‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Hits $102 Million Internationally

Independence Day: Resurgence
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Independence Day: Resurgence” has launched impressively in international markets with $102.1 million in 57 markets with 21,872 screens.

China led the way with $37.3 million at 6,047 sites, representing the fourth-highest weekend in that market for a Fox title. That nearly matched the somewhat disappointing U.S. opening of $41.6 million.

South Korea led the rest of the pack with $7.4 million at 926 sites, followed by the U.K. with $7.3 million from 1,555, Mexico with $6.8 million at 2,783 and Taiwan with $3.7 million at 300. India opened with a bang, generating $3.5 million for the biggest Fox opening of all-time in the market.

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Fox also reported “terrific” results across Asia and Latin America, with numerous markets generating the biggest opening weekend ever for a Roland Emmerich movie. The film opens in 11 new markets next weekend, including Spain and Sweden.

Imax locations generated $10.8 million internationally on 533 screens for “Independence Day: Resurgence.” That was a record-opening international weekend for a Fox release in Imax, topping “Deadpool” at $8.1 million.

“Resurgence” brought back the same fearsome aliens from the 1996 original, again bent on destroying the Earth. Will Smith, who broke out in the original, did not return to battle the invaders although Bill Pullman, Vivica Fox and Jeff Goldblum reprised their characters with newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher coming on board.

With a $165 million production cost for the tentpole, Fox will require strong performances from international markets to become profitable. The original “Independence Day” was a smash hit with $306 million domestically and another $511 million overseas.

Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 2” grossed $51 million in 55 markets — nearly all of that from China with $43.3 million in the best weekend for a Lionsgate title. The international total has hit $107.7 million.

Disney’s “Finding Dory” generated $37 million overseas from 37 markets to bring its international total to $110.3 million. China led the way with $6.1 million in its second frame, pushing the total in that market past $30 million, making “Dory” the second-highest Pixar release in that market after “Monsters University.”

“Dory” opened first in Spain with $4.8 million and in France with $4.5 million.

Warner Bros. saw a solid $21 million from 9,250 sites for “The Conjuring 2,” lifting the horror sequel to $156 million in international markets. Mexico is the best performer at $18.7 million.

The studio’s romancer “Me Before You” took in $17.5 millionm bringing the international total to $60.1 million. Mexico saw a first-place launch of $3.8 million, followed by Germany with $3.2 million.

Universal saw solid numbers from Illumination Entertainment’s animated “The Secret Life of Pets” with $15.2 million at 700 sites in the U.K., Ireland and Norway. The $9 million U.K. launch marks the fourth-biggest original animation opening weekend ever in that market.

“Secret Life” will launch July 8 in the U.S.

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  1. Funnily enough I actually remember every film I ever went to see at the cinema & I’ve rarely bothered going to the pictures but I made an exception for the original & it looks like I am going to have to
    make another, This looks awesome

  2. petinhse says:

    There should not be a sequel without Will Smith but I guess he refused.

  3. Observer says:

    They should have left this one alone. Regurgitating is lazily bad enough yet this seems like a cookie cutter of the first relying on nostalgia.
    It won’t do great BO, especially here.

  4. Jim says:

    Action/CGI fluff movies tend to do well overseas…..probably because subtitles, dialogue getting lost in translation, etc. aren’t problems for a movie like this. The dialogue and story are recycled garbage anyway so nothing being missed there.

  5. Hal says:

    It’s a terrible movie by a terrible director…People should know this after the first weekend. This will flop hard, no matter how much Variety tries to spin the bleak situation. And they only get 25% of the grosses in China, why do you always forget to mention that ? This is now Emmerich’s 4th flop in a row.
    When will studios get smart ?

  6. therealeverton says:

    UK is a 5 day weekend. – last Saturday, Sunday and this Fri – Sun. Still good though, especially against the football.

    Independence Day should be worried, that’s not that great an opening and word of mouth is unlikely to be great.

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