Magazine article Screen International

The Walt Disney Studios Reaches $5Bn Worldwide in Industry Record Time

Magazine article Screen International

The Walt Disney Studios Reaches $5Bn Worldwide in Industry Record Time

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

The Walt Disney Studios has reached the $5bn threshold at the global box office in industry record time, and marks the second consecutive year that Disney has done so.

Finding Dory has swum past the $600m mark globally, with its $423m North American bow making it the biggest film of 2016 in the market.

Overseas, the latest Disney/Pixar outing grossed $29.7m from its 40 territories for $220.2m to date. In South Korea, it recorded the highest opening weekend for a Pixar release with $7.1m, while in Taiwan, it posted a chart-topping $1.9m.

Holdover-wise, Finding Dory added $3.8m in Australia with a fall of only 8% to retain the top spot for the fourth straight weekend and reach $30.1m and in Brazil, it posted a $5.1m second weekend for $17.1m so far.

Alice Through The Looking Glass sailed to an extra $5.5m from its 30 territories for $194.7m overseas. The fantasy sequel fell only 16% in Japan with a $3.5m second weekend for $12.3m.

Opening in New Zealand and Thailand, The BFG generated $4.6m from its four territories for an early $11.9m. In Australia, it boosted 25% with a $2.5m second weekend and a local tally of $6.6m.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International is distributing the Roald Dahl adaptation in Asia-Pacific and Latin America, while Mr Smith Entertainment has European distribution rights.

The Jungle Book and Zootopia stand at $575.8m and $680.5m overseas, respectively, and $936m and $1.02bn worldwide.

EDKO FILMS

Landing top spot in China was Longman Leung and Sunny Luk's action sequel Cold War 2 with an estimated $44m bow, according to ComScore.

FOX INTERNATIONAL

UPDATE: Fox International has now crossed the $2bn mark in 2016, marking the eighth consecutive year that Fox has surpassed this milestone, and the tenth time in its history.

Opening in 18 more markets, Ice Age: Collision Course rolled to $31.1m from its 25 markets for an early $56.6m.

Brazil led the way with a $4.5m debut for the biggest opening ever for the Ice Age franchise in the market, while the animated sequel recorded the biggest Fox opening weekends in Argentina ($3.8m), Central America ($2.2m) and Colombia ($2.2m).

Mexico and Germany provided strong holdovers to add $4.2m for $16.5m and $2.7m for $8.4m, respectively. Collision Course opens in 37 markets next weekend, including the UK, Russia, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Landing with a chart-topping $6.1m in Japan, Independence Day: Resurgence gained $20.1m from its 72 markets for $213m. It also opened with a strong $1.5m in the United Arab Emirates, ahead of releases in Germany and Switzerland next weekend.

Chernin Entertainment's raunchy comedy Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates started its international run with $3.4m from its 19 markets, propelled by a $1.9m bow in Australia and a $637k debut in Russia.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie continued its terrific UK run with a $3.4m second weekend for $14.1m after ten days of release.

OTHER CHINA RELEASES

Beijing Enlight Media's animation Big Fish & Begonia enjoyed an estimated $32m start in China, according to ComScore.

Meanwhile, Beijing Ruyi Xinxin Film Investment's sequel Never Gone grossed $26m on its Chinese bow and Huayi Bros' Rock Dog posted a $3.2m debut.

WARNER BROS PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

UPDATE: After swinging into four major markets, The Legend Of Tarzan grabbed an extra $28m from its 46 markets for $56m to date.

The reboot is expected to land top in Mexico with $4.6m and second in the UK with $4.7m, respectively, while it opened with $3.2m in Australia and $2.6m in France despite the Euro 2016 football championships.

Produced by Warner with Village Roadshow Pictures, The Legend of Tarzan added $1.8m for $6. …

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