Magazine article Screen International

Catching Fire Adds $93M Int'l

Magazine article Screen International

Catching Fire Adds $93M Int'l

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Catching Fire held on to its box office crown with ease as an estimated $92.5m through 79 Lionsgate International markets boosted the running total after two full sessions to $276.4m. Thor: The Dark World crossed $400m for Marvel/Disney.

As the worldwide running total reached $572.8m, the young adult action sequel delivered an $11.5m number one result in France from 2,427 screens that was more than three times greater than the launch of the original film last year.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened at number one in Italy through Universal Pictures International on $6.2m from 450 sites to exceed the lifetime total of the original by 55%. The film arrived in Belgium on $2.3m for the biggest launch of the year-to-date.

The film's second full session - it opened in Brazil a week earlier and has taken $14.1m there - means it stands at $35.3m in the lead market of the UK, $24.5m in Germany, $22.2m in Australia, $19.6m in Russia and $16.7m across Scandinavia.

Catching Fire has grossed $16.5m in Mexico, $9.7m in Spain, $5.6m in South Korea, $5.5m in the Philippines and $4.3m in Taiwan for further impressive results in those two Asian markets, especially given the devastation caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan.

The Netherlands has generated $3.9m, New Zealand $3.6m and Singapore $3.5m, while Thailand, Turkey and Malaysia have each produced $3m. The film arrives in India on December 6 and Japan on December 27.

The film took $2.5m from 250 IMAX screens for a $9m running total. The global tally on IMAX stands at $32m.

Gravity added $25.4m through Warner Bros Pictures International from approximately 6,900 screens in 54 markets to reach $365.6m. In its second week in China the space adventure grossed $20.7m (Rmb 126.4m) from 5,854 for $55.6m (Rmb 338.7m).

According to the distributor Gravity ranked number two over the three-day period in China behind Hong Kong title White Storm.

The film stands at $45.7m in France after six weekends, $36.8m in the UK after four, $28.7m in South Korea after seven, $21.2m in Russia after nine, $19m in Australia after nine, $17,6m in Mexico after seven, $17.3m in Germany after nine, $10.9m in Spain after nine, a final lifetime gross of $8.6m in Italy and $8m in Brazil after eight sessions.

Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark World crossed $400m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International as $12.2m in the fifth weekend boosted the tally to $404.4m. China leads the way on $50.6m followed by Russia on $35.6m and the UK on $30.9m.

The animation Frozen arrived on $16.7m from 16 territories - or around 19% of the international footprint - to push the global total to $110. …

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