FINAL UPDATE: There were a few bumps for this weekend’s international releases, including a joyful bounce for Inside Out which moved from $6.3M in the Sunday projections, to $8.6M on Monday. Crimson Peak, The Martian, Pan and The Intern also saw slight increases while Ant-Man dropped a tick in China. Figures have been updated on those titles along with Everest, Minions, The Visit, Regression, Straight Outta Compton, No Escape, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Suffragette, Black Mass, Southpaw, Macbeth and The Little Prince which winged into China with upwards of $10M.
PREVIOUS UPDATE, SUNDAY, 4:02 PM PT: After several weeks where a Chinese movie was among the Top 3 offshore titles, this week’s Win, Place and Show go to Hollywood: Ant-Man ($43.5M), The Martian ($37.6M) and Hotel Transylvania 2 ($30.6M) led. But, it’s thanks to the Middle Kingdom that Hollywood has the No. 1 film. Ant-Man scored $42.4M in its three-day weekend (down just a little from its estimated $43.2M) there this frame making this the first time that the Disney/Marvel pic has been No. 1 at the international box office. In its first outing in 37 offshore territories in mid-July, it grossed a fantastic $55.4M, but was bested at the turnstiles by China’s Monster Hunt and Universal/Illumination’s Minions.
Ant-Man has shown legs over its staggered release, consistently hitting milestones. Earlier this month, Marvel made it official that the shrinking superhero pic would get a sequel with Ant-Man And The Wasp dated for July 6, 2018.
It will now have a few weeks to play in China before the onslaught of more Hollywood movies hits. So far, there’s Pan on October 22, Everest on November 3 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on November 20. There will be several others to come including Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, The Martian and, we expect, Spectre.
Despite Ant-Man’s strength this weekend, there was little change versus last frame for the Top 10 studio movies. Factoring in local pics, there was a slight drop of 4.5%. Compared to last year when Guardains Of The Galaxy, Dracula Untold and Gone Girl were the big international getters, we’re up 72%.
In notable openers next frame, Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will haunt major plays including the UK, Germany and Russia. The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel also hits a coven’s worth of markets including the UK and Germany via Lionsgate and offshore partners. This is all in advance of the brewing Bond movie Spectre which takes hold in the UK on October 26 before spying its major rollout about 10 days later and in the U.S. on November 6.
International estimates are now in from all of the studios as updated throughout the below and we’ll have actuals
PREVIOUS: Ant-Man has zoomed to the top of the international chart this weekend off of a super-powered start in China. With a $42.4M three-day weekend (down from the estimated $43.2M), three-day weekend, the Middle Kingdom instantly became the Disney/Marvel title’s top-grossing offshore market (by comparison, the UK is No. 2 with $25.4M). This is also the 2nd best three-day weekend start ever for Disney and Marvel in China, behind last May’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Other holdovers showing legs this frame include The Martian and Hotel Transylvania 2.
Meanwhile, Legendary/Universal’s Crimson Peak was the widest new international release from a studio this weekend, bowing to $13.6M in 55 territories. Combined with the domestic take, the gothic romance drama’s worldwide dowry is $26.7M. In smaller rollouts, Sony’s Goosebumps, Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies and Pathé’s Suffragette began their offshore careers. Fox opened BOS this weekend to what I hear are very good results, but they’re waiting until next week to report numbers in a larger package of territories. Sony has not yet provided numbers for Goosebumps which will continue rollout over the next few months. Fox also released Suffragette in the UK on Pathé’s behalf and the film is off to a strong start. Breakdowns on the above are below.
The visually stunning latest from horror/fantasy master Guillermo del Toro had a rough climb off of the block this frame. That’s despite strong reviews, social media, and international trailer views on Uni’s YouTube channels. It’s important to note here that Mexico does not open until October 30, falling squarely on Halloween weekend where it’s likely to scare up some solid business. Also still to come are key markets like Italy, Japan and Korea. Ultimately, there were a number of options out there this weekend and CP may have been dinged by age restrictions in places like Spain, Germany and the UK.
The top play was Russia where CP opened at No. 2, falling in line behind the mighty Martian with $2.6M at 950 dates. The UK was next with $1.5M at No. 5, followed by Spain at No. 2 with $1.1M at 330. Germany placed No. 7 in a very competitive frame with $868K at 374 dates, and France opened No. 5 with $861K at 264. Australia scared up No. 3 with $609K at 191. Latin America starts include a solid Brazil bow at 215 dates for $438K and a No. 2 debut in Argentina with $360K at 132 dates. In Asia, Taiwan was the top opener with $391K at 84 dates. There are 11 more territories still to release. Next weekend, Crimson Peak opens in Belgium, Greece, Israel, Italy, Poland Portugal and Trinidad.
