UK: 'Insidious: Chapter 2' Posts Record-Breaking Friday En Route to $4.5M Bow on September 18, 2013


insidiousc2sTILL.jpgInsidious: Chapter 2 broke the box office record for an opening day gross by a horror film in the United Kingdom in its day-and-date premiere. The horror sequel went on to gross a $4.5 million total over the weekend, claiming the top spot at the box office with one of the more successful debuts for the genre in recent memory. It's a big achievement considering the horror filmed opened alongside Ron Howard's Rush and White House Down in a three-way battle for #1.


Rush settled for a $3.3 million second place finish. The sports drama played in 457 screens and averaged $7,293 per theater, only behind the $11,036 average posted by the Insidious sequel across 414 screens. White House Down placed third with a $1.8 million bow. 


Last week's top film, the romantic time travel comedy About Time, dropped to fourth place with a $1.7 million hold. It was a good sophomore weekend for the film, which only fell 37% from the previous weekend. About Time has grossed a total of $6.1 million in the United Kingdom.


Top 10 Films in the United Kingdom. September 13-15, 2013.



SOUTH KOREA: Western Films Start Slow Ahead of Chuseok Holiday on September 18, 2013



MISTills.jpgA 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.



GERMANY: 'White House Down' Keeps Up with the Competition, Reaches $6.4M Cume on September 18, 2013


whdstill.jpgA 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.



FRANCE: 'The Butler' Posts $2.6M Premiere, Beats 'Pain and Gain' Debut on September 18, 2013


butlerstill.jpgLee 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



Disney/Pixar Moves 'Finding Dory' to Summer 2016, Delays 'The Good Dinosaur' to November 2015 on September 18, 2013

disney.pngBy 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.

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