‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Opens Rowdily in France, Australia

Mad Max: Fury Road” has started with a bang in France and Australia with a combined $3 million on its opening day Thursday.

Warner Bros. reported the Tom Hardy-Charlize Theron tentpole grossed $2.25 million from 802 screens in France showings starting a  2 p.m. with 53% of the top five titles. The studio said the 76,000 admissions in Paris represent the highest opening day for the greater Paris area so far this year.

In Australia — home to director George Miller and the setting for the action-packed title — “Fury Road” grossed about $810,000. That was 65% higher than “Pitch Perfect 2,” now in its second week.

New Zealand grossed about $130,000 from 70 locations.

In addition to the U.S. debut on Friday, “Mad Max: Fury Road” will debut in 68 foreign markets this weekend at more than 16,000 screens. It touches down in most major territories, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico and Russia.

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