Global Box Office: 'Gone Girl' Races Past $200M; 'Annabelle' Scares Up $166M
And don't forget about 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' now the No. 3 Marvel title of all time
David Fincher's Gone Girl has raced past the $200 million mark at the global box office, where it will soon overtake the filmmaker's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($232.6 million) and The Social Network ($224.9 million).
Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, even has a shot at approaching $300 million worldwide, although that won't be enough to match The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333 million) or Seven ($327.3 million), which rank as Fincher's top-grossing movies, respectively, not accounting for inflation.
For the weekend, Gone Girl took in $20.2 million from 58 markets overseas for a foreign total of $94.7 million and a global total of $201.6 million. While the 20th Century Fox and New Regency film is doing best in Europe — the U.K. leads overall with $23.2 million — it has surprised in many Asian markets.
New Line and Warner Bros.' horror prequel Annabelle likewise remains a strong global player, finishing Sunday with an impressive $166.1 million in total ticket sales, including $95 million overseas. Annabelle, costing just $6.5 million to make, earned another $19.2 million internationally for the weekend.
Still, it was neither of those films, nor Dracula Untold, that topped the weekend box-office chart offshore. Instead, the crown went to Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy. The quirky superhero tentpole, still playing in China and a smattering of other territories, took in $23.1 million to jump the $400 million mark internationally for a worldwide total of $732.6 million.
Better yet, Guardians became the No. 3 Marvel title of all time behind The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion).
Universal and Legendary's origins pic Dracula Untold came in No. 2 overseas, earning $22.5 million from 58 markets for a foreign total of $95.7 million, more than double its early North American take of 40.7 million. (Dracula Untold fell 58 percent in its second weekend domestically.) Its global cume is $136.4 million.
Thanks to a late rollout in Europe, Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came in No. 4 internationally behind Guardians, Dracula Untold and Gone Girl. (Annabelle rounded out the top five.) Turtles took in a hearty $20 million from 33 territories for a foreign total of $185.4 million and a global haul of $375 million. In Europe, the U.K. led with an impressive $7.9 million, followed by France ($4.1 million), Germany ($3.8 million) and Spain ($1.5 million).
Turtles has yet to open in China and Japan.