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KEY POINTS:

- Rio 2 leads the weekend as it expands to 54 new markets and lifts its overseas total up to $125.2 million. A $12.1 million debut in China points to big overseas numbers for the animated sequel. 

- Captain America: The Winter Soldier scores a $6.9 million debut in Brazil and approaches the $500 million global mark with a $476.7 million worldwide cume.

- Noah tops the French box office after edging out Rio 2 for the top spot. The Biblical epic finishes the weekend just shy of the $250 million global mark.

- Divergent continues its overseas expansion, breathing a sigh of relief after losing last weekend's battle against Captain America with a resurgent $50.3 million overseas cume.

- Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel breaks the $100 million mark worldwide.  

Rio 2 collected $62.3 million from 19,394 screens in 62 markets, a result of its expansion to 54 new markets this weekend. The animated sequel has now grossed a total of $125.2 million overseas.

A $12.1 million opening from 5,850 screens in China marked a 150% improvement over the original film, proving the sequel's potential in what could have been a potentially difficult market. Mexico scored an $8.7 million debut from 2,390 screens, making it the third highest Fox animation opening of all time in the market. France took a $4.6 million opening from 1,257 screens, a 20% boost above the original's premiere. UK enjoyed a $2.9 million hold from 1,100 screens, a 20% slide from last weekend's opening tally, to reach an $11.5 million cume in the market . Brazil continued to excel with a $2.2 million hold from 914 screens in its third weekend to reach an $18.9 million total in director Carlos Saldanha's home country.

Rio 2 recorded the second highest industry opening of all time for an animated film in India, only trailing Ice Age 4. The animated sequel opened in 466 screens to earn a $932k tally in its Indian debut, becoming the top ranked MPA title of the weekend. The sequel's strong opening weekend ranks 112% higher than that of the original.

Rio 2 also recorded strong debuts from Colombia ($2.2M / 380 Screens), Argentina ($2M / 380 Sceens), Philippines ($1.5M / 200 Screens), Peru ($1.4M / 229 Screens), Central America ($1.4M / 207 Screens), and Chile ($1.3M / 145 Screens). The film expands to 7 new markets next wekeend.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier expanded to Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Hungary, and Turkey this weekend to cap off the majority of its overseas release. The superhero film will be opening in Japan, its final territory, on April 19.

Cap will be looking to hit the $500 million global mark with next weekend's Japanese debut. The superhero sequel has grossed a total of $317.7 million overseas and $476.7 million worldwide after notching a second consecutive weekend with over $100 million in global box office revenue.

54 overseas territories contributed $60.6 million of this weekend's box office. The Captain America sequel has already eclipsed the lifetime run of the original's overseas total by 163%. The previous Captain America film grossed a total of $194 million outside of North America. The sequel is already 128% above the $371 million global lifetime run of the original.

The film continues performing well on IMAX, adding another $7.3 million globally from the large screen format over the weekend. The IMAX worldwide cume for the superhero sequel now stands at $31 million, with $16.4 million of that figure coming from outside of North America.

The film took a $6.9 million first place finish in its Brazilian opening, giving it 45% of the market share and making it the fourth highest April opening of all time in the country. China took a 50% dip this weekend to bring its total up to a whopping $80.4 million, becoming the #3 Disney release of all time in the market. IMAX screenings have accounted for $3.7 million (307 screens) in China. South Korea is reporting a $25.1 million cume after its third straight weekend as the #1 fillm.

Noah earned $36.2 million from 7,565 locations in 53 markets over the weekend, bringing its overseas cume up to $162 million. The Biblical epic has grossed $246.7 million worldwide. The film opened in 8 new territories, including France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Thailand.

Noah edged out Rio 2 for the top spot in France after grossing $3.9 million from 568 sites. The film took a $3.7 million bow from 400 locations in Italy to reach the top spot in the market.

