3RD UPDATE, SUNDAY 6:40 PM PT: Across the Top 10 titles, the international haul is up this week over last by 10%, and ranks 23% bigger than the comparable frame in 2013. Warner Bros and Legendary’s 300: Rise Of An Empire leads the charge with a strong debut in 58 markets and an estimated $87.8M haul. Last year, it was Oz, The Great And Powerful that was seducing audiences with $63M in overseas takings. Next week brings Need For Speed starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul.
All initial international numbers are in from the studios, and breakdowns for some key territories follow the original posts below with notable happenings in France, Italy, India, Russia and elsewhere. In the meantime, overseas numbers for Liam Neeson-starrer Non-Stop have yet to arrive since the movie is released by a slew of offshore distributors, notably Studiocanal which will likely provide details tomorrow. However, Rentrak says Non-Stop, out in 22 markets, added an estimated $12M for a $40M cume.
2ND UPDATE, SUNDAY 10:50 AM PT: As expected, Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures’ 300: Rise Of An Empire was the dominant movie at the international box office this weekend. The Noam Murro-directed sequel ranked No. 1 across all continents tallying up an estimated $87.8M from 58 markets. Of that, $5.2M came from IMAX plays, setting a new March record. The tracking previously put Rise Of An Empire at 9% ahead of the original 300, but the studio now says it’s up 10%.
Also notable in the market are an expanded Mr Peabody And Sherman, a still fighitng Robocop; Frozen‘s hot streak, The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s record-setting European bows for Wes Anderson and an Oscar bump for 12 Years A Slave which crossed $100M overseas. Details follow below, after a closer look at Rise Of An Empire.