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Chinese road-trip comedy Breakup Buddies shot to the top of the international box-office chart with a weekend take of $38 million in China, pushing the film’s nine-day total to a staggering $93 million, according to Rentrak.
From director Ning Hao, Breakup Buddies follows a recently divorced man and his best friend who set off on a series of misadventures. It reteams actors Xu Zheng and Huang Bo in their first movie together since megahit Lost in Thailand, which grossed nearly $200 million in China in 2012.
Breakup Buddies benefited from last week’s October National Holiday, a big cinema-going event in China. The movie, premiering last month at the Toronto Film Festival, also has ambitions to make a mark outside China, and opened in 20 theaters in North America this weekend, grossing $240,000.
David Fincher‘s Gone Girl placed No. 2 internationally, opening to $24.6 million from its first 39 markets for a global launch of $62.6 million. Overseas, the U.K. led with $6.9 million, followed by Australia with $4.6 million, both record openings for Fincher. Among non-English-language markets, Russia ponied up $3 million and Germany, $2.9 million.
In the U.S., Gone Girl came in No. 1 with an estimated $38 million, also a career high for Fincher and one of the best showings for Ben Affleck, who stars opposite Rosamund Pike in 20th Century Fox and New Regency’s $61 million adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s popular novel.
Another movie making headlines globally was Fox International Productions and FoxStar India’s Bollywood title Bang Bang!, which opened to $24.2 million at the foreign box office to place No. 3, including $19.3 million in India. The movie also opened in North America in 271 theaters, taking in $1.4 million for a worldwide total of $25.4 million. (FIP also took the top spot in Korea with the $5.2 million debut of Slow Video.)
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Taking the No. 4 spot on the foreign chart was Legendary Pictures’ origins story Dracula Untold. The horror-action title debuted in 25 territories a week ahead of its domestic launch, grossing $21 million, led by Mexico with $5 million.
Mircobudgeted horror film Annabelle, a prequel to box-office hit The Conjuring, rounded out the top five, grossing $20 million from 24 markets for an early worldwide debut of $60.2 million The movie, opening to $37.2 million domestically, is a notable victory for New Line, which made the franchise installment for $6.2 million.
Among holdovers, Denzel Washington‘s The Equalizer took in $19 million from 70 markets for a foreign total of $39.6 million and worldwide cume of $104.1 million for Sony and Village Roadshow Pictures, while Laika and Focus Features’ family offering The Boxtrolls grossed $6 million internationally for a foreign total of $26 million and global total of $90.5 million.
Fox’s The Maze Runner approached the $200 million mark worldwide, finishing Sunday with a global total of $193 million. And Luc Besson‘s Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, finished Sunday with $406 million in global ticket sales after crossing the $400 million mark late last week. Universal partnered with Besson’s EuropaCorp on the action film.
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