Iron Man 3 lead the international box office chart for a 3rd consecutive weekend, this time down to $89.3 million, an understandable drop considering just how much the film banked thus far. But it wasn’t just Tony Stark out there, Stark Trek Into Darkness opened in 7 countries ahead of the film’s US premiere, bringing in a combined total of $31.7 million.
Iron Man 3, as the box office mammoth that it is, had no trouble nabbing the top spot once again, thanks to a new weekend cume of $89.3 million. So far the film is looking at $685.6 million internationally, the 12th biggest take of all time (very soon to be the 10th). Worldwide things are looking even better for the Shane Black-directed superhero flick, $980.3 million which puts it in 16th place overall. The $1 billion mark is right around the corner and ultimately I expect the film to leave theaters with more than $1.2 billion, becoming the 5th highest grossing film of all time worldwide. The Avengers ($1.5 billion) should remain the top superhero movie ever (until the sequel), with Iron Man 3 in 2nd.
Star Trek, historically, has never quite established itself as an international hit, at least in theaters. None of the old films have ever made more than $54 million overseas. Even the much hyped (and very successful in the US) 2009 Star Trek reboot had to settle for only $128 million which was less than half of what the film generated in North America. Any other big budget Hollywood blockbuster would not have gotten a pass with these results, but not this one.
Paramount believed in the growth of the series, making a risky bet by investing $190 million in a follow-up, titled Star Trek Into Darkness. There’s a certain Wrath of Kahn vibe around this sequel, and for most Trekkies that’s a fantastic thing (which could unfortunately end up in disappointment). But Trekkies are not gonna make a 3rd film happen, this sequel needs more. Fortunately for those same fans, Star Trek Into Darkness seems to be doing quite well, $31.7 million being a great result coming from just 7 markets. This all but guarantees over $300 million internationally, but I’d lean more into the $400 million territory. At least internationally, Star Trek Into Darkness is definitely on track to pull a Dark Knight (more than doubling its predecessors international take) on us.
Chinese super hit So Young continues to impress in 3rd with another $23 million and a total of over $100 million after just 17 days. Now keep in mind, all of this comes exclusively from Chinese theaters and even so, for the last two weekends So Young has finished in 2nd over there. Why you ask? The answer is Iron Man 3 which made $97.2 million in China, that’s in only 12 days.
The Croods finished in 4th, at $12.1 million with $360.6 million internationally and $534.3 million worldwide (9th, soon to be 8th best ever for DreamWorks Animation). Rounding out the top 5 was once again Oblivion, $11.8 million for an international cume of $160.9 million and $243.6 million worldwide, effectively doubling its $120 million production budget (finally).