Around-the-World Roundup: 'Ninja Turtles,' 'Maze Runner' Score in China

by Ray Subers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

November 2, 2014

Thanks to a strong start in China, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles easily led the foreign box office this weekend.

The movie earned $34.7 million, which brings its international total to $244 million. Most of that came from China, where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened in first place with an impressive $26.5 million. That's a bit higher than Thor: The Dark World, which debuted in China around the same time last year.

The movie has now earned $434.5 million worldwide, and could eventually pass $500 million with help from Japan early next year.

The Maze Runner
also got off to a solid start in China this weekend. The movie opened to $13.7 million, which is roughly on par with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Overall, The Maze Runner added $23.8 million for a new total of $208.5 million; including its domestic revenue, the movie has now banked over $300 million worldwide.

Gone Girl
continued to impress at the international box office: the David Fincher thriller took in $15.3 million, which brings its total to $142.4 million. It had strong holds in most markets: in South Korea, it was off a light 10 percent to $4.1 million.

Fox International has now earned $3.25 billion this year; that's the biggest ever single-year total for a studio ahead of Paramount's 2011 haul ($3.21 billion). The biggest contributors to this pot are X-Men: Days of Future Past ($512 million), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($499 million), How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($438 million) and Rio 2 ($367 million). The studio still has Penguins of Madagascar and Exodus: Gods and Kings on the way this year, and will almost certainly finish well north of $3.5 billion.

expanded to a total of 44 markets and took in $14.6 million. In Russia, it was a strong second place finisher with $3.3 million. To date, the Brad Pitt World War II movie has grossed $37.8 million overseas.

grossed $13.5 million at 62 markets this weekend. The horror movie repeated in first place in Mexico with $3.4 million; overall, it's now earned $149 million total.

Dracula Untold
added $12.4 million for a new total of $136.1 million. It opened in first place in Italy with $3 million, and took in a decent $1.4 million in Japan. Dracula will likely pass $200 million worldwide sometime next weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy
passed Maleficent this weekend to move up to second place at the worldwide box office this year (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction). The movie has now earned $765 million worldwide.

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