Man of Steel won a head-to-head battle against the premiere of World War Z in the United Kingdom. The Superman reboot took in $7.8 million over the weekend, retaining the top spot at the box office and raising its UK total to $33.2 million. Man of Steel currently posts a $188.3 million global cume, making the United Kingdom a vital market for the superhero film. Man of Steel is on track to outperform the success of Fast & Furious 6, which has grossed $37.8 million in six weeks, by next weekend. Brad Pitt's World War Z opened in second place with $6.9 million, barely edging out Superman in the per-screen average category.
It was a slow weekend for the rest of the releases, with new openings Snitch and Before Midnight landing in the bottom half of the table. That isn't to say that Before Midnight disappointed in its UK premiere; the third entry in the Jesse and Celine franchise averaged $3,451 from 106 screens -only behind Man of Steel and World War Z in the category. Snitch couldn't pack theaters in the same way, settling for middling $1,356 average from 305 screens in its debut.
Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, is proving resilient at the UK box office. The film has grossed $3.8 million over three weeks, a good number considering the film didn't receive a theatrical release in North America.
Box Office Results for the United Kingdom. Weekend of June 21-23, 2013
After Earth opened to a $2 million weekend in Japan, claiming the top spot at the box office. The film is comparing favorably against previous performances from director M Night Shyamalan and co-star Jayden Smith in the market; After Earth did nearly double the business of Shyamalan's The Last Airbender and scored 5% higher than Jayden's The Karate Kid reboot.
The Great Gatsby held well in its second frame, only dropping 24% for a $1.3 million weekend and a $5.3 million cume in Japan. The market has also given a significant late push to Oblivion and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The Tom Cruise vehicle has grossed $12.2 million in four weeks, a welcome contribution as Oblivion nears the $200 million overseas mark. It doesn't look like Japan will be able to push the sci-fi flick over the hump, however, as the film is currently posting a $195.6 million total outside of North America.
Japan will be able to help G.I. Joe: Retaliation reach a milestone of its own, with the film currently posting a $249.6 million overseas total. G.I. Joe: Retaliation should be able to break the $250 million overseas mark within the next two weeks in Japan, where it has currently grossed a $7.9 million total after three weeks in release.
Box Office Results for Japan. Weekend of June 21-23, 2013.
A $7.9 million opening weekend in France helped Man of Steel dominate the box office against three other new releases that broke into the top ten. The Warner Bros. Superman reboot averaged $9,243 in 862 locations to win in the per-screen average column as well.
The French comedy Josephine came in second place with a $1.5 million opening weekend. The French comedy features a cat named Brad Pitt and it will be interesting to see if the feline can put up a fight against the upcoming release of the human Brad Pitt's World War Z.
Star Trek Into Darkness fell 60% in its second frame to bring in $1.3 million to its French gross. The sci-fi sequel has made of $5.3 million in France. It was just enough to knock down the opening weekend of Les Beaux Jours, which opened in nearly half the current screen count of the latest Star Trek and managed to challenge the Hollywood blockbuster for third place. Fellow Hollywood sci-fi film After Earth fell 38% in its second weekend for a $1.1 million three-day gross and an $8.2 million French total.
Box Office Results for France. Weekend of June 21-23, 2013.
School is out for the winter in Australia, and that means big numbers for the box office. World War Z took off with the top spot, grossing $5.5 million across 464 screens in its opening weekend. The zombie epic was closely trailed by Despicable Me 2, released early in Australia to cash in on the young audiences with time to spare. Despicable Me 2 grossed $4.6 million in its opening frame, boosting its total to $6.7 million after the previous week's paid previews. Despicable Me 2 won in a head-to-head battle of animated sequels against Monsters University. Pixar's latest came in third with a $3.5 million opening weekend.
Box Office Results for Australia. June 21-23, 2013
Once again, overseas audiences are able to enjoy a Hollywood film well before North American moviegoers. Universal's Despicable Me 2 is already off to a great start in Australia, and preview shows went well in the U.K. and Ireland.
Official notes from Universal:
Despicable Me 2 had an outstanding opening this weekend in Australia with a total gross of $4.3 million at 272 dates. DM2's total gross in Australia is $6.4 million including $2.1 million from last week's paid previews. This is the biggest opening ever for Illumination Entertainment in Australia & 38% bigger than the opening of Despicable Me. DM2 placed No. 2 behind World War Z and 25% ahead of No. 3 Monsters University. DM2 is performing in the same range as such hits as Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3 and The Croods.
Despicable Me 2 opens July 3 in North America, but Universal released the film in Australia early to coincide with the winter school holidays that commence in parts of Australia on Monday and continue through mid-July. Sydney has really embraced the film, including allowing (the first time ever) official flags to be flown with DM2 images. Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove travelled to Sydney for the premiere and were met by huge crowds everywhere they went.
In addition to its opening in Australia, Despicable Me 2 had paid previews in the U.K. and Ireland this weekend and the Saturday previews were spectacular. The film was No. 1 at the box office on Saturday, besting new opener World War Z and Man of Steel in its second week. DM2's previews on Saturday were the third highest for an animated film in this market behind only Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. DM2 opens in the U.K. and Ireland, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden and French-Switzerland next weekend. The majority of international territories open with the U.S. on July 3 and over that weekend.