Iron Man 3 broke the billion-dollar mark in the global box office heading into the weekend. The latest entry in the Disney/Marvel Iron Man franchise has been the year's biggest story in the global box office, reaching the $1 billion milestone in only 23 days. The superhero sequel faced an uphill battle this weekend, facing the global expansion of Star Trek Into Darkness, the opening weekend of The Great Gatsby in 49 territories, an Epic Latin American release, and the U.K. premiere of Fast & Furious 6.
A slower weekend didn't prevent Iron Man 3 from breaking into the top ten of the all-time highest-grossing films at the global box office. Iron Man 3 currently ranks in 9th place on that list after reaching a global cume of $1.073 billion. China leads the overseas grosses for the film, responsible for $109.5 million of its $736.2 million overseas total. South Korea ($61.1M), the U.K. ($52.1M), Mexico ($45.9M), Russia ($42.2M), and Brazil ($42.1M) round out the most important territories for Iron Man 3.
Star Trek Into Darkness ramped up its global expansion, grossing $40 million across 40 territories this weekend to reach a $80.5 million overseas total. The film's global cume stands at $164.5 million with around half of the overseas marketplace still waiting for the film's release.
Russia was the biggest market for the Star Trek reboot's sequel, bringing in $8 million in its opening weekend -a 400% increase from the last film's Russian opening and twice the lifetime gross of its predecessor in the same market. The film also outgrossed the lifetime cumes of the last Star Trek in Colombia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Peru, Singapore, and Thailand.
Star Trek Into Darkness showed resiliency in its seven hold-over markets, grossing a combined $55.6 million in its second weekend. The U.K. led the pack with a $5.9 million weekend and a $24 million cume. Germany added $3.2 million this weekend to bring its German total to $12.4 million. Australia scored a similar figure, with $3.3 million in the three-day span to reach a $10 million total. Mexico pushed another $1.6 million for a $5.6 million cume. Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in China, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Italy, Spain and France in the coming weeks.
The Great Gatsby roared into 49 territories with a $42.1 million opening weekend. It is the biggest opening weekend of Baz Luhrman's career. The Great Gatsby took the top spot in France ($4.7M), Italy ($3.8M), and Spain ($2.2M), and Taiwan ($799K). Other top markets for Gatsby include: Russia ($6.2M), the U.K. ($6.2M), South Korea ($4.3M), Italy ($3.8M), and Germany ($3.7M). The film still has several major markets on the horizon: Australia (May 30th), Mexico (May 31st), Brazil (June 7th), and Japan (June 14th).
Epic launched in 16 markets this weekend, the majority in Latin America, and came away with a very strong $14.5 million opening weekend in its overseas release. Animated films perform exceptionally well in Latin America and Epic was no exception, taking the top spot in 7 of the region's 12 markets. Epic was the #2 film in every other market it opened. Mexico has been building a reputation for one of the most important overseas markets for animated films. Mexican audiences responded to Epic with a $3.4 million weekend. Brazil followed with $2.3 million and Germany was the only other market where the film broke the million-dollar mark, notching a $2.3 million gross.
Epic cut into the strong hold-over performance from The Croods. The Croods reached a $552.6 million global total after increasing its overseas cume to $375.8 million, including a $2.5 million premiere in South Korea.
Fast & Furious 6 began its global roll-out in the United Kingdom, where it dominated the box office in first place with a $13.8 million take. The Fast and Furious premiere was the second highest opening weekend of the year in the U.K., behind Iron Man 3. The sixth entry in the franchise featuring attractive people driving fancy cars will open in North America and 59 additional overseas territories next weekend.