cinemaworld5th UPDATE, 12:52 PM PT: Finally received final grosses on Sony’s Pixels and is updated below as of 3:48 PM. Meanwhile, the new entry The Man From U.N.C.L.E grossed $12M in 23 markets and only opened to No. 3 in its key U.K. market, while Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation pulled in yet another nice haul over the weekend for Paramount. This weekend’s domestic No. 1 smash hit Straight Outta Compton from Universal ended up surprising abroad too, raking in double of what was estimated.

Final grosses are in for Disney’s Inside Out and the Paul Rudd-starring Ant-Man from Marvel, Paramount’s M:I-RN as well as its wobbling franchise Terminator: Genisys, Universal’s holdovers Minions, the Judd Apatow-Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, the studio’s worldwide champ Jurassic World, its not-so-great-performing sequel Ted 2, the horror film Unfriended and the successful musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2. In addition, Fox reported for its underperforming Fantastic Four, its newbie Brothers, as well as Paper Towns and the trapped-coal-miner picture The 33. Warner Bros also reported grosses for holdovers Vacation and Magic Mike XXL.

NOTEWORTHY: Disney’s Inside Out reclaimed the No. 1 spot in its 4th weekend of release in the U.K. (down only 2% from a week earlier) to take in $3M for the three-day weekend (see story here).

Anita Busch reported Monday finals.

4TH UPDATE, 7:28 PM PT: In a slightly down market, the Top 3 movies at the international box office this weekend were led by reigning champ Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation with an additional $46M for a global cume of $373.4M after three frames. It’s ready to cross the $200M mark in the states as it sits at $184.3M right now. After sitting out the Top 3 last week, China came back with romantic comedy Go Away Mr Tumor and $21.5M. In the Show slot is Korea’s Veteran, the comedy/drama that is in its 2nd frame with a weekend take of $18.25M. Those three films are off about 13% compared to last year’s top trio when How To Train Your Dragon 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the leaders. Notably, HTTYD2 was coming off of a strong Middle Kingdom frame as the summer blackout period was already over at the time. This year, it will draw to a close when Paramount’s Terminator: Genisys bows next Sunday as the first major studio pic to gain access since Jurassic World completed its run.

go away mr tumorAcross the Top 10 studio films in release, this frame was off versus last weekend by about 16.5% (including the international movies in the mix, it’s about 13% off). Rogue Nation dropped just about 30% as comers were no match for Tom Cruise in his 5th turn as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. There were other spies from a 1960s TV series adaptation in the field this frame, however, with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. bowing in 23 international markets. Taking $12M, it performed decently in Russia where it was No. 1 and opened to No. 3 in the UK with $2.26M for the FSS. In the states, it opened very soft with only $13.4M so it’s worldwide total after the first weekend is only $25.4M.

The other major markets were Man From Unclesofter for the stylish Henry Cavill/Armie Hammer/Alicia Vikander-starrer that has a reported $84M budget. Rollout continues through the next month with some key markets still on deck, including Italy, Brazil, Mexico and the recently spy-genre-friendly Korea. Comps are ornery. Helmer Guy Ritchie’s 2009 Sherlock Holmes had a red-hot post-Iron Man and Tropic Thunder Robert Downey Jr and ultimately grossed upwards of $500M. Ritchie’s last pic, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, was a tentpole sequel, and his early movies were low-budgeted cult favorites. Warner Bros’ Will Smith con artist pic Focus from earlier this year is lining up more closesly — albeit with a lower budget, a huge global star and no pre-existing source material; but with international cast and locales. Focus underperformed Stateside while doubling its domestic take offshore to about $100M . Overall this weekend, the two movies are close to on par while in six Asia markets, U.N.C.L.E. is currently tracking 73% ahead, per WB. Another possible comp is the more broadly comic Get Smart which served up $100M overseas in 2008.

