While English may not be a country’s first language, it appears that across the globe everyone speaks science fiction.
This weekend’s international box office numbers have arrived and as expected “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” had a successful debut in 85 markets, taking in an estimated $152 million.
In addition to this sci-fi dystopian teen flick, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” continued to attract audiences, taking in another $70 million.
Earlier this month before “Interstellar” was released, Quentin Tarantino spoke to The Guardian about his experience at the director’s advanced screening hosted in Universal City.
“We’re waiting for the movie to start and it hit me,” said Tarantino.
“I realized that it hadn’t been since ‘The Matrix’ that I was actually that interested in seeing a movie even though I didn’t know what I was going to see.” It would appear that despite how divisive “Interstellar” has been for critics, both directors and people across the globe are pleased with Christopher Nolan’s latest efforts.
Deadline reports that “Interstellar” took in another $70 million internationally, proving that any doubts due to the underwhelming domestic gross are not worth fretting over for Warner Bros.
In addition to the space drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence also hit international markets this weekend as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” As domestic box office actuals put the film at around $120 million, the YA novel adaptation also took in $152 million globally.
According to Deadline , this propelled Hollywood’s top 10 film gross above $250 million.
Meanwhile in China, “Penguins of Madagascar” and Brad Pitt’s “Fury” movie continued to dominate the impressively large film market, but Nolan is still majorly beloved in a few markets – especially South Korea.
After this weekend’s success of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “Interstellar,” Hollywood is likely to continue to rely on franchises and Christopher Nolan to make money.