AUSTRALIA: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Conquers Australia on May 14, 2013

STID.jpgStar Trek Into Darkness topped the Australian box office last weekend, grossing $5.2 million to put an end to the reign of Iron Man 3 as the highest grossing movie in the country. Iron Man 3 saw its gross fall 51% from the previous weekend, taking in $3.1 million to reach a $32.8 million cume.

The Big Wedding received more good news in its second week, grossing $1 million to make a sturdy $3 million cume that comes as a breath of fresh air after its woes in the U.S. box office. The Place Beyond the Pines opened in limited release and nearly beat Star Trek's per-screen average with $9,832 across each of its 64 locations. Spring Breakers opened in 48 screens but was unable to drum up as much interest, averaging $3,852 per location.

Box Office Results for Australia. May 10-12, 2013


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U.K.: 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' Takes the U.K. with $12.9M on May 14, 2013

STID2.jpgA $12.9 million weekend saw Star Trek: Into Darkness beat out Iron Man 3 for the top spot at the U.K.'s box office. The sci-fi sequel relied heavily on this market to reach its $31.7 million overseas total from the seven territories it opened last weekend. It is the first film to significantly outgross Iron Man 3. A $23,374 per-screen average confirms Star Trek's U.K. release date as a big success. Star Trek: Into Darkness is already set to outperform the total gross for Tom Cruise's Oblivion ($16M) in the U.K. by next weekend.

Iron Man 3 fell 50% from the previous weekend to gross $4.8 million and reach a $48.1 million cume. The Croods kept its strong hold in the market by maintaining a competitive per-screen average of $1,302 in its eight week in release. The animated feature has already grossed $39.7 million.

Meanwhile, in limited release: Mud premiered in 71 screens for a successful $5,171 average. Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited held on to a spot in the top ten for the second consecutive weekend. The Spanish auteur's latest has grossed just under $1 million in two weeks.

Box office results for the United Kingdom. May 10-12, 2013.


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MEXICO: 'Star Trek: Into Darkness" Disappoints in Debut on May 14, 2013

STID.jpgStar Trek: Into Darkness performed below expectations in Mexico last weekend, grossing $2.6 million for the second spot in the top ten. Iron Man 3 retained the number one position with a $3.5 million weekend and a $42.3 million cume. Unsurprisingly, releasing the Star Trek sequel on Mother's Day weekend at the heels of Iron Man 3 was probably not the best plan from Paramount's strategic overseas roll-out.

The domestic class comedy Nosotros Los Nobles broke the $20 million mark last week and currently has a $21.9 million cume. Nosotros Los Nobles grossed a strong $1.3 million in its seventh week in release and scored the highest per-screen average in the country. Historical epic Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla saw a steep drop in its second week, falling 47% and just failing to reach the a $2 million cume.

Box office results for Mexico. May 10-12, 2013.


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JAPAN: No New Releases Stall the Box Office on May 14, 2013

Iron-Man-3-Stills-iron-man-33278597-500-301.jpgA slow weekend with no new releases saw all but one of the films in the top ten drop over 50% in Japan. Meitantei Conan Private Eye 2013 kept the number one spot, beating out Iron Man 3 for the second consecutive week by grossing $1.5 million to the superhero film's $1.4 million. The Japanese film outgrossed fellow domestic hit, Dragon Ball Z: Kami to Kami, over the weekend and both are expected to reach the $30 million mark by next weekend.

Box office results for Japan. May 10-12, 2013.



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UPDATED: NORTH AMERICA: Final Weekend Number From WB Puts 'The Great Gatsby' Just Above $50 Million on May 13, 2013


Monday Update: The final opening weekend gross for The Great Gatsby is $50.1 million. 

Sunday Update: Warner's official weekend estimate for The Great Gatsby is $51.115 million.  The film fell 9 percent on Saturday to gross $17.64 million and is estimated to take in $14.11 million on Sunday.

The film earned a B rating on CinemaScore, which could point towards potential front-loading going forward. The audience breakdown for The Great Gatsby skewed towards female moviegoers (59 percent) and heavily towards older moviegoers (69 percent of the audience was over the age of 25). 3D grosses represented a modest 33 percent of the film's total gross this weekend; making this weekend's performance even more impressive.

Saturday Update: The official Friday estimate from Warner Bros. is $19.4 million for The Great Gatsby. BoxOffice is projecting a $52.5 million debut based on that. 

That marks the second best opening of star Leonardo DiCaprio's career. Gatsby's debut will trail only Inception's $62.8 million opening frame on the Oscar-nominated actor's list of successes. (When adjusting for inflation, Titanic's $28.6 million opening would work out to roughly $50 million.)

Friday Update #4: Various reports indicate that Gatsby's opening weekend will be stronger than early Friday estimates anticipated. The Warner Bros. release could be looking at a $55 million debut frame. 

Friday Update #3: Sources tell BoxOffice that Gatsby's debut frame will end up closer to $40 million-$43 million.

As for Tyler Perry Presents' Peeples, an anemic $4 million-$6 million is likely.

Check back tomorrow morning for official studio estimates and revised weekend projections.

Friday Update #2: Early reports indicate that The Great Gatsby could end up somewhere between $43 million-$45 million during its debut frame based on a healthy Friday total of $15 million or so. Sources tell BoxOffice that the film could even exceed $45 million.

Meanwhile, Tyler Perry Presents Peeples is off to a rough start. The comedy is looking at around $6 million for the entire weekend after what's shaping up to be a mediocre $2 million Friday haul.

Friday Update #1: Warner Bros. reports that The Great Gatsby took in $3.25 million from Thursday evening/midnight shows. That's a solid start for the glitzy drama. When it comes to other female-skewing flicks, Gatsby's early grosses are strong enough to top the $3 million midnight haul of Sex and the City 2 and the $2.1 million Magic Mike midnight tally. (Granted, the new standard of Thursday evening shows helps considerably.) Critics have not been kind to Gatsby, but moviegoers seem to be shrugging that off thus far. 

Check back later today for updates on how Gatsby's debut frame is shaping up.

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