After Earth did just enough to end out on top of the U.K. box office in its opening weekend, nearly doubling the weekend take of The Hangover Part III with a market-leading $3.5 million gross. The $5,202 average from 673 screens was enough to take advantage of a release window that presented little competition; only three other new releases made it into the top ten through limited release.
The Hangover Part III is no less of a blockbuster despite signing off on its #1 spot in its third week. The comedy has grossed a $24.6 million cume in the U.K. Fast & Furious 6 placed third on the podium with a $1.3 million weekend, taking its total gross to $35.3 million.
Epic and The Great Gatsby both brought in $1 million each to place just above the middle of the table. The animated film is riding a number of strong hold-over performances, but it looks like its $17 million cume won't be seeing any significant changes in the coming weeks. Gatsby is celebrating crossing the $20 million mark after four weeks in theaters.
The Purge has been unable to find the same success in the U.K. than it has in North America. The low-budget thriller has grossed $3.4 million in two weeks, more than enough in comparison to its reported $3 million budget, but nowhere near the numbers the film has grossed domestically.
The big story coming from the U.K. is the ongoing success of Star Trek Into Darkness. The sci-fi sequel has grossed $37.1 million of its $176.4 million overseas cume in the United Kingdom. This was the first weekend where the film grossed under $1 million, dropping 52% from its previous frame. The Man of Steel release might push it further down the chart, but it's markets like the U.K. that have been able to allow the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise to outgross its predecessor.
Box Office Results for the United Kingdom. Weekend of June 7-9, 2013
The Hangover Part III won the top spot at the box office in Spain for the second consecutive week, bringing in $1.3 million to reach a $4.7 million cume. Fast & Furious 6 fell 48% in its third week, grossing $1.1 million. The weekend take was enough for the action film, which passed the $10 million mark. Its performance has it on pace to surpass Iron Man 3's $12.7 million and become the highest grossing live-action film of the summer. It still won't be enough to beat The Croods, however, which has grossed a massively successful $17.9 million cume after 12 weeks in release.
Box Office Results for Spain. Weekend of June 7-9, 2013.
After Earth couldn't muster enough excitement in Italy to open above The Hangover Part III. The adult-themed comedy continued its run atop the Italian box office with a $2.9 million weekend, falling 63% from its opening take. The Hangover Part III has become a rapid success in Italy with a $13.4 million cume. The overseas total for the comedy now stands at $170.4 million, giving new life to a film that has struggled to perform in North America. After Earth was less lucky, taking in $2.3 million for second place after opening in 442 screens. After Earth has an overseas total of $49 million that will continue to grow as the film expands worldwide. Fast & Furious 6 suffered a steep 70% drop in its third week but won't be complaining after posting a $15.8 million total in Italy. The car caper film took the fourth spot in last weekend's top ten, a position above The Great Gatsby in its fourth week. Gatsby is still just outside the $10 million mark in Italy, currently boasting a comfortable $9 million total a month into its release.
Box Office Results for Italy. Weekend of June 7-9, 2013.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation opened in Japan last weekend and took a comfortable lead at the top of the box office. The action film's $2.1 million opening represents a 46% improvement above its predecessor in the same market. The Japan release helped G.I. Joe: Retaliation get one step closer to the $250 million overseas milestone. The film has currently grossed $243.6 million outside of North America. Oblivion dropped 54% to come in second place in its sophomore frame. The Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle grossed $1.5 million over the weekend and reached a Japanese cume of $8.4 million. That takes the overseas total of Oblivion to $279.7 million, with only $88.5 million of that figure coming from North America.
Box Office Results for Japan. Weekend of June 7-9, 2013.
After Earth premiered in 60 territories overseas this weekend and took in $45.5 million. It's not equivalent to the film's lackluster result in its opening weekend in North America, but it's still not a number that lives up to the film's potential.
Comparatively, Oblivion launched in 52 territories back in April, posting a considerably stronger $61.1 million weekend despite playing in eight less territories. Oblivion, on the other hand, has kept on pace with its steady overseas performance, reaching a $191.1 million overseas total. The Tom Cruise sci-fi film held-over well in Japan with $1.7 million in its second weekend. Oblivion is still in release in 20 territories and has grossed $279.6 million worldwide. The Tom Cruise film's disappointing $88.5 million take in North American has been its biggest impediment, likely the reason why it could fall just shy of the $300 million global mark.
