Magazine article Screen International

'Monster Hunt' Rules International Box Office on $72M

Magazine article Screen International

'Monster Hunt' Rules International Box Office on $72M

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Hong Kong-based Edko's $30m Chinese-language fantasy adventure Monster Hunt is based on the supernatural classic Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio and centres on the last descendant of the monster kings who tries to unite his race with humans.

Bai Baihe stars in the live-action film, directed by Shrek The Third co-director Raman Hui. The film grossed $72m over the weekend to stand at $99m.

Superhero spoof Jian Bing Man featuring a cameo from Jean-Claude Van Damme added $61m for $62.4m and Monkey King: Hero Is Back climbed by $22.5m to $70m.

Next Entertainment World's NLL - Battle Of Yeonpyeong from South Korea added $4m to reach $38m.


UPDATED: Universal and Illumination's Minions was the biggest Hollywood film outside North America thanks to a confirmed $66.1m gross that held offa $57.2m debut from Disney/Marvel Studio's Ant-Man. Combined with $49.2m from North America, Minions ranked as the number one worldwide release on $115.3m. The international tally stands at $410.4m.

Jurassic World crossed $900m internationally following a $12.2m weekend take from 63 territories, overtaking $895.2m set by The Avengers to reach $902.3m and become the sixth biggest international of all time.

It was also due to overtake stablemate Fast & Furious 7's global tally of $1.512bn on Sunday (July 19) to rank as the fourth biggest worldwide film. The final release is scheduled for Japan on August 5.

Ted 2 added $7.1m from 40 territories to reach a lacklustre $66.2m. The 2012 original finished on $330.6m. Pitch Perfect stands at $96.9m and Unfriended $18.3m.


UPDATED: Marvel Studios' Ant-Man opened day-and-date with North America in its first 37 territories to score a confirmed $56m, of which $3m comes from 182 Imax sites. The total rises to $113.2m worldwide factoring in the number one $57.2m North American launch.

In a quartet of number one results, the UK generated $6.3m, Russia $4.6m, Australia and Brazil $4m apiece. Mexico produced $5.6m for second place.

Elsewhere the Paul Rudd starrer grossed $4m in France and $3.6m in Taiwan. In a string of estimates the film delivered $2.8m in Malaysia, $2.7m in the Philippines, $2.6m in Thailand and $1.1m in Argentina.

Ant-Man opened top in all its Asia Pacific territories and delivered the biggest launch for a Marvel Cinematic Universe release in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

It also ranks number one in Israel, Ukraine, Turkey, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

Disney/Pixar's Inside Out grossed $21. …

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