CHINA: 'Fast 6' Posts Second Highest Opening Weekend of a Hollywood Film in 2013
on July 30, 2013
Fast 6 crossed the $500 million mark at the overseas box office after a $24 million opening weekend in China. $3 million of the take came from IMAX screens as the sixth installment in the Fast franchise became Universal's highest opening of all time in the market. Fast & Furious 6 scored the second-highest opening weekend for a non-Chinese release in 2013, only trailing Iron Man 3. The $503 million overseas total is a major milestone for Fast & Furious 6, the highest grossing film in the franchise and the first to reach the half-billion mark outside of North America.
White House Down opened early on in the week and went on to score a healthy $18.7 million take after its first week in release. Roland Emmerich's second go at trashing the White House has struggled worldwide, including a disappointing $70 million run in North America. South Korea ($3.5M) and Russia ($3.4M) are the other top performers for the film outside of China. White House Down has grossed $116.2 million globally.
The two Hollywood new releases in the market put a dent in After Earth's strong Chinese run. The M Night Shyamalan film tumbled down to fifth place on the chart with a $3.14 million take in its third week. A $240 million worldwide total for the Will Smith father-son vehicle isn't up to Sony's original expectations but can't be considered a total disaster considering the film's poor $59 million run in North America. China is the most significant market for After Earth by a wide margin, responsible for $33.8 million of its $182 million overseas total. Other top performers for After Earth include Russia ($17M), Mexico ($13.7M), and France ($10.4M).
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