FRANCE: 'Lone Ranger' Premiere Takes Back Seat to 'Now You See Me' on August 14, 2013

now-you-see-me-still03.jpgNow You See Me continues its magical run in France, earning $4.1 million in its second weekend after a spectacular hold that saw its performance drop a mere 35% from its debut. Now You See Me has grossed $12.6 million in France.

The Lone Ranger opened in second place with $3.7 million. It is the same debut posted by Johnny Depp's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which went on to gross a respectable $29.3 million in 2005. The weekend's other Hollywood premiere came from a limited roll-out by The Purge. The Ethan Hawke thriller took in $1.1 million from 192 screens, notching the second biggest per-screen average in the market with a $6,929 tally.

The Smurfs 2 rounded out a competitive top three, adding $3.4 million over its second weekend to raise its cumulative total to $8.8 million. The Wolverine fell short of a $2 million weekend in its third frame but was still able to break through the $15 million mark. Despicable Me 2 finished its seventh weekend in France with a $1.5 million take and $36.3 million cume. The Minions have more than doubled the take of Monsters University; the Pixar prequel has grossed $15.5 million over 5 weeks in release.

Top 10 Films in France. August 9-11, 2013



OVERSEAS: Universal Snags New Record Thanks To Impressive 2013 Slate on August 13, 2013


The official press release:

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, August 13, 2013 - Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that with yesterday's film grosses, the studio has earned more than $1.8 billion at the international box office making it UPI's biggest year in history. UPI's success has been propelled by hits such as Les Misérables, ($293 million) Fast & Furious 6 ($544.4 million) and Despicable Me 2 ($410 million) and also by the solid performance of films like Mama ($75.9 million) and Oblivion ($197.1 million). Currently, UPI has the second and third highest grossing films both internationally and worldwide with Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2. UPI's previous record was set in 2012 when the studio grossed $1.794 billion for the year. The studio has 14 films yet to be released by UPI in 2013 including three wide releases and 11 others in select territories.

2013 international highlights include:

· Universal Pictures films dominated the worldwide box office on six weekends in 2013 including Oblivion's No. 1 opening, Fast 6 which was No. 1 twice and Despicable Me 2 which was No. 1 worldwide for three weeks.
· Fast & Furious 6 opened No. 1 in 65 territories and was Universal's biggest opening of all-time in 41 of those markets. The film also provided the studio with its highest opening weekend ever at the international box office. Fast 6 is the second highest-grossing film of 2013 and Universal's second highest-grossing film of all-time behind Jurassic Park.
· Despicable Me 2 is the highest-grossing animated film of the year. It opened No. 1 in 41 territories and is Universal's highest grossing film of all time in 15 of those territories.
· Les Misérables is the second highest-grossing musical overseas and worldwide behind Universal's Mamma Mia!
· Oblivion opened in the No. 1 spot in 49 territories and was Tom Cruise's biggest opening of all-time in Russia and Indonesia.
· Mama, a film driven by Universal Pictures International Production group (UPIP) had tremendous success in Latin territories including holding the No. 1 spot in Spain for an impressive three-week period.
· UPI has also had success with its locally-produced productions, including Argentina's Foosball which has grossed $11.2 million and held the No. 1 position for three weeks in that territory.

Lionsgate Announces Premiere Location For 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' on August 13, 2013


The official press release: 

Santa Monica, CA and London, UK August 13, 2013 - With 100 days and counting until the November 22 worldwide launch of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment of Lionsgate's global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Company announced today that it will host a Catching Fire world premiere in London on November 11.

Catching Fire will open day-and-date with its domestic release in nearly every major international territory. The first Hunger Games film was the 13th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to generating nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.

The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell - a competition that could change Panem forever.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.

GLOBAL: 'World War Z' Becomes Brad Pitt's Biggest Hit Of All Time on August 12, 2013

pittworldwarz.jpgThe official release from Paramount:

HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Brad Pitt's "WORLD WAR Z" has now earned over $500 million at worldwide box office, making it the actor's highest grossing worldwide release, surpassing the star's "TROY" which grossed $497.3 million globally.

After setting a personal best with a $66 million opening on June 21, "WORLD WAR Z" has gone on to total $197.4 million in the U.S. The film delivered Pitt's highest grossing domestic release of all time (besting "MR. & MRS. SMITH's" total domestic gross of $186.3 million), and the biggest opening weekend of his career (beating "SMITH's" $50.3 million opener). The film has earned $305.2 million at the international box office, to date.

"WORLD WAR Z" revolves around an ex-United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The film stars Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Production present, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, a Plan B Entertainment/2DUX2 Production "WORLD WAR Z," directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof, and screen story by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski. Based on the novel by Max Brooks. Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Ian Bryce.

UPDATED GLOBAL: China Saves 'Pacific Rim' on August 11, 2013


TUESDAY: Studios are reporting actuals across the board. Here are the latest overseas totals, organized by company.


