“Terminator Genisys” topped the foreign box office in an otherwise quiet weekend for the global movie business.
The fifth film in the cyborg series failed to make much of an impression at the domestic box office, but has led overseas charts for three weeks thanks to a big lift from Chinese crowds. It racked up a leading $11.5 million, pushing its worldwide total to $435 million. The overwhelming majority of its weekend gross came from China, where the picture has made $108.8 million. It is now the second highest-grossing “Terminator” film when not adjusted for inflation.
It was followed closely behind by “Hitman: Agent 47.” Fox’s video game adaptation was another stateside whiff that’s looking for salvation abroad. It brought in $11.4 million at foreign multiplexes, bringing its worldwide haul to $62.9 million. Among prominent territories, the film bowed in first place in Russia, earning $2.4 million.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions” continued to mint money, with the cuddly yellow creatures adding $10.9 million to the “Despicable Me” spinoff’s massive $1 billion global gross.
The top five was rounded out by Disney’s “Ant-Man” with $10 million and the Chinese crime drama “The Dead End” with $9.9 million, bringing their global totals to $383.7 million and $41 million, respectively.
In milestone news, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” crossed the $500 million mark, earning $9.4 million overseas. Its global total stands at $509.1 million. It has now made more than “Mission: Impossible III” ($397.8 million) and the first “Mission: Impossible” ($457.7 million), when not adjusted for inflation.
“Jurassic World” added to its list of commercial accomplishments by passing $1 billion at the international box office, becoming only the fourth film to pull off that feat. It has generated $1.6 billion worldwide.