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GLOBAL: 'Frozen' Continues to Dominate, Passes $500M Overseas on February 02, 2014

frozen.jpgFrozen is in contention to reach a billion dollars at the global box office. The Disney film saw a 20% boost in overseas sales over the weekend, collecting $24 million from 45 territories in its tenth week outside of North America. Frozen had seen a natural dip in form over the last three weekends, going from a $52.5 million tally in its sixth frame to a $20 million tally last weekend. The rise in sales lifts the animated film's overseas cume past the $500 million milestone to a $504 million total.

Frozen posted the highest opening weekend of all time for an animated film in Sweden with a $2.2 million debut. It is the highest grossing animated film of all time in South Korea ($44.7M) and Denmark ($7M). Frozen is currently the eighth highest grossing animated release of all time overseas (based on original runs and not including re-releases) and second highest grossing original IP (non-sequel) animated release of all-time, behind only Finding Nemo.

Top markets for Frozen include: the United Kingdom ($59.5M), Germany ($45.7M), France ($41.8M), Russia ($33.1M), Australia ($29.2M), Italy ($27M), Mexico ($25.1M), and Spain ($20.8M). The animated film will be released during China's New Year celebrations next weekend and in Japan on March 15. Frozen has grossed a total of $864.4 million worldwide. 

The Wolf of Wall Street became the highest grossing Martin Scorsese film in Germany and the United Kingdom after holding on to yet another #1 weekend finish in both markets. after holding on to the #1 spot Germany registered a $4.7 million hold from 623 dates for an 18-day cume of $20.1 million. The U.K. posted a $4.2 million hold from 502 dates for a 17-day total of $24.7 million.

The Wolf of Wall Street finished as the #2 film on the market over its third weekend in Spain, falling short of surpassing the opening weekend of American Hustle with a $2.4 million hold from 280 dates. The Wolf of Wall Street has grossed a total of $11.4 million in Spain after 17 days in release.  

New releases for The Wolf of Wall Street include a $1.5 million bow from 115 screens in Japan and a $940k debut at 72 dates in Norway.

VIY, a 3D Russian fantasty-adventure film, broke the opening weekend record for a domestic film with a $17.1 million debut after opening in Russia on Thursday. 3D continues to thrive in the market as the film dominated the box office with an estimated 71% marketshare. VIY is the fourth biggest opener of all time in Russia behind Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Iron Man 3, and Twilight 4.

12 Years a Slave kept the top spot in France in its second weekend in the market with a $2.9 million take from 443 screens. The historical drama has also held well in the United Kingdom, where it earned an additional $2.4 million for a second place finish, and Germany, where it added $802k from 205 screens. Oscar buzz has helped the film attract audiences outside of North America. The drama opened in second place in Australia this weekend with a $1.3 million tally from 122 screens. The film collected $9.7 million from 40 overseas markets to reach a $50.6 million cume outside of North America, nearly $5 million more than the film's domestic gross.

12 Years a Slave will reach the $100 million global mark by next weekend. The film has currently grossed a total of $96.4 million worldwide.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hit the $100 million global mark this weekend. The spy film earned $9.1 million from 55 territories in a weekend that saw the thriller expand to 16 new markets.

Jack Ryan took a $1.9 million debut from 394 screens in France, an $897k bow from 67 locations in Taiwan, a $725k opening from 306 sites in Spain, and a $349k premiere for 39 locales in Belgium.

The spy film took a 45% dip in the United Kingdom to add $1.2 million from 460 locations to its $4.1 million cume. Australia added $485k from 232 sites to reach a $4.5 million total and China pulled in $300k from 2,800 screens to reach a $24.3 million cume. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has grossed a total of $61.1 million overseas.

47 Ronin dethroned I, Frankenstein for the top spot at the Mexican box office with a $2.2 million bow from 575 screens. The action flick took a #3 debut in Germany with $1.9 million from 452 dates and finished its opening weekend in Brazil in second place with $1 million from 205 dates. The new markets helped the film add $7.4 million to its overseas tally this weekend. 47 Ronin has grossed a total of $92 million overseas from 44 territories and will expand to seven additional territories over the next couple of months. 47 Ronin has grossed a total of $130.2 million worldwide.

