International Box Office: Falling The Hunger Games keeps growing Frozen at bay

jennifer-lawrence-on-fire-in-new-hunger-games-catching-fire-trailerDespite dropping around 50%, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire did not fall from the top spot around the world. Meanwhile Frozen picked up a few extra markets and there is more than one Chinese film in the top 5.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire pulled about $45.8 million from around the world this past weekend. That puts the movie at over $350 million internationally, already much more then the $283.2 million grossed by The Hunger Games last year over its entire foreign run. Worldwide Catching Fire is at $688.4 million or about even with the final total of the original ($691.2 million). Actually by now, with the flick’s Tuesday and Wednesday takes, it should be ahead of The Hunger Games. Ultimately I’m going to bring my $900 million worldwide final gross prediction down to $850 million. Still an incredible amount for the new series, one that could grow even further in the next two year with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2


Frozen made a strong first impression in the few new markets it gained over the weekend. Up to 23 territories now, the Disney animation got $30.6 million for a very early $55.9 million international cume and $192.2 million worldwide.

New releases The Four 2 and No Man’s Land both landed on the top 5 after debuting to $13 million and $11 million respectively. Yes, this are the two Chinese movies I mentioned earlier. The Four 2 generated $14.2 million in its first week while No Man’s Land has $22 million, all from Chinese box office.

Gravity rounds out the top 5 with $10 million, finally falling under the $20 million it kept on pulling week after week for the past two months. This drop is largely due to losing more then half its screens in China (thanks to the movies above), which pretty much was the market keeping the movie up since it came much later to the party (opened three weeks ago over there). With $380 million internationally and $631 million worldwide, Gravity is now the 7th highest grossing release of 2013 worldwide. Japan has yet to open Gravity so if it does well there, then $660-670 million might happen.