That number includes a $25 million debut in China, which will likely stand as Tom Cruise’s biggest debut in the People’s Republic.
“This is a film that has tremendous global appeal,” said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution at Warner Bros. “People love Tom Cruise internationally, and they love this kind of film.”
Indeed, the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow release appears to be performing better with foreign crowds than it is domestically, after bowing to an underwhelming $29.1 million Stateside. Producers are banking that international showings for the $178 million-budgeted film will generate stronger numbers than U.S. ones.
“The Fault in Our Stars,” the film that took the crown at the domestic box office with a phenomenal $48.2 million debut, unspooled across 2,871 screens in 17 markets, where it grossed $17.1 million over the weekend. Brazil, Mexico and Australia were among the markets where the picture was released. It will open in 19 additional markets next weekend, including Germany and Switzerland.
Sliding into the second spot was Walt Disney Studio’s “Maleficent,” which conjured up $59.7 million overseas. Rounding out the top five were “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with $42.1 million and “22 Jump Street” with $8.8 million.
“Edge of Tomorrow” rolled out over 19,000 screens in 63 markets. Among the notable results were South Korea ($16.6 million), Russia ($8.6 million), Mexico ($3.1 million) and France ($3.2 million).
The film has debuted in most of the largest foreign markets, save for Japan, where it opens on July 4. Kwan Vandenberg said she expects the film will play well in the country because it is based on the Japanese novel “All You Need Is Kill” that was recently the subject of a manga adaptation.