4TH UPDATE, MONDAY ACTUALS, 2:50 PM PT: International weekend actuals have rolled in from the studios with a confirmed $27M on the frame’s No. 1 movie, Terminator Genisys. That’s down a touch from Sunday’s projected $27.4M. (Early estimates see Monday doing $10M+.) The whole haul comes from China where the Paramount/Skydance pic debuted yesterday; including with $3M on 223 IMAX screens. Par and Skydance’s other big film in the international marketplace, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, climbed to $25.6M in the actuals, up from $25.2M. Other changes saw newcomer Hitman: Agent 47 rise to $8.8M and, also for Fox, Fantastic Four drop to $15.3M. Warner Bros’ Vacation experienced a sunnier weekend than forecast with $7.9M, up from $6.9M and Minions jumped to $9.6M from $8.8M as Universal continues its red-hot streak. Domestic champ Straight Outta Compton also got a nice bump to $150K from a projected $120K. Meanwhile, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, buoyed by a strong UK run, upped its weekend haul to $12M and crossed $350M internationally as it heads towards a joyful $700M global. Numbers have been updated below on those and others in the offshore space.
3RD UPDATE, WRITETHRU SUNDAY, 4:30 PM PT: In a double-whammy for Paramount this frame, the studio had the Nos. 1 and 2 top movies at the international box office. A resurgent Terminator Genisys generated $27M at 25,000 locations in China, in one day, which was enough to land it at the top of the overall chart. Behind it, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation added another $25.6M in its 4th frame for a $281.3M offshore cume. Fox International Productions’ Chinese version of Bride Wars, a local update of its own 2009 Kate Hudson/Anne Hathaway romantic comedy, came in at No. 3 with $23.6M incuding previews. That movie stars Hong Kong actress Angelababy who’s also in Fox’s new entry, Hitman: Agent 47, which had an $8.8M launch in 24 smaller markets this frame before some major plays in the next session. Overall, the weekend was down about 16% compared to last frame, but there was essentially zero drop from last year when the Top 3 titles were Lucy, Expendables 3 and Guardians Of The Galaxy.
This weekend was particularly one to watch given the lifting of the summer blackout veil in China. TG is the first Hollywood movie released back into the Middle Kingdom since Jurassic World all the way back in early June. Banging the drum for his return to the Paramount franchise, Arnold Schwarzenegger last week travelled to China, creating increased buzz by appearing even on the local version of The Voice. Despite the success of local films during the blackout period, moviegoers tend to avidly await the return of Hollywood. Lending some credence to that, TG‘s $2.2M in midnight showings brought the 4th best ever score. And, the one-day $27.4M tally (incluing midnights) on Sunday is the 4th best opening day of all time for a Hollywood movie in the market behind Furious 7, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Transformers: Age Of Extinction. It’s also Paramount’s 2nd best bow ever behind TAOE.
This is the first time the Paramount/Skydance film has been at the top of the international weekend chart since early July. The international cume is $263.6M and the global cume through Sunday is $335.1M.
Other highlights: Universal’s Minions is scurrying ever closer to the $1B mark worldwide with a cume to date of $990.2M; Pixels has crossed $100M with China still on deck; and Ted 2 is nearing that milestone as it prepares to bow in Japan. Breakdowns on those and other films in the international marketplace are below, along with a closer look at China and Korea.
HITMAN: AGENT 47
Fox reboot Hitman: Agent 47 entered 24 mostly smaller markets with seven No. 1s among them in this kickoff frame. The videogame adaptation whose first installment grossed $60M overseas and $40M domestic, loaded $8.8M in its debut. Malaysia was the top market at No. 1 and coming in above all comps with $1.27M on 322 screens. Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Ciaran Hinds and Hong Kong’s Angelababy (also in this week’s No. 3 international title, Bride Wars) star in the film about an assassin who helps a woman find her father. The UK, France, and Germany — which were among the best ex-U.S. plays for the original Hitman — are contracted for next weekend along with another 30 markets as rollout continues.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION
On September 8, Paramount’s Rogue Nation will be the next Hollywood movie to wing its way into China. In the meantime, the Tom Cruise-starrer is still flying in 63 offshore territories. Italy was the major new opener this frame, accepting the No. 1 spot with $2.5M at 578 locations; that was 6% below Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. In holdovers, France added $3.6M from 961 cinemas. The local cume is now $12.8M with a 2nd frame at No. 1 despite the entrance of a strong new local comedy. In Japan, M:I5 is second to Jurassic Park for the 3rd week in a row with Cruise uncovering $3M at 345 locations. The cume there is now $27.5M. The Rogue IMF team held No. 1 in Brazil ($2M/$6.M cume) and Germany ($1.4M/$9.4M) while the 4th UK frame also took $1.6M for a $26.3M total, down 34% from last week and No. 3 in the market. The Middle East cume is $10.9M; and the Cruise-crazy Korea added $1.1M in the 4th frame for a local cume of $40.2M. The international tally is now $280.8M with a worldwide stash of $438.6M.
