In my post yesterday, I predicted (and it was not hard) that the new “The Great Gatsby” film would be a hit, drawing substantially on older women – a group with relatively few theatrical film options.
Here is the latest press release (in its entirety) from Roadshow Films, the Gatsby distributor here in Australia:
THE GREAT GATSBY # 1 FILM INTERNATIONALLY
Gatsby a roaring success around the world as Baz Luhrmann and Cast arrive in Sydney for Australian Premiere
Coming off the heels of an incredible event in Cannes, THE GREAT GATSBY released in 49 territories outside of the US/Canada, grossing a sensational $42.1m with 4.6m admissions from almost 8,400 screens. This is Baz Luhrmann’s biggest opening ever, 38% higher than AUSTRALIA in the same markets ($30.4m) and 3x higher than the same markets opening MOULIN ROUGE ($13.8m). Note that the 49 territories opening THE GREAT GATSBY this weekend represent approximately 70% of the international box office, with the following major markets yet to launch: Australia (May 30th), Mexico (May 31st), Brazil (June 7th), Japan (June 14th), China (TBD).
Proportionately, I do predict a higher earnings per capita for the film in Australia than in other countries. Time will tell.