“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” raced to the top of the foreign box office, picking up a robust $43.3 million from 66 markets.
The young adult thriller took the top spot in 30 of those territories. Its strong start was fueled by healthy debuts in South Korea where it earned $7.5 million, Russia with $3.8 million, Brazil with $2.7 million and Venezuela with $2.5 million. Next weekend, the film will expand into seven additional markets, including Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.
So far, the second “Maze Runner” has earned $108.3 million globally. It debuted in the U.S. on Friday, but got a jump on its domestic release by bowing in several territories last weekend. Twentieth Century Fox is distributing the film, which cost $61 million to produce, and focuses on a group of teenagers navigating a deadly post-apocalyptic world.
In second place, Universal’s “Everest” earned $28.2 million across 36 international territories, bringing its worldwide total to $35.8 million. The adventure film debuted this weekend in North America with a special Imax and premium large format run, earning a sizable $7.6 million from 545 locations. Overseas the film opened in first place in more than a dozen locations, including Australia, India, Mexico, the U.K. and Ireland.
“Everest” tells the story of a group of mountain climbers whose attempt to summit the famous mountain ends in tragedy. It cost $55 million to produce and stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal.
“Minions” captured third place overseas, grossing an estimated $22.8 million across 57 territories and pushing its worldwide total to $1.12 billion. The bulk of the weekend’s gross came from China, where the Universal and Illumination Entertainment release took first place with $19.8 million despite competition for family audiences from Sony’s “Pixels.” The Adam Sandler video game comedy earned $11.7 million from the People’s Republic.
In fourth place, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” added $21.2 million to its haul. With $656.4 million worldwide, the fifth film in the spy series is closing in on “Ghost Protocol’s” $694.7 million global take as it tries to become the highest grossing film in franchise history. China has been particularly helpful in that pursuit. “Rogue Nation” picked up $18.2 million in the country and has earned $120 million from China since opening there on Sept. 8.
High school comedy “Fack Ju Göhte 2” took fifth place with $16 million. The German production has earned $43 million in two weeks after breaking records to become the biggest local film debut in the country’s history.