The Book Thief earned $4.1 million from 1,850 screens in 28 markets. The film took a surprising #1 opening in Brazil, defeating 47 Ronin in an opening weekend box office face-off with a $1.3 million bow. The Book Thief has grossed $23.6 million overseas. The Book Thief will expand to France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore next weekend.

Walking with Dinosaurs brought in $3 million from 2,286 screens in 21 markets. The animated film opened in first place in Venezuela with $794k. The film has grossed $84.2 million overseas.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty took a $2.1 million haul from 2,121 screens in 39 markets. The Ben Stiller film has earned a total of $117 million overseas as it prepares to expand to Japan and Venezuela in March.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug reached the $600 million milestone overseas after adding $2.7 million from 1,714 screens across 50 territories. Top markets for Smaug include: Germany ($87M), the United Kingdom ($70M), France ($50.5M), Russia ($45M), Australia ($33.4M), Spain ($23.4M), and Sweden ($20.2M). Smaug is reporting an $854.2 million global cume.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones added $2.3 million from 45 territories after opening in five new territories this weekend. Italy opened to $337k from 170 screens and New Zealand enjoyed a $122k debut from 45 locations. The Marked Ones also opened in the Philippines, where it grossed $111k from 80 locations. The horror film has now collected $53.9 million overseas and $86.1 million worldwide.

Lone Survivor battled opened in fourth place in the United Kingdom with a $1.3 million bow from 389 dates.

Devil's Due took a $1.1 million opening from 675 screens in Mexico and added a total of $3 million from 2,196 screens in 20 markets to its overseas tally. The horror film has now grossed $9.5 million overseas and $24.2 million worldwide.

Anchorman 2 fell below the million dollar mark overseas this weekend, as the film added $967k from 760 locations in 8 territories. Anchorman 2 has grossed a total of $43.4 million overseas and $167.8 million worldwide.

Despicable Me 2 is finishing out its overseas run. The animated film added $450k from 600 dates in its two remaining territories, raising its cume outside of North America to $602 million. Despicable Me 2 is only the fourth film to have crossed the $600 million mark overseas, a figure it was able to reach after adding $48.5 million from 24 days in China.

Despicable Me 2 is the fourth highest grossing animated film overseas, behind Ice Age: Continental Drift ($718.3M), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($690.1M), and Toy Story 3 ($648.2M). It ranks #3 in terms of all time global box office for an animated film with a $970 million worldwide cume, behind Toy Story 3 ($1.1B), and The Lion King ($987.8M).

Saving Mr. Banks improved to a $17.9 million overseas cume. The Disney-approved biopic will reach the $100 million global mark in the coming days after finishing the weekend with a $98.9 million worldwide cume.

 

NORTH AMERICA: Studio Weekend Estimates: 'Ride Along' Remains #1 Over Super Bowl Weekend with $12.3M; 'Frozen' Holds Up Well with $9.3M; 'That Awkward Moment' Settles for #3 with $9.0M; 'Labor Day' Debuts with Soft $5.3M (4th Update) on January 31, 2014

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Sunday Update: Universal's Ride Along took in an estimated $12.3 million this weekend to remain in first place for a third consecutive weekend. The break-out comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube was down 42 percent from last weekend, which represents a very solid hold over Super Bowl weekend. Ride Along continues to exceed expectations with a 17-day take of $92.96 million. That leaves the film just $7.04 million away from becoming the first release of 2014 to reach the $100 million domestic milestone.

Thanks in part to the release of a Sing-A-Long version of the film on Friday, Frozen took second place with an estimated $9.31 million. Disney's 3D computer animated blockbuster was up 2 percent from last weekend, which is an especially impressive hold over Super Bowl weekend. The Sing-A-Long version of the film was responsible for an estimated $2.2 million (23.6 percent) of this weekend's overall gross. Based on that figure, the Sing-A-Long version of the film appears set to help increase the already tremendous holding power displayed by Frozen. Frozen has now grossed a massive $360.01 million to date, which leaves the film just $8.06 million away from surpassing the $368.07 million final gross of Despicable Me 2 to become the third highest grossing release of 2013 domestically.

