4th UPDATE, Monday, 12:33 PST: Sunday estimates for all films seemed to slide slightly or plateau over night with only a handful of exceptions, including the two big animated films in the international marketplace. Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out grabbed $2.5M more than anticipated while Universal’s latest in the franchise Minions gathered $1.9M more. Minions will get is North American debut next weekend. All final updates are in for newcomers Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike XXL as well as Universal’s box office great Jurassic World. Only awaiting word from Sony. All of the rest of the grosses have arrived.
Anita Busch reported on Monday’s finals.
3RD UPDATE, 3:15 PM PT: This weekend’s international frame across the Top 10 major U.S. studio releases was up about 3.8% versus last. Year-on-year, looking at just the Top 3 films this week versus the Top 3 in the similar 2014 frame, grosses are up around 14%. In both the current and 2014 frames, the Top 3 pics were studio movies. Paramount has this week’s No. 1 title with Terminator: Genisys at a lesser than anticipated $73.3M (down from $74M) while it similarly was the weekend winner last year at this time when Transformers: Age Of Extinction added $96.6M in its 2nd frame. Coming in at No. 2 this week, Minions added a better than expected $56.2M (up from $54.3M) while last year the No. 2 movie was also an animated affair with How To Train Your Dragon 2 swooping in on a $33.5M 4th frame. At No. 3 this go-round, Jurassic World chomped down on another $43.3M (up from $42M). Last year’s comparable session brought Maleficent’s entry into Japan which helped it score $19.4M and the 3rd place berth.
Among the offshore titles on the overall international chart, there’s a new entry from China (The Monk Comes Down The Mountain), a holdover in Korea (Northern Limit Line) and a new sequel in France (Les Profs 2). When factoring in those pictures, this session’s Top 10 is up about 5.5% compared to last week. See more on those and other local titles below the original post.
For the studios, next week is largely a holdover/expansion session internationally. Universal’s Minions will animate domestic box office as it bows there after a couple of weeks already playing overseas. It will add 25 more offshore markets, including France, Mexico and Russia next frame. Each of those figured in Despicable Me 2’s ultimate Top 10. The other big animated movie around the world, Inside Out will tug on emotions in Korea. Terminator: Genisys time travels to Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan (the latter the biggest market for the franchise’s last two pictures); Ted 2 will notably cuddle up to the UK; and Magic Mike XXL goes Down Under, and to Brazil and France among other new stages. With China still in an unofficial blackout period, next week sees the release there of Tiny Times 4, the latest film in the hit franchise.
Please note that Warner Bros reported its holdover figures (ie San Andreas, Entourage) today (Monday). The rest of the actuals are as follows.
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY AM PT: International weekend estimates have Terminator: Genisys taking the top spot at $73.3M (down from the estimated $74M) for the frame. The offshore expansion of Paramount’s latest in the franchise with 36 new territories brought the sci-fi actioner to 60% of its ultimate offshore footprint and gives it an overseas cume of $85.3M. T:G initially bowed to $8.4M in 10 smaller markets last weekend. So, all in, it is currently playing in 46 territories.
With the overall cume of 2009’s Terminator: Salvation lower than projections on Genisys, Paramount is using Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol as its main comp and says the weekend results were 7% above that film’s debut in the same markets. With respect to other comps, World War Z and Lucy, T:G were 8% below and 10% above, respectively.
New this session, Warner Bros’ Magic Mike XXL began its international strip-off, taking a less than expected $5.9M (down from $6.2M) in 15 markets during a European heatwave. In other expansions, Universal/Illumination’s Minions added key plays and nabbed an estimated $54.3M from 26 markets. The international total is now $124.2M in advance of the domestic release this week — and the film is already proving itself a force to be reckoned with overseas. Still rampaging, Universal’s dinosaurs thrashed into their 4th scene-chewing session with another $43.3M (up from its Sunday estimated $42M) in 66 territories for an international Jurassic World total of $826.9M. JW has now overtaken Avengers: Age Of Ultron as the 5th biggest worldwide grosser ever with $1.385B (Ultron for its part bowed very well in Japan this frame — see below). Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out added a much better than expected $21.1M (way up from $18.6M) in its 3rd session of international play. With several key markets to come, the offshore total thus far is $120M.
