Magazine article Screen International

Guardians Rule on $160.4M Debut

Magazine article Screen International

Guardians Rule on $160.4M Debut

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Marvel Studios' Guardians Of The Galaxy ruled the box office universe on an estimated $160.4m, of which $66.4m came from 42 territories outside the US through Walt Disney Motion Pictures International.WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

Guardians Of The Galaxy arrived in Russia on $13m, the UK on $10.8m, Mexico on $6.5m, Brazil on $5.4m and South Korea on $4.7m. Disney executives said all but one of the 42 debuts ranked number one.

Still to come are debuts in Australia, where the action film arrives this week, China, France, Spain, Germany, Japan and Italy.

Guardians Of The Galaxy will open in France on August 13, Germany on August 28, Japan on September 13 and Italy on October 22.

The overall Imax haul amounted to a record $17m global haul, smashing the previous August mark of $5.9m set by Elysium in 2013.

The international Imax tally came to $5.3m from 157 screens. The UK generated $1m from 29 and Russia $1m from 34.

Guardians Of The Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Lee Pace. James Gunn co-wrote and directed.

Planes: Fire & Rescue added $3.5m in its third weekend from 30 territories to reach $30m. The family release stands at $4.1m in Mexico, $4m in France, $3.1m in Brazil, $3m in Japan, $2.9m in both Spain and Argentina. It opens in the UK this week.FOX INTERNATIONAL

Last weekend's champion Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes continued its good progress, adding $47.5m from 70 markets through Fox International to settle on $260.1m with debuts still to come in China, Japan and Germany.

A mighty $14.1m debut in France from 799 fired up weekend business, producing the biggest debut of 2014 so far. Similarly, Belgium delivered the top debut of the year-to-date on $1.5m from 100.

Apes opened top in Italy on $2.6m from 602 and arrived in second place in the UAE on $1.9m from 62.

The UK led the holdovers on $5.4m from 1,012 for $40.4m after three weekends, while Brazil produced $4.2m from 800 for $16.4m after two and Mexico generated $3.9m from 2,372 for $20.2m after the same period. In the third weekend in Spain, Apes added $1.6m from 563 for $13.2m.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes reached $305m by the end of its run and at this pace Dawn could overtake it within a week.

DreamWorks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon 2 is days away from breaching $300m as $20.1m from 36 for $296.7m. The family feature opened top in Spain on $3.1m from 681 and added $3.3m in Germany for $11.7m after two sessions. The UK has produced $30.4m after four. South Korea stands at $17.8m after two from non-Fox.

The Fault In Our Stars added $2m from 23 to stand at $140.5m, opening at number four in Hong Kong on $350,132 on 71 screens.CHINA UPDATE

Wuxia fantasy 3D release The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom opened in China on $40m. Girl Friends grossed $13m. The House That Never Dies added $3m for $61.5m.PARAMOUNT PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

Hercules plundered a further $14.2m from 35 territories in the second weekend through Paramount Pictures International to reach $56.5m. The worldwide tally has reached $108.8m.

In holdovers, Dwayne Johnson and Co added $3.5m in Russia from 962 for $18.8m, $1.6m in the UK from 442 for $6.2m and $1.4m in Australia from 226 for $5.6m. Hercules opened in the Netherlands on $548,000 from 75 venues. …

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