Around-the-World Roundup: Strong Overseas Debuts for 'Gone Girl,' 'Annabelle'

by Ray Subers
Gone Girl

October 5, 2014

Coinciding with its domestic debut, Gone Girl opened to $24.5 million from 39 international markets this weekend.

It opened to $6.7 million in the U.K. and $4.6 million in Australia; both marked all-time highs for director David Fincher. It also played well in Russia ($3.4 million) and Germany ($2.6 million), while it was less impressive in Mexico and Brazil (both below $1 million).

Fincher's last two movies—The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)—earned $128 million and $130 million, respectively. Based on the initial results, Gone Girl will likely wind up above that level.

Bang Bang
, the Bollywood remake of Knight & Day, opened to $22.7 million overseas this weekend. Most of that came from India, where it tallied a massive $19.3 million (third-highest debut ever for a non-franchise title).

A week ahead of its U.S. debut, Dracula Untold earned $21 million from 25 foreign markets. It had a strong $4.9 million four-day opening in Mexico, and did decent business in the U.K. ($2.7 million), Germany ($2.4 million), France ($1.9 million) and Australia ($1.7 million). Along with the U.S., the movie expands in to Russia and South Korea next weekend.

opened in 23 new markets this weekend and earned $20.7 million. It opened well in South Korea ($3.1 million), and beat The Conjuring in Australia ($1.7 million), Italy ($1.2 million). It was also huge in Asia: it took in $2.5 million in Indonesia, $2.4 million in Malaysia, $1.8 million in Taiwan and $1.2 million in the Philippines.

Across all of its markets, it is currently 17 percent ahead of The Conjuring. That movie held well on its way to over $180 million; it's too early to tell if Annabelle can ultimately match that number, but it's certainly off to a good start.

Without any new openings, The Maze Runner fell 43 percent to $16.5 million. To date, the movie has earned $118.7 million overseas, and could pass Divergent ($137.8 million) when it reaches the U.K. and Italy next weekend.

The Equalizer
added $14.4 million for an early total of $39.6 million. Its only major new market was France, where it took in $2 million (same range as Taken and Safe House).

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