Below are market breakdowns on the above films along with Ted 2, San Andreas, Spy, Insidious: Chapter 3, Poltergeist, Mad Max: Fury Road and more. Update on local-language pics, too.
Sequel Magic Mike XXL, starring Channing Tatum and this time helmed by Gregory Jacobs, gyrated to a little less than expected with $5.9M (down from $6.2M) off of 756K admissions on 2,650 screens in 15 markets. The UK and Australia were among the best plays for the 2012 original. Australia is yet to come, but this time around, the UK got the party started at $2.4M from 907 screens. The results are on par with the first movie. Russia opened to an estimated a slightly higher $737K (up from $683K) on 930 screens. Also strong the first time out, Holland lap-danced to $857K on 117 screens, just 7% behind MM1. Across Scandinavia, Norway, Denmark and Finland grossed a combined $964M (down slightly from the $1M+ estimate) on 285 screens. Each of the markets was well ahead of the initial film (Norway: +194%, Denmark: +150%, Finland: +36%). Taiwan also had a good opening at $351K on 89 screens, nearly 400% ahead of MM1. Per WB, smaller markets are also tracking ahead of the first film: South Africa +45% and Portugal +11%. Key territories releasing next weekend include Australia, France and Spain.
In total, Terminator: Genisys added 36 new markets this frame with 28 opening at No. 1 and 22 giving Arnold Schwarzenegger his best debut ever. Also in 22 markets, this was the biggest bow for the Terminator franchise. Russia, Korea and Mexico led the weekend with No. 1s and the top starts for the franchise and Arnold. The film is currently in 46 markets total.
This frame was led by Russia with $12.5M at 1,174 locations, 263% above Ghost Protocol. Per Par, this is the No. 5 biggest opening ever and biggest July opening ever in the market. In Korea, where local films have been leading of late, Genisys landed No. 1 with $11.2M from 1,275 cinemas, 5% below Ghost Protocol and 7% above WWZ. Mexico delivered $6.1M from 1,307 locations, 176% above Ghost Protocol and 5% below WWZ. Australia earned $4.4M at 484 cinemas.
In No. 2 openings, the UK bowed to $5.8M at 536 sites. It was bested there by Minions; UK was the top market for Despicable Me 2. France was also a No. 2 behind local smash Les Profs 2. In France, Genisys opened with $4 at 815 locations. It entered the Top 10 of best first days of 2015 at No. 8, but came in below Les Profs 2 which scored the 5th best start of the year and is now the highest local film on that chart.
In Brazil, Genisys scored a strong $3.9M from 1,012 cinemas. While that placed it at No. 2 behind Minions, the result is 198% above Ghost Protocol and 49% above WWZ — and again the best opening for the franchise and for Schwarzenegger.
Among other markets that hit the new record for the franchise and its star are the Philippines ($1.5M/147 sites); Venezuela ($2.4M/75 — 2nd best Paramount bow ever and biggest opening for a Schwarzenegger film and Terminator franchise play); Taiwan ($2.1M/144); Malaysia ($2.3M/131); India ($3M/600); Hong Kong ($2M/48); and Ukraine ($692K/125).
As a matter of record, Salvation, grossed nearly $250M internationally, about double its domestic take. It dropped off overseas from previous installments Rise Of The Machines (2003) and Judgment Day (1991). Japan and Korea were among Salvation’s top plays, along with Russia, the UK and China. Japan, which opens Genisys on July 10, was by far the best market for the last two Terminator movies in the series. It will next open on July 9 in Germany and Italy followed a day later not only by Japan but also Spain.
