“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” has topped $500 million in global ticket sales and ranks as the number one film at the overseas box office.
The hit sequel picked up $31.6 million, pushing its total after three weeks to $560.5 million. “Mockingjay – Part 1” doesn’t open in China, the world’s second biggest film market, until 2015 — a debut that should fatten Lionsgate’s coffers.
The People’s Republic made its presence felt on foreign charts even without an assist from Katniss Everdeen. Chinese coming-of-age romance “Fleet of Time” was the weekend’s second highest-grossing film, earning $29 million. The film is an adaptation of a bestselling novel by Jiu Yehui and follows a group of friends from childhood through early adulthood.
Sliding in at number three, DreamWorks Animation’s “Penguins of Madagascar” picked up $23.5 million, bringing its global total to $144.1 million. The spinoff of the popular “Madagascar” franchise has received a chilly reception from U.S. audiences, so it is dependent on foreign crowds to push it to profitability, something that may be hard to pull off given its $132 million pricetag.
“Exodus: Gods & Kings” got a jump on its U.S. release next week, premiering in 10 international markets, including South Korea, where it scored the biggest opening ever for a Ridley Scott film; Mexico; and Spain. It earned $23 million, good enough for a fourth place finish. The biblical tale will roll out in 19 additional foreign markets next weekend, but most of its international rollout will take place at the end of December and into January.
Fifth place finisher “Interstellar” is hovering close to $600 million at the global box office, a line it should cross next week. The space epic picked up $22.8 million, bringing its worldwide haul to $593.1 million.