“Dracula Untold” rose up and ruled the world in a crowded and booming weekend at the global box office.
Universal’s reboot of its classic monster tale starring Luke Evans brought in nearly $34 million from 43 foreign markets.
That topped the overseas hauls of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which brought in a China-fueled $28 million, and “Gone Girl” and “Annabelle,” both of which raked in $27 million.
“Dracula” opened at No. 1 in nine markets, led the biggest 2D debut of the year in Russia with $9.6 million. It also held the top spot in Mexico for the second weekend, with $3.4 million. With its $23.4 million domestic opening, “Dracula” is up to $86 million worldwide.
The strong show by “Gone Girl” pushed Fox International past the $3 billion milestone. It’s the sixth consecutive year it has topped $2 billion and the eighth time overall, both industry records according to the studio.
As it is in the U.S., “Gone Girl” is holding very well. It took in $5 million from the U.K. (down just 15 percent), $3.8 million from Australia (a 12 percent drop) and $2.1 million from Germany (a 19 percent falloff).
Warner Bros.’ “Annabelle” upped its international total to more than $60 million in two weekend. It’s tracking five percent ahead of “The Conjuring,” the 2013 breakout hit from which it was spun off, at a similar stage in its foreign rollout, and is at $122 million worldwide.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” opened to an estimated $26.6 million at the Chinese box office this weekend, the best October debut ever there.
That’s the third-highest opening for any Disney release there, after only “Iron Man 3” ($64.5 million) and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ($38.8 million). The “Guardians” debut easily eclipsed the previous October best opening of $18.1 million posted by “The Wolverine” last year.
The China opening lifts the global total for “Guardians” to $687 million, passing the $663 million haul of “Man Of Steel.” It has taken in $361 million overseas and “Guardians” remains the highest-grossing film of the year at the domestic box office with $326 million.