Gravity is taking off overseas with a $3.8 million Thursday performance. The space flick took in $1.4 million from Thursday shows in North America, driving the single-day global debut of Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi flick to $5.2 million.
Russia is claiming $1.2 million of that figure, ranking first ahead of competing releases Insidious: Chapter 2 and the local comedy Vsyo Vklyycheno 2. The 3D share in the market is 76%, with IMAX contributing 15%. Germany reports a $925k debut, well ahead of fellow openers Turbo and Rush. The 3D share is 97% in the market, where the format is playing in 88% of the film's screens. Italy also posted a first place debut with 3D claiming 97% of the take from 90% of the screens. Australia brought in $651k with 3D accounting for 57% of the take from 47% of the screens. Gravity is projected to finish the weekend in first place, overtaking the first place finish posted by Turbo on Thursday.
Sci-fi has posted mixed results at the global box office this year. Oblivion posted a $286.3 million global total; After Earth relied on the overseas markets to salvage a $243.8 million performance; China helped catapult Pacific Rim to $407.4 million worldwide; Paramount strategically expanded Start Trek Into Darkness throughout the summer for a $466.9 million take; and Elysium has grossed $263.9 million globally.
BoxOffice is projecting that the film could hit anywhere between $40 to $45 million in its North American opening weekend. If the early overseas numbers are any indication, Gravity, the year's least high-concept sci-fi release, might turn out to be one of the genre's biggest hits of 2013.