Magazine article Screen International

Man of Steel Continues to Soar at Int'l Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Man of Steel Continues to Soar at Int'l Box Office

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Warner Bros.' 3D reboot adds $89m for $188.3m to date; Disney's Monsters University debuts with $54.5m from 35 markets.

Man of Steel continued to rule over the international box office in its second weekend, despite competition from Monsters University and World War Z.

Warner Bros.' 3D reboot added $89m from its 52 markets, with nearly 12m admissions from over 18,800 screens, bringing it to $188.3m to date.

Among the notable debuts were a $25.5m opening in China from roughly 5,631 screens, as well as number one debuts in the likes of France ($8.2m from 862 screens) and Spain ($4.4m from 749 screens).

It continued to hold top spot in the UK with an estimated $8.2m second weekend for $33.5m after ten days in play, and also added $3.8m and $2.9m in Mexico and Korea, respectively.

After just two weeks in play, it is now the highest grossing Warner Bros release of all time in The Philippines at $8.1m.

Upcoming releases include Australia (June 27), Brazil (July 12) and Japan (Aug 30).

Also for Warner Bros, The Hangover Part III added $8.6m from its 56 markets for a running total of $215.5m, while The Great Gatsby is up to $171.4m following a $5.5m weekend that included an excellent $1.3m hold in Japan.

Following its number one bow in the US, Monsters University debuted in 35 markets overseas for a $54.5m first weekend through Disney. Highlights included an $11.6m debut in Mexico, a $7.9m opening in Russia and $3.6m debuts in Brazil and Germany.

Pixar's sequel opens in The Philippines and Taiwan next weekend, with key international debuts in Japan (July 5), France (July 10), the UK (July 12) and Italy (Aug 21) to come.

Opening in 25 territories, Paramount's World War Z scored an estimated $45.8m overseas debut from its 3,470 sites. Its three major openings resulted in a number one $10.3m bow in Korea, $7.1m in the UK (second behind Man of Steel) and a chart-topping $5.5m in Australia.

A $2.9m opening in Argentina represents Brad Pitt's best-ever opening and the sixth-best opening ever, while it topped the charts in Taiwan and Hong Kong with $2.5m in each territory.

Germany, Italy, Russia, Brazil and Mexico are among the territories that World War Z swarms into next weekend.

Also for Paramount, Star Trek Into Darkness has reached $213.4m following a $4.9m weekend in its 47 markets. …

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