Next week, Rogue Nation will look to light a fuse in Italy while Fantastic Four — this week’s No. 2 studio pic -– brings The Thing to Russia, Spain and Korea; and U.N.C.L.E. drives into some smaller markets. New openers include Rupert Friend as Hitman: Agent 47 in about 20 markets. The Fox reboot also features Chinese sensation Angelababy who’ll be seen in the coming week’s big Middle Kingdom release, Bride Wars — a remake of Fox’s own 2009 pic with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. The original 2007 Hitman performed most strongly in Europe with about $60M offshore. Blumhouse horror sequel Sinister 2 is also on deck in about 25 markets including some key European plays where the original fared well, ultimately taking about $30M. Shannyn Sossamon stars as a young mother who, with her twin sons, moves into a rural house that’s marked for death.

american ultra poster franceAlso notably new will be Lionsgate’s action-comedy American Ultra. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart play a stoner and his girlfriend in her small town who come up against a government operation that targets them. It’s going out this week via Metropolitan Filmexport in France which was the biggest offshore market on Eisenberg’s ultra-successful Now You See Me. What will make the French release even more fun to watch is that Clouds Of Sils Maria supporting star Stewart earlier this year became the first American woman ever to win a César Award — the local equivalent of the Oscar — and this is her first movie since.

More on local-language pics out of China and Korea below the original posts. Actuals tomorrow.

3RD UPDATE, 2:35 PM PT: Studio finals on the international weekend are in with Tom Cruise retaining control of the offshore box office for the 3rd weekend in a row. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation added $46M in 62 territories this frame. That gives the Paramount/Skydance title bragging rights to the No. 1 spot once again and brings the offshore cume to $235.3M. For the studios, Fox’s Fantastic Four is in 2nd place with $16M from 8,302 screens in 64 markets. The cume is $59.98M internationally with some solid holds, especially in Latin man from uncleAmerica and parts of Europe. Rounding out the top grouping, Universal/Illumination’s Minions added a much better than expected $18.5M (up from $15M) and will this week pass Toy Story 3 to become the 4th highest-grossing film ever overseas. Fox Star Studios release Brothers, the Bollywood remake of Lionsgate’s Oscar-nominated sports drama Warrior, claimed the next spot with $12.4M. Then, in what looks like a tie, come Warner Bros’ new entry, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ($12M final) and Sony’s Pixels which also grossed a final $12.5M. The former is playing in 23 markets on about 5,100 screens while the latter is in 80 on 6,250.

Chinese and Korean titles are also slotted near the top of the overseas chart this frame. They include Go Away Mr Tumor, and the returning Veteran, Monster Hunt and The Assassination. I’ll report on those a bit later. In the meantime, keep refreshing for breakdowns on the international weekend for the studios.

NEW
BROTHERS
Brothers - Blood Against BloodThis weekend saw the debut of Bollywood actioner Brothers, released by Fox Star Studios in association with producers Lionsgate, Dharma Productions and Endemol India. Taking advantage of the Indian Independence Day holiday, the remake of Gavin O’Connor’s 2011 Oscar-nominated family martial arts drama Warrior bowed to $12.4M from 3,528 screens in 7 markets. It is the No. 1 movie in India, earning $11.2M of its worldwide total there. The first Hindi-language co-production from Dharma, Lionsgate and Endemol India, it stars Akshay Kumar (aka “the Jackie Chan of Bollywood”), Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez (Kick). Produced by Karan Johar and directed by Karan Malhotra, the film has been highly anticipated since the trailer debuted in June and garnered nearly 2M views in less than 24 hours. Fox last year remade Knight & Day as a Bollywood film titled Bang Bang which went on to gross over $40M worldwide. This is Lionsgate’s stab at adapting one of its properties to the Indian market and diaspora. Brothers released Stateside to $340K this frame.

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Man From UncleWarner Bros’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. opened in 23 markets with an estimated $12M off of 2M admissions on over 5,200 screens. The major plays are Russia, the UK, Spain, Australia and Germany. Russia bowed to $3.1M on 930 dates, for what Warner says is 60% of the Top 5 market share and double Rogue Nation’s 2nd frame with positive reaction to the Cold War-themed pic. While comps are somewhat difficult here — helmer Guy Ritchie’s last movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, was a tentpole sequel – the Russia bow did outperform that movie as well as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in local currency terms. U.N.C.L.E. grossed an estimated 200M rubles, while Game Of Shadows came in at 188M and MIGP was 193M in 2011. The dollar figures will be skewed here given the devaluation of the ruble over the past year.

