Sunday (9/23) Update: Sony reports that Resident Evil: Retribution made $30.5 million overseas this weekend. The international cume is now $103.4 million and the worldwide total is close to $140 million.
Sunday (9/16) Update: Sony reports Resident Evil: Retribution opened to $71.1 million worldwide this weekend, including $50 million from overseas territories.
In Japan, Retribution launched with $10.3 million -- the biggest opening for a Hollywood film and second biggest overall this year in that country. The figure is 15% bigger than the previous film, Resident Evil: Afterlife, double that of The Dark Knight Rises, and 61% higher than Marvel's The Avengers.
In Taiwan, the flick bowed 97% higher than its predecessor to $4.4 million. That represents Taiwan's 2nd best 5-day opening of 2012 (behind Avengers) and the 4th best of all-time after Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Spider-Man 2.
Retribution also topped the openings of Afterlife in all Latin American markets (breakdowns included below).
Other notable countries:
Russia: $8.5 million (20% more than Afterlife)
Brazil: $3.5 million
Korea: $2.4 million (25% less than Afterlife)
Malaysia: $2.1 million (67% more than Afterlife)
Indonesia: $1.9 million (five times Afterlife)
Thailand: $1.8 million
Philippines: $1.6 million
Australia: $1.5 million (23% less than Afterlife)
Hong Kong: $1.4 million (67% more than Afterlife)
Colombia: $1.0 million
Central America: $430k
New York, N.Y. -- Screenvision, a national leader in cinema advertising sales, services and content distribution, has teamed up with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films to bring John Carpenter's immortal 1978 classic, "Halloween," back to the big screen. This nationwide release, beginning October 25th with select showings through October 31st, will be the widest distribution the film has seen since originally shocking audiences in 1978. This cinema scare classic will be presented in a striking, new HD transfer and 5.1 audio.
Screenvision's presentation of "Halloween" will also include an exclusive documentary short entitled "You Can't Kill The Bogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween." The documentary focuses on the undeniable impact the film, and series, has had on culture and the genre. A full list of exhibiting theaters will be announced soon.
In the film, the villain, Michael Myers, has spent the last 15 years locked away inside a sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. On October 30, 1978, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, turning a night of tricks and treats into something much more sinister for three young women, including Laurie Strode, the star-making role for Jamie Lee Curtis. Dr. Loomis is their only hope, but will he find his shadow-dwelling patient in time?
"We are thrilled to bring John Carpenter's original Halloween back to the screen after almost 35 years," says series producer Malek Akkad. "We are excited for fans from coast to coast to finally get the ultimate theatrical experience."
Darryl Schaffer, EVP of Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision said: "We're excited to bring the movie that helped define the horror genre back to the big screen for this timely exhibition."