Les Profs dominated the weekend in France with a $6.4 million opening, beating out six other new releases and strong hold-overs from The Croods and Oblivion. The French film's $12,282 per-screen average was the highest of the weekend by a considerable margin. Fellow domestic release, Les Gamins, grossed $2.9 million to beat Oblivion's $2.3 million second week take.
Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster premiered in sixth place with $1.1 million. The auteur's latest is his first foray into martial arts and a scaled international release will bring attention to the film's global potential. The Grandmaster has already grossed $45.2 million in China alone. Parker, the latest Jason Statham vehicle, and Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, the Participant film starring John Krasinski and Matt Damon, both grossed under $1 million on their opening weekend. The films faced strong competition with a slew of domestic and foreign new releases, as well as the hold-over strength of The Croods and Oblivion. All eyes will be on how Les Profs and Les Gamins hold in upcoming weeks with more premiere titles on the slate.
Box Office Results for France. April 19-21, 2013.
There is no stopping The Croods in Australia. The animated film
regained the #1 spot at the box office, unseating last week's winner Oblivion and beating out newcomer Olympus
Has Fallen with a $2.1
million gross. The Croods has now
grossed $20.7 milion in Australia, twice as much as any other individual film
currently in the top ten.
Olympus Has Fallen might have missed out on the top spot but found solace in having the best per-screen performance over the weekend, with a $8,734 average in 230 screens. The $2 million opening narrowly edged Oblivion's $1.9 million weekend. Escape from Planet Earth and Zambezia gambled on a higher screen count on their fourth week in release and were rewarded with a higher weekend gross than in the previous week. The strategy worked with Australian audiences, as the films bumped off A Good Day to Die Hard ($11.3 million cume) and Oz: The Great and Powerful ($15.6 million cume) from this week's list.
Box Office Results for Australia. April 19-21, 2013
Olympus Has Fallen premiered at #1 over the weekend after Oblivion fell 67% in its second week in the U.K. The $3.4 for Olympus might not compare to last weekend's $7 million for Oblivion. Evil Dead did its part to eat into Oblivion's second week grosses; the horror film premiered with $2 million in 394 screens. The Croods added another million to raise its U.K. cume to $36.1 million. Academy Award winning director Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need, her follow-up to 2010's In a Better World, fared well in limited release. The film played in 131 screens and grossed $307,894. The Place Beyond the Pines was the strongest hold-over, falling only 13% in 181 screens to bring its U.K. cume to $2.5 million. Danny Boyle's Trance fell off the chart in its fourth week. The latest thriller from the Trainspotting director has grossed $6.6 million to date in the U.K.
Box Office Results for the U.K. April 19-21, 2013.