Magazine article Screen International

Godzilla Roars with $38M

Magazine article Screen International

Godzilla Roars with $38M

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Warner Bros' reboot records distributor's best-ever opening weekend in China with $36m.

Godzilla has stomped back into top spot at the international box office with a $38m weekend in its 62 markets.

The vast majority came from a sensational $36m debut in China, marking Warner Bros' biggest three-day opening weekend of all time. Godzilla's IMAX screenings in China brought in over $4.5m for a joint best-ever opening weekend record with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Overall, Godzilla stands at $248.3m internationally, with a global tally of $440m, ahead of its Japanese release through Toho on July 25.

Retaining top spot in Korea with $6.2m for $24.8m, Edge of Tomorrow fought its way to an additional $37.4m, with around 5.1m admissions, for $181m to date overseas including $14.2m generated by IMAX.

The action sci-fi held well in China against the might of Godzilla with a $9.3m weekend and a local tally of $49.7m, while Russia dropped just 19% in its second weekend to add $6.1m for $16.4m.

Edge of Tomorrow lands in Japan on July 4.DISNEY

With releases in China (next week) and Japan (July 4) still to come, Maleficent has enchanted the international box office to the tune of $272.9m following a $37.2m weekend in its 53 territories.

Despite competition from How to Train Your Dragon 2, the reimagining of Sleeping Beauty recorded a chart-topping $1.8m bow in Thailand for Angelina Jolie's biggest-ever opening.

Globally, Maleficent stands at $436m to put it as Jolie's second highest grossing live-action film of all time after just 19 days of release. It'll shortly overtake Mr. & Mrs. Smith's $478m result.

Also for Disney, Frozen continued its astonishing run in Japan where it'll be the number one film for the 14th consecutive weekend with $3.8m. Overall, the Oscar-winning animation has amassed $225.5m in the territory, and a mighty $852m internationally.FO

xLaunching in 25 markets day-and-date with the US, How to Train Your Dragon 2 began its overseas flight with $24.8m.

Highlights included a $12.8m bow in Russia for the industry's fifth highest animation opening ever in the market, while Malaysia provided the industry's biggest animated opening ever in the market at $2.3m. The Philippines and India grossed $1.9m and $1.2m, respectively, for the industry's second highest animated openings ever in the markets.

The animated sequel opens in 28 markets next weekend, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Mexico.

Ahead of its final opening in Venezuela next weekend, X-Men: Days of Future Past grossed an extra $18. …

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