Around-the-World Roundup: 'Interstellar' Scores in China, Adds $106 Million Overseas
by Ray Subers
November 16, 2014
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar had another fantastic weekend at the international box office. Playing in 63 markets, the movie added $107.9 million for an early total of $225.8 million.
In China, Interstellar earned $41.7 million over its first five days. That's the second-biggest debut ever for Warner Bros. behind Pacific Rim (which received a boost from 3D pricing). The movie is now virtually guaranteed to earn over $100 million in this market.
Interstellar's holdover markets dropped just 21 percent on average, which is a great hold for this kind of release. In South Korea, it was up 11 percent to $15.8 million, which brings its total to a stunning $35.9 million. Within a week, it will be the highest-grossing live-action import since Iron Man 3.
The movie also held on to first place in the U.K. ($6 million), Russia ($5.5 million), France ($3.9 million), Germany ($3.8 million), Australia ($3.25 million), Italy ($3.1 million) and Spain ($2 million).
So far, Interstellar is tracking 14 percent ahead of Inception and seven percent ahead of Gravity. With an upcoming release in Japan, Interstellar is virtually guaranteed to close with at least $400 million overseas.
Big Hero 6 continued its slow international rollout this weekend. The movie took first place in Mexico with $4.8 million, which is roughly on par with Frozen's debut. It also scored the biggest opening ever for a Disney or Pixar animated movie in Malaysia and Singapore. Overall, it added $11.9 million for a very early total of $36.7 million; its next major territories (Italy, Spain, Japan, Brazil, and Australia) all open around Christmas.
Two weeks ahead of its U.S. release, DreamWorks Animation's Penguins of Madagascar opened to an estimated $11.3 million in China. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted earned a massive $530 million overseas; while Penguins probably won't get there, this number still suggests that the Madagascar brand is quite strong outside of the U.S.
Discuss this story with fellow Box Office Mojo fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @boxofficemojo, and follow author Ray Subers at @raysubers.
This Weekend's Forecast:
• Moviegoers to Get 'Dumber' Again This Weekend
This Weekend in Past Years
• 2013 - 'Thor' Sequel Gets Boost from 'The Avengers'
• 2012 - 'Skyfall' Scores Best Bond Debut Ever
• 2011 - Olympian Debut for 'Immortals'
• 2010 - 'Megamind' Stays on Track, 'Unstoppable' Holds the Denzel Washington Line
• 2009 - '2012' Plagues the Box Office
• 2008 - James Bond Takes 'Quantum' Leap
• 2007 - 'Bee' Keeps Buzzing as 'Fred,' 'Lions' Don't Roar
• 2006 - 'Borat' Schticks to First
• Weekend Box Office Results
• All-Time Domestic