MONDAY UPDATE: Disney is reporting even more robust numbers for the overseas opening of Iron Man 3. The superhero film fell just shy of breaking the $200 million mark on its first week, grossing an estimated $198.4 million in 42 territories. This represents about 79% of the global market, with upcoming releases still scheduled in major territories like Russia, China, and Germany.
The global cume includes $7.1 million grossed from 113 IMAX screens, a $63,000 per-screen average. The grosses set new IMAX opening records for Taiwan, the Netherlands, Brazil and the Philippines.
SUNDAY UPDATE: Iron Man 3 broke multiple box office records this weekend, grossing $195.3 million in 42 territories a week ahead of its U.S. release.
Iron Man 3 recorded the highest opening weekend ever in Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The third entry in Marvel's Iron Man franchise is #1 in every market and now holds the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time in Latin America and Asia Pacific.
The U.K. leads the charge, bringing in $21.5 million of the overseas total. South Korea is not far behind with $19.2 million. The film grossed $18.4 million in Australia and won the second highest opening weekend of all time in Mexico with $16.1 million. Iron Man 3 grossed $14.7 million in France and holds Brazil's third biggest opening weekend with $12.3 million.
Oblivion finally slowed down, facing direct competition from Iron Man 3. The Tom Cruise sci-fi film grossed$12.8 million with no new openings over the weekend. Oblivion has grossed $134.1 million overseas and has a global cume of $198.8 million. A May 10 China release will be sandwiched between Iron Man 3 (May 1) and Django Unchained (May 12), where Tom Cruise'sis drawing power in China will be put to the test.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation brought in $10.2 million over the weekend to raise its overseas total to $232.7 million. It has benefited from a strong performance in China, where it has grossed $50 million in two weeks in release. The global cume for the film is $349 million.
The Croods crossed the $300 million benchmark this weekend, reaching an overseas total of $308 million. The new film from Dreamworks Animation is now the 25th most successful animated film of all time at the global box office. The Croods has a global cume of $471 million.
FRIDAY UPDATE: Iron Man 3 has gorssed $36.5 million in 27 territories. The Robert Downey superhero film opened in 15 additional markets on Thursday after a record breaking opening day in 12 territories on Wednesday. The film grossed $3.6 million in the U.K. and $3 million in South Korea on its opening day. Leading markets include Australia, where the film has grossed a commanding $8.1 million ahead of the weekend. Iron Man 3 will be released in China on May 1st.
THURSDAY: Iron Man 3 opened in twelve territories on Wednesday and grossed an estimated $13.2M in its first day in release.
The film made $3.4 million in Australia, the second biggest opening day gross for a Marvel film after The Avengers. It is #3 all-time in the superhero category for opening day grosses, trailing behind The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. It reached the $600,000 mark in nearby New Zealand, representing the second-highest Marvel and Disney opening day after The Avengers.
Iron Man 3 took in $3 million in France and posted the best opening day numbers of the year in Italy with $2.1 million. The film broke the opening day record in the Philippines with $1.5 million, the best first-day performance of all-time in the country. It broke the same record in Taiwan, posting the highest grossing opening day with $1.4 million.
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