Around-the-World Roundup: 'Cinderella' Dazzles Overseas
by Ray Subers
March 15, 2015
Opening in 31 markets, Cinderella ruled the international box office this weekend with an estimated $62.4 million.
According to Disney, that's up 17 percent from Oz The Great and Powerful, and down 30 percent from Maleficent. It's worth noting here that those movies were in 3D, whereas Cinderella is not.
Cinderella's biggest markets were China ($25 million) and Russia ($7.3 million). It was also strong in Mexico ($5 million) and Italy ($4.6 million), while it was less remarkable in Germany ($2.1 million). The movie also had impressive first place debuts across smaller Asian markets like the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.
Next weekend, Cinderella expands in to France, Australia, Brazil, Spain and the U.K. It reaches its final market, Japan, in late April.
Big Hero 6 continues to defy the odds in China. In the world's second-largest market, the Disney Animation movie fell a light 15 percent to $15.5 million; through three weekends, it ranks third all-time among animated movies with $66.5 million.
Big Hero 6 has now earned $633 million worldwide, which makes it the highest-grossing animated movie from 2014 ahead of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Kingsman: The Secret Service grossed $13.7 million, which brings its overseas total to $169.3 million. It opened in first place in Germany—ahead of Cinderella—with $2.4 million. In South Korea, it added $3.5 million; through five weekends, it's earned a stunning $36.5 million there.
In its second weekend, Chappie took in $13.6 million overseas ($33.4 million total). It opened to a solid $2.8 million in South Korea, but was a disappointment in Australia ($1 million) and Spain (less than $800,000). The Neil Blomkamp flick still has Italy, Brazil and Japan on the way.
Playing in 61 markets, Focus (2015) earned an estimated $13.5 million this weekend. In Brazil, it opened in first place with $1.9 million. To date, the Will Smith/Margot Robbie con artist movie has earned $57.7 million overseas (over $100 million worldwide).
Coinciding with its domestic debut, Run All Night opened to an estimated $6.6 million from 19 markets. Its biggest territories were the U.K. ($1.3 million) and France ($1.1 million). The movie expands to Australia and South Korea next weekend.
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• 'Cinderella' Set to be Belle of the Box Office Ball This Weekend
• 'Chappie,' 'Business' Flop, 'Sniper' Passes 'Mockingjay'
This Timeframe in Past Years:
• 2014 - 'Mr. Peabody' Races Past 'Need for Speed'
• 2013 - 'Oz' Leads, 'Call' Exceeds, 'Burt' Bombs
• 2012 - Audiences Report to '21 Jump Street'
• 2011 - 'Limitless' Leads Listless Lot
• 2010 - 'Alice' Stays Green, 'Green Zone' Opens in Red
• 2009 - 'Witch' Blasts Off, 'Watchmen' Burns Out
• 2008 - 'Horton' Hits It Big
• 2007 - '300' Bleeds But Leads
• 2006 - 'V for Vendetta' Bombards the Top Spot
• 2005 - 'Ring Two' Opens Well
• Weekend Box Office Results
• 2015 Domestic Box Office