UPDATE, 8:15 PM Monday: DreamWorks Animation’s Home and Disney’s Cinderella both pulled in better than projected grosses from their overseas markets this past weekend, with Home tipping its worldwide take just past $100M. Despite better-than-expected numbers on its domestic frame, Wall Street continues to be wary of endorsing DreamWorks Animation stock given that the company’s box office numbers have not been in line with analysts’ expectations — and, despite the street’s general thinking that Home will have strong legs overseas, far above the $160M-$180M range I’ve heard. The animated family pic held well in territories where it already had debuted and still has key plays to come — including China. Actuals are in for everything.
UPDATE, SUNDAY PM PT: Across the Top 10 studio titles, international box office was down about 8% versus last week which had been led by Insurgent. Tris & co changed places with Cinderella this frame as the live-action Disney film opened in the UK and France among others and held well in Italy, taking a total $40M and handily crossing $300M global with $337.3M.
DreamWorks Animation’s Home, meanwhile, gave the studio its biggest domestic debut since Fox began handling distribution of its titles. Internationally, the alien out of water adventure added $1.4M more than Sunday estimates for $25.4M in 61 markets — about $3M ahead of projections — and brought the cume to $49.6M.
Last week’s $20.1M debut in 10 included about $4M in paid previews and key plays like the UK, Russia, Spain and Australia. It held its ground very well in the former two. The major market releases this frame were Germany, Italy and Mexico, although German moviegoing was affected by last week’s airline tragedy with overall numbers lower than expected. (A local film, Matthias Schweighofer’s Der Nanny, should finish at No. 1, followed by last week’s top movie Shaun The Sheep.) Major markets to come for Home include France, Brazil, Korea and China. An estimated total run in overseas markets is now $160-$180M. With the euro almost at parity to the dollar and other currencies in similar declines, that’s about $200M compared to last year at this time which would set it beyond Mr Peabody & Sherman which released in the same corridor in 2014.
Last year’s comparable frame also included the offshore debut of Captain America: The Winter Soldier which enlisted a $75.2M bow while Noah swelled to another $33.6M and Fox had the double whammy of Peabody & Sherman and Rio 2 which both expanded strongly. This frame was down by about a quarter overall.
The upcoming Easter weekend, however, is coming on Fast and Furious with the 7th film in the Universal franchise revving up internationally beginning Wednesday. Furious 7 opens in 60 territories along with the U.S. and Canada next weekend, including France, Germany, Korea, Brazil and the UK. Through 2013’s Fast & Furious 6, the franchise has driven $2.4B for Universal worldwide. That last film made $550M overseas to lead the series. China, which opens on April 12, was the biggest offshore market for F&F 6 with about $67M, followed by the UK, Russia, Mexico and Germany. Furious 7 is the only major release over the holiday.
Below are breakdowns of the major titles overseas this frame. We’ll have actuals on Monday.
PREVIOUS, 12:43 PM PT: HIGHLIGHTS ESTIMATES: Cinderella (DIS) waltzes to $336.2M global; Insurgent (LFG) approaches $100M offshore; Kingsman: The Secret Service (FOX) opens to $20M+ in China; Home (DWA/FOX) houses another $24M; Get Hard (WB) muscles in with $4.6M debut…
FINAL TALLIES, Monday: International weekend finals are in from all of the studios with Cinderella the belle of the ball again after ceding the crown to Insurgent‘s Tris last frame. With a better than expected final tally of $40M (up from $38.7M) this session, Cinderella benefited from solid bows in the UK, France and Brazil as well as strong holds in Italy and China. In the latter, Kingsman: The Secret Service had a more-than-serviceable start at $20.2M. Insurgent continues to be led by France, where it will overtake Divergent‘s lifetime in local currency this week.
DreamWorks Animation’s Home, which won the domestic weekend with $52.1M expanded wide this frame, adding $25.4M with notable holds in the UK and Russia, and several key markets to come. It has a worldwide cume so far of $101.7M. Get Hard was the only major new release, playing to $4.6M. Chinese holdover Lost And Love was back in the charts with an added $5.2M and a cume of $31M after two frames. The major new Asian entry came from Korea in the form of comedy Twenty with $6.9M. See below for breakdowns on the studio pics. More to come…
In its first international plays, Get Hard hit nine markets including the UK and Australia, and earned a better than expected $4.85M from approximately 508K admissions on 766 screens. The Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy landed No. 4 in the UK with $2.1M from 409, and is confirmed in the No. 3 slot in Oz with $1.4M from 154 screens. Those are expected to be the key markets for the film with school and Easter holidays afoot. But don’t count out the Middle East. Warner Bros says results out of the United Arab Emirates were $639K from 45 screens which put it at No. 2. That already makes it the No. 3 all-time highest grossing WB comedy ever behind Hangover 3 and Hangover 2.
