Global Box Office: 'Interstellar' Rockets Past $300M Worldwide
Christopher Nolan's space epic is doing huge business in China for a 2D title
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has rocketed past $300 million at the worldwide box office after its first two weekends.
Through Sunday, the movie's global total is $321.9 million, including a foreign take of $224.1 million
Warner Bros. and Paramount are partners on the $165 million space epic, which has now opened in virtually every major market, save Japan. Warners is handling the movie overseas, while Paramount has domestic duties.
The movie is doing huge business in China for a 2D title, earning $42 million since it opened last Wednesday, Nolan's biggest launch of all time. It is also Warners' top debut for a 2D title, and it's second-best opening weekend of all time behind Pacific Rim 3D.
DreamWorks Animation's Penguins of Madagascar also debuted in China ahead of its Nov. 26 rollout in North America, grossing an okay $11.3 million to come in No. 2 behind Interstellar. The franchise has never been particularly big in China and the results are in line with Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which topped out at just under $32 million.
Overall internationally, Interstellar earned another $106 million this weekend from 63 markets for a drop of just 22 percent from opening weekend. It has earned a total of $35.9 million in South Korea, followed by $19.3 million in the U.K., $16.8 million in Russia, $12.8 million in France and $9.6 million in Germany.
In North America, Interstellar also held well. The movie — starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway — fell a relatively narrow 39 percent to $29.2 million from 3,561 theaters for a domestic total of $97.8 million.
Interstellar is doing massive business in Imax theaters around the world, racking up a total of $50 million in ticket sales. In China, the movie shattered opening records for a 2D title ($6.6 million).
Disney also made news at the global box office as it jumped the $4 billion mark for only the second time in its history. Helping the studio reach the milestone is Big Hero 6, which finished the weekend with a global total of $148.4 million.
Overseas, the animated 3D tentpole earned $11.9 million for the weekend from 23 markets, including a stellar $4.8 million launch in Mexico. In the Philippines, Big Hero 6 is already the highest Disney Animation or Pixar release behind Toy Story 3 with an early cume of $3.1 million. And in Vietnam, it's the highest ever.