You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Batman v Superman’ Tops Foreign Box Office, ‘Jungle Book’ Opens Big Overseas

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.

More Film


    Film Review: 'Nureyev'

    It would be absurd to say that Rudolf Nureyev lived, or danced, in anyone’s shadow. He was a man who leapt and twirled and flew onstage, all muscle but light as a feather, with a freedom and force that reconfigured the human spirit. There’s no denying, though, that over the last few decades, and especially [...]

  • Die Kinder Der Toten review

    Film Review: 'Die Kinder Der Toten'

    The hills are alive (or rather, undead), with the sound of music (also mastication and the moaning of zombies) in Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska’s experimental, dialogue-free, home-movie-style riff on Elfriede Jelinek’s “Die Kinder Der Toten” (The Children of the Dead). A seminal text in Jelinek’s native Austria, the 1995 book has never been translated [...]

  • Idol review

    Film Review: 'Idol'

    How many twists can a plot undergo before it snaps? This, more than any of the many political, moral and personal conundrums that snake through “Idol,” seems to be the question writer-director Lee Su-jin is most interested in posing with his extravagantly incomprehensible sophomore feature. A seedy political thriller by way of grisly revenge movie [...]

  • The Last to See Them review

    Film Review: 'The Last to See Them'

    Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” stretches long as a late-evening shadow over Italian director Sara Summa’s feature debut “The Last to See Them.” The Italian title, “Gli Ultimi Viderli Vivere” which translates literally to “The Last to See Them Alive,” is also the heading of the opening chapter of Capote’s book. The setting is, similarly, [...]

  • Kalank

    Film Review: ‘Kalank’

    Events leading to the 1947 Partition of India serve as the forebodingly serious backdrop for the exhaustingly overextended razzmatazz of “Kalank,” writer-director Abhishek Varman’s lavish but ponderous Bollywood extravaganza, which opened in the U.S. on more than 300 screens the same day as its Indian release. Despite the preponderance of sets and costumes spectacular enough [...]

  • WGA Agency Packaging Fight Placeholder Writer

    WGA: 92 Percent of Writers Who Signed Statement of Support Have Fired Agents

    The Writers Guild of America estimated that over 92 percent of their members who support a new code of conduct for talent agencies have fired those representatives. Letters announcing formal termination will be delivered on Monday, the guild said in a late-hitting memo on Thursday, as most agencies will be closed tomorrow in observance of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content