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China Debut Moves ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ To Top Of Overseas Box Office

China Debut Moves 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' To Top Of Overseas Box Office


There’s nothing like an opening in China to move a film back up the box office standings.  Languishing “How To Train Your Dragon 2” got a Beijing Boost this weekend, pulling in almost $26 million from that country, allowing the film to take the #1 spot on the International Box Office charts.  The weekend brings the film’s overall cume to $537 million, 68% of which has come from overseas audiences, which as we all know love animation.  Second position went to “Guardians of the Galaxy”, not far behind with $33.1 million.  “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Lucy”, finally getting its wider international release, fill out the top five.  It wasn’t such a remarkable debut for “Expendables 3” as the film’s initial two markets (including normally action film friendly Russia) accounted for only $5.5 million.  The film has a long way to go to start making back its $95 million negative cost.

Note, I’m waiting for the weekend totals on the UK’s “The In-Betweeners 2”.  The film grossed $18 million in its first weekend and will surely land in the top 10 again this week.

INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE TOP 10
1)   HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2—$37.7 MIL—$366 MIL INT’L CUME—$537 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—68% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

2)   GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY—$33.1 MIL—$196 MIL INT’L CUME—$418 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—46% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

3)   TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES—$25.6 MIL—$67 MIL INT’L CUME—$184 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—36% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

4)   DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES—$16.5 MIL—$337 MIL INT’L CUME—$538 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—62% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

5)   LUCY—$13.4 MIL—$32 MIL INT’L CUME—$139 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—23% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

6)   TRANSFORMERS:AOE—$8.4 MIL—$811 MIL INT’L CUME—$1,054 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—76% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

7)   INTO THE STORM—$6.7 MIL—$18 MIL INT’L CUME—$49 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—36% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

8)   EXPENDABLES 3—$5.5 MIL—$5.5 MIL INT’L CUME—$21 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—26% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

9)   HERCULES—$4.7 MIL—$80 MIL INT’L CUME—$148 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—54% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

10) SEX TAPE—$4.0 MIL—$33 MIL INT’L CUME—$70 MIL WORLDWIDE CUME—47% OF WW GROSS FROM INT’L

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