Box Office Mojo Snow White and the Huntsman attracted strong interest on opening day, and wound up earning more than the next six movies combined. Meanwhile, MIB 3 had a decent hold in second place, while The Avengers passed two major milestones.
The year's second Snow White movie opened to an estimated $20.3 million from 3,773 locations on Friday, which is more than the first Snow White movie (Mirror Mirror) made in its entire opening weekend. It's also way ahead of Universal's Robin Hood, which earned $13.03 million on its opening day in May 2010. Based on Friday's results, Universal is forecasting a $55 million weekend. (You can check regular updates on Box Office Mojo)
The Hollywood Reporter Universal's latest summer event pic Snow White and the Huntsman is overperforming in its domestic launch, grossing $20.3 million on Friday for a projected weekend opening north of $55 million.
If Snow White -- starring Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth -- stays on course, it will be the first of Hollywood's recent fairy tale re-tellings to work with moviegoers. The film also could mark a much-needed win for Universal after big-budget stumble Battleship and recent comedy miss The Five-Year Engagement.
Box office observers will be watching carefully to see whether Snow White's B CinemaScore affects word of mouth over the weekend. Snow White wasn't a cheap proposition, costing at least $170 million to produce, excluding a eight-figure marketing spend. It also will need to do good business overseas, where it is opening in 45 markets this weekend.
Based on initial numbers, Universal is predicting a $39.3 million international opening for Snow White, higher than two other female-skewing properties, The Hunger Games ($38.7 million) and the first Twilight ($30 million). Snow White opened No. 1 in 30 of the markets, and is doing particularly well in Latin America and Asia, including placing No. 1 in Mexico with $1 million on Friday. Snow White, however, is getting trounced in the U.K. by Ridley Scott's 3D sci-fi action tentpole Prometheus, which 20th Century Fox is opening in 15 foreign markets a week ahead of its June 8 North American launch.
Prometheus -- likewise headlining Theron, along with Noomi Replace and Michael Fassbender -- earned a stellar $3.4 million in the U.K. -- three times more than the $1 million taken in by Snow White, which earned at additional $1.7 million in previews earlier in the week. Both films are looking to take advantage of the four-day holiday weekend surrounding Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
Prometheus, which is performing especially well for an R-rated pic (in the U.K., it has the equivalent of a 15 rating), launched 124 percent ahead of Inception and scored the biggest opening day ever for Scott. As much as 76 percent of the film's earnings came from 3D, including 6.7 percent from two IMAX theaters, which reported sell-out shows and had to juggle both Prometheus and Men in Black 3. Snow White hopes to have strong legs in the U.K. since it may not be as impacted by the male-skewing European soccer championships, which get underway June 8 (the games are a big reason why Prometheus went out early internationally).
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