Foreign Box Office: 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' Opens to Huge $86M in China
'Minions' also gets off to a strong start in China, helping it to become the No. 2 animated film of all time worldwide behind 'Frozen'; 'Maze Runner' sequel rolls out early overseas.
China is delivering big returns for Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.
The Paramount and Skydance title debuted to $86 million in the world's second-largest moviegoing market after opening Tuesday, pushing the film's international total to $424.8 million and worldwide haul to $613 million. It's the biggest opening for the franchise in China, as well as for any Cruise movie, and is only 17 percent behind Jurassic World.
With China's help, Rogue Nation easily topped the international weekend chart with $91.3 million from 63 territories.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Minions was also a big player overseas this weekend, thanks again to China, where it opened Sunday to $20.1 million, the biggest single-day launch ever for an animated film. In total for the weekend, the tentpole took in $26.1 million from 57 markets for a foreign total of $748.5 million and worldwide cume of $1.08 billion.
Minions has now eclipsed Toy Story 3 ($1.07 billion) to become the No. 2 animated film of all time at the worldwide box office behind Frozen ($1.28 billion), not accounting for inflation.
Elsewhere internationally, Fox sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened early in 21 markets ahead of its U.S. launch, grossing impressive $26.8 million and coming in ahead of the first film everywhere. In the U.K., it debuted to $4.4 million, 46 percent ahead of the first film, followed by $3.8 million in Mexico, 74 percent ahead.