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UK: Animated Films Reign as 'Pacific Rim' Slides Down to #3 Debut on July 17, 2013

MonstersUStill3.jpegA $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.

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JAPAN: 'Monsters University' Breaks $20M on July 17, 2013

MonstersUStill3.jpegMonsters 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.

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GERMANY: 'Despicable Me 2' Reaches $13.3M in Second Weekend on July 17, 2013

dm2.pngDespicable 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.

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FRANCE: 'Monsters U' Takes Over the Box Office on July 17, 2013

MonstersUStill.jpgMonsters University was the top film of the weekend in France, raking in $4.1 million from 686 screens in its French premiere. The animated film faced stiff competition from a pair of holdover titles; World War Z and Despicable Me 2 each grossed $3 million to take their French cumes to $13.9 and $24.2 million respectively.

The rest of the titles in the top ten chart all grossed under the million dollar mark. Man of Steel reached a $19.2 million total in its fourth week and will be looking at crossing the $20 million milestone as early as next week.

Two limited release titles have been making a solid run at the box office. Redemption, the latest Jason Statham action vehicle, averaged $4,524 from 139 screens. Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, a micro-budget gem, scored a $2,938 average in its second weekend at 84 theaters to round out the top ten.

Top 10 Films in France. July 12-14, 2013.

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