‘Rush’ Proving a Stronger Engine Overseas

Rush Movie

U.K. business solid with $11.5 million

Ron Howard’s racing drama “Rush” is showing plenty of traction outside the United States with $30 million so far, more than double its $13.7 million domestic cume.

The strong foreign performance indicates that the tale of Formula 1 stars James Hunt and Niki Lauda — portrayed by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl –will gererate far more business in markets where Formula 1 is best recognized. The film has generated positive exit poll responses above 90% in the U.S., U.K. and France, according to financer-producer Exclusive Media.

U.K. grosses have nearly matched the U.S. total with $11.5  million in its third week of release with distribution partner StudioCanal.

In Germany, “Rush” took the first spot with 40,000 admissions Wednesday and has already totaled $729,000 from that market and Austria. Australia opened Thursday with $300,000.

Also opening this weekend are The Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Peru, Colombia and South Africa alongside Pakistan, Croatia, Czech/Slovakia, and Indonesia.

Italian grosses have totaled $6 million after three weeks. First-week grosses in France hit $1.3 million, $952,000 in Mexico, over $600,000 in seven Middle East markets and above $500,000 in New Zealand.

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  1. Jon says:

    This film cracks my Top 10 Sports Films http://uvmemory.blogspot.com/2013/03/10-favorite-sports-movies.html The Yin & The Yang. Rocky vs Apollo. A Rivalry Film written and captured with masterful craftsmanship. Two Racers of completely opposing personalities push each other through their careers from Formula 3 to the big time, Formula 1. James Hunt is almost James Bond-ish (you sit there waiting for him to use a 007 line) in his womanizing and rig-steering skills. Niki Lauda is the genius perfectionist with surgeon-like focus and equal racing capabilities.

    Loved every minute of it with the exception of some of the latter racing scenes which are unrealistic in their portrayal of racing in the rain (you can’t race blind or with hindered vision to the extent portrayed in some of the scenes. You can only suspend disbelief so much). Other than that it was perfect. Oscar-Worthy for sound, editing and script.

    Daniel Bruhl as Lauda was awesome!!! Also Oscar-Worthy. Ron Howard proves once again he belongs in the conversation with Hollywood’s Best Directors.

  2. Boli InMiami says:

    Brilliant movie. Thought it had good wide-spread appeal in the US market based on story alone. But it seems that the F1 theme didn’t work all that great. But internationally, it is a hit. Of course a story about Hunt would be big in England, Lauda and Ferrari make it big in Italy, Austria, Germany. Formula One’s worldwide popularity guarantees big crowds in every continent. Still probably the best racing movie ever made.

  3. my2cents says:

    there are loads of problems with this film: no one in north america or asia cares about formula one. no one cares about the actors in this film. the hemsworths are not stars. thor is the star of thor. it will do well in europe because formula 1 is on TV 24-7 and most of the big racers come from this area. this is a vanity project. no wonder the head of universal has been canned.

    • Boli InMiami says:

      You are mistaken about Asia. Formula One is huge in Asia, they just raced in Korea this week. They race in Japan (site of the movie finale), China, India, Malaysia, Singapore. And it has been popular for decades.

    • Just saw this movie last night and absolutely LOVED IT!!! I applauded at the end, as did others in the audience….now I can not remember the last time I did that, if ever. You do not need to be a fan of formula one or any other racing. The casting is superb and all put in excellent performances. The editing is superb. It is really a character story but you can’t help to gain a greater appreciation for F1 racers who cheat death with every race. The focus and concentration they have to have is absolutely mind blowing. I hope it does phenomenal because it is a gem!

  4. davidllewelynjones says:

    this is a great movie. really hoping it gets seen by more people and garners some awards attention. i was somewhat dragged to it but was completely captivated.

  5. hannah says:

    Because it’s an awesome MOVIE!!!! It’s not about the F1, but 2 man, who are totally opposite to eachother. If USA don’t like it, it’s their problem. But this movie is the one of the best of this year.

  6. Of course it did better overseas no one in America cares about F1 . If Ron wanted to really make a dent in the USA on a racing movie he should of done a biopic on Dale Sr . Like it or not the only racing Americans want to see is NASCAR and Indy cars but only in May .

    • david says:

      I live in America and I care about F1…I also care about MotoGP, the EPL, Bundesliga, and La Liga. Yes I know I am probably in the extreme minority, but I can guarantee you that if there was better access to these things, more people would watch. Yes you can watch F1 on SPEEDtv, but I don’t recommend it. The commentators are horrible and make watching F1 a bore. Sky does a brilliant job, yet we can’t watch that here. At least not legitimately. As for the film, I will see it because I am familiar with the history. As for the numbers, I am not surprised it hasn’t done as well, have you seen the trailer?

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