$144.2 M Overseas

The Heat
$45.3 M Overseas

The Internship
$32.1 M Overseas

Percy Jackson 2
$9.7M Overseas

$62.1 M Overseas

The Wolverine
$197 M Overseas


The Smurfs 2
$110.7 M Overseas

$11.2 M Overseas

Grown Ups 2
$30.9 M Overseas

This is the End
$15.4 M Overseas

White House Down
$54.7 M Overseas

After Earth
$184.5 M Overseas

Before Midnight
$10.9 M Overseas

Warner Bros.

Pacific Rim
$245.6 M Overseas

The Conjuring
$49.3 M Overseas

Weinstein Company

Only God Forgives
$8.9M Overseas

Scary Movie 5
$45.1 M Overseas

Dark Skies
$9 M Overseas

Kon Tiki
$21.3 M Overseas

SUNDAY: Pacific Rim has a chance to make more money in China than in North America. The Guillermo del Toro popcorn flick is Warner Bros.'s highest grossing film of all time in the market with $76.4 million, and that is only after a dozen days in release. 

The lackluster performance in other markets offers little solace for Legendary Pictures, which reportedly put up most of the film's production budget. The film's resilient performance in China doesn't solve all its problems, but it does mitigate the box office damage from numerous markets around the world. Without China, Pacific Rim would have little to no hope of saving face. $76.4 million in twelve days gives Guillermo del Toro's film a fighting chance that no other global market would be able to offer.

The North American total for Pacific Rim currently stands at $96.5 million, giving the film a worldwide gross of $344.1 million after factoring in the $247.4 million the film has earned from 61 overseas territories. 

Elysium brought in $10.9 million from 17 overseas markets in its day-and-date debut. Russia led the charge with a $6.8 million opening weeekend. A $30.5 million take from North America gives the film a $41.4 million opening worldwide. Elysium launches in 18 additional territories next weekend, including top markets Australia, France, Germany, and Spain.

Despicable Me 2 broke the $400 million overseas mark after bringing in $12.2 million from 53 territories this weekend. The worldwide total for the animated sequel is $745.8 million. Despicable Me 2 premiered at #1 in the United Arab Emirates, grossing $1.1 million to overshadow the debuts of Pacific Rim and The Smurfs 2. It is the top film of the year in the United Kingdom with a $62 million cume. The film is also the top earner of 2013 in Mexico with $46.6 million. There are ten territories left for Despicable Me 2, including top markets like Russia (August 15), South Korea (September 12), and Italy (October 10).

Fast & Furious 6 is still speeding through the global box office. The film's $544 million overseas total is the year's second best perfromance outside of North America. The latest entry in the car-chase franchise has currently grossed $782.5 million worldwide and is only behind the $1.2 billion global showing of Iron Man 3. China is still posting excelent numbers for the film; Fast 6 has earned $61.6 million from China  after 17 days in release. 

Monsters University reached a $376.9 million overseas total this weekend, taking its global cume to $637 million. Top markets for the animated film include Japan ($67.8M), Mexico ($38.2m), the United Kingdom ($36.5M), Argentina ($23.6M), Australia ($22.1M), and Russia ($20.9M). The Pixar prequel opens in Vietnam next weekend, Italy on August 21, and China on August 23.

World War Z crossed the $300 million overseas mark, not a bad milestone for a film that had plenty of detractors lined up before its release. The $305.2 million overseas total boosts the film past the half-billion mark globally. The global cume for World War Z $502.6 million. A $2.1 million hold in Spain led the market despite facing off against the opening of Pacific Rim, bringing the Spanish cume for World War Z to $10 million after only ten days in release. World War Z was also the top film in Japan, where it opened to $3.5 million. 

The Wolverine is putting up a fight at the global box office. The film reached $196 million overseas, surpassing the lifetime overseas totals of X2: X-Men United ($193M) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($195.3M). Wolverine has its sights set on beating the lifetime overseas totals of X-Men: FIst Class ($209.2M) and X-Men: The Last Stand ($225M).  The Wolverine opens in Central America and the Middle East next weekend. The film has grossed $307.2 million worldwide.

A $9.8 million day-and-date opening in six overseas territories gave Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters a $33.1 million debut worldwide. The film outperformed its predecessor in the United Kingdom, beating the $2.6 million debut of the original with $3.3 million. Mexico posted a similar result, topping the original's $1.68 million premiere with a $2.7 million opening weekend.   

The Smurfs 2 crossed the $100 million mark overseas in its second weekend outside of North America. The sequel earned $34.6 million to raise its overseas cume to $110 million and post a $156.6 million worldwide total. The animated sequel will premiere in Bulgaria, Egypt, and Estonia next weekend.

The Lone Ranger inched one step closer to the $200 million global mark after an expansion to several top European territories. The expansion put the film over the $100 million overseas mark with a $108.9 million total. France brought in $3.3 million, Germany contributed $2.8 million, and the United Kingdom posted $2 million in the expansion. The top markets for the box-office-challenged Western are Russia ($15.9M), Mexico ($9.7M), Australia ($9.6M), and Japan ($9.5M). The Conjuring might outgross The Lone Ranger globally despite operating under a much smaller production and marketing budget. The thriller has grossed $47.2 million from 17 overseas markets and is currently posting a $167.9 million worldwide total. 

R.I.P.D. continues to struggle at the global box office. The film brought in $3.7 million from 23 territories over the weekend, including six new markets. 



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