“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” rocketed past the $400 million mark globally after debuting in first place in China.
Thanks largely to a warm reception in the People’s Republic, “Ninja Turtles” topped foreign charts with a $34.7 million haul. China made up the lion’s share of that figure with $26.5 million, but the Paramount Pictures release also racked up $2.3 million in the United Kingdom, $2.3 million in France and $1.6 million in Germany. Its total stands at $434.6 million globally.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” wasn’t the only U.S. release hitting China this weekend. The martial arts adventure had to duke it out with 20th Century Fox’s “The Maze Runner,” which also debuted in the Asian country, where it picked up $13.7 million. That drove the young adult thriller to second place on the foreign charts, after it generated $23.8 million at the overseas box office. Its total now stands at $306.5 million worldwide.
“The Maze Runner’s” China numbers weren’t the only cause for celebration at Fox. The global successes of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” have pushed Fox International to $3.25 billion at the box office. That’s a new record, supplanting the $3.21 billion that Paramount enjoyed in 2011, a year that saw it release “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Super 8” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” Earlier this week, Fox’s domestic team shattered its previous record for stateside ticket sales. Happy days are here again in Century City.
“Gone Girl” continued to entangle foreign audiences, adding $15.3 million to its $279.5 million global total, which was good enough for third place. It screened in 51 territories and will likely pass “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” ($333.9 million worldwide) as director David Fincher’s biggest worldwide hit.
Sliding in just behind “Gone Girl” was Sony Pictures’ “Fury.” The World War II tank drama picked up $14.6 million from 45 territories, bringing its global take to $98.2 million.
Low-budget horror film “Annabelle” continued to broaden its profit margins, racking up $13.5 million across 63 territories. Produced by New Line for $6.7 million, it has so far generated $231.5 million worldwide. Scary good.