It took $17.6 million over the weekend (of which $10.2 million came from China) to move past $220 million internationally. That’s $288.9 million worldwide for The Smurfs 2 or a bit more than half what The Smurfs ($263.7 million) did two years ago. Now while that is certainly not what you’d expect from the sequel to such a popular flick, it’s hard to argue over The Smurfs 3 when part 2 almost tripled its budget in a year that was less then stellar for Sony.
Speaking of Sony, White House Down came in 2nd with $13 million. That pushes the film to $98 million internationally for a worldwide total of $171.1 million. Unlike The Smurfs 2, White House Down cost $150 million, a number it is nowhere near recouping (around $300 million worldwide would be the breakeven point). Back to Sony, it’s not all bad at the end of the day. Sure, they took a big hit with White House Down and might feel The Mortal Instruments a bit too, not to mention After Earth came in much lower then projected, but each of their other movies more than doubled its cost. That’s a win in my book even if none came even remotely close to some of Sony’s 2012 big hitters. Fortunately for them there is still time in 2013, maybe not to turn everything around (that would be impossible) but at least to bring in a few more hits.
Cars Disney spin-off Planes was 3rd at $10,7 million to brings its international total to $55.8 million. With $138.9 million worldwide this almost straight to video animation turned out well enough considering it cost just $50 million (tiny for the genre).
Riddick went up a bit thanks to $9.6 million coming from 39 markets. A good chunk of that number came courtesy of the movie’s Russian number 1 opening which brought $4.3 million. Vin Diesel’s sci-fi actioner grossed $53.7 million worldwide thus far, on its way to $80-90 million. That’s more or less in line with my expectations for the film. It’s sad to say this but the movie didn’t break out of its niche.
We’re The Millers rounds out the top 5 with $9 million for a total of $69.7 million internationally. The hit comedy moved past $200 million worldwide.
Besides all the movies above, there’s something else I would like to bring to your attention. As some of you might know Oscar winning director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement recently, thus making The Wind Rises his last project. Well I’m happy to announce that said film has already passed $100 million just from Japan in 2 months. Now the only reason I haven’t covered The Wind Rises here yet has to do with the fact it never earned enough in a single weekend to make the top 5. But what the animation lacked in big numbers it more than made up with fantastic box office legs. Disney will release The Wind Rises on February 21st 2014 in North America.