With several new openings including Russia, Korea, Venezuela and Spain, Fantastic Four pulled in another $15.3M for an $80M cume after three frames. The Fox film switched places from Sunday in Russia and Venezuela with the former the best opener in the actuals at $2.57M on 1,896 screens. Venezuela added $2.44M on 72 screens. Korea was on par with Sunday at $1.96M from 450 screens to land at No. 4. There are three markets left to release with no word yet on whether China will be in the mix.
After reclaiming the No. 1 spot in the UK last week, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out maintained the position with a drop of just 28% in the FSS with $2.17M. This is its 5th week of release there where the cume is $48.3M. In total, IO added $12M internationally for an offshore cume of $350.7M and a worldwide total of $693.1M. Openings this session for Riley and her riled emotions included the Philippines at No. 1 in the biggest bow ever for Disney/Pixar. Thailand and Australia had strong holds again, dropping 18% and 29%, respectively. Currently playing in 60 markets, there are still several to go, including Germany (October 1), Italy (September 16) and China (still no confirmed date).
Universal should have a hat trick on its hands this week when Minions becomes the studio’s 3rd title of the year to cross $1B worldwide. After an $9.6M international frame, the Illumination animation is at $670.2M international and $990.2M globally — and it still has yet to release in China. Kevin, Stuart and Bob now are now the stars of the 4th biggest animated film of all time overseas, passing Toy Story 3’s $650M on Thursday. They will overtake Ice Age: Dawn Of Dinosaurs’ $690M this week to jump to 3rd place. The lifetime totals of Despicable Me 2 ($975.5M) and The Lion King ($987.5M) were also crossed this session, making Minions the 3rd highest-grossing animated movie of all time worldwide. Further, Minions crossed $200M in Latin America to become the region’s biggest grosser ever for an animated film. In Germany, the tally is now $57.8M for Universal’s top title of all time there. Before China on September 13, the henchmen will hitch a ride to Italy on August 27 and Turkey on September 4.
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
There were no major openings this frame for Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros’ update on the 1960s TV series. The international spies lined up $7.8M in the 2nd frame on 5,275 screens in 39 markets including the UAE where it launched at No. 1 with $676K on 46 screens. The offshore total is now $26.2M. Russia, which was the best play last week, added $1.5M for a $6M cume. It was No. 2 behind Fantastic Four in its debut. The UK grossed another $1.4M with on 557 screens. The total is $5.5M. Elsewhere, the notable holdovers were Australia ($2.3M tally), Spain ($1.6M) and Germany ($1.3M). Italy, Brazil and Mexico release the first week of September.
Sony’s Pixels has crossed the $100M mark overseas with $7.62M in extra arcade coins this frame. Playing on nearly 5,000 screens in 82 territories, the cume on the Adam Sandler video-game invasion pic is $105.15M. Pixels, which has China to come on September 15, added Hong Kong this session and opened No. 1, outgunning fellow newcomers Hitman: Agent 47 and Wild City with $785K from 93 screens. Potentially boding even better for the Mainland (where Pixels has investment from China Film Group), in HK the film is tracking 62% ahead of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In Thailand, it opened No. 3 with $310K from 117 screens; 76% ahead of The Lego Movie. Taiwan, with an extended four-day weekend, generated $570K from 108 screens. Also new and at No. 1 was the Netherlands with $350K, including previews, from 102 screens. UK cume is now $7.4M and Germany is $7.8M. The next openings are in early September.
Warner Bros’ Vacation rode to a higher than projected $7.3M in 36 markets this weekend. The international cume to date is now $16.3M. The rebooted Griswolds hit Australia at No. 1 with $1.2M on 299 screens, followed by the UK with $951K from 432 in a down market. Other openings were France ($691K/235); Germany ($613K/355) and Spain ($532K/238). The hold in family-friendly Mexico was good with a cume of $3.25M after two frames. It may be late August, but Vacation isn’t over yet. Next week it extends to Russia, and on September 10, Brazil.
Indominous Rex and his dino pals are stomping up a storm in Japan where Jurassic World is No. 1 for the 3rd frame in a row with a local total of $48M. If it can hang on well over the next four weeks, it could be Universal’s 2nd film to cross $1B internationally this year after Furious 7. The current weekend was worth $5.7M to take the offshore cume to $983.55M. The worldwide total is $1.623B.
The YA crowd continues to visit Paper Towns, the Fox follow-up to last year’s The Fault In Our Stars. With three more markets to go, the John Green adaptation absconded to the UK to gross $3M including previews. That puts it at No. 1 overall, although Disney has the FSS with Inside Out. In total, Paper Towns earned $4.63M this weekend with its cume now at $42.6M.
