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