The numbers don't look any better when we compare After Earth's overseas debut with the limited roll-out Star Trek Into Darkness received in seven overseas markets during its opening run. Star Trek Into Darkness grossed $31.7 million in its opening weekend from those seven markets. Granted, the strategic roll-out focused on an early launch in fan-friendly territories for an established franchise. The comparison has to be made, but is intrinsically imbalanced against the Will Smith sci-fi adventure.
Star Trek Into Darkness reached a $176.4 million overseas total over the weekend, already outpacing the performance of its predecessor with pending releases in major markets like Japan, France, Italy, Spain, and Brazil. An additional $9 million from China saw the Star Trek sequel nearly outgross the previous entry in the same market by 500%. South Korea contributed $3.3 million as well, a mere 22% drop from its opening weekend. Star Trek Into Darkness will open in Brazil, Italy, and France next weekend. The latest entry in the Star Trek franchise currently posts a $376.5 million global cume.
The impact that After Earth has had overseas is limited when compared to the performance of this year's two other science fiction tentpoles. The Will Smith father-and-son film continued its North American woes over the weekend, where it only brought in $11.2 million in its sophomore frame. After Earth has now grossed $92 million globally. It will have to make up most of its ground in the coming weeks, before the release of The Man of Steel takes over marquees around the world starting in mid-June. A strong overseas performance is crucial for After Earth. While a disappointing global run for After Earth won't put Will Smith's career in jeopardy, it very likely puts into question director M. Night Shyamalan's viability with high-profile studio films, and will put extra pressure for Sony's other summer releases to deliver with audiences around the world.
Fast & Furious 6 posted Universal's biggest opening weekend of all time in Australia. The film's four day total (plus previews) took in $10.8 million. It is the most successful opening weekend for the Fast franchise in Australia. Mexico is the top hold-over with a $3.1 million weekend and a $31.6 million total. Other top markets for the film include the United Kingdom ($35.3M), Russia ($32.8M), Germany ($25.4M), France ($20.2M), and Brazil ($18.7M). Fast & Furious 6 is on pace to become the most successful entry in the franchise overseas by next weekend. The film currently has an overseas total of $381.7 million and a global cume of $584.6 million. Fast 6 is set to open in China and Japan in July.
A $12.7 million weekend from 60 territories helped Epic reach a $107 million overseas cume. Numerous major markets are still on the slate for the animated film, including Australia, South Korea, Spain, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. Epic has a global cume of $191.1 million.
The Hangover Part III continued to make up for its poor North American run with another big weekend overseas. A $34.8 million weekend from 56 markets saw the comedy reach a $170.5 million overseas cume. The $4.1 million weekend in Germany was enough to give the film the top spot in the country for the second consecutive week and a $21.1 million cume. Russia also posted strong second week figures with a $3.6 million weekend gross and a $15.1 million cume. The film held the #1 spot in Italy ahead of the debut of After Earth with $2.8 million and a $13.3 million cume. Other top markets for the comedy include France ($2.9M Weekend / $10.7M Total), Brazil ($2.8M Weekend / $10.1M Total), Australia ($1.8m Weekend / $18M Total), the United Kingdom ($1.7M Weekend / $24.5M Total), and Spain ($1.4M Weekend / $4.9M Total). The Hangover Part III has now grossed $272.8 million worldwide. It will open in Japan and Mexico on June 28.
The Great Gatsby reached a $278.7 million global cume after opening in Brazil and New Zealand last week. The Baz Luhrman adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerlad's seminal novel has grossed a total of $142.6 million overseas. The film's top markets are the United Kingdom ($20.6M Total), Russia ($15.9M Total), France ($13M Total), Germany ($12.9M Total), South Korea ($9.2M Total), Italy ($9.1M Total), and Spain ($5.1m Total). The Great Gatsby will open in Japan next weekend.
Iron Man 3 reached a major milestone by reaching $803.3 million overseas. The superhero film has now grossed $1.196 billion globally. It is the #5 highest grossing film of all time globally, #7 overseas, and #17 in North America.
The Purge took the top spot in North America this weekend with a $36.4 million gross, complementing it with a good performance in two overseas territories. The Purge held-over well in the U.K., where it was released last weekend, and opened in Poland on Friday to take its overseas total to $3.5 million. The thriller has an international roll-out scheduled to expand over the next five months. The Purge is currently posting a $39.9 million global cume.
A $2.5 million opening in Japan saw G.I. Joe: Retaliation reach a total of $23.6 million outside of North America. The film will take first place in the territory, posting a 46% improvement above the original's premiere in 2009. G.I. Joe: Retaliation has global cume of $365.4 million.
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