“Annabelle” generated $200 million in profits at the international box office. According to Deadline, the film drew 5.8 million viewers to 6,900 cinemas in over 62 countries. It broke records during its opening weekend in Mexico, where the film earned $11 million. It was the biggest opening for any horror film in the country, as well as the best opening for a 2D movie of the year.
The movie is a spin-off of “The Conjuring,” another box office success from 2013. It was produced on a $6 million budget. It stars relative unknowns Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard. It was written by Gary Dauberman, who has been tapped to write for sci-fi movie “Crime of the Century.” It was directed by Jon Leonetti, who did cinematography for “Child's Play 3.”
Despite its performance at the box office, critics panned the film. In a review for Digital Spy, Ben Rawson-Jones referred to the film as “dreadful” in his review.
“There's very little substance to this dreadful movie, which feels more like three hours than 98 minutes as it limps along at an agonising pace,” wrote Rawson-Jones.
Other films that performed well at the international box office include “Lucy,” “Fury,” “Gone Girl” and “Dracula Untold.”
“Lucy,” which stars Scarlett Johansson, opened first place in China. It generated $19 million in the country, which puts its total global earnings at $434 million.
“Fury” premiered at the London Film Festival and played in 1,975 cinemas in 15 territories. The film went to no. 1 in the United Kingdom and Australia, where it raked in $4.2 million and $2.2 million, respectively.
Meanwhile, the psychological thriller “Gone Girl” topped the box office in South Korea. The film, starring Ben Affleck and Rosemund Pike, earned $3.8 million in the country, with an overall international profit of $118 million.
“Dracula Untold” also did well in overseas markets, generating profits of $14 million. It played in 7,900 dates in 59 territories.
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