In the UK, there was a bit of a quibble yesterday since WB reported U.N.C.L.E.’s $2.3M from 505 sites as the No. 1 for Friday-Sunday while Sony reported Pixels at No. 1 with $4.2M including previews during the week. The final tallies? Here we go, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out ended up with No. 1 with $3M; No. 2 was Rogue Nation with $2.46M; U.N.C.L.E. was No. 3 with $2.26M and No. 4 was Sony’s Pixels with $2M. The UK is a big Ritchie market, especially based on his early breakout hits Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch so this hurt. The U.N.C.L.E. TV series was also popular here. Reviews have been somewhat mixed, but the film should have some room to play this week.

Australia opened to an estimated $1.7M on 289 screens. Trainwreck and Mission: Impossible are leading the market here, although some sites have U.N.C.L.E. split between 2nd and 3rd place, according to WB. Spain also came in with $690K, which means No. 3, behind Inside Out and MI:5, but U.N.C.L.E. saw a Saturday jump and is aspiring to upmarket holiday play. Germany, which had big weather swings this weekend, grossed $693K from 485 sites. The uptick on Saturday (when the heatwave gave way to storms) was 82% and overall 11%, according to Warner Bros. This is a crowded market where Rogue Nation is leading, followed by Minions, Trainwreck and Pixels. Conversely, in New Zealand, U.N.C.L.E. bested Trainwreck for No. 1 with an estimated $232K on 84 screens (it was up 12% from the estimate on Sunday).

In Asia, the final regional gross of $2.7M on 803 screens in six markets is tracking 73.7% ahead of Will Smith con artist pic Focus, and most individual market performances are either on par with/or exceeding Sherlock Holmes.

Worldwide total on its first weekend of release is only $25.4M.

There are 18 smaller markets to release next weekend ahead of Italy on September 2, Brazil on September 3 and Mexico on September 4. A China release has yet to be determined.

EL CLAN
el clanAnother Fox International Production, El Clan is one to watch as films from Argentina are on a hot streak. Pablo Trapero’s Venice Competition entry for next month opened at home this frame to a substantially better than estimated $3.4M (the estimate was $2.9M) from 320 screens. The crime-family drama is No. 1 in the market with a better than 52% market share and has set the industry’s biggest opening ever for a local production. It hails from producers Pedro and Augustin Almodovar, who also produced the previous record holder for a local opening: Wild Tales. That movie went on to huge box ofice and secured an Oscar nomination in the Foreign Language category last year.

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
Straight Outta Compton 2While Universal/Legendary’s Straight Outta Compton is looking at $60.2M in its domestic open, it’s also beginning rollout abroad. It opened in Trinidad and other Caribbean islands this weekend with $32K (double of its estimated total of $15K) at 13 dates; a strong debut. This will be a staggered release overseas and over the next several months for the F Gary Gray movie. This is a tough one to pinpoint going forward: NWA is best known Stateside while Dr Dre has a big international following and Ice Cube has done well at the international box office; word of mouth out of the U.S. will help. In the two upcoming frames, the origins story of the revolutionary hip hop group heads to Slovenia, Norway, Germany and the UK. The latter was the top offshore market for 2002 comp 8 Mile, followed by France, Japan and Australia. It’s expected Europe and English-speaking markets will be among the best plays for Straight Outta Compton.

HOLDOVERS
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATIONIn a hat trick, reigning champ Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was the No. 1 movie at the international box office this weekend. The frame was worth $46M taking the offshore cume to $235.3M and the worldwide total to $373.6M. There were four new markets in the mix with strong bows — especially the impressive $7M at 988 locations in France, 57% above Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Also of particular note high up was Japan where Rogue Nation was up in the 2nd frame with a lesser than expected $4.6M (rather than the est. $5.2M) for a $19.8M (down from the est. $20.4M) cume to date. That’s especially notable given the dino-mighty legs of Jurassic World which dominated last weekend when the films opened simultaneously. JW is still well in the lead (see below), but Cruise and the M:I franchise have a big fan base in Japan. Ghost Protocol did about $70M there.

Rogue Nation had its first flight in Brazil this session with a $3.1M No. 1 at 493 cinemas and 170% over MIGP. As with many other territories, the opening was tops for Tom and for the franchise. It’s Paramount 5th biggest opening ever. Also, Portugal was a No. 1 bow with $637K and running 64% above MIGP for a franchise best.

