Box Office: 'Minions' Gobbles Up 'Pixels' in China, 'Maze Runner' Wins Foreign Race
In its second weekend of play in China, 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' also beats the debut of Adam Sandler's 'Pixels.'
The foreign box-office race saw Fox's YA sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials top the chart with $43.3 million from 66 markets, while Minions and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation made life difficult for Adam Sandler tentpole Pixels in China.
Scorch Trials, which has yet to open in China, has now earned $78 million overseas for an early worldwide total of $108.3 million, including a $30.3 million debut in North America. Among new foreign openers this weekend, the sequel launched to a stellar $7.5 million in South Korea. All told, it placed No. 1 in 33 countries.
In China, Sony's Pixels posted a six-day debut of $11.2 million (it rolled out Tuesday), a disappointing start. It didn't help that Universal and Illumination's blockbuster Minions opened last Sunday, grossing $49.8 million in its first eight days, including $19.4 million for the weekend alone.
Pixels, which has now earned $145.1 million overseas and $220.7 million globally, needed to make a strong showing in China, but those hopes are dimming. It was also beat by Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which earned $18.2 million in China in its second weekend, putting its gross there at $120 million and worldwide cume at $656.4 million for Paramount and Skydance.
Minions has now taken in $1.12 billion globally, the No. 2 animated film of all time after Frozen. Universal also did nicely this weekend with Everest, which grossed $28.2 million in its first 36 markets, helping to push the studio past the $4 billion mark at the foreign box office for the year, a feat no Hollywood studio has ever accomplished.