South Korean historical drama The Face Reader took to the top with a whopping $22.3 million weekend, bringing its international total to $39.4 million. The record breaking foreign film stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Jung-jae and Baek Yun-shik among others.
The Smurfs 2 follows in 2nd place with $13,1 for a new international cume of $238.4 million. That’s still a far cry from $421.1 million the original grossed during its run. On the other hand Sony was smart to keep the budget in check, thus turning what would otherwise be a flop into a profitable flick. At the end of the day, no matter how hard I am on The Smurfs 2 it still has 307.9 million worldwide, that’s almost three times what it cost to make ($105 million versus $110 million for The Smurfs)
Driven by a big $8.6 million debut in China, Turbo moved to 3rd place with $11,4 million over the weekend. Nowhere near profitable Turbo has $91.5 million internationally and $173.2 million worldwide on a $135 million budget. Unfortunately this is an even bigger miss then Rise of the Guardians ($303.7 million worldwide) for DreamWorks Animation.
Despicable Me 2 did $10,8 million in 4th thanks in no small part to a strong $6.5 million Japanese opening (between this, China and South Korean, Asia seems to be doing most of the business). The incredibly popular animated sequel is now days away from reaching the $500 million mark internationally. Meanwhile its worldwide total is $854 million. That makes it in no particular order: the 2nd highest grossing film of the year, the #1 animation of the year, the 33rd biggest earner of all time worldwide and the 7th animation of all time, again worldwide.
The Conjuring rounds out the top 5 with $10.5. As of last week the supernatural horror grossed more internationally ($149.2 million) that on its home turf, North America ($136.6 million). I’ve been doing this for long enough to know that doesn’t happen often when it comes to a non-sequel in this genre.When it does, famous actors with a strong following around the world are involved (The Sixth Sense with Bruce Willis and The Others with Nicole Kidman come to mind). With $285.8 million worldwide The Conjuring is now among the top 20 highest grossing movies of 2013.