Elsewhere, Korea’s 3rd weekend was worth $3.7M from 493 sites to take the local cume to $38.3M. That pushes it past last year’s Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow which was giant in the market. The 3rd UK frame added a better than expected $2.46M (up from the estimated $2.6M) at 522 locations for $23M to date and down only 34% from last week. Germany took another $2.5M on the 2nd weekend at 618 sites, down just 14% from open and maintaining No. 1. The cume after 11 days is $7M.

Cumes in other markets include India’s $10.4M; Australia’s $8.8M; the Middle East’s $8.7M; Russia’s $8.1M; and Spain’s $4M. Still to come among major markets are Italy on August 19 and China on September 8.

FANTASTIC FOUR
Fantastic Four Trailer in astronaut suitsFox’s reboot added $16M from 8,302 screens in 64 markets this weekend, to reach an international cume of $59.98M. With the $42.1M added in from the state, it’s worldwide cume is just a tad over $100M at $102M to date.

Latin America and certain European markets were good to the troubled title. Mexico maintained the No. 1 position with $1.77M from 1,574 screens. France also held, at No. 3, with $1.54M from 706; followed by Brazil ($1.3M from 751/No. 2), and the UK ($1M from 534/No. 6). Germany opened to $620K this weekend on 474 screens. There were other No. 1 holds in Colombia, Central America, Peru and Ecuador. The United Arab Emirates opened well with $748K from 61. Next week sees more major markets added including Russia, Korea and Spain.

VACATION
The Warner Bros.’ comedy grossed $4.1M from 2,056 screens in 25 markets to bring its international cume to $6.7M. It was No. 2 in Mexico where is grossed $1.55M on 1,225 screens and in Italy is tagged $1.2M on 236 screens. It now has a worldwide gross of $53.4M Also No. 2 there. It will open on Aug, 19 in France followed by Germany and Australia on Aug. 20 and then Spain the following day (Aug. 21).

MINIONS
Film Title: MinionsUniversal and Illumination’s Minions minted a much better than anticipated $18.5M (up from the est. $15M) in 61 territories this weekend, bringing the henchmen’s overseas score to $648.3M. Kevin, Stuart and Bob passed $900M globally last weekend and now have a total of $961.2M before moving on to Italy (August 27), Turkey (September 4), China (September 13) and Greece (September 24) — and surely passing $1B in the process. Minions, from Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, is the 5th highest-grossing film ever internationally and will pass Toy Story 3’s $650M this week to move up to No. 4. The top three animated films ahead of it will then be Frozen ($880M), Ice Age: Continental Drift ($718M) and Ice Age: Dawn Of Dinosaurs ($690M). Elsewhere, Minions has now passed Finding Nemo’s $936.8M to become the 5th highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide. Above it are currently Frozen ($1.28B), Toy Story 3 ($1.064B), The Lion King ($987.5M) and Despicable Me 2 ($975.5M).

In the current frame, Slovenia opened No. 1 with $290K (up from $218K) at 25 dates (up from 10 dates) including previews. Japan’s 3rd frame placed it No. 3 as Hollywood movies dominate the top of the chart. It grossed another $3.3M at 328 dates for a 16-day total of $25.3M — bigger than DM2. It is the top non-Disney/Pixar animated film of all time in the market.

PIXELS
Pixels 2Deadline recently wondered how much of a box office pickle Pixels is for Adam Sandler given its less-than-spectacular Stateside bow a few weeks ago. Here’s an update on the game time to play out. The Adam Sandler comedy from Columbia Pictures has now crossed $150M worldwide with a $158.3M global cume. Of that $93.8M is coming from international where there are still key markets to debut. That includes China where China Film Group has skin in the game having co-financed the movie. Also on deck internationally are Japan, Australia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand. This weekend, Pixels added eight new markets and popped a $12.5M power pill from 6,250 screens in 80 territories total. As noted earlier, while the UK was being claimed by both Pixels and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – the former is including previews for a $4.14M start from 580 locations, whereas U.N.C.L.E. is only including F-S-S. In all actuality, for the three-day gross, Pixels ranked 4th.

Southeast Asia this weekend had strong response with Malaysia opening at No. 1 to gross $675K from 200 screens; Singapore bowing at No. 1 for $760K, including previews, from 31 screens; and Vietnam, which earned $210K from 99 screens, surpassing the lifetime of The Lego Movie by 49%.

