“Bridget Jones’s Baby” did a whole lot of nothing when it bowed domestically this weekend, but audiences overseas are embracing the romantic comedy and are helping to push it toward profitability.
The film debuted to a solid $29.9 million, topping the foreign box office and bringing its global gross to $38.8 million. It opened in first place in 24 territories, including an $11.3 million debut in the United Kingdom, a $4.2 million bow in Australia, a $1.7 million launch in Spain, and a $1.4 million kick-off in Russia. The $35 million production was backed by Universal, Working Title, Studio Canal, and Miramax. It brought back original stars Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth, and threw in a pregnancy angle to the ongoing story of Jones’s romantic travails.
South Korean action film “The Age of Shadows” was runner-up with $21.5 million and “A Chinese Odyssey Part Three: The End” snagged third place with $17.3 million.
“Ben-Hur,” one of the summer’s biggest box office bombs, tried to mop up some of the red ink, picking up $11.3 million overseas. The historical epic from Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has made $80.9 million globally, but cost roughly $100 million to make and could result in a write-down of nearly as much when advertising expenses are taken into account.
Hong Kong action-adventure “S Storm” rounded out the top five, earning $9.8 million.
Overall, it was a slow weekend overseas. But it was notable in one respect. “The Secret Life of Pets” crossed $800 million globally, and is now the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2016 at the worldwide box office. It’s also another hit for Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind “Despicable Me” and “Minions.”