Foreign Box Office: 'Die Hard' Rockets to No. 1, Biggest Bow of 2013

Frank Segers
The Hollywood Reporter
China Box Office: 'A Good Day to Die Hard' Wins the Week


Blanketing the foreign theatrical circuit in its second weekend of international release, 20th Century Fox’s A Good Day To Die Hard easily captured the No. 1 box office spot overseas, grossing $61.5 million – the year’s biggest foreign opening tally thus far – at 9,595 locations in 63 markets, and moving its early foreign cume to $80.1 million.

The fifth installment of the action franchise starring Bruce Willis introduced itself to 37 new territories, and finished No. 1 in 32. Biggest debut was in the U.K. where 845 locations registered a total of $7.6 million. Japan contributed $6.8 million from 641 sites while Russia came up with $6.7 million at 1,693 situations and Germany generated $6.4 million at 703 locales.

As Fox put it, “John McClane has his biggest weekend ever in the international marketplace!” Openings in France, Brazil and India are on tap this week with China and Australia releases due next month.

IMAX reported that Die Hard grossed $2.1 million at 134 IMAX sites, pushing its two-round total from those venues to $4.5 million. February opening weekend records for IMAX were set in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Die Hard opened offshore last weekend at just seven Asian markets, and drew $10.4 million at 1,182 locations for a per-screen average of nearly $8,800.

Over a 25-year span the four prior Die Hard titles all starring Willis have prospered overseas, grossing a collective total of $694.6 million, as per Fox figures, with the second sequel of the franchise, 1995’s Die Hard With a Vengeance, leading the pack with an offshore tally of $264.5 million.

The 1988 original Die Hard drew $57.8 million in offshore box office, with the first sequel, 1990’s Die Hard 2, grossing $122.5 million.  The last sequel, 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, completed its foreign run with box office of $249.7 million.

Finishing a distant No. 2 was Django Unchained, which had been the No. 1 overseas box office draw for the previous four weekends. 

This time, director Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar contender generated $13.7 million from 4,645 locations in 62 territories, lifting its foreign gross total past the $200-million mark ($208.6 million) of which $40 million came from Germany and $30.4 million from France. A No. 3 Indonesia debut yielded $325,000 at 108 sites.

Ranking No. 2 in second round in the U.K. was Disney’s animation title Wreck-It Ralph, which grossed an estimated $6 million in the market at 549 locations. That propelled the total weekend take to $11.5 in 68 territories. Ralph has now crossed the $400-million mark in worldwide box office ($411.2 million), and has tallied an international cume of $225.6 million.

Universal's Les Miserables, with its eight Oscar nominations, held steady with a $10 million gross on the weekend at 2,900 situations in 48 markets, pushing the musical’s foreign gross total to $233.3 million and $379 million worldwide. An Argentina opening ($310,000 at 42 playdates) set an opening market record for a musical. A No. 2 Mexico bow yielded $1.6 million at 315 situations.

Breaking the $100-million foreign gross mark was Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Paramount/MGM’s 3D co-production distributed overseas in most territories by the former. Overseas cume over five rounds of offshore release currently stands at $101.2 million thanks to a $9.5 million weekend, 2,901 venues in 43 territories handled by Paramount.   

With Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton portraying the title pair as bounty hunters, Hansel and Gretel opened No. 5 in South Korea (via C.J. Entertainment), drawing $1.3 million from 287 spots.  The film remains No. 1 in Brazil for the fourth straight stanza with $1.8 million registered at 370 sites for a market cume of $19.3 million.

Continuing to generate box office in unspectacular fashion is Paramount and other distributors’ Flight, starring best-actor nominee Denzel Washington, which grossed $7 million on the weekend at 2,128 spots in 30 markets. International cume is put at $45.4 million. A No. 3 France opening registered $1.9 million from 371 sites. This will see Flight open in nine territories including Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln grossed $6.6 million on the weekend at 2,843 spots in 46 markets, moving its foreign gross total to nearly $60 million ($59 million).

Premiering No. 1 in China, as per Paramount, Jack Reacher grossed $5.7 million in its ninth weekend of overseas release, lifting its offshore cume to $124.5 million. In China, the Tom Cruise action vehicle generated $4.8 million from 7,500 situations.

Opening day-and-date with its domestic bow was Beautiful Creatures -- a fantasy romance based on a young adult book series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – which grossed $5.4 million at some 1,300 screens in 20 overseas markets, as per the film’s foreign distributor Lionsgate International. 

Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s zombie romance Warm Bodies enlarged its offshore footprint by about 10 territories, and drew $4 9 million from some 2,200 screens in 34 markets. The film’s early foreign cume stands at $17.7 million.

Holding No. 1 in Spain for the second consecutive weekend was Universal’s Mama, which drew a muscular $2.4 million from 320 locations for a 10-day market cume of $7 million. Weekend take over all for the horror title starring Jessica Chastain delivered $4.7 million at $1,200 playdates in 16 territories. Foreign cume stands at $20.5 million. Five openings are on tap this week including a U.K. debut.

Challenging Django Unchained for the No. 1 slot in France was Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, which has resurfaced late in its foreign run (begun Sept. 27).  Openings in France ($3.17 million at 588 spots) and in French-speaking Switzerland generated a total of $3.8 million from some 620 spots, moving the animation title’s offshore cume to $184.3 million.

Lionsgate’s tsunami disaster title, The Impossible, elevated its overseas cume to $143 million thanks to a $3 million weekend at some 1,600 sites in 42 markets.  Warner Bros.’ period crime thriller, Gangster Squad, drew $2.5 million in 38 markets, moving its foreign gross total to $46.4 million.  Openings in Italy and Mexico are due this week.

Top local language newcomer in France on the weekend was Pathe’s release of Turf, directed and written by Fabien Onteniente and starring Alain Chabat.  The racetrack comedy opened at 640 sites and drew an estimated $1.4 million, sufficient for a No. 4 market ranking.

Other international cumes: Fox’s Life of Pi, $466.2 million (after a $3.65 million weekend at 2,817 in 27 markets); Universal and other distributors’ Zero Dark Thirty, $19.6 million in Universal territories only; Warner’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $659.6 million; Universal’s This Is 40, $9.1 million (after a No. 5 U.K. opening generating $2 million at 383 sites); DreamWorks/Paramount’s Rise of the Guardians, $200.3 million; Universal’s Ted, $316.6 million; Fox’s Break Up Man, $22.8 million;  Paramount’s Tad – The Lost Explorer, $32.8 million; Universal’s Pitch Perfect, $44.7 million; Universal’s Anna Karenina, $40.9 million; Warner’s Argo, $77.1 million; and Fox’s Murder 3, $3.2 million in opener at India.