After a relatively disappointing run in North America (compared to Neil Blomkamp’s previous flick), Elysium rose to the challenge around the world and bested District 9‘s $95.1 million international total (that previous flick) after banking another $21.2 million this past weekend, thus reaching $127.1 million internationally. So with $212.2 million worldwide and at least $50 more to go in the coming weeks, we can finally mark Elysium as a profitable venture for Sony (considering its $115 million production budget).
On the other side of the plain, a movie that is in no shape profitable for its studio is White House Down, now in 2nd with $12.6 million. How does $79.9 million internationally and $152.8 million worldwide sound for a movie that cost $150 million? Nowhere near $300 million, where it should be to even begin to start making a few bucks back, that’s how. I’ll tell you what, last year’s two Snow White movies (Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman) performed better than this year’s two White House flicks. So note to Hollywood, unless based on a fairytale, just draw straws next time to see who’s in and who’s out if two studios have the same darn movie coming out the same year. But hey, if you think that’s bad just check out these two French bad boys, here and here only a week apart back in 2011.
Hit comedy We’re The Millers is 3rd with $9.9 million for an international total of $55.1 million. With $178.7 million worldwide on a $37 million budget, don’t be surprised if We’re The Millers gets a sequel eventually, as long as all or most of the major players return. These days nothing is safe from sequelitis, even more so in Hollywood.
The Conjuring scares up another $8.5 million, bringing its total to $124.5 million internationally. I checked and that’s more than any of the Saw flicks have ever been able to amass around the world. Already at $259.6 million worldwide (while costing only $20 million to make), expect The Conjuring to become one of the most popular horror franchises of all time in the years to come.
Riddick rounds out the top 5 with $7.4 million coming from 31 countries. That looks modest at best but only because this Vin Diesel franchise has never been anything more than modest to being with internationally. Pitch Black ended with $13.9 million (and $53.2 million worldwide) while big budget sequel Chronicles of Riddick disappointed with $58 million (and $115.8 million worldwide). Most of the major markets have yet to open Riddick but without the help of 3D I can’t see this making a lot more than Chronicles. It might be sad for fans (including me) but at the end of the day this is a niche franchise with limited mass appeal. I’m happy that we at least got a 3rd film.