Friday will be the first unofficial celebration of "Ryan Reynolds Day" in the global box office, as Turbo and R.I.P.D., two films starring the Green Lantern star/Scarlett Johansson's ex-husband, make their day-and-date debut in multiple overseas territories.
The Croods, Epic, Monsters University, and Despicable Me 2 have combined to gross $1.8 billion globally this year. Turbo will look to add to that figure with an overseas release in over two dozen territories. Latin America is carrying the bulk of the initial roll-out, as has become standard for recent animated releases.
R.I.P.D. is opening day-and-date in ten territories, including top performer Russia. The Jeff Bridges/Ryan Reynolds vehicle placed a strict review embargo in North America, suggesting a sour critical reception once it hits theaters. R.I.P.D. isn't expected to turn heads with such a limited roll-out, so a low overseas figure coming out of the gate won't serve as a good indication the film's overall performance. Russia will be the only market to keep a close eye on, with the territory currently proving itself as a strong catalyst for The Lone Ranger's overseas roll-out despite its poor numbers in North America.
The Lone Ranger opens in ten additional territories this weekend, led by top market Mexico. Depp's best showings in Mexico have come from 2010's Alice in Wonderland ($30.3M) and the $83.8 million grossed by the four films in the Pirates franchise. The same films have been hits in North America, however, and have done nothing to help the domestic struggles of The Lone Ranger in its home country. The Lone Ranger has struggled worldwide as well, closing last weekend with a $48 million overseas total from 33 territories.
Pacific Rim will hope to spread last weekend's success in Asia to other regions with an expansion in a dozen additional territories. Guillermo del Toro's popcorn flick took in $53.1 million from 38 markets in its overseas premiere. The initial list included six of Warner Brothers' top twelve overseas markets. The film had a slow start out of the gate, finishing in third place in North America with a $37.2 million opening weekend.
The film's overseas gross was less indicative of its long-term potential. South Korea and Russia were the only major markets where the film took the top spot. Pacific Rim finished the weekend with $9.8 million from South Korea and $8.8 million from Russia. The film had a good weekend in Mexico despite coming in second place with $5.4 million. It was a different story in the remaining three top markets for Warner Bros., with Pacific Rim falling short in Italy (2nd Place, $1.5M), Australia (3rd Place, $2.7M) and the United Kingdom (3rd Place, $3.3M).
This weekend will bring the film to two more top markets: France and Germany. Comedies have ruled in the German box office this year, a market where this summer's sci-fi tent-poles have been inconsistent. Star Trek Into Darkness is the sole exception in that list with a $20.8 million tally. Oblivion got nowhere close to that number with an $8.7 million total and After Earth has only brought in a quarter of the Star Trek sequel's business with $5.4 million. The lack of success in top markets could be attributed to the packed release schedule at this time of the year, a problem compounded in the vibrant French market. Pacific Rim will battle against the first holdover weekend of Monsters University in France, a fight that Guillermo del Toro's latest film lost in multiple other territories last weekend.
Sony's slow summer continues with the struggles of White House Down. The Roland Emmerich action flick finished the weekend with a $19.6 million cume from 29 territories. South Korea is the only one of those territories that could be considered a major player for the Sony release; White House Down has earned $3.5 million of its overseas total from South Korea since its June 27 release. The right markets can turn the tide for the Jamie Foxx/Channing Tatum vehicle and this weekend's release in a dozen more territories includes the addition of Russia. Olympus Has Fallen only took in an estimated $5 million from Russia, a factor that suggests that local audiences might not be in tune with the film's concept. The weekend's result should be taken in stride regardless of the outcome; White House Down won't expand until more significant territories open in early September.
A $5.2 million opening weekend for Monsters University led the box office chart in the United Kingdom. The Pixar prequel played in 525 screens for a market-leading $9,968 average. The debut for the animated film pushed Despicable Me 2 down to second place with a $3.3 million take in its third weekend. The minions have dominated the market in the United Kingdom since the film's release, posting a $40.8 million cumulative total.
The animated films stole the headlines and also most of the thunder from Pacific Rim. Guillermo Del Toro's high-concept tent-pole came in third place with a $3.3 million debut from 494 theaters. Now You See Me was the only other film to break the million-dollar mark in the U.K. over the weekend. The magic heist film has grossed a total of $8 million after two weeks in release.
Other big performers from 2013 in the United Kingdom include World War Z ($20.1M in 4 weeks), Man of Steel ($45M in 5 weeks), The Croods ($39.9M in 17 weeks), The Great Gatsby ($23.7M in 9 weeks), The Hangover Part III ($29.4M in 8 weeks), Epic ($19.7M in 8 weeks), Fast & Furious 6 ($38.2M in 9 weeks), Star Trek Into Darkness ($39.2M in 10 weeks), Wreck-It Ralph ($36.1M in 23 weeks), and Iron Man 3 ($57M in 12 weeks).
Top 10 Films in the United Kingdom. July 12-14, 2013.
Monsters University posted another monster weekend in Japan, dropping a mere 15% to gross $7 million in its second frame. The Pixar prequel has now taken in a total of $20.1 million from the market.
Pocket Monster Best Wishes 2013, the latest installment in Japan's popular Pokemon franchise, came in second place with a $4.9 million opening weekend. The Japanese thriller Midsummer Formula continued its hot streak in its third weekend by grossing $3.1 million and taking its total to $18.3 million.
Fast & Furious 6 broke the $10 million mark with a $2.8 million weekend in its sophomore frame, a 36% drop from its debut. The Great Gatsby and After Earth round out the top ten by reaching a $10.1 and $8.3 million totals, respectively.
Top 10 Films in Japan. July 12-14, 2013.
Despicable Me 2 continues to earn in Germany. The animated sequel earned $5 million in its second weekend , a superb 16% drop, to bring its cume in the territory to $13.3 million. World War Z is also posting a strong hold in the territory. Brad Pitt's zombie epic earned $1.7 million in its third weekend to take its total to $14.8 million.
Now You See Me opened in Germany to a $1.1 million weekend. The Heat held strong in its second weekend, dropping 16% while increasing its screen count by 5%. Paul Feig's latest Melissa McCarthy comedy has grossed a total of $2.8 million in the comedy-friendly territory.
Man of Steel and Monsters University have struggled to reach blockbuster numbers in Germany. The Pixar prequel has grossed a total of $11.1 million over four weeks, the same timeframe that has taken the Superman reboot to bring in $9.2 million.
Two big hits are closing out their German run. The Hangover Part III is on its way out after reaching a $30.3 million total in the market after seven weeks. Fast & Furious 6 rounds out the top ten list by posting a $29.5 million cume after eight weeks.
Top 10 Films in Germany. July 12-14, 2013.