2ND UPDATE, Monday, 5:21 PM: Worldwide totals for Furious 7 have been updated, given that it turned in a better gross domestically. It could roll in over $400M tomorrow worldwide. Also, all pictures have been updated with final numbers with three exceptions. We are still waiting on grosses for Warner Bros.’ Focus and Get Hard as well as everything but final cume on Sony’s Chappie. Those final grosses should arrive tomorrow.
UPDATE, Monday, 11:48 AM: Not only did Furious 7 perform better through Sunday domestically, but overseas it proved stronger as well — it grabbed $5M more than expected to bring its tally to $245M. It is edging closer to $400M with a worldwide total to date now of $392.2M. It is the fourth highest-grossing worldwide opening weekend of all time behind two Harry Potter films and The Avengers. Internationally, it ranks as the third-highest opening ever, only behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2 ($314M) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($260.4M).
IMAX also announced its results to reveal that the street-racing monster collected $20.8M worldwide, making it the company’s highest ever April debut on both sides of the Atlantic. On 175 screens overseas, it racked up a total of $7.5M on 175 screens. The all-important markets of China, Russia and Japan are yet to open. Universal is having a heck of a weekend internationally as Fifty Shades of Grey passed $400M yesterday (see below for top markets). Not to be outdone, Disney made news with Cinderella which will pass the $400M mark today (see story here).
Updates have been added below Fox titles as well, including DreamWorks Animation’s Home, Kinsman: The Secret Service, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as well as the Russian/Ukraine opening of Battle For Sevastopol. Paramount also reported for The SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water.
Anita Busch contributed to this article.
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY, 4:40 PM: With a $245M start, Furious 7 did laps around the international box office this weekend as rival studios wisely stayed out of its way with no new entries. Still, Cinderella and Home continued to cozy up to their audiences and Kingsman: The Secret Service enjoyed a dashing 2nd session in China. The international frame overall was up over 130% over last weekend across the major studio releases, thanks overwhelmingly to Universal’s F7. The frame also bested the comparable 2014 session by over 50%. At this time last year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier had enlisted $107.1M in its 2nd frame, while Noah rose a further $45.6M and Rio 2 added a fitting $22.2M, among other leaders.
In the coming week, F7 moves into Russia on Thursday and China on Sunday. Elsewhere, Fox is releasing romantic drama The Longest Ride, the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, in about 30 markets; Charlize Theron will be seen in France in Dark Places, an adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s thriller helmed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner; Helen Mirren in Woman In Gold notably bows in the UK and Spain; and Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 starts policing a handful of territories including the UK and Germany. The next mega international release comes later in April with The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Below is a brief look at F7‘s offshore weekend (for a full breakdown, see my earlier report), along with snapshots of how the rest of the pack fared and a look at key local titles, of which there were plenty in the session. Actuals will be reported as they arrive over the next days. In some cases, final numbers won’t come until Tuesday given the Easter Monday holiday in many offshore markets.
Furious 7 opened in 63 international markets, filling its tank with $245M for Universal (or $391.6M global). The biggest offshore opening of 2015, the largest opening weekend in 29 of its markets and all-time opening weekend grosser in 39 markets, it was fueled by strong plays in Mexico ($21.5M), the UK ($18.7M), Germany ($15.9M), France ($11.4M), Brazil ($11.4M), and Australia ($11.3M). It also took in $6.3M in Spain and Also notable were some huge averages in Asia including Taiwan‘s $10.3M for a $128,750 per-screen, Thailand‘s $6M on 60 locales for a $100K per screen and Malaysia‘s $7.3M in $37,628 per screen. In the United Arab Emirates, it tallied $4.8M. Outpacing Fast & Furious 6 by just under 50%, the well-reviewed actioner set a host of records domestically, internationally and globally. The strong dollar performance is particularly notable as currency fluctuations have severely impacted exchange rates against the greenback in the past year. Drive over here for the rest of the opening skinny on F7.
Cinderella will take a glass-slippered step across the $400M global mark on Monday with the estimated cume as of today at $396.2M. The current overseas frame was worth $23.1M in 53 international markets for an international cume of $229.1M. Holds over the weekend were particularly strong in Latin America at a drop of just 18%, and Europe with a 35% decline in the 4th frame. The China run for Disney’s 2D movie is just about wrapped with a cume of $68.8M. Italy ($15.4M cume) has now been leap-frogged by the UK as Cinderella’s 2nd biggest ex-U.S. market just a tad higher than Italy coming in at 15.4M after a small 23% drop this frame. Brazil’s 2nd frame saw a small 11% dip to bring the estimated total there to $8.1M. Monday is a holiday in many markets and kids are off on school break in myriad territories, leaving Dis bullish on this week’s prospects. Japan opens on April 25.
DreamWorks Animation’s Home took 3rd among studio releases this frame with $20M for a cume of $84.6M after three international sessions. In many of its plays, the alien-out-of-water Fox release increased or saw minimal drops. The top holdover was the UK with $3.6M for a 6% decline to bring the cume there to $21.9M. In Mexico, Home trailed F7 at No. 2 with $1.64M for a $6.99M total thus far. Its 3rd frame in Russia was good for 2nd place behind local female Soviet sniper pic Battle For Sevastopol; the cume there is now $13M. Seeing increases were Italy (+4%/$1.8M cume), Argentina (+22%/$1.23M cume), Denmark (+72%/$1.44M cume) and Colombia (+11%/$1.32M cume), among others. China releases on April 24.
