Godzilla roared its way into screens across the world, stomping through the box office with a $193.3 million global haul for the biggest opening weekend of 2014. The monster movie took $103 million from 64 overseas markets, including $22 million from IMAX screens -claiming the second best IMAX May opening after Iron Man 3's $28.7 million bow last year. Overseas IMAX admissions accounted for $7.5 million of the global figure, averaging $40k for each of the 186 screens in release.
Godzilla posted #1 openings across all its global markets. The United Kingdom led the overseas charge with $10.4 million from 1,229 screens (including previews). Russia brought in $9.1 million from 1,814 screens -taking over the country with 80% market share among the top 5 films. Mexico enjoyed an $8.9 million debut from 2,477 screens. Australia recorded the biggest opening of the year with $6.1 million from 498 screens. The film dethroned local hit Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au bon dieu as the #! film with a $6.5 million bow from 596 screens. Other top performers include Germany ($5.6M / 685 screens), South Korea ($4.5M / 610 screens), Brazil ($4.1M / 730 screens), Italy ($3.6M /590 screens), and Spain ($1.6M / 427 screens).
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swung past the $600 million mark worldwide over the weekend. Spidey reached a $633 million global cume following a $31.5 million weekend overseas. The latest Spider-Man sequel has already grossed a total of $461 million overseas. China continues to be the top market for Spider-Man, where it added $13.5 million over its third weekend to continue as the #1 film in the market.
Neighbors welcomed $13.5 million from 2,600 dates in 35 terrirories, bringing its overseas cume up to $54.8 million and its global haul to $146.3 million. The comedy expands to Russia, Peru, Czech Republic and Slovakia on May 29.
The Other Woman earned $8.2 million to raise its overseas total to $79.8 million. The comedy has grossed a strong $151.4 million worldwide, with the overseas share outgrossing North American grosses -a rare feat for original comedies.
Frozen has now grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide, with $800 million coming from the overseas box office. The film just finished its tenth consecutive weekend as the #1 film in Japan, where it has grossed a total of $179.6 million to become the #6 film of all time in the country.
Rio 2 continues to soar overseas, earning $7.6m this weekend lift its overseas total to $322.4 million. The animated sequel has grossed $440.4 million worldwide.
Noah gathered another $1.6 million from 44 territories, sending its overseas total to $243 million. Noah has grossed $343.2 million worldwide.
The Grand Budapest Hotel grossed $1.48 million to reach an overseas cume of $97 million. The Wes Anderson film crossed the $150 million benchmark at the global box office, currently reporting a $152.5 million worldwide cume.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier crossed the $700 million mark at the global box office with $251 million coming from North America and a $453 million overseas haul. The superhero sequel's global take is nearly twice the lifetime gross of its predecessor. The Winter Soldier is now the third highest grossing Marvel film, following The Avengers and Iron Man 3. The film is the fifth highest foreign release of all time in China with $116 million.
Frozen topped the box office chart for a tenth consecutive weekend in Japan, raising its weekend total from the previous frame by 8%. The film is the biggest Disney release of all time in Japan and the biggest ever wester animation release in the country. Frozen is the #3 western release of all time in the market and the #6 biggest industry release of all time in Japan. Frozen has grossed a total of $179.6 million in Japan.
By Daniel Garris
Universal's Neighbors grossed $3.56 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive, and final, day. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne was down 3 percent from Wednesday. That represented a very solid daily hold, especially when considering the strong evening launch of Warner's Godzilla on Thursday night. Neighbors exceeded expectations this week with a very strong first place seven-day start of $65.53 million. That places the film 42 percent ahead of the $46.22 million seven-day take of 2007's Knocked Up.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 held steady in second place with $1.94 million. Sony's expensive 3D superhero sequel was down 6 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 placed in second for the week with $44.67 million. That was down a hefty, but largely expected, 60 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two week-total to $155.37 million. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues to perform on the low end of pre-release expectations.
Fox's The Other Woman took in $0.810 million to remain in third place. The comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton was up a healthy 4 percent over Wednesday and down just 27 percent from last Thursday. The Other Woman finished in third for the week with $12.88 million. That was down 33 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a stronger than expected $65.36 million.
Sony's Heaven is for Real claimed fourth place with $0.512 million. The successful faith-based drama fell 1 percent from Wednesday and was down a slim 16 percent from last Thursday, as the film continues to benefit from strong word of mouth. Heaven is for Real placed in fourth this week with $9.63 million. That was down only 15 percent from the previous week and brings the film's 30-day total to an impressive $77.85 million.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.403 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Disney fell 4 percent from Wednesday and a healthy 21 percent from last Thursday. With a 42-day take of $246.87 million, Captain America: The Winter Solider is now just $3.13 million away from reaching the $250 million domestic mark.
Godzilla roared across 30 more markets on Friday to take a $16.2 million haul as it begins its global release this weekend after already having secured $20 million at the overseas box office. The film expands to about 16,000 screens overseas across 64 markets this weekend.
Sneak previews in the United Kingdom took in $2 million from 1,100 screens, dominating with a 73% market share among the top five films in release.
Russia enjoyed a $1.7 million opening day haul from 1,814 screens and an 86% market share among the top five films.
Mexico brought in $1.4 million from 2,124 screens on opening day for a 75% market share among the country's top five.
Other top premiere performers include:
Australia: $1.2M opening day from 498 screens.
Germany: $872k Friday, $1.4M Cume from 687 screens.
Italy: $846k opening day from 590 screens.
South Korea: $720k opening day from 580 screens.
France: $692k Friday, $2.3M Cume form 596 screens.
Brazil: $506k opening day from 730 screens.