UK: RomCom 'About Time' Beats 'Riddick' with $2.7M Debut on September 11, 2013


ATStill.jpgAbout Time opened in first place across 556 screens, earning $2.7 million including previews. It posted a comparable debut to films like 50 First Dates ($14.2M Cume), One Day ($13M), and The Time Traveler's Wife ($12.7M Cume). Universal is reporting that the time-traveling romantic comedy scored particularly well in exit polls among females over 25. 


The date movie beat out the young male demographic, overshadowing the opening weekend of Riddick, which came in second place with a $2.2 million bow from 400 screens. The third entry in the Pitch Black franchise posted a larger debut than the $1.8 million of the sequel and $1.2 million of the original. Riddick is poised to become the franchise's top earner in the U.K., expected to gross above the $5.8 million of The Chronicles of Riddick and $3.9 million of Pitch Black.


One Direction: This is Us played in a market-leading 831 screens, only to finish its second weekend in third place with a $1.7 million take. It was a 49% drop for the front-loaded film which has now grossed a total of $9 million. We're the Millers took in $1.4 million in its third weekend, taking its cume to $9 million. Elysium dropped 36% in its third frame, grossing $1.2 million over the weekend and finishing with an $11.5 million total. Despicable Me 2 celebrated its eleventh consecutive week on the top ten chart, finishing the weekend in eight place with $494k. The Minions are a major hit in the U.K., where their latest outing has already grossed a blockbuster $69.1 million. 



Top 10 Films in the United Kingdom & Ireland. September 6-8, 2013.



JAPAN: 'The Wind Rises' Nears $100M on September 11, 2013


twrstill.jpgMiyazaki's The Wind Rises screened for a select North American audience this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, but the animated hit has already grossed $99.4 million in Japan. A strong $4.5 million weekend was a 33% improvement from last weekend's take, bringing the famed director's swan song days away from crossing the $100 million mark.


Man of Steel suffered a steep 55% drop in its second weekend despite being one of the weekend's most widely distributed titles across 611 screens. A $1.2 million weekend put the film in third place and gives it a $6.8 million total. The film's steep drop suggests it could hope to gross as much as $10 million from the its last major market. Star Trek Into Darkness has had a similar performance, currently sitting in eight place on the top ten chart after a $653k performance in its third frame. Star Trek Into Darkness played in a market-leading 670 screens and has grossed a total of $9 million from its Japanese run. 



Top 10 Films in Japan. September 6-8, 2013



ITALY: One Direction Scores a $2M Debut on September 11, 2013


1DStill.jpgA $2 million opening weekend put One Direction: This is Us atop the Italian box office. The film dominated the per-screen average category with a robust $6,472, more than twice than any other film on the market. 


Elysium dropped 39% in its first hold to post a $1.2 million weekend, taking its cume to $4.1 million. Monsters University is quickly approaching the $10 million mark, and will likely reach that figure in the coming days. The animated prequel has grossed a total of $9.7 million after three weeks in Italy. 


Riddick had a rough landing in Italy, opening in 295 locations for $799k. It was only a marginal improvement above the debut of Movie 43, which premiered in 291 screens for a $736k bow. 



Top 10 Films in Italy. September 6-8, 2013



GERMANY: 'White House Down' Opens with $3M on September 11, 2013


White House Down took in $3 million from its German debut, catapulting Roland Emmerich's latest action spectacle to first place. White House Down doubled the lifetime total of Olympus Has Fallen in Germany in its opening weekend. The key factor in the head-to-head result comes down to a much wider release for Roland Emmerich's film, which opened across 649 screens.

We're the Millers dropped 26% to gross $1.6 million in its second weekend. The ensemble comedy has grossed a total of $4.7 million. Planes suffered a steeper drop in its sophomore frame, falling 40% for a $1.1 million weekend and $3.5 million cume.

Top 10 Films in Germany. September 6-8, 2013.




FRANCE: 'White House Down' Leads in France with $2M on September 11, 2013


WHDStill.jpgA $2 million debut for White House Down was enough to put Roland Emmerich's latest film at the top of the French box office. Olympus Has Fallen put in a $1.2 million debut en route to a $2.7 million cum earlier this year, suggesting a stronger run for White House Down in the coming weeks. 


The Conjuring finished its third weekend with a $6.8 million cume while Red 2 slid down to third place with a $1.1 million hold in its sophomore frame. Red 2 has grossed a total of $4 million, putting it in range to match the $6.9 million earned by the original. Now You See Me continued its magical run in France by reaching a $24 million total.



Top 10 Films in France. September 6-8, 2013.



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