4th UPDATE, Monday 1:02 PM and 1:36 PM: Universal Pictures Interntional’s Jurassic World continues to stomp through box office records overseas by reaching $500M on Saturday — the fastest than any film in the studio’s 103-year history. With $584.4M offshore and over $400M in the states, it is also dino-soaring to the fastest to $1B. See accompanying story. In addition, it just reported a weekend take of $163.4M in 66 territories. The studio also bowed the animation Minions this past weekend to $12.5M so far in only four territories. For market by market breakdowns and for all other titles including Inside Out, San Andreas, Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max: Fury Road, Insurgent and others, see below. Still waiting for Sony to report.
3rd UPDATE, MONDAY 9:30 AM: While we await Universal Pictures International’s final grosses for its mega-hit Jurassic World (which is breaking records stateside yet again this weekend) and its animated Minions, we already have a bit of news coming from the international box office. First off, JW will cross $1B sometime later today, as expected. Secondly, Disney has reported its finals for its newcomer Inside Out which has grabbed $130.7M worldwide while its Avengers: Age Of Ultron has an international take of $918.3M and is yet to bow in Japan.
2ND UPDATE, WRITETHRU, Sunday 3:45 PM PT: International estimates are now in from all of the studios with the Top 5 Hollywood movies amassing $242.2M this frame — a 64.5% increase from last year on this same weekend. The dinosaur’s share of that comes from Jurassic World and its better than expected $163.4M (up from the estimated $160.5M) sophomore session which lifted the global cume to over $1B. As we reported yesterday, it was propelling it to a $1B wolrdwide speed record. It also includes the debut of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out ($40.3M) which hit a handful of key markets as it begins a staggered release to take full advantage of the summer holidays; and Universal’s Minions ($12.5M), the Despicable Me spinoff which sent henchmen into four markets this frame. The comparable period in 2014 grossed $147.2M across its Top 5, which included Maleficent‘s entry into China. Although Jurassic World and San Andreas, notably, are still playing in China, the unofficial blackout period began there on Friday meaning that no new movies from the majors will be dated for the Middle Kingdom for a few more weeks.
While Inside Out and Minions will continue adding markets, also coming up this week is the start of international rollout on Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2, which hits about 30 Universal territories. The first comedy in the marketplace since Fox’s Spy, which has been enjoying a stealth run overseas, it will look to repeat the foul-mouthed bear’s success in the original which became a worldwide hit — especially in the UK and Japan. The international total was upwards of $330M in 2012. Beginning a pre-day-and-date rollout is Terminator: Genisys, a reboot of the franchise which brings Arnold Schwarzenegger back to the fold after he sat out 2009’s Terminator Salvation to focus on running California. More on those in our box office preview later this week.
See below the original post for info on the Asian titles that performed at home this frame.
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY: The dinosaurs of Jurassic World continued to thrash their way through the international box office this weekend, adding a final $163.4M at 18,280 dates in 66 territories. That’s a mere 41% drop from last frame’s record-breaking debut and is in line with expectations. The overseas total is now $584.4M. Combined with the domestic estimate of over $400M, the worldwide gross will go over $1B sometime today. It was a safe bet that Indominous Rex & Co would be counting $1B in dino dollars. With today’s estimated grosses included, JW‘s current total is representative of 12 days of release. Universal’s own Furious 7 previously held the record for the fastest climb to $1B, a threshold it reached in 17 days earlier this year. Jurassic World zoomed right on by it today. Internationally, it will pass the lifetime box office total of the original Jurassic Park (including first run, re-issues and 3D) this week. It needs $640M to do that.
In top markets, JW’s gross is biggest in China with $164.4M to date followed by the UK/Ireland at $60.3M, Mexico at 29M, Korea with $27.3M and Germany at $26.3M. Other key plays include France ($23.5M), Australia ($23.4M), Russia ($17.8M), Taiwan ($17.2M), Brazil ($15.6M), India ($15.4M), Spain ($13.5M), Italy ($11.5M), Malaysia ($9.1M), the Philippines ($9M), and Venezuela $8.6M.
Jurassic’s rampage continued in IMAX as well, delivering a global weekend haul of $22.1M on 809 screens. The worldwide total is now $84M — a record attained in 12 days versus Avatar which took 23 days to hit $80M. Internationally, on 446 IMAX screens in 56 countries, the 2nd session was worth $10.8M for a $42.1M large format cume.
Taking some No. 1 slots away from those voracious velociraptors, this weekend’s domestic record-breaker — Inside Out — opened to a less than anticipated $40.3M (down from the estimated $41M) in 37 markets. In North America, the latest from Up director Pete Docter is the highest opening weekend ever for an original property at what the studio is estimating to be a $91M frame. Combined with the joyous overseas start, the revised global cume is $130.7 after one session.
