Magazine article Screen International

Smurfs Edge out Pac Rim on $35M

Magazine article Screen International

Smurfs Edge out Pac Rim on $35M

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Sony's The Smurfs 2 generated an estimated $34.6m in the second weekend to boost the international running total to $110m. Brad Pitt recorded his biggest North American and global hit as World War Z reached $500m worldwide.

Pacific Rim added $33m through Warner Bros Pictures International from 7,680 screens in 61 as the cumulative score climbed to $247.4m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) executives said The Smurfs 2 played on 11,000 screens in 65 markets led in the second weekend by a $3.2m hold in France in second or third place on 690 for $8.6m.

The family release added $2.9m in Germany on 1,075 for $8.6m, $2.8m in Russia on 1,072 for $9.9m, $2.6m in Brazil on 795 for 8.6m, $1.8m in Mexico on 1,533 for $8.2m and $1.7m in the UK on 847 for $9.8m.

The blue horde brought in a further $1.3m in Spain on 687 for $6.9m, an in a pair of mighty number one holds, $1.1m in Belgium on 146 for $2.4m and $1m in Peru on 178 for $3.6m. Argentina stands at $2.6m.

SPRI opened Neill Blomkamp's District 9 follow-up Elysium on 2,050 screens in 17 markets for a $10.9m result. Russia led the way on a terrific $6.8m from 1,400 that produced a career-high for Matt Damon. It generated a record IMAX launch of $6.1m, of which $1.2m came from 50 international screens.

Turning to Pacific Rim, China delivered $21.8m in the second weekend to reach $76.5m to rank as Warner Bros Pictures International's biggest release in the territory after 12 days.

The sci-fi opened in Japan on $3m from 597 screens heading into the Obon holiday and opened in second place in Brazil on $2.3m from 540 and in second place in Spain on $1.3m from 513.Pacific Rim stands at $20.6m in Russia, $18m in Mexico, $15.5m in South Korea, $12.4m in the UK, $10.1m in Taiwan, $9m in France, $7.3m in Australia and $6m in Germany.

The Conjuring used a $9.9m weekend from 2,450 screens in 17 markets to vault to $47.2m and delivered a number one $1m debut in Argentina on 145. The UK's second weekend added $2.5m from 452 for $8.9m.Russia has generated $8.9m, Australia $6.7m, Spain $6.3m and Taiwan $2.3m.

The Wolverine added $18m through Fox International from 9,377 screens in 66 markets and stands at $196m to leapfrog $X-2: X-Men United's $193m and rank third in the X-Men franchise behind X-Men: First Class on $209.2m and X-Men: The Last Stand on $225m.

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters launched on $9.8m from 2,203 screens in six markets led by the UK on $3.3m from 492 and Mexico on $2.7m from 1,171.

The Heat stands at $45.3m and DreamWorks Animation's Turbo a relatively early $62.1m with Italy and Australia to come followed by most of Europe in October. …

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