OVERSEAS: '300: Rise of an Empire' Claims $9.5M Thursday on March 07, 2014
300: Rise of an Empire hit the ground running overseas. The action film has grossed a total of $12.1 million from 32 markets after only two days in release, including a strong $9.5 million Thursday haul from a total of 1,083 screens. The film occupies the top spot in 29 of its current markets. 300: Rise of an Empire expanded to 25 additional markets on Friday, including the UK, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.
Germany took a $1.4 million opening day from Thursday, claiming first place from 592 screens and 50% of the share among the market's top 5 releases despite an 18-rating.
Russia enjoyed a $1.3m bow on 1,441 screens, dominating the market with a first place finish and 73% share of the top 5 films.
France added $1.15 million in its second day, a 16% dip from its Wednesday debut, to reach a $3 million total in its first two days on the market.
South Korea claimed the top spot with $918k from 651 screens.
Australia posted a $534k bow on 466 screens, taking #1 with 58% of the top 5 market share.
Italy opened to $508k on 471 screens, finishing first with 45% of the top 5 market share.
Greece took $371k from its opening in 166 screens, posting the biggest opening day in the market in nearly 3 years.
Singapore posted the biggest opening day for a film with an M18 rating, grossing $203k in its debut.
The UAE grossed $486k from 40 screens, marking the second biggest WB opening of all-time and the biggest for an 18 film.
The film became the biggest WB opening of all time in Lebanon with an $80k bow.
NORTH AMERICA: Friday Report: '300: Rise of an Empire' Could Reach $15+ Million Today; 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' ($7.5-8M) Looks Healthy (3rd Update) on March 07, 2014
The official release from Fandango:
Advance tickets for "Divergent" went on sale on Fandango yesterday, and even though the action-adventure film doesn't open until March 21, it sold nearly half of the site's tickets for the day (outselling the next biggest seller for the day by nearly 5 to 1). Its first days of sales are outpacing the first ‘Twilight' movie at the same point in the sales cycle, thereby ranking "Divergent" as one of Fandango's top opening-day sellers for an advance ticketing wide release.
"'Divergent' is off to a fantastic start," says Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent for Fandango. "Its first-day ticket sales are showing all the signs of a blockbuster in the making. Veronica Roth's gripping story combined with effective marketing have resulted in a movie with strong want-to-see sentiment among its core audience."
According to Fandango's 2014 Hot List survey, "Divergent" is one the top five most anticipated movies of the year, and the film's co-star Theo James was voted by moviegoers as one of 2014's "Biggest Break-Out Movie Stars."