Monsters University raced against Fast & Furious 6 for the top spot in Japan last weekend, with the Pixar film swiftly beating the likes of Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Monsters U earned $8.3 million from 661 screens, nearly twice the amount of Fast 6's $4.3 million debut across 610 locations.
After Earth had its first slow weekend in Japan, falling 57% in its third frame to reach a $7.4 million total. Warner Bros. had two of its releases round out the bottom half of the chart, with The Great Gatsby posting a $9.1 million cume after four weeks and The Hangover Part III showing signs of wear and tear with $1.7 million after only two weeks.
Box Office Results for Japan. July 5-7, 2013
Animated films are a safe bet in Mexico. Despicable Me 2 proved that with a $14.8 million opening weekend across 2,920 screens. The minions dominated the box office, hitting Disney's Monsters University the hardest. The Pixar sequel fell 69% in its third week for a $2.4 million weekend. The Monsters sequel is nothing short of a blockbuster in Mexico, grossing a total of $32.8 million to date. Despicable Me 2 will be rivaling that figure if it is able to hold in the coming weeks.
World War Z held on to a $3.5 million weekend, bringing its Mexican cume to $15.5 million. Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited posted impressive numbers in its limited release debut, coming in fifth place with a $359k take from 192 screens. Holdovers dominate the bottom half of the table with domestic comedy Nosotros Los Nobles ($26.2M / 15 Weeks), Fast & Furious 6 ($35.8M / 7 Weeks), and The Great Gatsby ($5.2M / 6 Weeks) selling more tickets deep into their respective runs.
Box Office Results for Mexico. July 5-7, 2013
Despicable Me 2 proved that its box office resiliency can pay off. The animated film placed second during its first two weeks in Australia, only to come back for its third frame to claim the top spot with a $4.2 million weekend that represents a 6% boost from the previous weekend. The minions packed a bigger punch than Man of Steel, which placed in second in its sophomore frame. The Superman reboot has taken $15.3 million from Australia.
The Lone Ranger flopped in its debut, grossing just slightly above the third week of Disney's other release in the market, Monsters University. The Lone Ranger took in $3.2 million from its opening frame while Monsters trailed it closely with a $3.1 million take. Monsters U has grossed a cue of $13.8 million, proving less popular than the Despicable Me sequel which has already broken the $20 million mark in the same timeframe.
Box Office Results for Australia. July 5-7, 2013