Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened to No. 1 in 17 out of its 19 markets this weekend — including in big market bows of Mexico and Russia — to take in $28.7M on 2,771 half shells. In Mexico, it grossed $6.9M from 653 locales, which bested last weekend’s opening of Guardians of the Galaxy which took in $6.5M. In Russian, it opened to $11.1M or 13% ahead of Dawn of the Planet of the Apesand nearly doubling the No. 2 pic in the marketplace — Guardians of the Galaxy in its second weekend out of the gate. Paramount can also boast that its Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the 9th highest-grossing film of all time with a total to date of $789.3M after pulling in another $17.4M in 58 territories. (It’s in 5,229 location).
And what about Guardians? It’s has now grossed over $313M worldwide since bowing last weekend, bouyed by an estimated take of around $176M after this weekend domestically. It took in $40.1M this weekend in over 50 markets but has yet to bow in some big territories, namely China, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. So it’s still rockin’ and rollin’ around the globe with Russia and the UK becoming its strongest territories so far with $23.9M and $22.8M, respectively. In Russia, it has already run over Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the firstCaptain, Thor 1 and Iron Man (the first one) — no small feat. And in Australia it bowed to No. 1 to bring in $6M and, so with previews has culled together a strong $8.2M. It’ll open in France and Spain next weekend and won’t hit China until Oct. 10.
The Hundred-Foot Journey (from DreamWorks/Participant Media) opened in India and we are awaiting word on that from Reliance Media as they are handling international on it.
Step Up All In, currently playing in 37 markets, bowed in Germany this weekend and was the only major territory to debut day and date with the U.S. The dance film, which is the fifth film in the popular international franchise, is handled in the U.S. by Lionsgate now and overseas by LGF’s Summit. It has so far made $37.7M after adding another $6.4M this weekend. In Germany, it debuted to $2.6M on 430 screens for a strong $6,046 per screen in this territory. Overall, its strongest territory has been France where it has tallied a total of $6.7M to date.
Meanwhile, Lucy – which crossed the $100 million mark worldwide with an estimated $97.4M take in the states and $15M from 15 market around the globe. The ww cume is $112.4M after three weeks in release with 44 territories yet to go as it continues its international run through next month. Besson’s EuropaCorpis handling the film in France where it experienced the best opening day ever for director Luc Besson.