Cinderella had a ball at the weekend box office waltzing into several key plays including the UK where the largely British cast drew $5.6M just as school holidays kick off. The debut bested the starts of comps Oz The Great And Powerful and Snow White And The Huntsman. In all, Kenneth Branagh’s live-action update took $40M (up from the estimate of $38.7M) for the weekend, 7% off last frame. Other new bows included Australia, Brazil, France, Spain, Belgium and New Zealand. In Spain, where kids have the next weeks off, Cinderella earned $2.1M for the 3rd best launch of the year. In France, Fairy Godmother’s wand conjured $3.3M with admissions exceeding the opening of Maleficent.
Italian audiences can’t seem to get enough of the fairy tale – whose sets are designed by Oscar-winner Dante Ferretti. The film is No. 1 there for the 3rd consecutive weekend to bring the cume to $13.7M and dancing in with another $1.6M for the weekend. The improbably strong Italian market is now the 2nd biggest play for Cinderella outside of China. In the Middle Kingdom, the family film added a better than anticipated $6.7M this frame for a $65.4M cume.
Down Under, the Cricket World Cup finale featured both Australia and New Zealand, which Disney says was the biggest competition over the weekend. So, while boys were watching bats, girls headed out to give Cinderella a cume of $3.4M and $400K, respectively, topping the Maleficent opening last year. Brazil’s bow was a strong $3.7M, No. 1 and up on Oz by 22%. Cinderella now counts $337.3M in global receipts. Of that, $187.7M is from 52 offshore markets.
Insurgent added $29M in its 2nd overseas frame to bring the international total to $92.3M. Of the 81 markets in which it’s playing, Lionsgate’s sequel is still enjoying its best run in France where it now has a $10.6M cume. Running ahead of Divergent, it will cross that film’s lifetime in the Hexagon tomorrow in local currency terms – there are currently 56K euros separating them. Other major markets showing growth on Weekend 2 versus Divergent include the UK ($7.7M cume), Brazil ($7.5M), Russia/CIS ($7M), Mexico ($6.7M), Australia ($5.6M), and Italy ($2.4M). Insurgent debuted in Korea this frame on 550 screens for $1.5M. Spain releases this week. Worldwide, Insurgent is nearing $200M with $178.2M.
Kingsman: The Secret Service was anything but undercover this frame. With its China opening, the Fox release had a better than expected gross of $27.9M frame (it had been predicted at $25.4M). Of that, it got a bigger bump ($22.5M) from the Middle Kingdom where Kingsman was 60% and 73% bigger than comps Bourne Legacy and The Expendables, respectively. On 7,137 screens in 52 markets, the offshore cume has passed $200M to spy $211.7M. Korea continues to be the top draw for the Matthew Vaughn-helmed actioner. At No. 3, it added $1.8M for a total of $42.5M after a wild seven weeks. The other major plays are the UK ($24.7M cume), Australia ($13.7M) and France ($11.37M). Colin Firth and Taron Egerton are still due in Venezuela and Japan.
DreamWorks Animation’s domestic (and worldwide) champ Home landed in about 55 more international markets this weekend with a better than estimated $25.4M (up from yesterday’s $24M) in grosses from 11,250 screens in 64 total. With a $52.1M domestic take, its worldwide total is now at $101.7M. Oh, and it scored No. 1s in 15 markets out of the 23 for which rankings are available. The UK was the top holdover with $3.9M and a No. 2 slot behind the arrival of Cinderella. The cume there is now $14M which is up 58% on Mr Peabody & Sherman and 67% above Turbo through the same period. The Tim Johnson-helmed adventure held the No. 1 slot in Russia with a 34% drop and a cume of $11M (+114% on Peabody/+75% on Rio). In new plays, Mexico opened to a strong $3M from 2,136 and a No. 1 berth.