Elsewhere, Germany dropped less than 29% in its 3rd frame to bring the cume to $6.6M. Brazil, where Sandler is a big draw, added now has a $9.5M total after 4 frames. Mexico, the top market to date is at $11.4M, has bested the lifetime of The Lego Movie by 40%, per Sony.

INSIDE OUT
Inside Out 9Speaking of Disney/Pixar, as Inside Out approaches its 10th weekend of international release, it’s still making folks laugh and cry in vast numbers. The current frame added $11.7M to advance to $327.8M abroad and $667.2M worldwide. Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness are emoting in 55 territories with Italy (September 16), Germany (October 1) and China to come. The latter still does not have a confirmed date. The UK is still the biggest market to date with $42.7M, followed by Korea ($31.7M) and Mexico ($31M). Other strongholds this weekend included Japan which was actually up 9%, France also up 8% and Argentina (-10%). Next week IO opens in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Norway.

JURASSIC WORLD
jurassic world 2Jurassic World has become the top Hollywood movie of Summer 2015 in Japan as it continues its dino-might run there. The Universal title is No. 1 for the 2nd frame in a row with a final $7.6M) at 352 dates and 43% of the box office share. The 12-day total is now $35.1M. In total, Indominous Rex snagged another $9.3M in 51 territories for an international total of $968.7M. It’s on 1,918 runs total still. Combined with the U.S. estimated total of $638M, the worldwide total is $1.6B through this weekend.

TRAINWRECK
TrainwreckAmy Schumer-starrer Trainwreck rolled into the UK, Germany, Spain and more this week adding $6M in a total of 27 territories. The international cume on the Universal comedy is now $13.4M. Combined with the U.S. estimated total of $98M the worldwide tally is $103.95M. The UK bowed at No. 5 with $1.4M at 458 dates. Germany (where it’s going by the local title Dating Queen) ended up at No. 4 with $1.3M at 476 dates. Spain took 5th place with $389K at 265 dates and New Zealand debuted at No. 3 with $258K at 76 dates. In nearby Australia, the Judd Apatow-helmed pic held the No. 1 spot for the 2nd frame and has a total of $7M after 11 days in release. Schumer and co-star Bill Hader did a big push in this market which has paid off. There are 24 more territories to release over the next few months. Sweden, Ukraine and Uruguay open next weekend.

ANT-MAN
Ant-ManDisney/Marvel’s Ant-Man turned up in Italy this frame, where it piled up $2.3M in the No. 1 slot. The total weekend was worth another $6M internationally, bringing the offshore cume to $189.9M and the global tally for Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd & Co to $347.4M. Holds were strong for the powerful superhero/insect with Mexico down 38%, Australia down 34%, and France down 40%; followed by the UK (-42%), Germany (-40%) and Spain (-45%). Still building its hill in 51 markets, Ant-Man has yet to bow in Korea (September 3), Japan (September 19) and China whose date continues to elude.

MAGIC MIKE XXL
Magic Mike XXLThe Channing Tatum-starrer from Warner Bros. ended the weekend with another $1.1M from 1,043 screens as it continues to play in 32 territories. Its international cume is now $51.8M with the top market outside North America being the U.K. where it has bumped out $10.6M. Outside of the U.K., is Australia with $9.1M, followed by Germanhy with $7.5M and then Holland ($2.8M) and Russia ($1.6M). Up next for this male stripper film is Mexico on Sept. 18 followed closely by Italy on September 24th. Its worldwide cume now stands at about $117.4M

TED 2
ted 2 2Ted 2’s stuffed legs carried the bold bear to $5.7M in 48 territories for an international total of $92.9M this session. The worldwide total on the Universal comedy sequel is now $174M. Eight markets opened this frame, including No. 1s in the Netherlands ($1.2M/115 dates) and Belgium ($771/71). In Argentina, Ted came up behind local hit El Clan for No. 2 with $543K at 110 locations. Chile was also a new bow with $141K at 48 dates. France held at No. 4 and grossed another $1.3M for a 12-day total of $4M. Five territories have yet to open including Japan on August 28 — one to watch given the enormous grosses for the original film there.

PAPER TOWNS
paper townsYA pic Paper Towns has boosted its international cume to $36.5M after adding $3M from 2,446 screens in 54 markets this weekend. The John Green adaptation from Fox secured the No. 2 opening day amongst new arrivals in France with $1.1M from 259 screens. For the weekend, it was No. 6 in a crowded market. Germany ($291K from 413 screens) dropped 28% from last weekend, while Holland ($172K from 85) saw an 8% jump on the previous frame. The cume there $917K. It also opened in Hong Kong to $174K in 43 spots. The worldwide gross for this Fox picture is $66.9M.

