Around-the-World: 'Annabelle' Rules In Mexico, 'Guardians' Passes 'X-Men'
by Ray Subers
October 26, 2014
Annabelle took first place at the international box office with $26.5 million this weekend.
The prequel to The Conjuring opened to a stunning $11.7 million in Mexico. That's the biggest debut ever for a horror movie, and ranks third for the year behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Mexico is already the movie's highest-grossing market ahead of fellow Latin American territory Brazil ($11.5 million).
So far, Annabelle has earned an impressive $126.7 million overseas. The Conjuring ended its overseas run at $181 million; that now looks like a reasonable goal for Annabelle as well.
Lucy opened to a solid $19 million in China this weekend. To date, the Luc Besson thriller has taken in a stunning $307.6 million overseas.
Gone Girl added $18.4 million this weekend, which brings its foreign total to $118 million. The David Fincher thriller took first place in South Korea with $3.8 million. The movie has five markets remaining, including Japan and Italy, and is on pace to earn well over $300 million worldwide.
Playing in 59 markets, Dracula Untold banked $14.7 million. It opened in first place in Brazil ($2.7 million) and Spain ($1.8 million). To date, the Dracula origin story has netted a decent $117.7 million overseas.
The Maze Runner extended its impressive international run this weekend. The movie added $12.6 million for a new total of $178.3 million. In its second weekend in France, it was up eight percent to $5.3 million. The movie expands to China next weekend and Japan in 2015; it should wind up with over $250 million outside of the U.S.
A week after its U.S. debut, Fury rolled in to 15 international markets and earned $11.2 million. It took first place in the U.K. ($4.2 million) and Australia ($2.2 million), and was also solid in France ($2.1 million).
Hercules reached China and Japan this weekend, though it wasn't particularly strong in either market. The movie earned $9.6 million in China, which is weak for an effects-heavy U.S. production. In Japan, it took in $1.2 million. This movie has been consistently disappointing across its domestic and international run, and is now on track to close well below $300 million worldwide (it's at $238 million right now).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles added $10.8 million from 32 markets this weekend. To date, the movie has earned $201.9 million overseas; it could be in line for a big boost when it expands in to China on Friday.
Guardians of the Galaxy extended its strong run in China, where it's now earned $84.4 million total. It also reached its final market, Italy, where it opened to $3.4 million in Italy (a bit lower than Captain America: The Winter Soldier).
Guardians passed X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the highest-grossing superhero movie of the year with $752.6 million. Sometime this week, it will move ahead of Maleficent to become the second-highest-grossing movie of the year (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction).
Two weeks ahead of its U.S. debut, Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 opened to $4.8 million in Russia. That's ahead of Wreck-It Ralph and about even with Tangled.
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