The film also bowed in a depressed German market, estimated to be the weakest weekend of the year there after the recent Germanwings tragedy. Home came in 5th at $994K on 986 screens. Overall, Fox expects to see strong mid-week and weekend holds across Europe through the Easter and school holidays. Upcoming markets include Brazil, France, China, Korea, India, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Poland, and Venezuela. The cume to date is $49.6M.
With good debuts in France and Spain, Will Smith’s Focus pulled $8.7M this frame, per Warner Bros. On a total 4,065 screens in 64 markets, the international cume to date is now $83M. Focus entered the French charts at No. 3 with $2M, and grabbed the No. 2 slot in Spain with $1.35M. It doesn’t bow in Japan until May 1.
After its 2nd frame in China, Taken 3 now has a $31.2M cume there. In all, the actioner added $6.1M from 4,941 screens in its three remaining markets. The international cume now stands at $238.4M.
Paramount’s Spongebob The Movie: Sponge Out Of Water soaked up a tad less than expected with $5.1M at 2,936 locations in 44 territories for an international total of $127.5M. Opening in the UK where competition was stiff from Cinderella and Home, the Bikini Bottom crew landed 3rd with a nice $3.3M from 479 engagements. The debut was 22% below Rio 2 and 43% above Penguins Of Madagascar, per the studio.
Disney’s Big Hero 6 has now embraced a final gross of $652.8M globally, with China overtaking Japan as the biggest territory at $81.8M. The tech heroes picked up another much better than expected $4.2M (up from the expected $3.1M) internationally this frame which is its 23rd. The breakdown is $222.13M domestic and $430.7M foreign. All territories have released.
Fox Searchlight’s Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel checked into Spain with $390K at 291 dates. The sequel’s cume is now $38.8M in 30 markets after adding $2.29M from 1,933 screens. The UK faithful continue to pack their bags for the Indian getaway with a cume of $21.8M in the market. There are still 26 markets to release through May.
Fifty Shades Of Grey tied up another $2.2M in 54 territories to bring the international total within a feather of $400M at $398.9M. The racy romancer now has a global cume of $563.7M and still ranks as Universal’s 8th highest-grossing film of all time.
Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie programmed an estimated $2.2M on 2,651 screens in 66 territories for a $47M offshore cume. Venezuela debuted to $297K on 49 screens, giving Blomkamp a 52% local currency jump on his Elysium. In holdovers, France and Mexico showed modest drops with cumes now at $4M and $2.5M, respectively. Australia and Spain were down by about half with $2.3M and $1.8M each. Italy and Brazil are on deck in April.
Jason Blum-produced Jennifer Lopez thriller The Boy Next Door opened in five more markets this frame with an estimated $2.2M in a total of 25. Russia summoned $568K at 473 dates for a No. 4 start, followed by Brazil with $180K at 134 dates, good for 5th position. The cume is now $11M.
Run All Night lifted its cume to $19.9M thanks to an additional $2.1M from 1,675 screens in 25 markets. There were no new openings. The Liam Neeson actioner next goes out via Warner Bros in Germany and Russia on April 16. It’s best market so far is the UK with $3.1M followed by France with $2.7M.
Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb had a strong hold in Japan with a further $1.6M for the history books. The drop was just 25% and the movie is still the No. 1 Western title in the market. The $6.87M Japan market cume for NATM 3 is 23% ahead of The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies, per Fox. The international total is $242.8M.
Along with its $1.1M opening on 470 screens in Japan, its final market, Jupiter Ascending brought in a total $1.15M this frame on a total of 670 screens. The foreign kitty is now $132.5M. China remains far and away the best play at $46.2M
Disney musical Into The Woods is singing a happy tune with a global total of $203.7M to date. Continuing its strong run in Japan, it added a little better than expected $1.5M and now has a fantastic local haul of $13.8M. Internationally, it has a cume of $75.8M.
Seventh Son grossed a further $880K according to Universal estimates. In the UK, the open was good for a No. 7 slot with $613K at 382 dates. The total including Legendary East’s China release is now $93.4M.
The Theory Of Everything hit a global cume of $120.1M this weekend, with $84.3M from overseas. The Oscar winner earned $487K in 40 territories, including Vietnam, its last market to release. In holdovers, Japan was strong at $127K on 59 screens for a 16-day total of $1.1M.
The Nanny, a Pataleon Films/Warner Bros. Entertainment co-production opened to No. 1 this past weekend, taking in a strong $3.1M from 629 screens (included previews). It was responsible for 40% of the box office Top Five in the market.
Anita Busch contributed to this report.