Hold overs performed exceptionally well for Noah this weekend. Brazil led the way with $5.1 milliom from 490 cinemas on it second weekend, a 45% slide from its debut to brings its local cume up to a healthy $17.6 million. The UK earned $2.9 million from 478 sites to reach a $10 million total in the market. Russia posted a $2.3 million take from 819 locations in its third frame to reach a $31.2 million cume. Other top weekend holds include strong showings in Germany ($2.1M Weekend / 520 Screens / $6.1M Cume), Spain ($1.6M Weekend / 334 Screens / $5.5M Cume), and Turkey ($1M Weekend / 240 Screens / $3.6M Cume).

Divergent took a welcome $23.2 million boost from about 5,180 screens across 62 overseas markets to raise its total outside of North America to $50.3 million.

The Young Adult adaptation took a $3.4 million debut from 558 screens in France and finished the weekend as the top film in Russia with a $3.2 million bow from 893 screens, a 243% increase over Twilight's Russian premiere. Australia was another top performer with a $3.1 million opening from 342 screens.

Divergent took a $1.8 million debut from 517 screens in Germany and posted strong second frame holds in the UK ($1.7M Weekend / $6.8M Cume) and Mexico ($1.4M Weekend / $5M Cume).

Divergent opened with a limited release in India on Friday and placed #3 for the weekend, according to Universal. The weekend estimate for the Young Adult adaptation is $165k at 106 dates. The film expands to South Korea and Brazil next weekend with major territories like Spain, Sweden, China, and Japan remaining in the schedule. Divergent has grossed a total of $175.1 million globally.

The LEGO Movie scored a $9.5 million overseas weekend from over 3,100 screens to bring its total outside of North America up to $173.3 million. Germany opened to a $3.1 million debut from 945 screens (including previews), finishing the weekend in first place ahead of Noah and fellow opener Divergent. Australia took solid $4.6 million hold from 514 screens, only a 13% drop from the previous weekend, to keep the top spot tat the box office and reach a $13.1 million cume in the market.

The LEGO Movie has grossed $424.8 million worldwide. The film's top markets include the UK ($53.7m), Australia ($13.1M), France ($12.1M).

Frozen hit $1.112 billion at the global box office this weekend to move up to the #8 spot among the highest grossing films of all time worldwide. The Disney film remains the second highest grossing original IP (non-sequel) animated release of all time overseas. Frozen should surpass Ice Age 4 ($716M) in the coming days to become the highest grossing animated film of all time overseas.

The film's staying power has been the formula to its box office success. Frozen brought in $8 million in its 21st weekend of release overseas, taking its cume outside of North America up to $713.1 million.

Frozen has held the top spot in Japan for five consecutive weeks and is now reporting an $89 million toatl in the country. Other top markets include South Korea ($76.9M), UK ($65M), China ($48.7M), Germany ($48.2M), and France ($42.6M).

The Grand Budapest Hotel reached a major milestone after crossing the $100 million global mark after taking $7.2 milliom from 2,388 screens in 37 overseas markets. The Wes Anderson film has grossed a total of $64.3 million overseas and $103.7 million worldwide.

Australia led new openers with a $1.8 million bow from only 108 screens. Italy registered a strong $1 million debut from 186 screens. The two openings represent the biggest bow for a Wes Anderson film in both markets. The Grand Budapest Hotel opens in the Philippines and Taiwan next weekend, followed by Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay, on April 24/25.

Ocho Apellidos Vascos was the #1 film in Spain for the fifth consecutive weekend. Its latest weekend performance added $5.4 million from 326 dates for a 31-day total of $41.7 million. The fifth weekend gross is 38% bigger than the film’s opening weekend. The Spanish comedy is the highest grossing Spanish language film of all time in Spain and the highest grossing film in the country this year. It ranks sixth among the highest grossing films of all time in Spain.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman discovered another $3.8 million from 7,015 screens in 36 markets. That brings the animated film's overseas total to $144 million and a $249.2 million global cume. The film impressed in Australia, where it was up 36% from last weekend to registed a $1.3 million take from 389 screens.

Muppets Most Wanted took a $1 million debut in Australia, finishing the weekend with a $2.2 million take from 10 overseas territories. The Muppets sequel has grossed a total of $14.8 million overseas and $60.4 million worldwide. The film expands to Spain next weekend.

