Interstellar went wide in 35 markets internationally with $8.7M yesterday and a two-day total so far of $9.7M, which logs it ahead of Gravity for the same set of territories, Warner Bros. said this morning. It is, not surprisingly, No. 1 in every market it opened in — not a shock given that all other pictures moved out of its way this weekend. Today, Interstellar blasts off in 22 more territories, including the major markets of the UK and Spain to tally a total of 62 countries and 13,000 screens. Of that count, 391 are IMAX. It doesn’t bow in China until Nov. 12th and won’t play in Japan until Nov. 22. Gravity’s biggest market was China with $70.6M, followed by the UK ($53.1M) and then France ($38.2M).
One of the biggest challenges for the new sci-fi film is the lengthy run time at nearly three hours long, which means theaters will have fewer screenings. So far, it doesn’t seem to be mattering, however.
The top markets so far for Interstellar are South Korea with $4.8M on 1,090 screens, which makes up a significant 72% of the Top Five marketshare; to give some perspective, Fox’s Gone Girl opened in Korea last weekend at No. 1 with $3.8M for the three-day. Another top market for the Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway-starrer was Germany with $687K, where it is playing on 717 screens for a 66% share of the Top Five and Russia. Interestingly, in Russia, Disney’s Big Hero 6 debuted a has been enjoying a nice run due to the two-week school holiday there and is already over $11M. Interstellar is now saddled alongside the animated film to pull in $1.3M on 1,800 screens or a 61% of the Top Five share.
Warner Bros. is very happy with the strength of the picture, considering the length of the Christopher Nolan-directed film and that Gravity both had the 3-D box office uptick and enjoyed an influx of ticket buyers from the fall school holidays in a number of markets.
In other major markets, Interstellar grossed $628K on 548 screens for a 61% share of the Top Five in Australia, while Italy saw $375K on 580 runs (41% share) and Mexico grabbed another $347K on 1,458 screens (or 43% share). Brazil, another major market, ended up with $236K on 411 screens for a 30% share of the Top Five. Big Hero 6 bows in Mexico on Nov. 14.
In its second day in France, Interstellar had a $538K haul on 65.7K admissions in 747 runs — that was good for 51% of the Top Five. The day-to-day drop is down 23% which Warner Bros. says its comfortable with given its a non-holiday and point to that the drop otherwise would be in the 40% range. The bow in France wasn’t impressive yesterday, as it was the No. 26 opener in the country this year.