Weekend Report (cont.): 'Most Wanted Man' Cracks the Top 10, 'Apes' Rules Overseas

by Ray Subers
A Most Wanted Man

July 27, 2014

<< Continued from "Weekend Report"

Playing at 361 theaters, spy thriller A Most Wanted Man cracked the Top 10 with $2.7 million. That's the second-biggest opening ever for distributor Roadside Attractions, and is noticeably higher than last year's Mud ($2.2 million). With strong reviews and built-in curiosity surrounding the final lead role from Philip Seymour Hoffman, this should be a solid performer in the weeks ahead.

Richard Linklater's Boyhood expanded to 107 theaters and earned $1.73 million this weekend ($16,121 average). The movie has now earned $4.1 million, which ranks fifth all-time for distributor IFC Films. According to IFC, there will be an aggressive expansion over the next few weeks that will include a national television advertising campaign. It's unclear exactly how high this can go, but a total north of $15 million seems like a likely outcome.

Gabriel Iglesias stand-up flick The Fluffy Movie opened to $1.3 million from 432 theaters. In comparison, Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain opened to $1.9 million at less than 100 locations.

Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here expanded to 625 theaters and earned a disappointing $1.1 million. Braff's first movie, Garden State, grossed $3 million in its nationwide expansion back in 2004. Ultimately, the Kickstarter-funded movie will take in a fraction of Garden State's $26.8 million.

Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight opened at 17 locations and earned $426,000 this weekend. That's less than Blue Jasmine and Midnight in Paris took in when they debuted at six theaters. With mixed reviews, Magic in the Moonlight could have a tough time matching 2012's To Rome with Love ($16.7 million).

Around-the-World Roundup

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
moved in to first place at the international box office this weekend with $54.1 million. It opened to $13.1 million (including previews) in Mexico and $9.3 million in Brazil. To date, it has already earned $181.9 million, and is set to expand in to 11 more markets (including France and Italy) next weekend.

Transformers: Age of Extinction
added $37.5 million this weekend. On Sunday, it became the first movie to ever pass $300 million in China. The fourth installment in the Michael Bay franchise has now banked $730 million overseas, which ranks 11th all-time. With Spain and Japan on the way, Transformers is going to easily close over $800 million. Also of note: its worldwide total reached $966 million this weekend, and it will likely pass $1 billion next weekend.

Coinciding with its domestic debut, Hercules opened to $28.7 million overseas. It had a fantastic $12 million start in Russia, though it was less impressive in Australia ($3.5 million) and the U.K. ($2.4 million). With plenty of major markets left to open, it's a safe bet that Hercules winds up with at least $200 million overseas.

How to Train Your Dragon 2
added $24 million this weekend to bring its foreign total to $258.5 million. In Germany, it opened in second place (behind Transformers) with $6.1 million. The DreamWorks Animation sequel still has Spain, Italy, China and Japan on the way, and could be on track for over $400 million total.

finally opened in the legendary monster's home country Japan this weekend. It took in just shy of $7 million in its first three days; according to Warner Bros., it was roughly on par with Transformers: Dark of the Moon and twice as high as Pacific Rim. The movie is now a day or two away from passing $300 million overseas and $500 million worldwide.

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This Weekend's Forecast:
Forecast: 'Lucy' to Beat Up 'Hercules' This Weekend

This Weekend in Past Years:
2013 - 'Wolverine' Bleeds, But Still Easily Leads
2011 - 'Captain America' Rockets to the Top, 'Potter's Bubble Bursts
2010 - 'Inception' Maintains Grip, 'Salt' Savors Second Place
2009 - 'G-Force' Takes Cake, 'Potter' Plummets
2008 - 'Dark Knight' Massive in Second Weekend
2007 - 'Simpsons' Leap to Big-Screen Success
2006 - 'Pirates' Loot Piles Up, 'Lady' Walks Plank
2005 - 'Island' Deserted, 'Chocolate,' 'Wedding' Take Cake

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