A strong weekend at the U.K. box office saw each film in the top ten gross above $1 million. Alan Partridge: The Movie narrowly defeated Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters for the top spot after both films opened their theatrical run with a $3.3 million take. The Percy Jackson sequel outperformed its predecessor's debut by $1 million.
Grown Ups 2 finished in third place after a $2.5 million U.K. debut. It's a disappointing bow for Adam Sandler & co., considering the original Grown Ups posted a $3.1 million opening en route to a $12 million performance in the United Kingdom.
The Lone Ranger was the weekend's only new release to fall outside of the top three despite playing in over 500 locations. The Johnny Depp Western fizzled with a $2 million opening weekend and a lackluster $4,008 per-screen-average.
Animated franchises have fared well in the U.K. Monsters University has grossed $36.7 million in five weeks and Despicable Me 2 reached $61.9 million in its seventh frame. The Smurfs 2 won't reach those heights despite holding on to a $1.7 million performance in its second weekend. The Smurfs sequel has grossed $9.8 million in the U.K. and posted the weekend's lowest per-screen average on the chart.
Top 10 Films in the United Kingdom. August 9-11, 2013.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opened in first place in Mexico, gorssing $2.6 million from 1,288 screens. The Percy Jackson sequel presented an improvement over the original's $1.6 million debut in 2010.
Mexico is a friendly market for family films and animated releases have fared well throughout the summer. The Smurfs 2 scored a $1.9 million hold from its second weekend in a market-leading 1,533 screens. The Smurfs sequel has grossed a total of $8.3 million in Mexico. Turbo might be struggling worldwide, but it has already earned a respectable $9.7 million in Mexico. Despicable Me 2 continues to be a success story in Mexico after reaching a $46.6 million cume in its fifth weekend.
Pain and Gain underwhelmed in its debut, opening in sixth place after grossing slightly over $500k across 294 screens. The Big Wedding also saw a limited debut in Mexico but walked away with a competitive $2,158 average across 203 locations.
Top 10 Films in Mexico. August 9-11, 2013.
Anime 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.
The 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
Now 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