Magazine article Screen International

'Doctor Strange' Conjures Up $86M International Debut (Update)

Magazine article Screen International

'Doctor Strange' Conjures Up $86M International Debut (Update)

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

Doctor Strange dominated the international marketplace this weekend with an estimated $86m bow from its 33 territories.

Marvel Studios' latest adaptation opened 49% ahead of Ant-Man, 37% ahead of Guardians Of The Galaxy and 23% in front of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, based on same release territories and at today's exchange rates. It topped the chart in every territory apart from Lithuania and Finland.

South Korea led the way with a huge $18.1m debut which marked the biggest opening weekend for a Marvel original outing, followed by the UK on $11.1m, France with $5.7m, Australia at $4.9m and Germany with $4.8m.

From 213 IMAX screens in 32 territories, Doctor Strange produced record results of $7.8m to become IMAX's biggest-ever October opening internationally. It enjoyed the biggest-ever IMAX opening in South Korea, and will become IMAX's widest-ever release worldwide next weekend when it plays on more than 1,000 screens.

Doctor Strange opens in 23 more territories next weekend, including the likes of Russia, Brazil, China, Norway, India, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Finding Dory swum to an extra $2.2m from its 13 territories for $535.5m overseas and a global haul of $1.02bn.

FOX INTERNATIONAL

UPDATE: The number one film in 13 markets, Trolls sung to a $30m second weekend overseas from its 40 markets for $61.6m so far.

DreamWorks Animation's latest offering opened with a soft$5m in China, but debuted top in Russia ($3.6m) and Brazil ($1.8m). Holdover-wise, it boosted 13% in France with $4.6m for $11.4m and 8% in the UK with $4.2m for $17.8m.

Along with its North American release, Trolls opens in more than 30 markets next weekend.

FIP and Fox Star's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil enjoyed an $8.2m international bow from its two markets, the majority coming from its excellent chart-topping $7.5m debut in India.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children added $7.4m from its 64 markets to liftits overseas running total to $163.4m.

France led the way as it fell only 27% on its way to a $2.4m fourth weekend for $16.7m, followed by the UK ($700k for $14.7m) and Germany ($649k for $8.1m). It's still to open in China (December 2), Italy (December 15) and Japan (February 2).

With 18 markets still to release, Keeping Up With The Joneses took $1.3m from its 25 markets for $5m.

SONY PICTURES RELEASING INTERNATIONAL

Propelled by a chart-topping $13.3m in China, Inferno uncovered $29.1m from its 61 markets for $132.7m so far, with France still to release on November 9.

The latest Dan Brown adaptation also landed in Japan with $3.3m from 593 screens, while it fell 42% with a $1.7m third weekend in Germany for $10.4m and 32% in Brazil for $1.3m and a local tally of $8.3m.

El Jeremías, a co-production from Sony Pictures International Productions, opened in Mexico with an estimated $600k from its 495 screens.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back shot to an $11.6m second overseas weekend from its 46 markets for $54.2m to date.

The action sequel posted $1.6m second weekends in the UK and France for local tallies of $6.9m and $5.2m, respectively, and added $892k in Australia for $3.5m. Its next major openings come in Germany (November 10), Japan and Spain (November 11).

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