Chinese Road Trip Comedy ‘Breakup Buddies’ Tops Foreign Box Office

Road trip comedy “Breakup Buddies” topped the foreign box office this weekend, pulling in $38 million and proving that raunchy comedies can play in China.

The film reunites “Lost in Thailand” stars Xu Zheng and Huang Bo in the story of a recently divorced man who goes on vacation with his best friend. As a story in the Wall Street Journal pointed out, “Breakup Buddies” pushes the envelope in terms of what’s permissible in Chinese film, including scenes that deal with homosexuality and extramarital affairs. So far, the taboo-busting film has made more than $93 million since opening on Sept. 30. “Lost In Thailand” was a smash in China, where it earned $197 million at the box office, and “Breakup Buddies” was strategically timed to release during a national holiday in the country.

Gone Girl,” the top grossing domestic release last weekend, was warmly received overseas as well. David Fincher’s acidic murder mystery generated $24.6 million from 5,270 screens in 39 markets, racking up $6.9 million in the United Kingdom, $4.6 million in Australia and $2.9 million in Russia, among notable markets. It will open in 15 additional territories next weekend, including France and Spain.

India gave China a run for its money as the big story at the global box office. “Bang Bang,” a remake of the 2010 action comedy “Knight and Day,” opened to $24.2 million, including $19.3 million from India. The Bollywood version of the marginal Tom Cruise adventure is a collaboration between Fox International Productions and FoxStar India. Fox has aggressively invested in its local language division over the years, generating more than $750 million in ticket sales since launching in 2008.

“Dracula Untold” got a jumpstart on its U.S. premiere next week, debuting in 25 territories and grossing an estimated $21 million. The origins story about how the famous bloodsucker earned his fangs racked up $5 million in Mexico, $2.7 million in the United Kingdom and Ireland and $2.4 million in Germany, among notable territories.

Low-budget horror film “Annabelle” demonstrated that things can go bump in the night in any language. “The Conjuring” spinoff scared up $20 million in 25 territories.

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