Foreign marts make Fox's 'Day'
SYDNEY — “Tomorrow” has arrived and it looks awesome, judging by opening-day numbers from the disaster epic’s first few international markets.
Roland Emmerich’s “The Day After Tomorrow” rang up an estimated A$1.3 million ($910,000) Thursday on 241 locations in Australia.
That beat the first-day tallies of “Troy” ($819,000) and “Van Helsing” ($578,000). If the apocalyptic saga builds over the weekend, as blockbusters usually do, it’s on course to surpass “Troy’s” $4.6 million four-day total and “Van Helsing’s” $3.2 million, which includes Wednesday sneaks.
Fox confirmed the pic’s opening days in France and Belgium surpassed “Troy” and “Van Helsing” but execs in L.A. declined to reveal more figures, preferring to wait until Sunday to trumpet the studio’s weekend estimates as “Day” rolls out day-and-date on 8,234 prints in 110 markets in 100 countries. In terms of markets, that is the widest simultaneous bow ever for a Hollywood film.
Action-adventure is bowing day-and-date everywhere except Japan and South Korea, where it launches the following weekend.
Emmerich’s opus previewed Wednesday night in Germany after a glitzy preem in Berlin, generating huge media interest: The theme of an ecological disaster is a major concern to many folks, and the local Green Party is the junior party in the governing coalition.
Pic received mixed reviews in Germany, with some critics tilting at its “exaggerated and scientifically absurd meteorological scenario” as well as a “simplistic storyline.”
(Ed Meza in Berlin contributed to this report.)