Ok, maybe the taking over the world part is for just a weekend but still, we have to give it up for World War Z moving to 1st and taking down a still strong Man of Steel, not to mention two very high profile animated sequels.
This has been without a doubt the biggest weekend of all time for zombies, $70.1 million, World War Z. Yes, the Brad Pitt thriller continues to wow with an international take of $135.3 million after two weeks in theaters. By comparison, current international and worldwide zombie record holder Resident Evil: Afterlife generated $103.1 million around the same time in its run, ending up with $236 million internationally and $296.2 million worldwide. My guess is World War Z (currently at $267.4 million worldwide) should easy get to $300 million internationally and close to $500 million worldwide. A sequel sounds like a possibility with those numbers, also no way it would cost as much (I hope). World War Z certainly left open a few doors so I’m looking forward to an official announcement from Paramount (which by the way, already passed $1 billion at the box office in 2013).
In 2nd is Man of Steel with $52.2 million in its 3rd weekend. The superhero flick seems to be showing better overseas than in North America with solid holds across the board. Almost three weeks in Man of Steel grossed $271.7 million internationally and $526.1 million worldwide. I’m maintaining my $700 million prediction and with at least $40-45 million more in North America and another $120 million internationally, the film could hit the mark in August.
In at #3 we have Monsters University, $44.2 million from 37 markets. That’s $129.3 million so far internationally for a worldwide take of $315.2 million. Looking back, Monsters, Inc. made $272.9 million internationally and $562.8 million worldwide. Both numbers are well within Monsters University‘s reach. I’m actually rather confident it can get $650-700 million worldwide when all will be said and done.
The other big animated sequel out now is Despicable Me 2. Now this flick has been making the rounds for well over a week, just that there were only a few markets where the movie was available. Now with the added benefit of a few very high profile new territories (like the UK with a $15.7 million opening) Despicable Me 2 moved up to $41.5 million over the weekend and $50 million so far. Expecting huge numbers in the coming weeks from this one, just the US alone is looking at $100+ million over the 4th of July long weekend. So basically the sky is the limit for Despicable Me 2 worldwide. Mark my words, we might just have the biggest animation of the year here, $800+ million is where I stand (Despicable Me did $543.1 million).
Rounding out the bunch is (maybe) After Earth. My sources have been a bit dodgy lately so I’m not 100% sure this fits here. Anyway, the Shyamalan and Smith family production did $9.9 million over the weekend for an international cume of $130.9 million. Surprisingly good, yet not enough after the film disappointed in North America. So worldwide the sci-fi flick is at $189.2 million and I’m thinking it tops out at $220-230 million. Going under the “could have been much worse” tag this one