Now in its 3rd week of international rollout, the Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin-helmed Minions, added $56.2M (up from the estimated $54.3M) to take the cume in 26 markets to $125.1M. The Despicable Me 2 spinoff set records as the biggest opening day of all time for an animated film in Germany, Spain, Argentina and Colombia. It was also the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated film in Argentina. Each of the 15 markets that were new this frame debuted at No. 1 — that makes it 25 out of 26 overall since the release began.
Among the villainous highlights for the little yellow henchmen this session were scoring the biggest opening for a Universal animated film in Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway, Spain, Argentina and Colombia.
Germany was far and away No. 1 with $9.8M and 64% of the market. That’s 70% bigger than DM2’s bow there. In strong numbers for Spain, the start was $6M — over 100% higher than DM2. In the family-friendly Latin American markets, Minions landed a No. 1 $5.4M bow in Argentina (200% bigger than DM2’s open) and nabbed $3.3M at No. 1 in Colombia (about 100% bigger than DM2). Brazil held at No. 1 for the second week and now has a cume of $16.9M. The UK and Ireland also held the top spot with $31.4M after 10 days. Australia’s 18-day total is $15.2M.
Minions has 39 more territories to release over the next few months. Next weekend, the film opens day-and-date with the U.S. and Canada in 25 territories including France, Mexico and Russia.
Also for Universal, the Jurassic World stomp-a-thon keeps on rolling with an added $43.3M (over $1M up from its estimated $42M) this frame in 66 territories. The international cume is now $828.3M and the global gross has jumped to $1.385B making it the 5th biggest film ever worldwide. In China, JW is nearing the end of its run with a current 24-day total of $221.8M ($9.3M at No. 2 this weekend). Universal now boasts the 1st and 4th biggest grossing movies ever in the market: JW just passed Avatar to nab the latter slot. Japan will be JW‘s next and final release on August 5.
Inside Out, which added Poland to its suite of markets this frame, emoted a much better than expected $21.1M (up from $18.6M) in its 3rd session of international play. Mid-week grosses provided strong holds — notably, Australia was up 24% over its initial weekend and 38% above last weekend. The offshore total thus far is $120M with global grosses at $365.9M as the charmer continues to perform joyfully in the domestic market. In 43 territories, it’s now covering 45% of the international footprint. Mexico is still tops with $25.2M to date followed by Russia ($17.1M — 2nd biggest Disney/Pixar movie ever), Australia ($12.9M), France ($13.1M) and Argentina ($10M).
There are several key markets yet to come for Inside Out including Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Japan and China (the latter is not yet dated). Korea bows in the coming week.
After an initial rollout last frame, Ted 2 grossed $9.5M (up from $8.8M) in 31 territories this session taking the offshore cume to $36.7M. The raunchy bear waddled into Cyprus, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Singapore and Slovakia this weekend. Australia is the top holdover with $1.7M and an 11-day total of $6.3M. Germany is holding at No. 3 with a weekend estimate of $1.2M and a running cume of $5.7M. There are still 33 markets to come over the next couple of months. The UK bows next frame.
Warner Bros. reported this AM that its holdover San Andreas has a cume of $306.3M after a weekend take of $2.4M in 59 markets. The disaster film’s biggest market is China where it just crossed $100M with $101.2M. The studio’s other holdover this week, Mad Max: Fury Road, has an international cume of $213.8M in 43 markets after grabbing a hold of another $1.6M.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron set a new record for a Marvel Universe opening in Japan where its 2-day cume is $6.6M. That’s roughly 60% over 2012’s Avengers which ultimately hammered out more than $45M there. Ultron also notched the biggest Western opening weekend of 2015, knocking Disney’s own Cinderella off her heels. The opening already exceeds the total run of both Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The international total for Ultron has now hulked up to $926M with a global haul of $1,380.2M. That helped push Disney past the $3B global box office mark this week.
Fox’s Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy eyed $3.2M from 2,918 screens in 60 markets as its run continues. Holdovers were solid in the UK ($465K), France ($683K), and Spain ($372K/-31%). The overseas ops are now worth $112.7M ahead of Italy’s bow on July 15.