Covering about 42% of its offshore footprint in the initial frame, the Disney/Pixar charmer will continue to roll out over the rest of the summer with critical and audience response already at an emotional high. Principally debuting this weekend were France, Russia, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. In Latin America, IO opened to $21.4M, led by Mexico where it took an estimated $8.6M. In an increasing trend, Mexico is the leading international territory thus far. In milestones there, Inside Out opened at No. 1, nudging aside the dinosaurs, and had the highest original IP animated opening of all time. Argentina was also No. 1 with $3.3M and Brazil was No. 2 behind JW with an estimated $3.1M.
Russia posted an estimated $7.6M for the No. 1 slot and the highest opening for any Disney/Pixar animated release there ever – and that includes Frozen. France was the only major European market in the initial suite with an estimated $4.9M, just below the Frozen opening. Inside Out bowed and wowed at the Cannes Film Festival last month, raising its profile with local audiences. French box office in general should see a boost next week as the 31st Fête du Cinéma scheme begins on June 28 and runs over three days. Admissions tend to rise dramatically during the initiative with ticket prices slashed. Conversely, today’s box office may end up affected by the nationwide Fête de la Musique which brings live music to cafés, town squares and stadiums around the country. School holidays start July 3.
In Australia, IO channeled $3.6M, which is right around the Big Hero 6 level. The key winter school holiday starts shortly Down Under. Among significant upcoming openings are Korea on July 9, Spain on July 17, Japan on July 18 and the UK on July 24.
In Australia, Inside Out had tough competition from Universal/Illumination’s animated spinoff Minions which hatched at No. 2 there, leaving room for its dino cousins to hold at No. 1. Down Under, Minions lifted $4.4M in the frame and was 17% bigger than Despicable Me 2 two years ago on the same date. In four markets total, the Pierre Coffin/Kyle Balda-helmed family pic plotted its way to $12.5M at 673 dates for a strong $18,578 per-screen average. Taking advantage of school holidays, the little yellow henchmen, Stuart, Kevin and Bob, were No. 1 in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; and are tracking well above their predecessor, Despicable Me 2. In both Indonesia and Malaysia, Minions set the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time for an animated film. In Singapore, Minions opened No. 1 and scored the second biggest opening animated film of all times (8% below Kung Fu Panda), but 26% above DM2. Minions adds six more markets next weekend including Brazil, where school holidays are afoot, and the UK. It opens Stateside and goes wider still overseas on July 10.
Warner Bros., New Line and Village Roadshow’s action thriller San Andreas crossed the $400M mark worldwide this session after adding a higher than thought $19.3M (up from the estimated $18.8M) overseas. That’s because it was quaking on more screens than thought. It’s playing on 9,200 screens in 67 overseas markets, the international cume is now $282.8M, and the global haul over $415M.
China, which entered the blackout period this weekend when no new Hollywood movies will make it into multiplexes for several frames, has given Warner its 4th biggest title there with a $92.6M cume after 20 days. It added $9.9M on 3,300 screens this frame. In Mexico, San Andreas is Warner Bros’ highest grossing film of all time — even bigger than the final Harry Potter instalment. Picking up a further $1.02M on 719 screens, its cume there is $28.3M. Rounding out the Top 5 market cumes are the UK ($16.5M), Korea ($12.6M), Russia ($10.7M) and France ($7.6M).
Just under the wire, Lionsgate did open Insurgent in China this past weekend and it looks like its four-day total (Friday through today) is coming in at $11.7M — which surpassed the entire run of Divergent in that country and now sits at $290M. Divergent‘s global box office total was $289M. The picture opened during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday weekend to rank No. 3 behind Jurassic World and local title Sha Po Lang 2. Lionsgate noted that the The 4-day tally (Fri-Mon) nearly equals the entire run of Divergent in the market of $12.4M. Japan will be the last territory to open on October 16th.
Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy uncovered another $9.8M from 70 international markets bringing the offshore cume to $96.2M. France debuted with $1.38M from 351 screens — in new openings Spy was No. 2 behind Inside Out. In the UK, it added $1.41M and was No. 2 behind Jurassic in its 3rd frame. The cume there is $11.2M. Germany saw an increase of 31% to earn $1.3M, also in its 3rd week for a cume of $3.9M. Spy infiltrates Spain next weekend and heads to Italy in July.
Fox International Productions’ Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, already a massive local hit in Japan at $30.9M, blasted off in Latin America to a fantastic $7.1M. It opened No. 1 in Peru and Chile and grossed $3.4M in Mexico on 713 screens.
