The top film in the French box office this weekend reads like a typo for those unfamiliar with Icelandic volcanos. In 2010, the volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupted in Iceland, causing major havoc in the airline industry after volcanic ash prompted flight delays around the world. Alexandre Coffre's new film takes advantage of the real-life scenario to create a road trip comedy starring Valerie Bonneton and Dany Boon, The film, titled after the volcano itself, grossed $4.1 million in its opening weekend and led the per-screen average category with a $6,398 take from 645 screens.
The French comedy nearly doubled the $2.4 million earned by Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine in its second week expansion. Blue Jasmine averaged $5,848 from 413 theaters, taking its French cume to a healthy $6.8 million. Woody Allen's films have performed well in France in the new millennium and Blue Jasmine will vie to join top-grossing titles like Vicky Cristina Barcelona ($15.9M), Midnight in Paris ($15.4m), and Match Point ($11M).
Lee Daniels' The Butler continues its surprisingly successful run in France, crossing the $10 million mark in its fourth weekend. The Butler grossed $1.5 million over the weekend, a mere 24% drop from the previous weekend.
Insidious: Chapter 2 posted a $1.28 million bow from 240 screens, registering a strong $5,346 per-screen average in its opening weekend. The horror film outperformed the premiere of Diana; the Lady Di biopic struggled out of the gate with a $1 million debut from 406 screens. Machete Kills rounds out the top ten with a $617k debut from 207 screens. Robert Rodriguez's grindhouse-inspired sequel opened in the same range as the original's $661k debut in 2010. Machete went on to gross $1.4 million from the French box office.
Top Ten Films in France. October 4-6, 2013
Warner Bros. had a great weekend at the overseas box office. A great opening for Gravity in 27 markets and two major milestones for The Conjuring and We're the Millers are sure to leave executives happy at WB; the studio is coming off a summer where even moderate hits in North America have been able to perform well overseas.
Gravity launched overseas with a strong $28.4 million take from 27 markets, $1 million more than originally estimated on Sunday, collecting 2.8 million admissions from over 4,700 screens. The 3D format of the film accounted for approximately 70% of the box office take.
The sci-fi spectacle opened with $7.5 million in Russia, notching 752k admissions from 1,215 screens with 3D accounting for 75% of the share. Germany brought in $3.9 million, amounting to 276k admissions from 629 screens and a fantastic 97% share for 3D. Australia opened to $3.3 million, approximately 264k admissions from 469 screens and a 56% 3D share. Gravity pulled in $2.8 million from Italy, 204k admissions from 4377 screens with a strong 95% of the share coming from 3D. Spain collected $2.3 million, 224k admissions from 328 screens and a 53% share from 3D.
A $55.7 million opening weekend in North America pushes the film's global total to $83.9 million. Gravity will open in Brazil next weekend, South Korea on October 17, and director Alfonso Cuarón's home country, Mexico, on October 18. Gravity will expand to France on October 23, the United Kingdom on November 8, and Japan on December 13.
The Conjuring broke a major milestone, crossing the $300 million mark at the global box office. The low budget horror film added $4.7 million from 54 markets over the weekend to take its overseas cume to $168.6 million. The global total for The Conjuring is $305.6 million.
We're the Millers hit another big mark for Warner Bros. overseas, crossing the $100 million milestone/ The raunchy ensemble comedy generated $5.1 million from 56 markets over the weekend to take its overseas cume to $103.6 million. We're the Millers has grossed $248.5 million worldwide.
Despicable Me 2 posted the fourth biggest opening weekend of all time for an animated film in Turkey as the Minions continued their terrific run in the overseas box office. The animated sequel also posted first place debuts in Serbia & Montenegro and Slovenia, along with a third consecutive weekend atop the Japanese box office. Despicable Me 2 outgrossed the original's $14.9 million lifetime total in Japan with a $2.5 million take that boosts its cume to $17.3 million. The film will open in its final two territories, Greece and Italy, next weekend. Despicable Me 2 has grossed $510.4 million overseas and $872.8 million worldwide.
The Lone Ranger took in $7 million over the first two days of a long weekend in China, the final overseas territory for Disney's box office fiasco. It's expected that The Lone Ranger will finish its Chinese debut with a $10 million total, not a bad boost for a film that is currently reporting a $165.9 million cume. The Lone Ranger has grossed $255.2 million worldwide.
Prisoners held on to the top spot in the United Kingdom, adding $1.9 million to take its cume in the market to $5.6 million. The film took in $900k from 297 screens in its South Korean debut. Prisoners has grossed a total of $14.1 million from 32 markets, with France and Germany to open next weekend. Prisoners has grossed a total of $61.9 million worldwide.
Runner Runner struggled to get off the ground in North America but is being buoyed by respectable overseas numbers. The film has grossed $23.6 million from 52 markets, including strong runs in Russia ($4.8M), the U.K. ($2.7M), Australia ($2.4M), and France ($2.2M). Runner Runner is set to open in Mexico, Taiwan, and four additional markets next weekend.
Ron Howard's F1 biopic, Rush, led the way in its Austrian debut, notching a $675k bow in Niki Lauda's home country with double the per-screen average of Turbo and Gravity combined. Rush has grossed $34.9 million overseas and $53 million worldwide.
Turbo opened in second place in Germany with a $2.9 million bow. Australia reported a strong hold for the animated film, where it collected $2.1 million to bring its Australian cume to $9.5 million. Turbo has earned $112.7 million overseas and $194.7 million worldwide.
The Wolverine will be hoping for a strong push from China, its final overseas market, on October 17 to push its total outside of North America past the $250 million mark. The Wolverine has grossed $244.4 million overseas and $376 million worldwide.
The Heat is still playing in about a dozen markets overseas and added $1.1 million over the weekend to reach a $68.4 million overseas total. The Heat still has Spain left in its release schedule and is currently reporting a $227.4 million global total.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has three markets left to its overseas run, including Japan. The family-oriented adventure sequel has grossed a total of $121.9 million overseas and $187.8 million worldwide.
Riddick is nearing the $50 million overseas mark and will look to surpass that milestone when it opens in Brazil next weekend. The latest installment of Vin Diesel's sci-fi franchise has collected $48 million from 55 overseas markets. Riddick has grossed $89.2 million worldwide.
R.I.P.D. continues to stagger along overseas. The film opened in seventh place in Mexico with a $480k bow. It took third place in its Peruvian premiere with $179k. R.I.P.D. has grossed $41.6 million overseas and $75.2 million worldwide. The film will open in Japan, its final territory, on October 18.
Planes has its sights set on the $100 million overseas mark and still has two key markets to achieve it. The animated film has $92.3 million in the bank from 46 territories and will open in Italy on November 8 and Japan on December 21. Planes has grossed a total of $180.4 million worldwide.
Rush is raking in serious money overseas. Ron Howard's F1 drama has already grossed $30 million outside of North America, with exit polls coming in around the 90s in the United States, Canada, the U.K., and France.
Rush will go into Italy as the #1 film in its third week of release, already enjoying a $6 million showing in the territory. Distributor StudioCanal is expecting a long run in the United Kingdom after the film broke $11.5 million in its third week. Rush opened in France last weekend and is currently reporting a $1.3 million cume. The film is expected to surpass $1 million in Mexico over the weekend.
Rush kept the #2 spot in New Zealand for a $500k cume. The film opened in Australia on Thursday with a $300k bow. The Middle East territories combined for a $600k cume.
Rush will open in the Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Pakistan, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Indonesia this weekend.