Sony release Insidious: Chapter 3 got stuck in for an estimated $2.7M on 1,875 screens in 51 territories this weekend (We are still awaiting final Monday grosses), bringing the overseas cume to $42.1M. Germany opened to $720K on 333 screens, and Austria bowed with $110K on 55 screens. Mexico’s cume is now $3.7M with upcoming openings including France, Korea, Australia and Brazil.
Poltergeist scared up another $2.57M from 3,105 screens in 35 markets. The Fox release now has a $44.8M offshore cume with four Asia Pacific markets yet to debut.
Fox International Productions Japanese hit Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F added $1.62M to its strong run in a current 12 markets on 1,002 dates. The international cume now stands at $48.7M.
From Fox Searchlight, Far From The Madding Crowd assembled $721K from 742 screens in 16 markets. The international total is $13.9M with seven further bows on the Thomas Vinterberg adaptation through mid-month including Germany, Sweden, and Poland.
Universal’s musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2 is still playing in 25 markets and has garnred a total of $96.4M. Combined with the domestic take of $182.3M, this female-directed film from Elizabeth Banks has garnered a worldwide total of $278.8M. They still have 13 more territories to release, including France on July 22nd.
The horror film Unfriended is also still scaring audience across the world having grossed another $466K at 294 dates in 10 markets. While it had no new openings this weekend, it does have 13 more releases planned with Germany up next on July 16th. France held well in its second weekend of play with $389K at 131 dates; its 12-day total in the country is $1.3M.
Farewell My Concubine helmer Chen Kaige’s epic The Monk Comes Down The Mountain was the No. 4 movie internationally this week – and No. 1 in China with a $28M frame for a cume of $34.5M. Digitally remastered in Imax 3D, the action drama follows a young monk forced to leave his Taoist temple and head into an unknown world. Wang Baoqiang, Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen, Chilling Lin and Fan Wei star. Sony has the movie internationally. Also still playing in China is SPL II: A Time For Consequences which has now earned a total $85M in China and a handful of smaller markets. Next week, romance comedy Tiny Times 4 will look to liven up the unofficial blackout zone. Again directed by Guo Jingming, author of the book that forms the basis of the series, TT4 stars Yang Mi, Amber Kuo and Bea Hayden Kuo as a group of friends navigating life in Shanghai.
Last week’s winning local entry, Northern Limit Line added $8M this frame to take its cume to $22M. Also known as NLL: Battle Of Yeonpyeong, the drama with a 2002 World Cup backdrop has entered Korea’s Top 10 of 2015. It’s now edged out recent hit The Classified File which is running at just over $18M. Next week sees the arrival of Inside Out as well as local fantasy/horror release The Piper from CJ Entertainment.
Les Profs 2, a sequel to the 2013 comedy, scored the 5th best opening day of 2015 this week when it bowed to about 312K admissions on Wednesday. That makes it the top starter of the year amongst local films. Kev Adams, Isabelle Nanty, Didier Bourdon and helmer Pierre-François Martin Laval star with a total $6.8M in the first weekend. The film benefited from the Fête du Cinéma which began last Sunday and for the first year ran through Wednesday to include new openers in the reduced ticket promotional event. Released by UGC, Les Profs 2 transplants a group of Gallic teachers to a UK boarding school — and for the moment appears to be critic-proof. UGC last year released mega-smash Qu’Est-Ce Qu’On A Fait Au Bon Dieu?! (aka Serial (Bad) Weddings — one of the most seriously curious English-language title translations I’ve come across in over 20 years in France). That film performed well in Europe but never made it to the U.S., nor did the first Les Profs. Its title translation? Serial Teachers…
Guddu Rangeela debuted this weekend on 96 screens in both Indian and the United Arab Emirates. With a $972K haul from 936 outlets and with the gross from UAE, the local kidnapping caper has managed to push past $1M in its first weekend of release.
The film was written and directed by Subhash Kapoor. It is presented by Fox Star Studios and produced by Sangeeta Ahir.