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Over the weekend, the space epic earned another $70 million at the foreign box office despite intense competition as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 began its global assault, pulling in an impressive $152 million internationally for a worldwide launch of $275 million, one of the best showings of the year so far.
Domestically, Mockingjay opened to $123 million, the top debut of 2014, but behind the first two installments. It was the reverse overseas, where the penultimate installment in Lionsgate’s blockbuster YA film franchise came in ahead of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($146 million).
Returning Jennifer Lawrence in the title role, Mockingjay launched in 85 markets, marking the biggest day-and-date release of the year. In many major markets, the film came in 5 percent to 19 percent ahead of Catching Fire, including the U.K. ($19.9 million, up 5 percent) and Russia ($11.1 million, up 19 percent). It was also the No. 1 opening of the year in a number of key markets, including Germany ($13.7 million) and Australia ($10.1 million).
One market Mockingjay won’t roll out in until next year is China, where Interstellar continues to dominate.
Interstellar stayed at No. 1 over the weekend in China, claiming a 40 percent market share with $30.6 million and driving the film’s 12-day total to $82.3 million, making it the second-highest-grossing Warners title of all time after Pacific Rim ($111 million), which had the advantage of playing in 3D, an incredibly popular format in China. (Warners is handling Interstellar overseas.)
And in Korea, Interstellar has bested Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises to become the top-grossing Warners film of all time, with a massive cume to date of $50.5 million.
Internationally, Interstellar, which continues to see big returns from Imax runs, remains 13 percent ahead of Gravity and 10 percent ahead of Nolan’s Inception. Domestically, the film has earned $120.7 million through Sunday for a global total of $449.7 million.
With Mockingjay and Interstellar sucking up much of the oxygen, the international box office was relatively quiet otherwise.
In its second weekend of play in China, DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar dipped just 20 percent to $8.7 million for a solid cume of $23.3 million. (The family tentpole opens in North America on Nov. 26.) The spinoff placed No. 3 behind Interstellar and local film Rise of the Legend.
Sony and QED International’s WWII movie Fury, starring Brad Pitt, also debuted in China, earning $6.7 million, and in Korea with $3.2 million. Overall, the movie pulled in $12.4 million internationally from 16 markets for a foreign cume of $74.4 million and worldwide total of $153.6 million.
Disney’s animated family film Big Hero 6 took in another $7 million from its first 23 markets for an early foreign total of $49.5 million and a worldwide haul of $185.2 million. Internationally, Russia leads with $19.5 million, while Big Hero 6 has already become the biggest release of all time in the Philippines ($3.9 million), as well as in Indonesia and Vietnam.
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