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Who says people don’t like to play with dolls?
Annabelle continues to scare up big business for New Line and Warner Bros., jumping the $200 million mark globally and winning the foreign box-office race with a weekend take of $26.5 million from 62 territories.
That includes a record-breaking $11.7 million launch in Mexico, the top opening of all time for a horror title, not accounting for inflation. It’s also the third-biggest opening of the year after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction.
All told, The Conjuring prequel has earned $126.7 million overseas for a global total of $206.2 million. Annabelle should generate substantial profits for New Line and Warners, considering it cost $6.5 million to make (that doesn’t include marketing expenses).
Horror dominated all the way around as Universal’s microbudgeted Ouija debuted to No. 1 in North America with $20 million. The teen-friendly film opened in its first five markets overseas, grossing $1.3 million for a global launch of $21.3 million.
Lucy claimed the No. 2 spot on the foreign chart thanks to a $19 million, No. 1 debut in China. Through Sunday, the Universal and EuropaCorp action film, starring Scarlett Johansson, has earned $434 million globally, including an international cume of $307.6 million.
David Fincher‘s Gone Girl jumped the $100 million mark internationally after earning $18.4 million from 60 markets for a foreign total of $118.3 million and world haul of $242.4 million. From 20th Century Fox, Gone Girl is exceeding expectations in many Asian markets, including South Korea, where it debuted to $3.8 million.
Universal and Legendary’s origin film Dracula Untold placed No. 4 internationally with $14.7 million from 60 territories for a global total of $166 million.
Fox’s The Maze Runner, which has yet to open in China, followed with $12.6 million from 48 markets for a worldwide cume of $273.2 million, including an international haul of $179.2 million.
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Among new offerings internationally, David Ayer‘s World War II war pic Fury, starring Brad Pitt, rolled out in its first 15 markets, grossing a solid $11.2 million, including a No. 1 finish in the U.K. with $4.2 million. Sony partnered with QED International on the film, which took in another $13 million in North America for a 10-day global total of $57.3 million.
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