The Weinstein Co’s Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer had a $3.8M weekend in the ring with a $28.3M cume in 25 territories. Australia opened No. 2 with the best per-screen average and a total $1.1M; Germany was a No. 3 bow with top screen and admission averages and $760K. Austria ($126K) and New Zealand ($109K) both opened at No. 2. In the UK, the boxing pic has punched up a total $12.2M.
Amy Schumer’s hit Universal comedy keeps rolling down the international track with a $3.5M weekend in 29 territories this time around. The total thus far is $19.8M. The English-speaking markets were expected to be the best for this film that is introducing Schumer to a new audience. It clearly helped that she and Bill Hader did promotion Down Under as the film has now achieved rarefied status there, crossing the A$10M mark ($8.3M). The UK has a 10-day cume of $3.3M. Notably, Germany has been holding well with a 11-day total of $2.2M in a crowded field. There are 21 more territories to release over the next few months.
The coming week will square off Ted 2 with Indominous Rex as Seth MacFarlane’s comedy heads to Japan. While it’s not been the runaway success the original film was, Ted 2 has consistently added in the low millions each week and now will get its shot at Japan where the first movie overperformed. Whether or not it defeats the Jurassic World dinosaurs who’ve been dominating play there, it will pass $100M internationally next frame. This weekend, it added $2.9M for a total of $98.35M. Brazil and Mexico also bow next week.
There were no new openings for the tiny superhero this frame which lined up $2.9M offshore for a total of $196.6M and a worldwide cume of $361.1M for the Disney/Marvel colony. Paul Rudd is shrinking to fit the costume in 51 territories until Korea and Japan are added on September 3 and 19, respectively. The China date has yet to be confirmed.
In an ongoing good run for Fox International Productions, its Argentine title, El Clan, is still atop the box office there, holding No. 1 after its fantastic debut last week. Pablo Trapero’s film debuts at the Venice Film Festival which starts early next month and word-of-mouth in Argentina is building as the movie about a crime family picked up $3.2M this weekend to bring the cume to $8.6M.
Akshay Kumar-starrer Brothers, a remake of Lionsgate’s Warrior, punched up another $1.24M in seven markets. Released by Fox Star Studios in association with producers Lionsgate, Dharma Productions and Endemol India, its international total is now $17.24M.
FIP’s The 33, for which it has Latin American rights, earned another $979K to bring the total to $4.14M in three markets. The inspirationsal story of the trapped Chilean miners has been No. 1 for three weeks at home and is now the 3rd highest grossing local film ever with $3.8M.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
Domestic champ Straight Outta Compton is now in three international territories with a weekend final of $150K. Opening in limited release in Norway, the 10 locations nearly all sold out and the NWA origins story should come in at No. 4 for the frame — that’s impressive considering the low screen count. Same goes for Slovenia which also opened at 10 locations and was No. 2 for the frame. The international total is $197K. Buzz out of the U.S. will help this pic overseas where Dr Dre and Ice Cube have followings even if NWA is best known in the States. Next weekend has such markets as Austria, Germany and the UK releasing.
Terminator Genisys dominated play with its one-day Sunday haul of $27M as the blackout that’s been boosting local box office and keeping Hollywood away was lifted. Close in 2nd however, and including previews, was Fox International Productions and Bona Film Group’s Bride Wars. The remake of Fox’s 2009 comedy with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway grossed $23.6M. Directed by Tony Chan, it stars Ni Ni and busy Chinese-born Hong Kong actress and model Angelababy. She’s also in this weekend’s Hitman: Agent 47 and will be seen in Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence. In 3rd place in the Middle Kingdom was last week’s winner Go Away Mr Tumor with $13M in China and two smaller markets. Its cume is $65M. Summer blockbuster Monster Hunt has a $365M cume which puts it within $30M of the all-time record held by Furious 7. There are several new Chinese movies teed up for this week, including Hou Hsiao-hsien’s anticipated The Assassin which won the Best Director prize in Cannes this year; and war movie Entrapment. On September 8, Nation arrives.
Not to be confused with China’s Assassin, Korea’s Assassination became the market’s No. 1 movie of the year last week. This frame, it added $3.6M this to bring the total to $77M. It had already outpaced Avengers: Age Of Ultron in admissions, and with this frame has now beat it in dollar terms. Rising Veteran, which is now the No. 4 movie of the year in Korea, grossed an additional $10.5M for a $60M cume. New local entry, The Beauty Inside, from director Baek Jong-Yeol and based on the 2012 social film developed by Intel and Toshiba, earned $3.9M. Notable next week is thriller Office which ran as a Cannes Midnight Screening. From Hong Won-Chan, it follows a strange homicide investigation after an exemplary office worker and father murders his family and disappears.