Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity debuted in 27 countries and earned enough to take Young Detective Dee down a notch. A bit surprising (since this doesn’t happen as often with foreign totals) is that Gravity was actually adjusted up from its original weekend estimate (which is always a good sign).
Gravity was first reported at around $27 million which has now turned into $28.4 million. Now that might not seem like a lot of money (compared to other big hitters), but we are in October (a month known for soft numbers) so $28.4 million is a fine debut. I’ve got this silly (and completely inaccurate) way of telling how good or bad a film has done internationally based on a per-country box office average. If we divide the weekend gross with the number of markets showing the film and still get over $1 million per market, then it’s all fine (unless we’re talking a $200+ million budget). Now Gravity has a bit over $1 million which tells me the movie is good for at least $200 million internationally by the time it runs out of oxygen (leaves theaters). Since the movie is looking at over $200 million from North America too (in time), it’s turning out to be a quite the box office hit. Currently at $96.8 million worldwide (on a $100 million budget), I’m predicting Gravity will float above $500 million before the end of the year (which might bring more then a few well deserved awards to this masterpiece).
Speaking of big hits, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon is doing crazy good business in Chinese speaking territories. Up from the weekend before, the flick took $19.5 million to bring its worldwide total to $72 million, 70.5 million of which came directly from China. With only 9 days in theaters thus far, Young Detective Dee is already $20 million ahead of its predecessor, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ($51.7 million).
Turbo races to 3rd with $9.5 million for $111.3 million internationally and $193.5 million worldwide while supernatural horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 finished in 4th with $8.9 million and already over $100 million worldwide (up from the $97 million total cume of Insidious).
Cloudy With a Chance of Meaballs 2 rounds up to the top 5 at $7.9 million for an early $11.2 million internationally. Worldwide the animation sits at $73.2 million. The original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs finished with $243 million worldwide in 2009, expect a similar number for the sequel.