A strong $12.7 million debut for domestic period drama The Face Reader led the weekend as South Korea prepares for its Chuseok holiday on Wednesday. The Chuseok long weekend is the equivalent in box office terms to the Thanksgiving weekend in the United States.
The four Western new releases had to settle for mid-table spots ahead of the holiday weekend. Mortal Instruments fared best with a $1.3 million bow, while fare oriented to slightly younger viewers struggled. Monsters University had a fourth place debut with $1.2 million. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters placed in the middle of the table with a $1.1 million take. Despicable Me 2 was a surprise flop, the film finished the weekend with a $1.9 million take including previews but occupies the sixth position on the chart after failing to hit the $1 million mark over the weekend.
Top 10 Films in South Korea. September 13-15, 2013.
A fantastic $2.4 million hold kept White House Down on top of the German box office in its second weekend. The result represents a mere 15% drop from last weekend's opening, taking the cumulative total to $6.4 million. Olympus Has Fallen received a significantly smaller release in the market this June, only grossing $1.4 million in its theatrical run.
We're the Millers also posted a strong hold, falling only 6% in its third frame for a $1.5 million second place finish. The comedy has grossed a total of $6.8 million in Germany.
Red 2 disappointed with a third place finish after a $1.3 million bow from 532 screens. The original Red tallied a $2.4 million opening en route to an $8.5 million run in Germany.
Two major milestones were reached over the weekend as The Smurfs 2 crossed the $20 million mark in its seventh frame and Despicable Me 2 passed the $36 million mark in its eleventh weekend.
Top 10 Films in Germany. September 13-15, 2013.
Lee Daniels' The Butler was the surprising champion at the French box office over the weekend. The indie drama walked away with a $2.6 million debut from France's highly competitive market, nearly grossing twice as much as the opening frame of Michael Bay's Pain and Gain in a head-to-head battle. The Michael Bay dark comedy finished the weekend in second place with a $1.4 million gross.
Now You See Me reached an important benchmark by hitting the $25 million mark after seven weeks in France. The Conjuring reached the $8 million mark in its fourth frame. Red 2 nears the bottom of the table after surpassing the $5 million mark in its third frame, a long way down from its opening weekend as the top film on the market.
Top 10 Films in France. September 13-15, 2013
By Shawn Robbins
Walt Disney Studios announced this afternoon a handful of release date changes (seen below), most notable among them being the 7- and 18-month delay of two Pixar films. The widely anticipated Finding Dory, originally slated for November 25, 2015, will now be released on June 17, 2016 (filling the void of the "Untitled Pixar Film" Disney had in that slot). In addition, The Good Dinosaur will take Dory's former place on the schedule as it has been delayed from its original May 30, 2014 date to November 25, 2015.
In addition to those moves, Disney announced the following:
- The Fifth Estate (from DreamWorks) will now see a wide release on October 18 this year (from October 11 in limited release)
- Maleficent (starring Angelina Jolie) moves to May 30, 2014 (from July 2, 2014)
- McFarland receives a November 21, 2014 wide release date
Obviously, the biggest news here is the shuffling of two major Pixar films. The Good Dinosaur will now release a year-and-a-half later than planned. Although it's fairly late in the game to delay a film that was relatively close to its summer release next year, the news makes sense in the wake of this month's announcement that director Bob Petersen (co-director of Up) was removed as director.
Although this move leaves 2014 with no Pixar films for the first time since 2005 (in between 2004's The Incredibles and 2006's Cars), the strategy is wise given the creative conflicts that seem to have arisen over the original story. Now, Pixar has the time necessary to steer the ship back in the right direction.
Meanwhile, Finding Dory will also benefit from its move to summer. Rumors persist that Disney may release Star Wars: Episode VII in or around December 2015--less than one month after Dory was originally slated to open. Although that remains wholly unconfirmed, the pieces are starting to align in a way that quietly indicate Disney's intentions. Time will tell. Either way, Finding Nemo became the highest-attended Pixar film ever (domestically and overseas) with its Summer 2003 release, so Dory will be right at home in June 2016.
Insidious: Chapter 2 is already turning heads. The micro-budget horror sequel opened in North America to $40.27 million and posted the biggest Friday opening of all time for a horror film in U.K. box office history en route to a $4.59 million bow. The sequel finished the weekend as the top film in the United Kingdom with a debut that outgrossed comparable titles like The Conjuring, The Purge, Mama, and Insidious. Insidious: Chapter 2 is currently playing on 558 screens at 414 locations across the U.K. The original Insidious opened to $2.4 million in the United Kingdom and went on to gross $11.9 million in the market. BoxOffice estimates the film's total budget at $30 million, making Insidious: Chapter 2 an instant box office hit.
eOne, Film District, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions announced a third entry to the franchise today with Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2 screenwriter Leigh Whannell set to pen next the chapter in the horror saga.
In a joint statement made available through a press release, Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict's CEO, Xavier Marchand, eOne's President, Film Production, and Steven Bersch, President of SPWA, said, "The release of the first Insidious resonated with audiences around the world and quickly became one of the most talked about films in 2011. This weekend moviegoers enjoyed the terrifying continuation of the first film and we are confident they will be excited to see the third chapter of the Insidious world. There is nobody better suited to bring audiences the next chapter of this haunting story than Leigh who has brilliantly written both Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2."
Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse added, "FilmDistrict, eOne and SPWA have been incredible partners on the Insidious franchise. We are all so grateful for how audiences embraced James Wan and Leigh's latest film and are excited to see what Leigh has in store for the third chapter."