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'Need for Speed' Claims $5.5M Bow on March 17, 2014

needforspeed.jpgNeed for Speed is off to a positive start in Russia. The film opened to $5.5 million in the market, following China as the second highest grossing overseas market for the film. Need for Speed finished the weekend with a $46.5 million day-and-date debut. 

GLOBAL: 'Need for Speed' Races to $63.4M Day-and-Date Debut on March 16, 2014

needforspeed.jpgNeed For Speed took $45.6 million from a day-and-date opening weekend in 40 overseas territories. 

The film enjoyed a #1 opening from China with an impressive $21.2 million haul, comparable to the premieres of Thor: The Dark World and Robocop. IMAX numbers for the film coming out of China are projected to be $2.4 million from 138 screens, a new record for a March opener. Other top results from the weekend include #1 openings in Russia ($5.5M) and the United Kingdom ($3.5M). Need for Speed opened to $63.4 million worldwide.

300: Rise of an Empire narrowly missed out on the chance to retain the overseas crown, following up last weekend's strong day-and-date debut with a $41.3 million hold from over 12,500 screens in 62 markets. The 300 sequel has now grossed a total of $158 million overseas and $236.3 million worldwide after two frames in the global market.

Brazil continues to be a bright spot for the film, staying in first place with a $3.5 million weekend from 776 screens to reach a $10.9 million market total. Russia added $3 million from 1,399 screens to finish in second and reach a $14.6 million total. Mexico took first place with a $2.9 million hold from 1,540 screens, bringing its total to $10.5 million.

300: Rise of an Empire finished in second place in Germany with a $2.8 million weekend from 624 screens, reaching a $9.1 million local cume. South Korea also added $2.8 million from the weekend, bringing its own total up to $10.6 million. France contributed $2.6 million from 453 screens to reach a $10.7 million cume. The United Kingdom added $2.2 million from 795 screens to reach a $9 million total.  

Mr. Peabody & Sherman added $15.3 million from 10,340 screens in 61 markets. The film posted strong holds in Russia ($2M, 2,016 screens), Spain ($1.5M, down 19%), and Germany ($1.5M, up 9%) to bring the overseas cume up to $85.6 million. Top markets for the film include the United Kingdom ($20.3M), France ($8.7M), and Russia ($8.4M). Mr. Peabody & Sherman has grossed $148.7 million worldwide. 

Frozen opened in Japan this weekend, taking a commanding #1 debut with a $9.4 million bow. It is the biggest Walt Disney Animation opening of all time in the market, and only 13% below the opening weekend of Monsters University.

Frozen is now the #15 highest grossing film of all time at the global box office, surpassing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($1.017B) and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland ($1.025B) with a $1.026 billion global cume. Frozen is the fourth highest grossing animated release of all time overseas with a $630.2 million total.

The Monuments Men earned $8.2 million from 3,234 screens in 49 overseas markets. The film took a positive $3.2 million opening from France, finishing in third place in the market. Australia posted a #1 debut with $2.3 million. The new openings helped boost George Clooney's film to a $54.2 million overseas total and a $128 million global cume.

The Grand Budapest Hotel continues to post strong per-screen average numbers around the world. Wes Anderson's latest film impressed in limited release in North America, following up its domestic success with strong holds in the United Kingdom ($2.2M Weekend, down 15% / $6.8M Cume), Germany ($1.1M, ip 11% / $$2.6M Cume), and France ($1.1M, down 30% / $6.6M Cume). The film opened in fourth place in Russia with an impressive $1.1 million take from only 554 screens. The Grand Budapest Hotel is now up to $20 million overseas and $24.8 million worldwide. 

12 Years a Slave continues to build on its Academy Award win with a $5.9 million boost from 61 overseas markets. The historical drama has now grossed a total of $116 million overseas. Top performers for the film include the United Kingdom ($32.5M), France ($14.4M), Spain ($7.9M), Germany ($6.2M), and Australia ($6M). 12 Years a Slave has grossed $171 million worldwide.

RoboCop collected $5.5 million from 6,068 screens to take its overseas total to $177.2 million. The sci-fi remake enjoyed a $1.4 million opening on 310 screens in Japan, 57% ahead of Captain America: The First Avenger. In China, where RoboCop is playing in 3D, the film added $2.3 million in its third frame to reach a $48.8 million market total. RoboCop has been playing well in director Jose Padilha's home nation in Brazil, where it has currently grossed $12.4 million. RoboCop has grossed a total of $233.7 million worldwide. 