After rocking the UK vote all week, women’s rights drama Suffragette ended the frame with $4.53M at the polls. Fox released the Carey Mulligan-starrer in the territory on behalf of Pathé, taking 2nd place behind Hotel Transylvania 2. The story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fought for the right to vote in Britain opened the London Film Festival last week and “captured the zeitgeist” as the issue of gender inequality has risen to the top of the civil rights agenda, Pathé’s MD Cameron McCracken told me a few days ago. UK legs should be solid and play should continue as counter-programming to Bond when he lands on October 26. Focus will release in the U.S. on October 23.
In total, the incredible shrinking superhero played by Paul Rudd grew by $42.6M internationally this weekend, bringing the offshore cume to $275.2M and the global total to $454M. Of the weekend take, $42.4M was from China in an impressive start there. China box office has lately been dominated by local titles, resulting in lower-than-expected grosses for some of the Hollywood movies that have entered since the summer blackout period lifted. Ant-Man may herald a changing of the tide as titles like Everest and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 have officially been dated for next month. However, November is also going to be a very crowded period as a host of Hollywood movies aim for pre-December blackout dates and angle to keep out of the way of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is expected to go in January, and Kung Fu Panda 3 which will throw its weight around beginning late that month.
Ridley Scott’s space drama rocketed to a $176M overseas cume this weekend, after harnessing another $37.6M in the session. That was largely off of holdover markets as the only new play was Spain with a No. 1 bow from $3.36M on 673 screens. Holds across the board were strong with minimal drops. Korea, which has been very muscular for the Matt Damon-starrer, held No. 1 and added $6.55M to bring the cume to $21.46M. Russia also held No. 1 with a cume to date of $13M. The German cume is now $8.58M. And, Australia was tops again after three weeks earning $2.25M and lifting its cume to $12.7M. After the 3rd UK frame, the cume there is $27M. The Martian lands in France next weekend.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 checked into an additional six markets this weekend grossing $30.6M internationally as it leverages ongoing and upcoming school holidays. The animated Adam Sandler-starrer from Sony now has an offshore cume of $131.1M. The UK was a strong start at No. 1 with $9.5M on 850 screens, including previews, which cleaned up in comparison to the first HT and is 17% bigger than The Croods. In Germany, where Inside Out is still tops, HT2 was the No. 1 new release with $3.9M from over 1,000 screens and tracking 62% ahead of HT1. Italy held at No. 1 with a slight 28% drop and a cume of $7.3M. France rang up another $1.5M from 603 for a $4.8M to-date total. In Poland, HT2 has outgrossed the lifetime of the original by 61% with $3.4M after 10 days in release. Mexico is still the best international market with $21M.
Warner Bros’ Peter Pan origins story added four new markets in its sophomore outing (not counting having bowed in Australia back in late September). The gross this weekend is $14.8M with over 2.7M admissions from 9,900 screens in 52 markets. That takes the international cume to $47.5M. The UK was a new port of call for the Hugh Jackman-starrer with $4.2M on 899 screens. WB says the FSS result is on par with Hotel Transylvania 1. In Latin America, where family films tend to over-index, Mexico added $1.6M (having expanded on a further 100 screens from Friday) for a $5.6M cume to date. Brazil, where kids are also on holiday, hooked No. 1 for the 2nd week in a row with $1.5M at 812 playdates for a $5M cume. Peru launched at No. 1 with $456K on 150 screens. After Russia’s 2nd frame, the total is $3.5M. Spain’s cume is now $3.3M. Next week, Pan opens in France -10/21) and in China (10/22), followed by Japan (10/31) and Italy (11/12).
Nancy Meyers’ latest continues proving it’s up to the task abroad. The Intern grossed $12M this weekend from 4,480 screens in 65 territories. The international cume is now $77.4M. In highlights, Korea ranked No. 2 in its 4th frame, scoring $2.5M on 536 screens. The paycheck so far is $18.8M with grown-up sentiment working in its favor in this market. Japan is also a strong hold with $1.3M for the sophomore session. The Warner Bros film is currently running 17% ahead of The Holiday and 67% above Something’s Gotta Give with a cume of $4.95M and boasting rights to being the top Hollywood movie there. Mexico stayed even with last weekend for a cume of $3.8M to date and tracking above all of Meyers’ previous films. Italy showed its love for The Intern to the tune of a $950K opening on 252 screens. Further cumes include Australia at $4.6M, Taiwan with $5.9M, France at $1.8M and the UK with $3.65M.
THE LITTLE PRINCE
Cannes title The Little Prince also opened in China this frame, taking a solid $10.16M there. That brings the global cume up to $37.12M for the movie that has yet to open Stateside.
MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS
The running offshore cume on Fox’s sequel is $180.3M after burning up another $8.86M in the current session. France, which was a major play on the first film, continues to hold well with a two-week total of $13.76M. Italy bowed to a solid $1.53M from 390 screens to land in 3rd place. Japan opens next week and China will occupy a November date in the film’s last international release.
An additional $8.6M (waaay up from the estimated $6.3M) for Inside Out’s 18th offshore frame came from 22 markets. Maintaining No. 1s in Germany and No. 2 in Austria (losing the top spot to Hotel Transylvania 2) in the charmer’s 3rd week, it’s beating tough local competition and benefiting from school holidays around Europe. New milestones for the Disney/Pixar title include being the highest grossing movie of 2015 in Italy at $27.4M, as well as the highest grossing Pixar animated title of all time in both Denmark and Finland. However, in China, Inside Out is not hitting the same emotional chord with a local cume of $14.7M after two frames. The international cume is now $479M for a joyful global total of $833.9M. All markets have released.
Robert Zemeckis’ tightrope drama expanded to 70 markets this frame ratcheting up the tension by $6.7M on over 5,500 screens. That takes the international cume on the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starrer to $17.4M. In key plays, Russia bulked up to 1,700 screens after last weekend’s limited release. Combined, the cume there is $2.8M. With previews, Mexico opened to $750K on 788 screens and Australia walked to $475K on 461.The UK’s 3rd weekend was worth $215K on 301 for a total $1.9M. After two frames, Brazil now stands at $635K. Uphttps://pmcdeadline2.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1201586990&action=editcoming releases include Germany and Italy this week, followed by France and Korea in the next frame. Spain and Japan will come on December 25 and January 23, respectively.
Universal’s mountaineering drama Everest picked up another $4.1M in its 5th overseas session, taking the cume to $127M offshore and $167.8M worldwide. The $60M-budgeted movie from Working Title, Cross Creek and Walden Media had no new openings this weekend while it awaits entry to China on November 3 and Japan on November 6. In holdovers, France was tops with $484K at 416 dates for a 26-day total of $6.3M. Other notable cumes include Germany at $8.9M and the UK at $15.6M. Translated to £10.3M, this is the 8th time Universal has crossed the £10M mark in the UK this year; the only other studios ever to achieve the feat are Fox in 2014 and Paramount in 2011.
Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger set his piercing gaze on 11 new markets this frame bringing Black Mass $3.3M on 1,550 screens from 27 territories now in release. With about 35% of the footprint repped, the cume to date is $10.4M. In a competitive Germany, Black Mass targeted $771K on 200 screens. Holland opened to $258K from 64. Results in the former are above genre comps like The Town and Drive, and in the latter put the Warner Bros title in the similar range. Italy and Australia have now cumed $2.3M and $1.5M, respectively. Italy is the top play offshore. Rollout continues next week in Spain, followed by Russia. Brazil, Korea, Mexico, France and the UK all hit in November.
The Visit conjured up $1.5M in 22 territories internationally for Universal and Blumhouse. M. Night Shyamalan’s latest has now welcomed $27.18M to its offshore door. Combined with the U.S. estimated total of $63.1M, the worldwide total is $87.3M. Korea was a No. 7 bow with $264K at 232 dates this weekend. France and Germany have respective cumes of $1.7M and $4.5M.
Alejandro Amenabar’s thriller is being released by Universal in Spain where it dropped to No. 3 this weekend with $883K at 336 dates. The 17-day total is a progressive $8.26M. Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke star. The total weekend including eight more markets was $1.13M for a cume of $9.84M.
Universal’s Minions are still frolicking about the globe as they slowly head towards the end of a record-breaking run. With an extra $1M in 40 territories this session, the henchmen have raised the international total to $818.59M. The global haul is now $1.153B. Notably, China completed its 30-day run on Monday with a lifetime total of $69.8M.
The Owen Wilson disaster pic added $576K this frame for a cume of $14.29M. It’s next up in Korea on November 5.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
Taking its offshore kitty to $38.16M, U’s Straight Outta Compton added $319K in 25 territories in the frame. There were no new openings for the film that’s been rolling out slowly in key overseas markets. Currently at $199.2M, it’s eyeing the $200M worldwide mark with openings on deck in Thailand on October 22 and Brazil on October 29.
Jake Gyllenhaal is still duking it out internationally, this weekend socking away another $179K for a $35.7M offshore purse. The global total is now $88M.
Macbeth is looking at a $265K weekend for a cume to date of $3.53M (and a $3.9M global take with Oz, New Zealand and Greece factored in); Legend added $669K for a running total of $27M; and Stephen Frears’ LFF title The Program has taken $218K to date.