“Jupiter Ascending” is being lifted up by foreign markets after U.S. audiences rejected Andy and Lana Wachowski’s latest science-fiction adventure.
The film topped the foreign box office, grossing $32.5 million from 10,200 screens across 65 countries. Warner Bros., the studio behind the $179 million production, said it played particularly well in markets such as Russia, where it made $4.7 million; France with a $2.5 million bow; and Korea with a $2.1 million premiere. The film has yet to open in China, Australia and Japan.
“Jupiter Ascending” needs overseas crowds to turn up in force, because it only eked out $19 million when it touched down Stateside this weekend. That’s a meager result for such a pricey picture.
The weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” lapped up $16.2 million from 25 territories. Paramount, the studio behind the animated hit, said that the latest film is running five times ahead of its predecessor, 2004’s “The SpongeBob Movie,” in the territories where it has opened.
Among key territories, the film pulled in $4.6 million from its debut in Brazil and $2.4 million from its second weekend in Mexico. It will debut in Russia on Thursday, France and Korea on Feb. 18, and and the United Kingdom on Feb. 27. The film’s global estimate through Sunday stands at $82.8 million, topping its $74 million production budget.
It was a weekend of milestones for another animated hit, “Big Hero 6,” which crossed the $500 million mark at the global box office. That’s the fourth Disney title from 2014 to hit those lofty figures, joining “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Maleficent” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The film secured third place on the foreign charts, generating $12.7 million and bringing its global haul to $505.1 million.
In fourth place, “Taken 3” made $11.2 million, pushing its global bounty to $268.9 million, while fifth place finisher “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” took in $9.7 million, bringing its worldwide total to $939.3 million.