Kingsman: The Secret Service commanded another $18.9M for a $247.1M cume as it continues to play in 20 markets. In a competitive China frame where several local movies entered theaters, Matthew Vaughn’s Colin Firth-starrer added $15.9M to bring the total to $53M after two weekends. That takes it past Korea which had been the film’s best overseas play and which is currently at $44M after an impressive eight sessions. Adding $1M there, it is now the industry’s No. 9 movie ever and fell in line behind F7 and last week’s local winner Twenty. Japan has its audience with Kingsman in September in the film’s final release.
Lionsgate’s Insurgent passed the $100M mark at the international box office earlier this week and further upped its total to $120.1M this weekend in 82 markets. Tris & Co rebelled for $15.4M in the current frame with Latin America now passing Divergent’s $23.5M run by over 20%. In Spain, it opened on Wednesday to take advantage of the holidays (and get a slight head start on F7) with $1.5M from 310 screens, repping a 41% jump on Divergent, in local currency terms. A China release is likely to come in May. The global total is $223.7M.
Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water logged four more markets this frame inlcuding Australia, and grossed a lesser than estimated $5M from 2,449 locations in 40 territories. The international cume is now $135.2M. In Oz, the Bikini Bottom crew delivered $1.7M from 252 locations, 3% above Smurfs 2, per Par. The 2-day opening in the Philippines chugged $418K at 97 sites, which the studio says is 26% above Penguins Of Madagascar. New Zealand’s launch was good for a much less than estimated $197K including previews from 80 locations, so instead of being reported Sunday as 58% above Penguins it’s actually 16% below Penguins. he next releases for the animated/live-action family film include Thailand on April 16, India on May 8 and Japan on May 16.
Coming off of good starts in France and Spain last frame, Will Smith’s Focus zeroed in on $4.9M from over 3,100 screens in 61 markets, for a cume of $91M. France added $1.1M for a $3.6M cume and Spain took a further $758K on 324 screens to total $2.9M thus far. Japan will release on May 1 for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros’ comedy Get Hard dropped about 46% in its 2nd international frame with $2.6M from 269K admissions on 744 screens in nine markets. The overseas cume is now $10.3M. There were no additional openings this go-round for Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, but the UK grossed half of the weekend take with $1.3M for a local total of $5M. Australia’s 2nd session brought in $794K for a $2.7M total. The next key market to open is Germany on May 7.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expanded to some key markets this frame, registering another $2.8M from 2,121 dates. The international total for the Fox Searchlight sequel is now $43.2M. Among the new openings, Germany led with $656K from 282 for a bow that was 34% above the original. Also checking in with higher debuts were Switzerland ($253K), Belgium ($124.5K) and Austria ($79K). Folks outside the F7 demo in Spain helped upgrade Marigold Hotel in its 2nd stay for a local total of $986K to date. The UK still leads with $22.76M.
Sony’s Chappie final grosses will be reported on Tuesday. So all we know is that the overseas cume is $48.5M which means it added a little less $1M on 1,698 screens in 66 markets. Italy opening on Thursday, Brazil on April 16 and Japan on May 23.
Universal’s other little movie, Fifty Shades Of Grey, crossed $400M at the international box office this weekend coming in at $400.6M. The worldwide total for the whips & chains wonder is currently $566.1M with all of its international territories having submitted. The top market for this title is the UK and Ireland with $53.2M, following by Germany which is the top holdover market (see below), and France with $32.5M. Brazil follows with $30.2M, then Italy with $22.5M and Spain with $22.3M.
Into the Woods brought in another $2.2M weekend for Disney to bring its total cume up to $80.2M. In Japan, it grossed another $1M to bring its cume up to $16.8M. Italy also took in $1M this weekend.
KEY MARKET LOCAL TITLES
Wolf Warriors, a military action thriller starring The BreakUp Guru’s Jacky Wu (who also directs) and The Legend of Hercules’ Scott Adkins, was the top film in the Middle Kingdom this weekend with $22M for a $28M cume in its first week. Kingsman: The Secret Service had a gentlemanly 2nd frame at $17M and new local entry Let’s Get Married, a romancer by Liu Jiang, was 3rd with $16M for a $20M cume after its first session.
F7 was tops in the market that has nevertheless not been one of the top plays for the franchise in years past. But a good start in Korea means more and better showtimes; and the local daily takes helped propel that momentum to an $8.9M debut. Last week’s Korean champ, Twenty, added $5.3M in its 2nd outing for a cume of $15.5M. The comedy that follows the love lives of three 20-year-old guys released on March 25. It’s the second directorial outing from Lee Byeong-Hun, who wrote recent hits Tazza: The Hidden Card and Love Forecast.
Battle For Sevastopol which Fox released locally for a distribution fee opened to $3.41M in Russia and Ukraine this weekend. The former was good for $3.24M and the latter for $191K. The film was No. 1 in Russia and No. 2 in Ukraine. Sergeiy Mokritskiy helms the biographical romantic drama about real-life Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko. F7 bows in Russia on Thursday.
Warner Bros’ local comedy Der Nanny, which had led the German box office last frame, fell just 1% this weekend to come in behind leader F7. Matthias Schweighofer’s family laffer grossed $2.8M on 643 screens in its 2nd session. The cume to date is $7.5M. Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 opens here next weekend, along with Elser (aka 13 Minutes), Oliver Hirschbiegel’s drama about Georg Elser’s failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1939. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Germany is also the top holdover market for Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey. With another $419K at 371 dates, it’s total is now $42.5M.
Fox’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb is still shining in the moonlight here as the No. 1 foreign film of the weekend. It added a better than expected result of $1.36M for a cume of $10.3M. NATM 3’s international total is now $246.5M. Warner Bros’ Jupiter Ascending had a $547K 2nd frame at 469 dates to bring the local total to $2.9M. The international cume is $134.5M. Furious 7 drives into Japan on April 17.