The Wolf of Wall Street decided it didn’t like Frozen on top for another weekend so the three hour Scorsese epic took matters into its own hands and proceeded to gross exactly $2.4 million more than the animation, thus establishing a new dominion over the international box office.
Not surprising in any way, The Wolf of Wall Street is doing pretty well around the world, turning in $27 million just this past weekend to bring its international total to $77.1 million. With $168.9 million worldwide so far, maybe The Wolf of Wall Street is not exactly the hit Paramount were expecting (on a $100 million budget), but it is a hit nonetheless. With a bit of help from the awards buzz I can see The Wolf of Wall Street ending up with as much as $300 million worldwide, which might very well make it Scorsese’s biggest grosser to date (Shutter Island at $294.8 million). So maybe it is the hit Paramount were expecting after all. For Leonardo DiCaprio even the best case scenario here won’t crack his top 5 (Titanic, Inception, Django Unchained, Catch Me If You Can, The Great Gatsby, all over $350 million).
Frozen had to settle for second place and $24.6 million. Two months in and the Disney animation has $426.5 million internationally, second only to The Lion King‘s $564.7 million. What’s amazing is Frozen has yet to open in China or Japan, two historically strong markets for animated movies. Japan alone is guaranteed to bring in $30 million more to the final tally while China could very well double that. Worldwide Frozen sits at $763.9 million and it should be a lock for $900 million by the end of its run. It has at least $30 million more left from the US, over $50 million around the world, so $840-850 million before China and Japan even open the flick. Worst case scenario is $900 million ($25 million in China, $30 million in Japan), best case can be $1 billion ($90 million in China and $60 million in Japan).
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit brought in $22.2 million from 29 countries on its debut. Historically the Jack Ryan movies have never been all that hot overseas so Shadow Recruit is actually on par with expectations. After a weekend in release the spy movie is at $41.5 million worldwide. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has to at least gross $120 million worldwide (which it will) to pay for its production budget ($60 million, not including advertising and prints). For Paramount to start considering a sequel it would need over $200 million worldwide (which it probably won’t do).
Chinese animation Boonie Bears came in 4th after opening with a strong $16.2 million in its home country.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug rounds out the top 5 at $10.9 million and $585 million internationally so far. Worldwide the second Hobbit film has $834.6 million with China and Japan opening the fantasy at the end of February. $940-950 million is the final worldwide tally I expect from The Desolation of Smaug.