Magazine article Screen International

'Doctor Strange' Up to a Magic $325M Worldwide (Update)

Magazine article Screen International

'Doctor Strange' Up to a Magic $325M Worldwide (Update)

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Disney crossed $6bn worldwide on Sunday thanks to an estimated $118.7m second weekend from Doctor Strange and $84.9m from its North American bow, meaning the superhero adaptation has now conjured up $325.4m worldwide after 13 days of release.

Marvel Studios' latest offering was active in 53 territories and boosted the international tally to $240.4m to date. Its best new opening came in China with a three-day haul of $44.3m, making it the biggest opening weekend for an original superhero outing.

Doctor Strange also enjoyed strong debuts in Brazil ($7.9m) and Russia ($12.4m for $15.4m including IMAX previews), while it recorded great holdovers in Europe with drops of only 12% and 19% in Germany and Austria, respectively.

At 1,001 IMAX screens worldwide, it grossed $24.2m from its 66 markets for $35m so far as it became the first film to ever play on more than 1,000 IMAX screens in a single weekend.

Driven by Doctor Strange's global weekend, The Walt Disney Studios has crossed the $6bn at the worldwide box office for the first time ever and only the second time in industry history. Last week, Disney surpassed its own previous global record.

Finding Dory has now swum past Zootopia to become the second biggest release of 2016 to date and the fourth-biggest animation of all time. Pixar's well-received sequel has now amassed $1.024bn, with $538.1m coming from overseas markets.


UPDATE: Trolls has crossed the $100m mark at the overseas box office as a $30m weekend from its 69 markets lifted it to $104.8m.

DreamWorks Animation's latest offering opened in Mexico with a chart-topping $2.6m and posted fantastic holdovers in Europe, with eight markets seeing week-on-week increases.

It fell only 4% in Russia with a $3.9m second weekend for $9.7m to date, while the UK added $2.5m for $21.9m after three weeks in play. There are still 11 markets to release, including Australia on December 1.

With no new openings, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children took $3.7m from its 59 markets for $170.2m to date. France led the way with a $1.1m fifth weekend for a local tally of $18.8m.

Tim Burton's latest is still to open in China (December 2), Italy (December 15) and Japan (February 3).

Fox International Productions and FoxStar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil enjoyed a $3.6m second weekend in its two markets for $21.3m. It retained the lead in India with $3.3m for $19.9m.

Ahead of its openings in China and Russia next weekend, Keeping Up With The Joneses stands at $6.3m.


UPDATE: The Accountant accumulated a confirmed $13.1m from its 63 territories, dropping only 37% in holdover markets, for $38.5m to date overseas.

Its biggest new opening came in the UK with a preview-boosted $2m from its 497 screens to chart third, followed by a number three bow of $1.5m from 720 screens in Mexico and a number two opening in Australia with $1.2m from 293 screens.

German local title Willkommen Bei Den Hartmanns posted a chart-topping $4.7m debut from its 586 screens. It is a production of Wiedemann & Berg Film GmbH & Co. KG and Sentana Filmproduktion, distributed by Warner Bros Entertainment GmbH.

Opening with $478k in Japan from 220 screens, Storks flew to an extra $3.6m from its 59 markets for $99.3m so far, with China its current leading overseas market with $11.6m.

In Japan, Death Note: Light Up The New World recorded a $2m second weekend for $11.5m to date. The film is a Death Note Film Partners Production, led by Nippon Television. …

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