Four new releases revitalized the Japanese box office last weekend, boosting business across the board as audiences reacted to new options at the cinemas. Meitantei Conan Private Eye 2013 was the undisputed winner, grossing $7.2 million in its opening weekend and amassing a $20,939 per-screen average. Crayon Shin-Can 2013 opened at distant second with $2.4 million, still outgrossing the debut for Lincoln, which opened with $1.7 million. The biggest story, however, comes from the limited release of Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki No Deja Vu. The Japanese film was only rolled out to 18 screens but managed to gross a surprising $931,273. The gross translates into a massive $51,738 per-screen average, the highest of the weekend. The only other film to have made the list after screening in under 300 theaters was Fune Wo Amu, whose $3,695 per-screen gross came from 238 theaters.
Box Office Results for Japan. April 19-21, 2013.
Scary Movie 5 was the surprise winner at the Italian box office last weekend. The fifth entry in the horror spoof franchise beat out the premiere of Olympus Has Fallen ($1.6 million) and the second week of Tom Cruise's Oblivion ($1.3 million) to take the top spot in a weekend with four new releases.
Four Italian films made the top ten, including the debut of Passione Sinistra which averaged a respectable $2,031 per-screen. Ci Vediamo Domaniwas the highest grossing domestic film over the weekend, grossing $552,732 in 283 screens. Benvenuto Presidente! still owns the record for highest cumulative gross among Italian films currently in release with $10.5 million over five weeks.
Box Office Results for Italy. April 19-21, 2013.
Iron Man 3 doesn't hit theaters until May 3, but tickets are already selling out. Here's the latest from MovieTickets.com:
• Over 400 screenings of IRON MAN 3 offered worldwide by MovieTickets.com for the film's release have sold out.
• Over 25% of current domestic daily sales for MovieTickets.com are for advance tickets purchased by moviegoers to see IRON MAN 3 opening weekend.
MovieTickets.com is currently selling tickets for the Super Hero film for nearly 100 exhibitors worldwide including the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic. The film comes to theatres on May 3, 2013.
Oblivion trounced four new releases to stay on top of the German box office in its second weekend. The Tom Cruise film grossed $5 million over the weekend, a considerable distance from Mama's $1.6 million premiere in second place. I Give it a Year ranked in third with $1 million.
The Croods came in fourth place during its fifth week in release. The animated film has grossed $18.1 million in Germany to date.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters finally slid out of the top ten after eight weeks in release. Bryan Singer's fairytale adventure has grossed an impressive $17.7 million in Germany, among the best markets for the Paramount release.
Box Office Results for Germany. April 19-21, 2013.
Les Profs dominated the weekend in France with a $6.4 million opening, beating out six other new releases and strong hold-overs from The Croods and Oblivion. The French film's $12,282 per-screen average was the highest of the weekend by a considerable margin. Fellow domestic release, Les Gamins, grossed $2.9 million to beat Oblivion's $2.3 million second week take.
Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster premiered in sixth place with $1.1 million. The auteur's latest is his first foray into martial arts and a scaled international release will bring attention to the film's global potential. The Grandmaster has already grossed $45.2 million in China alone. Parker, the latest Jason Statham vehicle, and Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, the Participant film starring John Krasinski and Matt Damon, both grossed under $1 million on their opening weekend. The films faced strong competition with a slew of domestic and foreign new releases, as well as the hold-over strength of The Croods and Oblivion. All eyes will be on how Les Profs and Les Gamins hold in upcoming weeks with more premiere titles on the slate.
Box Office Results for France. April 19-21, 2013.