JAPAN: Mizayaki's 'The Wind Rises' Hits $56M on August 14, 2013

twrstill.jpgAnime auteur Hayao Mizayaki's The Wind Rises continues to be a top earner in Japan. The anime film held on for a fantastic $5.3 million hold in its fourth frame, a 6% drop from the previous weekend. The Wind Rises has now grossed an astounding $56.9 million.

Mizayaki's film overshadowed the Japanese premiere of World War Z. The Brad Pitt zombie flick opened to $3.4 million across 644 screens. World War Z performed better than Pacific Rim in its opening frame. The Guillermo del Toro popcorn flick opened in the market to an underwhelming $3.1 million.

Disney's The Lone Ranger fell to the bottom half of the table in its second weekend, posting a $1.9 million gross to take its total to $9.6 million. Disney has had more success in Japan with Monsters University. Japan is the top overseas market for the Pixar prequel, where it has already grossed a very strong $67.9 million.

Top 10 Films in Japan. August 9-11, 2013.


GERMANY: 'The Lone Ranger' Prevails on August 14, 2013

LoneRangerStill.jpgThe Lone Ranger can at least claim a #1 opening in Germany in it attempts to salvage its global box office numbers. The action-adventure entry from Disney opened in 657 locations to a $3.6 million weekend, winning the per-screen category along the way with a $5,545 average.

The Smurfs 2 continued dominating the screen count in the country and brought in another $3 million in its second weekend. That's only a 1% drop for Sony's animated sequel, which has already grossed a total of $8.7 million. As far as animated sequel success goes, however, there is no better earner in the market than Despicable Me 2. The minions added $1.8 million over their sixth weekend in release, reaching a $30.3 million cume. That figure is more than twice the total of Monsters University; the Pixar prequel fell out of the top ten this weekend and is currently posting a $13 million total.

The Wolverine finished in fourth place with a $1.4 million take. The superhero spin-off has earned a total of $9.7 million in Germany. Grown Ups 2 celebrated its fourth weekend in Germany with a sturdy $1.2 million take. The comedy sequel has now grossed $10.1 million. This is the End opened to a $1 million take in a moderate 311 screens, scoring a competitive $3,321 per-screen average.

Top 10 Films in Germany. August 9-11, 2013



FRANCE: 'Lone Ranger' Premiere Takes Back Seat to 'Now You See Me' on August 14, 2013

now-you-see-me-still03.jpgNow You See Me continues its magical run in France, earning $4.1 million in its second weekend after a spectacular hold that saw its performance drop a mere 35% from its debut. Now You See Me has grossed $12.6 million in France.

The Lone Ranger opened in second place with $3.7 million. It is the same debut posted by Johnny Depp's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which went on to gross a respectable $29.3 million in 2005. The weekend's other Hollywood premiere came from a limited roll-out by The Purge. The Ethan Hawke thriller took in $1.1 million from 192 screens, notching the second biggest per-screen average in the market with a $6,929 tally.

The Smurfs 2 rounded out a competitive top three, adding $3.4 million over its second weekend to raise its cumulative total to $8.8 million. The Wolverine fell short of a $2 million weekend in its third frame but was still able to break through the $15 million mark. Despicable Me 2 finished its seventh weekend in France with a $1.5 million take and $36.3 million cume. The Minions have more than doubled the take of Monsters University; the Pixar prequel has grossed $15.5 million over 5 weeks in release.

Top 10 Films in France. August 9-11, 2013



OVERSEAS: Universal Snags New Record Thanks To Impressive 2013 Slate on August 13, 2013


The official press release:

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, August 13, 2013 - Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that with yesterday's film grosses, the studio has earned more than $1.8 billion at the international box office making it UPI's biggest year in history. UPI's success has been propelled by hits such as Les Misérables, ($293 million) Fast & Furious 6 ($544.4 million) and Despicable Me 2 ($410 million) and also by the solid performance of films like Mama ($75.9 million) and Oblivion ($197.1 million). Currently, UPI has the second and third highest grossing films both internationally and worldwide with Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2. UPI's previous record was set in 2012 when the studio grossed $1.794 billion for the year. The studio has 14 films yet to be released by UPI in 2013 including three wide releases and 11 others in select territories.

2013 international highlights include:

· Universal Pictures films dominated the worldwide box office on six weekends in 2013 including Oblivion's No. 1 opening, Fast 6 which was No. 1 twice and Despicable Me 2 which was No. 1 worldwide for three weeks.
· Fast & Furious 6 opened No. 1 in 65 territories and was Universal's biggest opening of all-time in 41 of those markets. The film also provided the studio with its highest opening weekend ever at the international box office. Fast 6 is the second highest-grossing film of 2013 and Universal's second highest-grossing film of all-time behind Jurassic Park.
· Despicable Me 2 is the highest-grossing animated film of the year. It opened No. 1 in 41 territories and is Universal's highest grossing film of all time in 15 of those territories.
· Les Misérables is the second highest-grossing musical overseas and worldwide behind Universal's Mamma Mia!
· Oblivion opened in the No. 1 spot in 49 territories and was Tom Cruise's biggest opening of all-time in Russia and Indonesia.
· Mama, a film driven by Universal Pictures International Production group (UPIP) had tremendous success in Latin territories including holding the No. 1 spot in Spain for an impressive three-week period.
· UPI has also had success with its locally-produced productions, including Argentina's Foosball which has grossed $11.2 million and held the No. 1 position for three weeks in that territory.

Lionsgate Announces Premiere Location For 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' on August 13, 2013


The official press release: 

Santa Monica, CA and London, UK August 13, 2013 - With 100 days and counting until the November 22 worldwide launch of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment of Lionsgate's global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Company announced today that it will host a Catching Fire world premiere in London on November 11.

Catching Fire will open day-and-date with its domestic release in nearly every major international territory. The first Hunger Games film was the 13th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to generating nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.

The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell - a competition that could change Panem forever.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.

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