 

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ca2.pngCaptain America: The Winter Soldier expanded to Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Hungary, and Turkey this weekend to cap off the majority of its overseas release. The superhero film will be opening in Japan, its final territory, on April 19.

Cap will be looking to hit the $500 million global mark with next weekend's Japanse debut. The superhero sequel has grossed a total of $317.7 million overseas and $476.7 million worldwide after notching a second consecutive weekend with over $100 million in global box office. 54 overseas territories contributed $60.6 million of this weekend's box office. The Captain America sequel has already eclipsed the lifetime run of its original overseas by 163%. The previous Captain America film grossed a total of $194 million outside of North America. The new film is also 128% above the $371 million global lifetime run of the original.

The film continues performing well on IMAX, adding another $7.3 million globally from the large screen format over the weekend. The IMAX worldwide cume for the superhero sequel now stands at $31 million, with $16.4 million of that figure coming from outside of North America.

The film took $6.9 million first place finish in its Brazilian opening, giving it first place with a 45% market share and the fourth highest April opening of all time in the country. China took a 50% dip this weekend to bring its total up to a whopping $80.4 million, becoming the #3 Disney release of all time in the country. IMAX screenings have accounted for $3.7 million (307 screens) in China. South Korea is reporting a $25.1 million cume after its third straight weekend as the #1 film.

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image.jpgDivergent took a welcome $23.2 million boost from about 5,180 screens across 62 overseas markets to raise its total outside of North America to $50.3 million.

The Young Adult adaptation took a $3.4 million debut from 558 screens in France and finished the weekend as the top film in Russia with a $3.2 million bow from 893 screens, a 243% increase over Twilight's Russian premiere. Australia was another top performer with a $3.1 million opening from 342 screens.

Divergent took a $1.8 million debut from 517 screens in Germany and posted strong second frame holds in the UK ($1.7M Weekend / $6.8M Cume) and Mexico ($1.4M Weekend / $5M Cume). Divergent opened with a limited release in India on Friday and placed #3 for the weekend, according to a communication from distributor Universal. The weekend estimate for the Young Adult adaptation is $165k at 106 dates. The film expands to South Korea and Brazil next weekend with major territories like Spain, Sweden, China, and Japan remaining in the schedule. Divergent has grossed a total of $175.1 million globally.

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By Daniel Garris

Captain America: The Winter Soldier rounded out its first week of release with a first place take of $4.58 million on Thursday. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was down 5 percent from Wednesday. It should be noted that hold actually represented one of the day's better daily percentage holds among wide releases, as most films experienced noteworthy percentage decreases on Thursday. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was easily the week's top film with a strong seven-day start of $117.61 million. That was in line with the film's lofty expectations and was 8 percent stronger than the $108.51 million seven-day start of last year's Thor: The Dark World. It is widely expected that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will find itself in a close race with Fox's Rio 2 for first place this weekend.

Paramount's Noah grossed $1.03 million to remain in second. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 55 percent from last Thursday. Noah placed in a distant second for the week with $22.08 million. That was down a discouraging 60 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's 14-day total to $77.42 million. Noah is currently running 9 percent behind the recent $85.09 million 14-day take of 300: Rise of an Empire.

Lionsgate's Divergent held steady in third place with $0.776 million. The successful young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 48 percent from last Thursday. Divergent placed in third for the week with $16.35 million. That was down 49 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to $117.38 million. Today it was announced that the Divergent series will consist of four films instead of three, as Allegiant will now be split into two films: Allegiant - Part 1, which will be released on March 18, 2016 and Allegiant - Part 2, which will be released on March 24, 2017.

God's Not Dead took in $0.639 million to continue to claim fourth place. The break-out faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 18 percent from last Thursday. God's Not Dead placed in fourth for the week with $10.56 million. That was down just 11 percent from the previous week and brings the 21-day total for the film to a much stronger than expected $35.36 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.508 million. The critically acclaimed Wes Anderson directed film decreased just 4 percent from Wednesday and was down 27 percent from last Thursday. The Grand Budapest Hotel finished in fifth for the week with $8.34 million and has now grossed $35.42 million through 35 days of release.

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