Mad Max: Fury Road drove past the $200M marker internationally during this lap around the track ($202.7M) With another $5M in the tank from 57K admissions from about 3,343 screens, George Miller’s return to the franchise now has an offshore total of $202.5.M. It’s playing in 58 markets. The Warner Bros title newly bowed in Japan with a Sat/Sun tally of $2.1M from over 660 screens and ranking No. 2. Korea is still tops for MMFR at $29.7M with the UK close behind with $26.2M.
Poltergeist conjured up $4.3M from 37 markets raising its cume to $30.9M. Russia was a new bow with $1.6M on 1,519 screens. Germany, following a trend this weekend, was up 8% with $524K for a total $3.99M after four weeks. Fox is releasing.
Entourage strolled into the UK with $980K from 409 screens on Sunday In total, Ari, Vinnie and the boys had a $2.7M payday on 1,619 screens in the UK and Australia, plus 30 smaller markets. The international cume is now $9.1M. The 2nd frame in Oz was worth $531K on 235 screens in a crowded field that included Jurassic World, Minions and Inside Out. France is set to open next weekend.
Horror fans not stampeding to see dinosaurs run amok gave Sony’s Insidious: Chapter 3 another $3M this frame. Playing in 53 territories, the overseas cume is $32.2M. Argentina opened 69% bigger than Insidious: Chapter 2 with $345K on 80 screens. Thailand delivered $190K on 87 screens and the No. 2 slot. Both Thailand and Poland were significantly up on the previous installment. Upcoming openings include: Mexico (6/26), Germany (7/2), France (7/8), South Korea (7/9), Australia (7/16) and Brazil (7/30).
In other Disney news, Tomorrowland picked up another $2.4M (up from the Sunday estimate of $1.8M) overseas, taking the cume to $109.1M in 49 markets and boosting the worldwide total to $196.8M. Avengers: Age Of Ultron had an $800K weekend internationally for a total $918.3M in 41 markets to bring its global haul to $1.368B. Japan is still to come on July 4; a month before Jurassic stomps into that market.
Sony’s local-language romantic comedy Ahora O Nunca (Now Or Never) picked up $1.6M on 450 screens in Spain at its bow this weekend. It landed No. 2 behind Jurassic World. The best start for a Spanish film this year, the movie is directed by Tortilla Soup’s Maria Ripoll and stars Exodus: Gods And Kings’ María Valverde; and Clara Lago and Dani Rovira from last year’s biggest homegrown hit, Spanish Affairs.
Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2 has its tent pitched in 33 international territories and added $1.3M this frame for a total of $94.6M abroad. There were no new openings this weekend; the next is Chile on June 25.
Aloha, which is being handled by Fox offshore and Sony domestically, opened in Argentina this weekend on 64 screens to $87K. It’s cume internationally is $3.8M.
Fox’s The Longest Ride trotted into the UK at No. 5 with making $641K from 397 locations. The total weekend take was $901K with a cume of $23.7M.
Ex Machina grabbed $101K at 182 runs in 10 markets for an international total to date of $11.4M Romania opened this weekend with $26K at 33 dates. Universal will release the sci-fi film in two more territories: Singapore on July 9th and Italy on July 30th. The worldwide cume to date is now $35.7M.
The horror film Unfriended is still playing in eight markets on 354 dates and grossed another $659K to bring its international gross to $12.9M. It opened in Italy this past weekend to $544K in 214 runs. The next big openings are in France and French Switzerland on June 24th.
Friday was the start of the unofficial summer blackout period in China when Hollywood films take a hiatus, giving local pics breathing room and a chance to lift Middle Kingdom market share. First out of the gate was Hong Kong/China co-pro SPL II: A Time For Consequences with Ong Bak star Tony Jaa and Wu Jing in the lead. The martial arts sequel-in-spirit to 2005’s SPL: Kill Zone is directed by Cheang Pou-soi and produced by Wilson Yip. The set-up sees an undercover cop thrown into a Thai prison which serves as a front for an organ trafficking operation. The well-reviewed film grossed $40M in its debut frame, with the bulk of that from China.
Also in out of China is The Ark Of Mr Chow with a $4M start, per Rentrak. Directed by Yang Xiao it’s a comedy about a group of teenagers recruited for a special college program for young geniuses. On Friday, Justin Lin-produced Mandarin-language comedy Hollywood Adventures hits Chinese screens.
In Korea, where Hollywood’s been having a fine time recently but which hasn’t seen many big breakout local titles in a while, period crime pic The Classified File grossed $8.5M on 894 screens in its start this week. Based on a true story, it surrounds the kidnapping of a young girl from a wealthy family and the detective investigating the hush-hush case. Kim Yun-Seok stars.