The LEGO Movie added $4.7 million from over 4,000 screens in 52 markets to reach an overseas total of $141.5 million. The top markets for the animated film include the UK ($49.6M), France ($11.2M), Mexico ($9.8M), Spain ($6.6M), Russia ($6.1M), and Brazil ($5.5M). The LEGO Movie has grossed $378.4 million worldwide. 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug might fall short of the $1 billion mark but will have few complaints after adding another $2.3 million to its overseas tally this weekend, bringing its total outside of North America to $686.4 million. The Hobbit sequel has now grossed $944 million worldwide. 

Ride Along took $920k at 500 dates in 7 territories, raising its overseas total to $11.4 million. The lion's share of the weekend grosses came from the United Kingdom, where the film finished its third week in sixth place with a $770k tally at 333 dates for a 17-day total of $5.7 million. The Netherlands opened in eighth place with $80k at 34 dates for an 11-day total of $325k. Ride Along has grossed $143.5 million globally and will expand to Australia and Hungary on March 20.

Endless Love grossed $260k at 700 dates in 14 territories to reach an overseas total of $8.1 million. The film took a $125k holiday opening at 195 dates in South Korea. Endless Love will expand to 12 more territories in the coming weeks, including the Netherlands on March 20. The film has grossed $31.5 million worldwide.

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Long Range Forecast: 'Neighbors' on March 14, 2014

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BoxOffice adds Neighbors to our Long Range Forecast. Universal's raunchy comedy faces the daunting task of opening in between The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla. Will it be up to it?

Neighbors
(Universal)

PROS:

- Reactions on Twitter/Facebook to the film's red-band trailer have been overwhelmingly positive.
- Early reviews out of SXSW show promise.
- Star Seth Rogen is on a roll following the healthy performance of This Is The End last year.
- Zac Efron's performance should shock audiences who still see him as a teen heartthrob, and you can't put a price on that kind of buzz.
- Never underestimate how well R-rated comedies can perform during the summer season. For example, look no further than the impressive runs that We're the Millers ($150.4 million domestic) and This Is The End ($101.5 million) managed last summer. 

CONS:

- As stated above, opening in between The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla won't be easy for a flick that's bound to skew male
- College-themed comedies are notorious for objectifying women. As a result, key female demos may stay way from this one.

Check out our prediction for Neighbors and other films in the table below. 

Title Release Date Distributor First Weekend of Wide ReleaseCumulative
Neighbors (2014) May 9, 2014 Universal
$34,000,000 $126,000,000
Moms' Night Out May 9, 2014 Sony / AFFIRM
$6,000,000 $14,000,000
Chef May 9, 2014 Open Road
$10,000,000 $31,000,000
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return May 9, 2014 Clarius Entertainment
$4,000,000 $11,000,000
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 2, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$112,000,000 $265,000,000
Brick Mansions Apr 25, 2014 Relativity Media
$7,000,000 $16,000,000
The Other Woman (2014) Apr 25, 2014 Fox
$15,000,000 $45,000,000
The Quiet Ones Apr 25, 2014 Lionsgate
$10,000,000 $22,000,000
Transcendence Apr 18, 2014 Warner Bros.
$26,000,000 $76,000,000
Bears Apr 18, 2014 Disneynature
$7,000,000 $21,000,000
A Haunted House 2 Apr 18, 2014 Open Road
$14,000,000 $31,000,000
Heaven is for Real Apr 16, 2014 Sony / TriStar
$8,000,000* $27,000,000
Draft Day Apr 11, 2014 Lionsgate / Summit
$13,000,000 $37,000,000
Oculus Apr 11, 2014 Relativity Media
$12,000,000 $31,000,000
Rio 2 Apr 11, 2014 Fox
$41,000,000 $148,000,000
Noah Mar 28, 2014 Paramount
$41,000,000 $115,000,000
Sabotage (2014) Mar 28, 2014 Open Road
$7,000,000 $15,000,000
Bad Words Mar 28, 2014 Focus
$6,000,000 $22,000,000

*3-day weekend

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.


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