GLOBAL: 'Monsters University' Opens with $136.5M, 'WWZ' Trails at $111.8M, 'Man of Steel' Nears $400M

on June 23, 2013
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Monsters University continued Pixar's hot streak at the box office, becoming the 14th film out of 14 releases to open at the top spot in North America. The film posted an $82 million opening in North America, with audiences walking out happy and giving the film an A Cinema Score. It's a big weekend for Pixar's latest, trailing only Toy Story 3 as the biggest opening in the company's history. 

The animated film's global total reached $136.5 million after taking in $54.4 million from 35 territories. That represents roughly about 48% of the overseas market for Monsters University, which will expand abroad over the next several weeks. 

The head start is important for Monsters University, as it will face competition from Despicable Me 2 early into its run. Despicable Me 2 opened early in Australia to coincide with winter school holidays and has already managed to take in $6.4 million. The figure comes from last week's $2.1 million previews and this weekend's $4.3 million take that ranked above the Monsters University debut in Australia. A large global day-and-date expansion is planned for Despicable Me 2 opens in the U.K. and Ireland, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden and French-Switzerland next weekend. A larger expansion is scheduled for its North America release on July 4th weekend. 

The other major animated feature currently in release is Epic, which grossed an additional $3.3 million overseas despite no new openings. Epic has a worldwide cume of $225.1 million, with the bigger portion of that figure coming from a $124.1 million overseas run. The top markets for Epic include the United Kingdom ($19.7M), Russia ($14.5M), and Germany ($10M). 

The live-action world also produced promising numbers this weekend. Paramount's World War Z opened with $45.8 million in 25 territories overseas to take its day-and-date opening weekend to a $111.8 million global total. South Korea led the charge as the number one film in the market with a $10.3 million take from 962 screens. The United Kingdom contributed $7.1 million from 487 locations. The film opened at #1 in Australia with a $5.5 million gross from 236 cinemas. World War Z became the sixth highest opening of all time in Argentina with $2.9 million. Taiwan and Hong Kong also brought in big numbers by contributing $2.5 million each. The zombie epic has spread to around 30% of the overseas market and will expand to major territories including Germany, Italy, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico next weekend.

Man of Steel had the most significant expansion of its overseas release, opening in major markets including France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and China. The film took in $89 million over the weekend with the expansion and currently posts a $188.3 million overseas total and $398.3 million global cume. The weekend figures include a number of great premieres including  $25.5 million from China, $8.22 million in France, and $4.4 million from Spain. The top holdover was the United Kingdom, where the film grossed $8.2 million in its second weekend for a $33.5 million cume in the UK. 

Star Trek Into Darkness is showing the resiliency of its scaled overseas release. The sci-fi sequel has grossed $213.4 million outside of North America and boasts a $430 million global cume. France was the highest hold-over for the film, posting $1.4 million in its second weekend to reach a $5.7 million cume. Other second-week major markets for Star Trek include Brazil ($4.3M) and Italy ($2.4M). Star Trek Into Darkness will open in Spain on July 5 and is scheduled for an August 23 premiere in Japan.

After Earth continued its overseas run with hopes of mitigating the disappointing numbers coming from North America. The sci-fi father-and-son vehicle has grossed $114.2 million overseas and is currently posting a $171.5 million worldwide total, a far cry from the numbers posted by Star Trek Into Darkness and Oblivion ($195.6M Overseas / $284.6M Global). After Earth opened #1 in Japan this weekend with $2.5 million. The film will be released in Spain, Denmark, and Turkey next week, but the real market to keep an eye on is China where After Earth is scheduled for a July debut. 

Fast & Furious 6 hasn't slowed down since its release. The action film added another $11.2 million from 62 territories this weekend, reaching a $437.5 million overseas total. The Latin American public has shown strong support for the latest entry in the franchise, helping Fast 6 to become the first Universal release to reach $100 million in the region. Fast 6 currently boasts a $665.9 million global total that should increase after its July 6 Japan premiere and July 26 China release. 

The Hangover Part III has been able to save face overseas, taking its overseas total to $215.5 million to make up for a lackluster North American performance. The comedy has grossed $325.5 million worldwide. The top markets for the comedy include the UK ($28.6M), Germany ($26.7M), and Australia ($20.2M).

The Great Gatsby reached a $171.4 million overseas total and $312.9 million  worldwide cume. The film has been most successful in the UK ($23.1M), Australia ($21.1M), and Russia ($17.1M).

The Internship held on for another $3.2 million from 25 territories this weekend. The Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy has misfired in North America, where it has only managed to gross $38.3 million. The overseas numbers haven't been able to help the troubled comedy either. The Internship has grossed an overseas total of $9.8 million from 22 markets, giving the film a $48.1 million worldwide cume. Top markets for the comedy include Australia ($4.8M) and Russia ($43.6M), where the film has been in release for the past two weeks.  

The Purge didn't open in any new markets this weekend and held on for another $1.1 million from its seven overseas territories. That brings the overseas total for the Ethan Hawke thriller to $8.6 million. The film's global cume is $68 million ahead of its release in Egypt on June 26, Lebanon and U.A.E. on June 27 and Romania on June 28.  

It looks like G.I. Joe: Retaliation will hit the $250 million overseas mark after all. The action film could reach the number by next weekend if it can hold well in Japan, where it has already grossed $7.9 million in three weeks. The film's global total is $371.6 million.

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Tags: Global, Monsters University, The Purge, The internship, After Earth, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, Despicable Me 2, Epic
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