Focus' That Awkward Moment debuted in third place with an estimated $9.01 million. The low-budget Zac Efron led comedy opened a bit below expectations and may have been limited a bit by its R rating. That Awkward Moment opened an underwhelming 27 percent below the $12.38 million start of 2010's Charlie St. Cloud. The film took in $3.94 million on Friday, fell 5 percent on Saturday to gross $3.75 million and is estimated to fall 65 percent on Super Bowl Sunday to take in $1.31 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.29 to 1, which is an early sign of front-loading. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (64 percent) and towards moviegoers under 25 (61 percent). That Awkward Moment received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore.

The Nut Job placed in fourth with an estimated $7.61 million. The 3D computer animated film from Open Road was down 37 percent from last weekend. The Nut Job will be passing the $50 million domestic mark on Sunday and will have grossed $50.25 million by the end of the weekend. The Nut Job has outpaced expectations nicely thus far, but could lose a lot of steam next weekend with the unleashing of Warner's The LEGO Movie on Friday.

Universal's Lone Survivor placed in fifth this weekend with an estimated $7.2 million. In the process the Peter Berg directed war film starring Mark Wahlberg surpassed the $100 million domestic mark. Lone Survivor has grossed a stronger than expected $104.89 million after 24 days of wide release. The film was down a respectable 44 percent from last weekend, especially when considering that it will likely take a more direct hit from Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday than most other wide releases.

Paramount's Labor Day debuted in seventh place with an estimated $5.3 million. The Jason Reitman directed drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin opened towards the lower end of its very modest pre-release expectations. Labor Day did open just ahead of the $5.19 million Revolutionary Road grossed in its first weekend of wide release back in 2009 (albeit from only 1,058 locations, as opposed to 2,584 for Labor Day). Labor Day opened with $1.93 million on Friday, increased 25 percent on Saturday to take in $2.41 million and is estimated to fall 60 percent on Sunday to take in $0.96 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a so-so 2.75 to 1. Labor Day received a B- rating on CinemaScore. That isn't a promising sign going forward, nor is the film's per-location average of just $2,051 this weekend.

Saturday Update: Universal's Ride Along remained in first place for a fifteenth consecutive day on Friday with an estimated $4.0 million. That was down 37 percent from last Friday and will keep the break-out comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in first place for a third consecutive weekend. BoxOffice is currently projecting a weekend take of $12.0 million for Ride Along, which would represent a solid 44 percent decline from last weekend and bring the film's 17-day total to a strong $92.7 million.

Focus' That Awkward Moment debuted in a very close second on Friday with an estimated $3.94 million. However, the Zac Efron led comedy will likely be quite front-loaded towards Friday given the history of Efron's previous films. BoxOffice is currently projecting a second place take of $10.0 million for the weekend. That would be on the lower end of pre-release expectations and 19 percent softer than the $12.38 million debut of 2010's Charlie St. Cloud. Potential for That Awkward Moment appears to have been limited a bit by the film's R rating.

With a boost from the unleashing of a Sing-A-Long version of the film on Friday, Disney's Frozen was up an impressive 10 percent over last Friday to gross an estimated $2.24 million yesterday. Frozen is on pace to place in third with an estimated $9.5 million this weekend. That would represent a 4 percent increase over last weekend and bring the film's domestic total to a massive $360.2 million. The Sing-A-Long version of the film appears set to help increase the already tremendous holding power displayed by Frozen.

Paramount's Labor Day debuted with an estimated $1.93 million on Friday. The Jason Reitman directed drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin is on pace to land in sixth place for the weekend with a soft $5.5 million. That would be in line with the film's very modest expectations and 6 percent ahead of the $5.19 million Revolutionary Road grossed in its first weekend of wide release back in 2009 (albeit from only 1,058 locations, as opposed to 2,584 for Labor Day).

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice That Awkward Moment is looking at a $12 million weekend based on Friday business. The Frozen Sing Along is pacing to land around $10 million, while Labor Day could pull in a $7 million weekend.

Friday Update #1: Variety reports That Awkward Moment grossed $246,000 from Thursday night's premiere shows. By comparison, last year's Warm Bodies pulled $500,000 in its Thursday night debut as it headed toward a $20.4 million Super Bowl weekend.

That Awkward Moment is similarly targeting young female audiences with the likes of Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan in the R-rated rom-com, although it could potentially draw a higher ratio of date night business on Friday and Saturday.

Should Awkward hold close to Warm Bodies' post-Thursday business trend, it will struggle to top $10 million for the weekend.


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