A $2.5 million debut from Red 2 confirmed the veteran ensemble cast's star power in France last weekend. The previous entry in the franchise scored a comparable $2.8 million weekend opening weekend in 2010, reaching a $6.9 million cume by the end of its theatrical run. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters settled in second place for the weekend with a $1.9 million hold that pushes the film's total $10.7 million. The Percy Jackson sequel has already surpassed the $10.4 million grossed by its predecessor in France.
The Conjuring posted the weekend's best per-screen average, leading the market with a $7,626 tally from 243 locations. That brings the cume to $5.1 million after two weeks for the horror film, which is showing the potential for a lengthy run at the box office. One Direction: This is Us only played in 100 screens but packed theaters with a $6,845 per-screen average, finishing the weekend in second place within that category.
Now You See Me finished its first month in France with a $22.5 million cume. Elysium culminated its third frame with a $10.3 million total. The Smurfs 2 has been in release since July 31 and is currently playing in a market-leading 617 screens for a $16.1 cume. It is unlikely that the sequel will reach the $24.3 million grossed by its predecessor.
Top Ten Films in France. August 30 - September 1, 2013
A busy weekend at the overseas box office saw a diverse slate of films top some of the world's top markets. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters continued its successful run in Brazil by reaching an $8.5 million cume. Red 2 claimed the top spot in the competitive French box office. Germany showed why its a top market for comedies by embracing We're the Millers. Superman couldn't power its way through Miyazaki's farewell film in Japan. The Conjuring followed its record-breaking opening weekend in Mexico with another frame at the top of the box office. One Direction finished its first frame in the U.K. with a $5.3 million take thanks to a strong push from previews. Read more about all these stories by following the links below:
The Conjuring played in more screens than any other film currently in release in Mexico, following up the biggest opening for a horror film in the country's history with a $3.9 million hold. The Conjuring has grossed $10.9 million after two weeks in Mexico. Mortal Instruments opened to $1.6 million for second place, while The Heat took third place with a $1.4 million bow.
Grown Ups 2 culminated its third week with a $9.4 million take. It's a considerable improvement over the $7.7 million lifetime gross of the original. Grown Ups 2 features a supporting turn from Mexican actress Salma Hayek, making the comedy sequel the highest-grossing live action film for Hayek in her home country. One Direction: This is Us premiered in limited release to a $1.1 million take, reaching $1.4 million when factoring in previews.
Top Ten Films in Mexico. August 30 - September 1, 2013
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By Phil Contrino
Movie enthusiasts around the world are eagerly anticipating the release of Gravity on October 4 based on the glowing reviews coming out of film festivals in Venice and Telluride. The Warner Bros. release looks poised to become a serious commercial success as well as a new cinematic landmark.
It's hard to avoid comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey when reading the reviews for Gravity. Hollywood-Elsewhere's Jeff Wells wrote the following after seeing the sci-fi thriller at the Telluride Film Festival: "If Stanley Kubrick had been there last night he would freely admit that 2001: A Space Odyssey is no longer the ultimate, adult-angled, real-tech depiction of what it looks and feels like to orbit the earth. Nifty and super-cool from a pure-eyeball perspective, Gravity is certainly the most essential theatrical experience since Avatar."
All this talk of 2001 spurred me to pop in my Blu-ray copy of the film, but that's not good enough. 2001 is a film that was meant to be viewed on a big screen. If Gravity really deserves to be compared to 2001, then sci-fi buffs around the globe should be treated to a double feature.
I've started a petition in order build momentum for this idea. If you consider yourself a fan of ground-breaking cinema, then please show your support.