After dominating the month with unprecedented staying power, both internationally and in North America, Gravity has become one of the biggest box office hits to ever open in October. Today it is only $9.5 million away from $300 million worldwide. Gravity looks to be unstoppable.
Gravity takes its 3rd consecutive top spot in a row, this time with $34.3 million from 51 markets. Now at $115.6 million internationally and with France, UK, Japan and China still left to open (to name a few), this ship has more then enough fuel to get back home in one piece. I’m thinking a month from now Gravity should easily pass $200 million internationally on its way to more or much more (depending on how strong China and Japan might be). Combine that figure with the movie’s North American gross and my $500+ million worldwide prediction by the end of the year is looking like a sure thing.
Guess who’s back in 2nd, all the way from Japan. Why it’s The Wolverine thanks to a strong $17.6 million opening in China. That puts Logan’s latest solo outing at $263.1 million internationally, a good deal more then any other X-Men movie to date (X-Men: The Last Stand had $225 million). Worldwide The Wolverine has $395.2 million and it will finish somewhere around $420-430 million. If a single X-Men character, albeit the most popular one, can bring in this much money, then X-Men: Days of Future Past is looking good for next summer (and it should be considering the massive investment Fox has made here).
Turbo raced to $16.5 million from 20 countries for a still sort of early international total of $143.8 million. Now $226.4 million worldwide is in no way a good result for DreamWorks Animation but there’s a silver lining here. This number helped Fox International pass $2 billion for 2013. The distributor is no stranger to this level of success, 2013 being the 5th consecutive year it crossed $2 billion, so basically it would have gotten here either way, Turbo or not.
Hong Kong action flick Special ID opens in 4th with $12.5 million. Starring Ip Man‘s Donnie Yen, Special ID made most of its money in China ($10.8 million).
Stalingrad rounds out the top 5 with $12.1 million. The 3D produced historical movie accumulated $36.3 million so far with a very large part of it coming, as expected, from Russia ($33.9 million).