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.
Monsters 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.
Director Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy have first-hand experience of what it takes to succeed at the Australian box office. Their 2011 comedy, Bridesmaids, grossed a total of $28.9 million in Australia, constituting 24% of the film's total overseas gross. Even Melissa McCarthy's last picture, Identity Thief, managed to earn 18% of its $40.5 million overseas cume from the territory, making Australia the most profitable overseas market for the Universal comedy.
Feig and McCarthy returned to Australia last weekend with their latest outing, The Heat. The film proved popular enough to lead the weekend box office, coming in first place with a $3.5 million opening weekend that edged out a competitive $3.4 million take from Despicable Me 2's fourth frame. Despicable Me 2 has had a consistent run in Australia, currently posting a $27.1 million and outgrossing the $25.2 million from Fast & Furious 6 as the highest grossing film currently in release.
The Heat wasn't the only Fox comedy playing in Australia. The Internship is trying to rebound from a terrible run in North America by putting its hopes in the hands of the world's most comedy-friendly markets. Australia is a key territory in that equation and has done its fair share of help by giving the struggling comedy a $7 million take over the last five weeks.
Pacific Rim premiered in Australia almost as an afterthought, placing in third behind The Heat and Despicable Me 2. Pacific Rim's $2.7 million opening weekend isn't a major disappointment, however, taking into account the domination of family films and comedies during this time of year in Australia. The packed release calendar is also responsible for a similarly slow start from The Lone Ranger, which has fought for every cent in its $6.5 million Australian run in the last two weeks.
Monsters University brought in $2.5 million to bring its total to $18.8 million in its fourth weekend. World War Z added another million to its Australian cume in the same timeframe, reaching a $15.4 million total. Man of Steel finished its third weekend in Australia with a $1.9 million take to see its cume in the territory reach $19 million.
Top 10 Films in Australia. July 12-41, 2013.