 million frin 5,785 screens to take its overseas total to $68.3 million as of Monday. Gravity retained the #1 spot in Germany, Spain, and Hong Kong. The film also posted the weekend's highest per-screen average in Brazil despite premiering in second place behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Gravity also posted a strong hold in Russia, where it reached a $14.5 million cume in Russia after facing stiff competition from domestic blockbuster Stalingrad. Russia's Oscar entry broke the box office record for a domestic film, as Stalingrad, the 3D World War II historical epic, grossed $14.4 million in its debut.
You can find the full top ten lists of some of last weekend's top performing markets in the links below:
Julian 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
Despicable 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
Gravity 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.