THE LITTLE PRINCE
the little princeParamount’s The Little Prince has been enjoying a steady run in a competitive France where the cume is now $7.4M. In its 3rd frame, the Cannes Official Selection added $1.4M at 800 locations.

UNFRIENDED
UnfriendedUniversal’s Unfriended was tagged for $993K in Latin America this frame — its first in the region. Mexico liked $485K at 344 dates for a No. 5 bow while Peru particularly embraced the scarer to the tune of $251K at 74 dates. It’s Universal’s 3rd best horror opening ever in the market behind Ouija and Mama. The international total is now $25.5M; with domestic of $32.8M, the worldwide total now is $58.4M. There are still 11 more territories to release.

THE 33
The 33 featured imageFox’s Chilean miner drama The 33 is in its 2nd frame in its home territory with another $1M from 155 screens. The No. 1 film dropped 34% and now has a cume of $3M. After a strong opening last frame which was the 2nd best start ever for a local title — 6% behind Fox International Productions’ own Stefan Vs Kramer — it is enjoying the industry’s 2nd highest 2nd weekend for a local title, behind that same picture.

TERMINATOR: GENISYS
terminator genisys 5Before it boots up in China next Sunday as the first Hollywood movie let back in after the long summer blackout period, Paramount’s Terminator: Genisys grossed $699K from 49 international territories this frame. The international cume is now $235.9M. As a reminder, Terminator: Salvation made just $15M in China back in 2009 while Par’s preferred comp has been Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol which grossed just over $100M there in 2011. This actioner has already fallen off the Top 20 chart in the U.S.. The worldwide cume for this Arnold Schwarzenegger picture is $324.7M.

PITCH PERFECT 2
Pitch-Perfect-2-640x427Universal’s singing Barden Bellas grossed another $437K in eight territories this session. Pitch Perfect 2 now has an offshore songbook filled with $101M. The worldwide total is $284.8M. Debut performances this frame included Brazil at No. 5 with $225K across 211 dates. That’s six times bigger than the opening of the original with three more markets to go, all in Latin America, through September 4.

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CHINA
bride warsBefore Arnold can say he’s back in China next Sunday when Terminator: Genisys bows as the first major studio movie to unspool in the Middle Kingdom since the extended summer blackout period, Chinese audiences will get engage in Bride Wars. A remake of the 2009 Kate Hudson/Anne Hathaway romantic comedy, it opens on August 20 and has been heavily promoted looking to tap into the local taste for the genre. It boasts stars Angelababy and Ni Ni. In new films that debuted this week, Go Away Mr Tumor was the big local title with a $21.5M frame for a $29.3M cume. Based on the comic series created by the cartoonist Xiong Dun, it’s a romantic comedy that chronicles the author’s real-life struggle with a malignant tumor. Directed by Han Yan, it stars Monster Hunt’s Bai Baihe and Warcraft’s Daniel Wu. Speaking of Monster Hunt, the mega-Middle Kingdom summer smash added $11.6M in seven markets to take the overall cume to $349.5M. Local figures are stacking up at just about $342M. After passing Transformers: Age Of Extinction last week to become the No. 2 movie ever in China, it would still need about $50M to best Furious 7 for the all-time top record.

KOREA
veteranKorea’s Veteran remained near the top of the international chart this frame, taking an added $18.25M for a $44M cume to date. That put it at No. 3 for the week overall behind Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and China’s new entry Go Away Mr Tumor. The film is now the No. 4 title of the year in Korea where the Top 5 movies are The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Assassination — which added $7.8M this session for a cume of $71.2M — and Ode To My Father, another local pic that released at the end of 2014. Kingsman: The Secret Service is No. 5. Next frame, director Baek Jong-Yeol’s The Beauty Inside bows. Pic is based on the 2012 social film developed by Intel and Toshiba which starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Topher Grace and was helmed by Drake Doremus. Also coming up is horror pic The Chosen: Forbidden Cave by Kim Whee which was originally titled Toemasa — or Exorcist. Based on the novel Moonyeogool, it centers on a psychiatrist attempting an exorcism.