Magazine article Screen International

Speed Takes Pole on $46M

Magazine article Screen International

Speed Takes Pole on $46M

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DreamWorks' Need For Speed powered to an estimated $45.6m in its first international wave of 40 territories through Disney and Mister Smith territories.

The film had too much in the tank for Warner Bros' 300: Rise Of An Empire, which added an estimated $41.3m from more than 12,500 screens in to reach an impressive $158m after two sessions.

But the weekend belonged to Need For Speed. The video game adaptation directed by Scott Waugh and starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots arrived at number one in China on a thunderous $21.2m, followed by table-topping debuts in Russia on $5.5m and the UK on $3.5m through eOne.

Malaysia produce a number one $1.9m result, while Australia delivered $1.4m, Brazil and Mexico $1.3m each and Italy $1.1m through Leone Group. The China result included approximately $2.4m from 138 Imax screens for a new March record.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) handles the US, Asia-Pacific region and Latin America while Mister Smith Entertainment licensed rights in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The early worldwide tally for Need For Speed stands at $63.4m factoring in the $17.8m number three North American debut.

The film opens in Germany this week, Spain on April 4, France on April 16, South Korea on April 17 and Japan on June 7.

Frozen has reached $1.026bn and overtook The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on $1.017bn and Alice In Wonderland on $1.025bn to rank as the 15th biggest film of all time.

A $9.4m number one debut in Japan powered the weekend's $10.4m international haul as the running total climbed to $630.2m. The lead market of South Korea has generated $76.8m, followed by the UK on $64.3m, Germany and China on $48m apiece and France on $42.6m.

Warner Bros Pictures International's 300: Rise Of An Empire stayed top in Brazil as $3.5m from 776 elevated the tally to $10.9m. The action film ranks second in Russia where $3m from 1,399 resulted in $14.6m, and also ranks number one in Mexico as $2.9m from 1,540 boosted the score to $10.5m.

Germany produced $2.8m from 624 for $9.1m for second place, South Korea $2.8m from 485 for $10.6m, France $2.6m from 452 for $10.7m and the UK $2.2m from 795 for $9m.

300: Rise Of An Empire stayed top in Italy on $1.7m from 496 for $6.1m and added $1.6m from 590 in Spain for $6.5m to rank second behind local debut Ocho Apellidos Vascos.

Australia added $1.4m from 467 for second place and a $5.2m tally.

The Lego Movie added $4.7m from 52 markets for $141. …

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