By Daniel Loria
Some of the top films of the year in Brazil are no surprise:
Iron Man 3 ($47.8M), Despicable
Me 2 ($35.6M), Thor: The Dark
World ($27.7M) and Fast &
Furious 6 ($23.2M). No one expected,
however, that Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters would finish the year as the #4 film of 2013. The
Paramount release flopped in North America with a $55.7 million take, but found
life overseas that would bump Hansel and Gretel's global cume to $226.3
million. Brazil is responsible for slightly over 10% of the film's global
gross, contributing $23.6 million to its final tally since its January debut.
Domestic comedies showed off their box office muscle in Brazil this year. De Pernas Pro Ar 2 extended its $3.1 million bow during the 2012 Holiday season into the current year, finishing its run with a $24.6 million cume. Vai Que Da Certo continued the domestic hot streak at the box office with a $14.4 million take after opening in late March. Minha Mae é uma Peça finished the year as the highest-grossing Brazilian film with a $21.9 million run despite opening amidst heavy social protests in the country's major cities while Brazil hosted the biggest international soccer tournament of the year. The box office resiliency is a hopeful sign for 2014 and 2016 releases in Brazil, which will have to compete for local attention as the country hosts the World Cup and Olympics, respectively.
Three other of the year's biggest hits screened during Brazil's turbulent June, further proving that the protests surrounding sporting events have minimal interference with box office business. The Hangover Part III opened on May 30 to a $4.1 million bow and went on to gross $16.7M; Monsters University defeated Minha Mae é uma Peça on their June 21 debut with a $3.9 million tally before falling behind to the domestic comedy with a $16.5 million cume; and World War Z opened to a $3.4 million bow only days before the national soccer team celebrated the Confederations Cup title. World War Z would celebrate a $15 million total at the end of its run.
2013 Market Recaps:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug posted a slight improvement over its predecessor's debut in Brazil. Smaug opened to $4.8 million in the market, a nudge above the $4.5 million bow of An Unexpected Journey. The first installment in The Hobbit trilogy went on to gross a $17.5 million total in Brazil, placing expectations for the current release in the proximity of $18 million.
Cro relinquished the top spot at the box office for a distant second place finish in its third frame. The Brazilian comedy, a soap-opera spin-off, has grossed $6 million domestically. The bottom of the table includes Meu Passado Me Condena, another Brazilian comedy hit, with a $15.1 million cume.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World kept adding to their respective tallies. The Hunger Games sequel has accumulated $16.5 million at the Brazilian box office while the Thor sequel has already grossed over $27 million in the market.
Top Ten Films in Brazil:
Cro led the Brazilian box office for the second consecutive weekend. The comedy TV spin-off has translated well to the silver screen, bringing in $4.3 million after ten days in release. Last Vegas and Carrie took soft debuts to round out the top three. Last Vegas took $1 million from the weekend while the horror reboot launched with a $931K bow.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke the $15 million mark in Brazil, 50% ahead of the $10 million cume of the original. The Hunger Games sequel has grossed $340 million overseas.
Brazil is one of the top territories for the Thor sequel with a $26.5 million haul. Thor: The Dark World has grossed over $400 million worldwide, with Brazil being its fourth biggest market behind China ($51.3M), Russia ($36.2M), and the United Kingdom ($31.4M).
Don Jon struggled in limited release, opening in 165 screens for a $318K bow and $1,889 per-screen average. Don Jon has failed to make an impact overseas with a $10.8 million cume from 31 markets.
Top Ten Films in Brazil: