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GLOBAL: 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Passes $200 Million; 'Jack The Giant Slayer' Posts Healthy Numbers In Asian Countries; 'Life of Pi' Nears $600 Million on March 03, 2013

bruce.pngA Good Day To Die Hard grossed another $18.3 million from 8,199 screens in 67 markets for an overseas total of $162.3 million. The global total is now $221.9 million.

With no new openings, the box office was driven by the excellent results from holdover markets lead by France with $3.5m and a cume of $10.6m. This was followed by Germany with $1.9m and a $12.8m cume; Brazil with $1.8m and the #1 position; and Japan with $1.6m and a $17.2m cume. Five markets remain to open, including Australia and China later this month.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters added another $15.2 million overseas, pushing its total to $127.2 million. The global total is now $181.3 million. Key stats from Paramount:

Germany led the way where the film made a spectacular $5.4M from 408 locations for a blazing #1 opening, which was 700% above Red Riding Hood, 78% above Underworld Awakening, 25% above Snow White and the Huntsman and 328% above Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

Spain also opened at #1 with an excellent $2.4M at 487 theaters. This opening was slightly better than Underworld Awakening and more than doubles the openings of Red Riding Hood and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

The UK also took a strong $2.4M from 404 locations, good for #2 (behind Wreck It Ralph), and better than Underworld Awakening, Red Riding Hood and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

Also of note was the opening in Austria, where Hansel grossed an amazing $800k for a clear-cut #1 opening, almost 50% above Snow White and the Huntsman, more than double Underworld Awakening and at more than triple the level of Red Riding Hood and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

The film played in a total of 54 territories in over 3500 cinemas and holdovers only dropped by 30%. France opens next week.

Jack the Giant Slayer took in $13.7 million from 1,824 screens in 10 Asian markets. The global cume is now $41.7 million. The film ranked a strong #1 in 7 out of 9 territories (the exceptions being Korea and India where we were by far the #1 US film in release).

The opening weekend results in the same markets compare:
* 46% ahead of JOURNEY 2 (Final International Box Office $231.4m)
* On par with WRATH (Final IBO $221.5m).

Korea grossed an outstanding KWN 5.4b (US$4.9m) with 680k admissions from 507 screens nationwide. JACK ranked #3 behind two local films.

Malaysia: MYR 4.7m (US$1.5m), 352k admissions, 173 screens, rank #1.

Thailand: Baht 44.1m (US$1.5m), 309k admissions, 183 screens, rank #1.

Taiwan: NT$ 43.5m (US$1.5m), including sneaks, 154k admissions, 102 screens, rank #1.

Philippines: Ps 50.5m (US$1.2m), 272k admissions, 176 screens, rank #1.

Singapore: S$ 1.4m (US$1.1m), 134k admissions, 68 screens, rank #1.

Hong Kong: HK$ 5.4m (US$696k), 65k admissions, 38 screens, rank #1.

India: Rupee 36.8m (US$681k), 320k admissions, 442 screens, rank #4 behind three local films.

Indonesia: Rp. 5.8m (US$581k), 147k admissions, 135 screens, rank #1

Les Mis grossed another $10.5 million from 8,100 locations in 51 territories, pushing its cume to $264.1 million. The global total is now $411.7 million.

Les Mis opened in China on Thursday and placed No. 3 with an estimated weekend gross of $3.9M at 5,000 dates. It is a good result and well ahead of other Oscar® films such as THE KING'S SPEECH and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. Turkey opened with a record-breaking $172k at 52 dates making LES MIS the biggest musical opening weekend ever in that territory. We will have Serbia & Montenegro's opening report on Monday. Holdovers are strong, including Germany at No. 6 with $1.3M at 440 dates for an 11-day total of $3.5M. The U.K. and Ireland had another great weekend, holding at No. 6 in week eight with $935k (£575k) at 386 dates for a 52-day total of $61.8M (£39M). In Japan, LES MIS held strong at No. 4 in its 11th week, grossing $980k at 356 dates for a 72-day total of $59.2M. Mexico held strong at No. 3 in its 3rd weekend with $630k at 330 dates for a 17-day total of $4M.

Flight took in another $5.2 million for a total of $60.4 million. The global total is $154.2 million. Japan took the top spot at the local box office, grossing $2.5M from 321 cinemas. This #1 opening was more than quadruple the opening of Argo, almost triple the local opening of State of Play and more than double the opening of Safe House.

Mama added another $4.1 million from 1,400 locations in 19 territories. The overseas haul is $33.9 million. Globally, the horror flick is up to $104.7 million. 

Lincoln tacked on another $3.8 million, pushing its overseas total to $73.8 million. The global total is $253.9 million. 

Life of Pi added another $2.8 million, pushing its overseas total to $477 million. The global total is now $593.9 million. 

'Jack The Giant Slayer' Posts Solid Early Numbers In Seven Asian Territories on March 01, 2013

jack.pngThe official stats from Warner Bros:

Jack the Giant Slayer is off to a great start in Asia, opening to outstanding results and ranking #1 in 6 out of the 7 markets in release.

Korea grossed an outstanding l/c 827.1m (US$761k) with over 114k admissions from 470 screens nationwide. The film is the #1 US film, behind two local films: NEW WORLD and MICABLE IN CELL NO. 7.

In the rest of the Asian markets, we were a strong #1:

Taiwan grossed an estimated NT$ 13m (US$440k) with nearly 45.5k admissions from 102 screens nationwide.

Malaysia grossed MYR 963.5mk (US$311k) with 72k admissions from 173 screens.

Thailand grossed Baht 8.6m (US$290k) with 62k admission from 183 screens.

Philippines grossed Ps 7.8m (US$192k) with 43k admissions from 173 screens.

Singapore #1 grossed S$ 178k (US$143k) with 18.5k admissions from 68 screens.

Hong Kong #1 grossed HK$ 888k (US$114k ) with over 9k admissions from 38 screens.

OSCAR WATCH: Which Best Picture Nominees Did People Rush Out To See This Weekend? on February 24, 2013

slposcar.jpgOfficial weekend estimates:

Silver Linings Playbook: $6.1 million from 2012 locations for $107.5 million domestic total

Zero Dark Thirty: $2.25 million for a domestic total of $91.6 million

Argo: $2 million from 802 locations for a $129.8 million domestic total

Lincoln: $1.5 million for a domestic total of $178.6 million.

Life of Pi: $1.5 million from 572 locations for a $113.5 million domestic total

Django Unchained: $1.04 million from 659 locations for a $158.8 million domestic total

Amour: $817K from 328 screens for a North American total of $5,25 million

Les Miserables: $657K for a domestic total of $146.6 million

(Note: 20th Century Fox did not report a weekend gross for Beasts of the Southern Wild)

GLOBAL: 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Finishes First In 18 Markets on February 24, 2013

bruce.pngA Good Day To Die Hard grossed another $35.7 million from 10,404 locations in 67 markets, pushing its overseas total to $133 million. The action flick is confirmed #1 in 18 markets. A Good Day To Die Hard's global total is now $184.8 million. Key stats from Fox:

New openers France ($5.5m from 650) and Brazil ($2.6m from 531) jump right to #1, with India ($1.4m from 663) enjoying the Top MPA title honors, as well as the 6th highest Fox opener ever in the market. Great Holds mark the weekends in Germany ($3.1m from 706), UK($2.8m from 711), Japan ($2.75m from 643), Mexico ($1.45m from 914) and Spain ($1.35m from 400). 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened in China to roughly $17.8 million. The overseas total is now up to $679 million. Globally, the fantasy flick has $979.9 million in the bank.

Les Miserables added another $9.3 million from 3,580 locations in 49 territories, pushing its overseas total to $248.2 million. The global total is now $394.9 million. An opening in China is set for February 28. 

Django Unchained added $8.5 million from 3,855 locations in 61 markets, pushing its overseas total to $221.6 million. The global total is now $380.4 million. 

Mama tacked on another $5.5 million from 1,500 locations in 19 territories for an overseas total of $5.5 million. The global total is now $97.6 million. 

Flight added $5.1 million, pushing its overseas total to $53.1 million. 

Lincoln tacked on $5 million from 2,977 locations in 48 markets for an overseas total of $66.5 million. The global total is now $245.1 million. 

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters grossed another $4.8 million for an overseas total of $110.4 million. The action flick's global total is now $163.3 million.

Jack Reacher tacked on another $3 million overseas for a total of $133.6 million. The global total is now $213.1 million.

UPDATED GROSSES: Life of Pi $471 million overseas/$584.5 million global.

Russian Minister of Culture Raises Eyebrows on February 21, 2013

Last month, Russia's Minister of Culture Vladimir Mendinsky caught the country's attention when he announced that Russia's new $170 million cinema fund came with a few restrictions. Among them were 12 topics would get special preference for being deemed as "socially relevant," an umbrella that includes period drama, commemorative films and war pictures. The approach is similar to the height of Communist film-making, which produced several masterpieces and dozens of less-good, but legendary films, which touted the Russian values of hard work and community. The restrictions, of course, have their critics. One of the loudest is producer Yevgeny Gindilis, who told Variety that he fears "it will be almost impossible for independent producers to access state funding for international co-production projects through the Ministry of Culture." Mendinsky countered such accusations at a press conference, saying, ""If a film is a commercial product, you can make whatever film you want -- we do not have censorship....If you want money from the state, we have to know what is in that film, what it is about."


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