CHINA: U.S. Director Dennie Gordon directed a trio of mainstream studio films in the early aughts without finding much box office success. Her directorial debut at the helm of a Chinese spy comedy gave her the top spot at the Chinese box office.
ITALY: Forget Formula 1, The Smurfs 2 won the head-to-head showdown against Rush in a close race.
MEXICO: Instructions Not Included posted the highest opening of all time for a domestic film, dethroning the 2011 Mexican animated release of Hannah Barbera's Top Cat. An $11.5 million debut could help the comedy beat Nosotros Los Nobles as the most successful domestic film of all time in Mexico.
UNITED KINGDOM: Rush placed first in its second weekend, but the Princess Diana biopic starring Naomi Watts couldn't come up with anything better than a mid-table debut.
The Smurfs 2 opened in 620 screens in Italy over the weekend, claiming the top spot with a $2.8 million bow. The previous installment in the franchise was released during September of 2011 with a $3.6 million premiere, going on to take $15.7 million from the market. The dip from the animated sequel's Italian premiere won't register as a big disappointment for Sony, however, considering that it defeated Ron Howard's Rush in a head-to-head box office face-off. A $2.3 million bow from 482 screens gave the F1 film a market-leading $4,941 average.
We're the Millers turned in a strong $1.1 million hold in its second weekend, a 26% drop from its opening frame. The raunchy ensemble comedy has grossed a total of $3.3 million in Italy. The Smurfs 2 took out most of the lightning from Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, as the live-action sequel dropped to fourth place in its second frame with a 55% drop from its opening weekend. The Percy Jackson sequel finished its second weekend with a $3.2 million total.
Top 10 Films in Italy. September 20-22, 2013
Instructions Not Included posted the biggest opening weekend of all time for a Mexican film in its home country. The comedy took in a massive $11.5 million in its debut. The previous record holder was the 20us11 Mexican production of Hannah Barbera's Top Cat. Instructions Not Included stars the Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez, famous for building a loyal following in the country through sitcoms in the mid-90s. The comedy has already grossed over $34 million in the United States.
Planes saw its second weekend grosses cut by 40% on the shadow of Instructions Not Included. The animated film took in $1.4 million to reach a $5.4 million total over its second frame. The Conjuring held on to a $584k weekend in its fifth frame, still managing to stay in the top spots after posting the highest opening weekend of all time for a horror film in the country. The Conjuring has grossed a total of $18.1 million.
Top 10 Films in Mexico. September 20-22, 2013
Rush raced to the #1 spot in its second weekend in the United Kingdom, finishing its first hold with a $2.1 million take. The result gives Ron Howard's F1 drama a $7.4 million total in the United Kingdom. The first place finish was due in large part to a heavy 62% drop from Insidious: Chapter 2, which finished its second weekend with a $1.7 million take and $7.8 million cume.
Action flick White House Down and the romantic time-traveling comedy About Time both posted $1.1 million holds. White House Down has collected a total of $3.9 million from the U.K. in two weeks and will have a hard time catching up to the $9.4 million grossed by Olympus Has Fallen earlier this year. About Time has now reached ban $8.4 million totals after three weeks in release.
Diana, the Princess Diana biopic starring Naomi Watts, posted a $997k performance in a mid-table debut. It's a disappointing performance for the biopic considering it was released in 523 screens, only One Direction: This is Us played in more theaters. The One Direction concert movie reached an $11.3 million total in its fourth weekend on the market. R.I.P.D. and The Call both finished their opening weekends on the bottom half of the table, grossing $810k and $656k respectively.
Top 10 Films in the United Kingdom. September 20-22, 2013
A #1 opening in Japan turned in $6.3 million for Despicable Me 2, a 36% increase over the original's premiere in the market. South Korea's Chusok holiday began on Wednesday and helped the film improve to a $4.6 million 11-day total in the market. There are five territories left to open for Despicable Me 2: Serbia & Montenegro and Slovenia on Oct. 3, Turkey on Oct. 4 and Greece and Italy on Oct. 10. The animated sequel has grossed $493.3 million overseas and $854 million globally. It is the second biggest film at the global box office, trailing the $1.2 billion earned by Iron Man 3.
Monsters University reached a $4.1 million cume after the long holiday weekend in South Korea, a bright spot as the animated release hits fourteen weeks in theaters around the world. Top performers for Monsters University are Japan ($90.4M), the U.K. ($45.1M), Mexico ($38.2M), China ($32.5M), Argentina ($23.7M), Australia ($22.4M), and Russia ($20.9M). The film has grossed $470.4 million overseas and $736.3 million worldwide.
Prisoners opened day-and-date in 13 minor overseas markets, notching a $1.2 million overseas bow. The film's global total is $22 million after opening in first place in North America.
Riddick ranked third in its French premiere, bringing in $2 million from 365 locations. The film's German debut brought in $1.3 million from 350 sites for another third place finish. The top markets for the sci-fi action flick are Russia ($8.6M), the U.K. ($4.2M), and Spain ($2.5M). Riddick has grossed $36.9 million overseas and $73.8 million worldwide.
A $9.8 million opening in China gave Turbo the title of the #1 non-Chinese film in the market, a promising start for a film that started slow out of the gate in North America. Turbo took the top spot in Australia with a $1.4 million bow. The animated film has now reached $92 million overseas and $173.6 million worldwide.
Lee Daniels' The Butler is reporting results from 7 overseas markets that takes the film to a $6.1 million overseas total. France is leading the way with a surprising $4.9 million take. The Butler has grossed $112.4 million worldwide.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters posted a $1.2 million debut in Australia. The film continues a strong run in its sixth week in France and Brazil, grossing $13 million and $11.1 million respectively. The sequel has now grossed a total of $110.9 million overseas and $175.1 million globally.
The Wolverine is adding to its tally before its scheduled October 17 debut in China. The superhero film has grossed $241.2 million overseas and $372 million worldwide.
The Conjuring fell shy of hitting the $150 million overseas milestone over the weekend. The thriller added $10.1 million from 58 territories to reach a $149.2 million overseas cume, including a strong $5 million debut from South Korea. The top markets for the film include Mexico ($18.1M), the U.K. ($16M), and Russia ($10M). The Conjuring has grossed a succesful $285.4 million worldwide.
We're the Millers continues its strong overseas run, reaching an $84.5 million total over the weekend. The raunchy comedy had a $1.4 million debut in France and posted a $1.3 million hold in its second weekend in Italy. We're the Millers is playing particularly well in Russia ($17.3M), the U.K. ($12M), Germany ($8.6M), and Australia ($8.3M). The ensemble comedy has grossed $222.6M globally.
R.I.P.D. flopped in the U.K. with a $840k finish at 375 dates, finishing at sixth place in its opening frame on the market. The film had similar struggles in Argentina with a $170k debut from 94 dates. The troubled Universal release will hope to fare better in Latin America's two biggest markets next weekend, where it plans to bring in competitive debuts from Brazil and Mexico.
Kick-Ass 2 had a 600% improvement over its predecessor in Colombia, where it had a $65k debut from 50 dates. The superhero sequel has grossed $30.4 million overseas and $59 million worldwide.
Pain and Gain pumped up an additional $1.4 million to its overseas total this weekend, bringing its overseas tally to $31.4 million. The film has grossed a total of $81.2 million worldwide.
Planes took in $7.2 million overseas in its seventh weekend, including a $700k opening in Australia. The top markets for the film are the United Kingdom ($12.2M), Spain ($7.4M), Germany ($6.3M), Mexico ($5.3M), and Russia ($5.2M). The animated film has grossed $69 million overseas and $155.5 million worldwide.