TUESDAY: Late numbers confirmed that Pacific Rim was the top film of the weekend around the world, toppling the two week reign of Despicable Me 2 atop the global box office.
Universal adjusted the actual overseas gross of Despicable Me 2 down to $34.9 million, giving an edge to Pacific Rim's higher-than-expected $35.3 million adjusted estimate, according to a sources at Warner Bros.
The adjusted global total for Despicable Me 2 stands at $584.3 million. Pacific Rim still has ground to make up in order to reach similar heights; the Guillermo del Toro tentpole has grossed $181.2 million worldwide.
SUNDAY: Despicable Me 2 is the top film in the world for the third consecutive week. The animated film overtook its predecessor's $293 million overseas cume and hit a $308.4 million overseas total after taking in $35.4 million from 50 territories over the weekend. Despicable Me 2 has grossed $584.6 million globally.
The minions are set to become the second Universal release to break the $100 million mark in Latin America, following the first-time feat accomplished by Fast 6 in the region earlier this month. Brazil posted the strongest hold ($4.5M Weekend / $27.5M Cume), passing Fast 6 to become Universal's top release of all time in the country. Other top holds include Mexico ($3.7M Weekend / $38.9M Cume), Germany ($3M Weekend / $18.3M Cume), the U.K. and Ireland ($2.7M Weekend / $45.6M Cume), and France ($2.3M Weekend / $23.5M Cume).
Monsters University broke the half-billion global mark on July 17, setting the stage for a weekend that only included one new opening. The film becomes Pixar's seventh consecutive title to surpass the $500 million mark. The Pixar prequel has held on well around the world and contributed another $20.7 million from the overseas marketplace this weekend to reach a $283.9 million overseas tally and a $532.9 million cume. The top overseas earners for Monsters U include Mexico ($37.4M), Japan ($34.4M), Australia ($21.2M), Argentina ($21.1M), Russia ($20.6M), Brazil ($16.1M), the U.K. ($13M), Spain ($12.6M), and Germany ($11.8M).
Two Fox releases round out the weekend's animated films. Turbo opened in 28 markets to $22.6 million overseas, taking its opening weekend to a $53.8 million global total. Russia led the charge with a fantastic $8.4 million opening weekend, followed by strong performances from Mexico ($3.4M), Brazil ($1.8M), and Argentina ($1.3M). Several major markets are still to come for Turbo. Epic is closing out its overseas run as it looks forward to its last two top markets: South Korea (August 7) and Spain (August 30). Epic has earned $139 million in its overseas run and posts a $244.4 million global total.
Pacific Rim reached a $110.3 million overseas cume from 48 territories to propel its global total to $178.5 million. North American audiences haven't responded to Guillermo del Toro's popcorn flick in the same way that overseas viewers have embraced the film. Pacific Rim reached a $16.5 million cume in Russia after a strong $3.9 million take from its second weekend. The film opened at #1 in France with $3.8 million from 641 screens, including previews. South Korea posted another strong weekend, adding $3.5 million to take its total to $15.6 million despite falling behind the opening weekend of Mr. Go, a film about a baseball-playing gorilla.
Man of Steel reached the $350 million overseas mark after earning $6 million from 60 markets. Fans are already looking forward to the upcoming Superman sequel featuring Batman, a project that practically has money dripping off of it. The only way to raise the expectations on the upcoming Superman/Batman film directed by Zack Snyder and Executive Produced by Christopher Nolan is if Warner Bros. could somehow tie-in Harry Potter as the villain. Top markets for Man of Steel include China ($63M), the U.K. ($46m), Mexico ($21.1M), Australia ($21M), France ($18.8M), South Korea ($15.2M), and Russia ($10.7M).
World War Z is holding strong overseas. The Brad Pitt zombie passion project reached a $456.4 million global total this weekend. $269.5 million of that figure comes from overseas, where World War Z is still eyeing openings in Spain and Japan. The film posted strong holds in France ($1.9M Weekend / $15.6M Cume), South Korea ($900k Weekend / $33.1M Cume), Mexico ($880k Weekend / $21.7M Cume), Germany ($800k Weekend / $16.1M Cume), and Brazil ($620k Weekend / $13.8M Cume).
The Lone Ranger had a $3.6 million opening in Mexico this weekend as the film prepares a wider overseas roll-out over the next couple of weeks. The Disney film has struggled outside of North America, only posting a successful run in Russia ($14.7M) en route to an underwhelming $66.4 million overseas cume. The numbers in North America are just as poor, where The Lone Ranger has failed to reach the $100 million mark after its July 4 weekend debut. Several top territories are still on deck for the wannabe franchise, including Japan (August 2), France (August 7), Germany (August 8), the U.K. (August 9), and Spain (August 23). A Chinese release date has yet to be confirmed.
R.I.P.D. was D.O.A. at the North American box office, where the high-concept tent-pole only managed to earn $12.8 million while walking away with a C+ CinemaScore. Audiences in Russia didn't seem to mind much, giving the film the top spot at the box office with a $6.4 million weekend that accounts for the lion's share of its $6.8 million overseas cume from ten territories. Universal is quoting a $130 million production budget for R.I.P.D., making the film the leading contender for 2013's biggest global box office flop.
Fast & Furious 6 is gearing up for its Chinese release on Friday. The action flick is the second biggest hit of the year, trailing the blockbuster success of Iron Man 3. Fast 6 is currently posting a $475.4 million overseas cume and a worldwide total of $712.5 million. A good run in China can easily lift the film past the $500 million overseas benchmark.
The Heat is still hot in Australia. The comedy reached a $7.5 million cume in its second weekend in Australia, taking its overseas total to $24.1 million from 29 markets. Other top markets for The Heat include Russia ($4.7M) and Germany ($3.6M). Expect the film to pick up more steam after its U.K. release on July 31.
Star Trek Into Darkness is finishing out its overseas run with only three territories left to release in August. Argentina and Chile will see an August 15 release and the film is slated to open in japan on August 23. The sci-fi sequel has grossed $223.5 million outside of North America over 11 weekends, bringing its global total to $448.6 million.
The Conjuring brought in an impressive $3.4 million from three markets. Spain was the top territory, bringing in $1.7 million from 300 screens. Australia followed by packing theaters with $1.5 million from only 134 locations, posting the highest per-screen average in the market. New Zealand rounded out the rest of the release with $200k. Upcoming top territories for the horror film include Russia (July 25), Germany (August 1), the U.K. (August 2), and France and Italy (August 21).
The Purge continues its slow overseas roll-out. The film has grossed $13.4 million from a dozen territories and still has 26 more countries to open. The global total for the low-budget thriller is $77.5 million.