Foreign Box Office: 'Die Hard' Continues as No. 1 Overseas, Breaks $100-Million Mark
China Box Office: 'A Good Day to Die Hard' Wins the Week
Buoyed by a powerhouse France opening, 20th Century Fox’s A Good Day To Die Hard easily captured the No. 1 box office spot in its third weekend on the foreign theatrical circuit by registering $35.7 million at 10,404 locations in 67 markets, and lifting its foreign gross total well past the $100-million mark ($133 million).
The fifth installment of action franchise starring Bruce Willis blasted off at 650 locations in France, drawing $5.48 million and dominating the market. With school holidays in the market just beginning, Good Day is well positioned to cash in over the coming stanzas.
A No. 1 opening in Brazil generated $2.6 million at 531 sites, the best opening in the territory for the Die Hard franchise. Best holdover market was Germany where the sequel nabbed $3.1 million at 706 spots for a market cume of $10.4 million.
A No. 1 second Japan weekend threw off $2.75 million at 643 situations for a market cume of $13.2 million. A No. 3 India debut contributed $1.4 million at 663 spots.
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.
Coming in second this round was Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opened in China to an estimated $17.8 million. The Peter Jackson epic drew an estimated $18.6 million on the weekend over all drawn from 5,010 venues in 44 territories. Cume stands at $679 million.
Meanwhile, the foreign grosses of the best picture Oscar nominees are all over the lot:
Les Miserables’ worldwide gross total stands at nearly $400 million ($394.9 million) with the bulk of the action ($248.2 million) coming from foreign playdates. The musical’s Germany opening on the weekend produced $1.9 million at 377 situations, enough for a No. 4 market rank. Weekend over all registered $9.3 million at 3,580 in 49 markets. Les Mis has seven more territories still to open including a debut in China, which occurs this week.
Scoring significantly higher numbers offshore (cume $221.6 million) than in the U.S. and Canada (about $160 million), Sony’s Django Unchained’s box office confirms director Quentin Tarantino’s greater popularity overseas. In Germany and France alone, his film has grossed more than $75 million. The latest weekend on the international circuit generated $8.5 million at 3,855 venues in 61 markets.
Setting no bonfires at the overseas box office in director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, which has grossed about $90 million in the U.S. and Canada. Foreign take via a number of offshore distributors should crack the $40 million mark this week, with Universal claiming $21 million of that total. This reverses the box office pattern of the director’s 2008 Oscar winner, The Hurt Locker, which collected $32 million abroad and less than $20 million domestically.