Magazine article Screen International

Jurassic Park Storms into China

Magazine article Screen International

Jurassic Park Storms into China

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Universal Pictures International's Jurassic Park 3D grossed an estimated $30m from 2,757 theatres in 11 territories, fuelled by a $28.8m launch in China. Despicable Me 2 crossed $800m worldwide.

The adventure reboot stands at $44.5m internationally and $89.9m worldwide. It opened in China on $28.8m from 2,500 sites over six days. Of this, approximately $3.4m came from IAMX screens.

The film also opened in the UK, Mexico and Spain among a handful of other territories.

Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me 2 crossed $800m globally on Saturday (24) as the family film reached $805.8m.

It is the second biggest US and worldwide release of the year behind Iron Man 3 and the number three international release behind Iron Man 3 and Fast & Furious 6 with debuts to come in South Korea, Japan and Italy.

Despicable Me 2 ranks as the biggest animated release of 2013 so far and the seventh biggest animation of all time worldwide. The film also bears the distinction of being the most profitable film in Universal's 101-year history and the studio's second biggest release worldwide behind Jurassic Park on $921.6m.

Turning to weekend business, Despicable Me 2 grossed $10.9m from 6,500 theatres in 51 territories over the weekend to reach $455.1m. Russia led the way with a $5.9m number one hold from 950 that boosted the running total after two weekends to $22.8m.

The UK generated $1m from 428 for $66.9m after nine weekends.

Kick-Ass 2 added $7.3m from 2,945 in 34 for an early $16.1m. The action sequel opened in 17 territories led by France on $2.4m in second place from 423, roughly 21% bigger than the Kick-Ass debut.

It opened in Australia in fifth place on $990,000 from 198, Taiwan in second place on $551,000 from 67 for a 20% gain on its predecessor and $160,000 in Belgium from 35 for a 67% climb.

R.I.P.D. grossed $1.9m from 1,100 venues in 24 territories for $28.9m. Red 2, which Universal is releasing for Lionsgate in Italy, opened on Wednesday at number four on $1.4m from 340. Fast & Furious 6 has reached $548.1m internationally and $786.6m worldwide. The action film ranks as the third biggest film of the year-o-date worldwide. The World's End stands at $16m.

Last weekend's international box office champion Elysium earned $20m from 4,560 screens in 47 markets according to Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) estimates as the running total climbed to $70m.

The sci-fi action arrived at number one in the UK on $4.8m from 520 screens, approximately the same as the debut of director Neill Blomkamp's previous film District 9, including previews and opened in second place in Greece on $245,000 from 60.

Elysium arrived in Indonesia on $1.3m and was locked in a battle for top spot with Fox's Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters. It opened top in Malaysia on $1m for a Matt Damon career-best and debuted at number one in Vietnam on $155,000.

France led the holdovers on a number one $2.5m haul for $7.9m, followed by Germany on $1.9m for $6.3m, Australia on a number one $1.9m for $6.3m and Holland on $455,000 for $1.6m.

Spain generated $1.3m from 425 for $6.4m after two weekends. Belgium produced $365,000 for $1.1m, Switzerland a number one $385,000 for $918,000. Sweden a number one $245,000 for $2m and Austria $190,000 for $857,000. …

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