'Fast Five' Sets Universal Record With $85.1 Million at International Box Office
UPDATED: The action flick marks the studio's biggest international weekend, while Paramount and Marvel Entertainment's "Thor" takes No. 2 with $44.6 million.
Universal's Fast Five zoomed to the top of the foreign theatrical circuit's boxoffice chart on the weekend, grossing a speedy $85.1 million from 7,325 locations – for a per-screen average of $11,618 – in 58 overseas territories.
Opening in 44 new markets and almost doubling its $45.9 million gross from the prior stanza, Fast Five's take was described by Universal as the biggest international weekend in company history, surpassing the previous weekend record ($84.3 million) grossed by 2005's King Kong update.
Fast Five, which has been playing overseas for three rounds, has accumulated $183.9 million offshore, lifting its worldwide total gross to date to $323.6 million.
The film's Mexico opening ($9 million from 509 spots) was a market record for a Universal title. In Brazil, Fast Five was No. 1 with $5 million drawn from 310 locations.
Market opening records for Universal were also set in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and in Uruguay. Fast Five was also No. 1 in Germany and Austria as well as Italy ($7.4 million at 420 playdates) and France ($9 million from 483 sites).
The fifth sequel in the turbo-charged car action franchise, directed by Justin Lin and starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker, has five territories yet to play with three opening this week including China. (Top foreign grosser in the action car franchise is 2009's Fast & Furious, drawing $208 million offshore.)
Paramount's release of Marvel Entertainment's Thor, last weekend No. 1 title on the foreign circuit, finished second this round with $44.6 million drawn from 12,476 locations in 60 offshore markets. That was a nearly 50% drop from the $87 million gross notched the prior round.
Director Kenneth Branagh's 3D interpretation of a Stan Lee comic book about an otherworldly warrior defending planet Earth opened in four markets, the biggest of which was China where "preliminary indications" put the debut gross at $2.3 million from the film's one-day Sunday opening, said Paramount.
A No. 1 second round in the U.K. yielded $3.2 million from 503 sites for a market cume of $15.5 million. In 11 days, Thor has gross a total of $174.8 million overseas.
Rio, 20th Century Fox's family-oriented animation title, finished No. 3 on the weekend with $15.9 million derived from 8,596 screens in 67 markets, hoisting the film's cume after a month of overseas playtime to $292.2 million.
Opening in 23 markets on the weekend, Fox's Water for Elephants, the Depression-era drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, grossed $10.6 million from 3,826 screens in 45 markets for an offshore cume of $20.8 million. Water finished No. 4 overall.
Summit International's Source Code opened No. 2 in South Korea ($2.2 million from 347 locations), and grossed $6.4 on the weekend overall from 1,725 screens in 42 markets. The thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal has a foreign cume of $44.6 million so far. It ranks as the weekend's No. 5 title.
Sony opened Priest, a sci-fi thriller in 3D starring Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet, at 1,461 sites in four markets for a weekend take of $5.4 million. Biggest of the debut markets was Russia where the take was $2.9 million from some 700 locations.
Day and date with its No. 3 domestic bow via Warner Bros., Summit/Alcon's Something Borrowed opened via various distributors at some 685 overseas screens in eight markets for an estimated gross of $2.9 million. Openings in the U.K. and Australia provided about $2.7 million of the total for this comedy directed by Luke Greenfield and starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield.
Opening No. 3 in Germany with $1.5 registered at 420 locations, the Weinstein Co.'s Scream 4 drew a weekend total of $3.8 million from 2,065 screens in 28 territories. Overseas cume for the horror sequel comes to $50 million.
Taking the top spot in Japan was Toho's release of Peak: The Rescuers (Gakku: Minna no Yama), a live-action drama about an intrepid mountaineer played by actor-director Shun Oguri. Opener at 315 spots grossed $3.3 million.
Warner's period werewolf fantasy Red Riding Hood pushed its foreign gross total to $49.5 million thanks to a $2.3 million weekend at some 2,025 screens in 44 markets. Same distrib's Arthur, the update starring Russell Brand of the 1981 comedy starring Dudley Moore, drew $2 million from 1,120 screens in 17 markets for an international cume of $12.4 million.
No new local language titles opening in France. Biggest of the market's holdover titles was No. 5-ranked La Fille du puisatier (The Well Digger's Daughter), actor-director Daniel Auteuil's update of Marcel Pagn's 1940 romantic drama. Third round at 52 situations provided $1.6 million.
Other international cumes: Lionsgate's Limitless, $60.8 million; Sony's Just Go With It, $109.7 million; Warner's Hall Pass, $36.2 million; Focus Features/Universal's Hanna, $4 million; Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, $6.6 million; Universal's Paul, $50.3 million; Fox's Gulliver's Travels, $193.9 million; and Universal's Hop, $61.6 million.
Also, Paramount's No Strings Attached, $76.8 million; Focus Features' Another Year, $15 million; Warners and other distributors' Unknown, $61.4 million; Paramount's Rango, $118.9 million; Sony's World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles, $118.6 million; Focus Features' Biutiful, $19 million; Paramount's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, $25.4 million; and Focus Features' The Eagle, $17.6 million.