“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung in at second place on the foreign charts, racking up $29.8 million and pushing its worldwide haul to $506 million. The well-reviewed sequel has now passed the $481.8 million lifetime gross of its predecessor, 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” It has a number of major markets left to go, such as China where it opens on Aug. 29 and Japan where it kicks off on Sept. 19.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” this weekend’s domestic champ, had to settled for third place overseas. The reboot of the 1990s film series generated $28.7 million overseas in 19 markets. Among the highlights, the film topped the Russian box office, with $11.1 million, and took the top slot in Mexico with a $6.9 million debut. Critics be damned. Pizza and mutant reptile martial artists are irresistible across the globe.
In fourth place, “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” added $26.5 million to its bounty, while breaking records at the Korean box office. The film became the fastest to have sold more than 10 million tickets and should surpass “Frozen” as the top grossing film of the year at the country’s box office.
-- Brent Lang / Read full story at Variety »