Audiences worldwide flocked to Disney’s “Cinderella,” eager to see if the slipper fit and propelling the live-action version of the animated smash to an estimated $62.4 million at the foreign box office.
That dwarfed all challengers and included a massive $25 million debut in China. “Cinderella” enjoyed the highest March opening of all time in the People’s Republic. The picture about a young woman who captures the heart of a handsome prince opened in most major foreign territories including Russia, where it made $7.3 million, Mexico with a $5 million bow and Italy with a $4.6 million debut.
The fantasy romance also topped the domestic box office, pushing its worldwide haul to $132 million.
Disney had a lot to celebrate. The studio’s “Big Hero 6” became the best-performing animated title of 2014 after earning $17 million overseas, with much of it coming from China, where it has made $66 million since opening on Feb. 28. “Big Hero 6’s” global total stands at $632.8 million.
China solidified “Cinderella’s” status as the belle of the ball, but it also helped restore some luster to the badly tarnished “Jupiter Ascending.” The fantasy adventure flopped badly at the domestic box office last month, earning $46 million, but it has made nearly that after two weeks of release in China, which is good news for a $176 million production that still stands to lose millions of dollars.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is nearing the $300 million mark globally after picking up $13.7 million for a third place finish at the foreign box office. Fox’s action-adventure has made $277.3 million worldwide since opening this winter.
Two recent box office disappointments, “Chappie” and “Focus,” captured fourth and fifth place on the foreign charts, earning $13.6 million and $13.5 million, respectively. “Chappie” has earned $56.7 million globally after two weeks of release while “Focus” has racked up $101.7 million worldwide after three weeks in theaters.
“Run All Night,” the Liam Neeson action film that stumbled Stateside, picked up $6.6 million in 19 international markets, including the United Kingdom and France. That pushes its global total to $17.6 million. It still has several key foreign territories left to open, which is good news for a $50 million film that has yet to attract much of a following.