“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” topped the foreign box office for the third consecutive weekend, racking up $34 million to bring its global total to $783.5 million.
The film is now one of the top ten highest-grossing superhero movies in history, having earned more than the likes of “Deadpool” ($755.7 million) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” ($773 million).
However, given that Warner Bros. hopes the picture will launch an inter-connected series of DC Comics films, the worldwide gross is something of a disappointment. “Batman v Superman” is unlikely to hit $1 billion around the world, a benchmark that would have signaled the widespread support enjoyed by top-shelf franchises. At a cost of $250 million, plus tens of millions more in advertising and distribution spending, the film represents a massive bet for the studio. Despite the rocky start, it is betting that the world of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will one day rival the cinematic universe built by Disney and Marvel.
“The Jungle Book” made some noise this weekend, racking up $28.9 million in a number of Asian and Latin American territories to nab second place on the charts. The film scored $7.6 million from India, the second highest industry opening for an American release. It pulled in $6.2 million in Russia, and racked up $2.6 million in Australia.
Critics have embraced the picture, handing it some of the best reviews of the year for a studio production. “The Jungle Book” debuts next weekend in a number of key markets, including North America, China, Brazil, France and Mexico.
“The Jungle Book” wasn’t the only film getting a jump on its domestic release. Two weeks before it hits North America, Universal launched “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” in 18 territories where it grossed $20 million for a fifth place finish. The follow-up to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” kept Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, added Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt to the mix, and jettisoned original star Kristen Stewart. It opened in first place in 11 markets, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico. Next weekend the film will open in Korea and Russia.
Action thriller “London Has Fallen” and family film “Zootopia” rounded out the top five, earning $26 million and $22.7 million to take third and fourth places. “Zootopia” ranks as the eleventh highest grossing animated film in history, with $852.5 million globally. It has one major territory left to open, Japan, where it debuts on April 23. “London Has Fallen” has made $86.7 million worldwide since it began rolling out in March.