4TH UPDATE, 4:02 PM Monday: Spectre has taken over the No. 1 spot in every market the 24th James Bond adventure has been released in worldwide. It’s now in 77 international territories plus the U.S. and Canada. Adding 71 markets for the most recent session, Eon/MGM/Sony Pictures’ spy actioner took in a further $117.38M from more than 15,000 screens to bring the overseas cume to $219.22M. Including the U.S. bow of $70.4M this frame, that brings the worldwide total to $289.6M. That’s about $7M shy of Sunday’s estimates, but it’s a fantastic number and the picture has 40% of global markets yet to come with China, France, Australia and Korea coming online this week.
While the U.S. opening did not match the record bow of the last Bond outing, 2012’s Skyfall, the superspy’s 24th installment is pacing above that film in some key markets. Notably, the UK dropped just 29% in the sophomore session to add $19.98M, and bring the cume to $98.8M. That puts Spectre ahead of Skyfall in local currency comps (£65.5M vs £61.6M) in the same number of days, per Sony figures.
Spectre is going great guns internationally and Sony execs are bullish, but an overall comp with Skyfall at this point in rollout is a bit tough because the patterns are so different. The earlier film opened on October 26, 2012 — a Friday — in 25 markets and grossed $77.7M at the time. Spectre on the other hand had a week of previews to gross $63.2M while kids were on vacation in the UK last week; and boosted that to $80.1M from just six markets total in the 1st frame. In its 2nd frame, Skyfall grossed another $156M compared to Spectre‘s $117.38M, but the 2012 juggernaut was already in a suite of markets that included France and Korea and had a bunch of better currency exchanges.
Exchange rates are important to bear in mind as Daniel Craig’s fourth turn as Bond is facing markets where dollar values are off versus 2012. The fluctuation in major markets could dent Spectre‘s final gross. For example, Brazil and Russia both came in ahead of Skyfall this weekend (+42% and +43%, respectively) on a local currency basis. But it’s pretty staggering when you see Spectre made 370M rubles ($5.8M) in Russia, versus Skyfall‘s 259.1M rubles which was $8.6M in 2012.
In other highlights, Mexico — where a pivotal Spectre sequence was shot during last year’s Day Of The Dead celebrations — more than doubled the 2012 debut of Skyfall with $4.5M. Other key Spectre bows included Germany, at $22.45M (with previews), which included a new record for the biggest Saturday of all time and was on par with Skyfall.
In Imax plays, Spectre last week kicked off with $5M on 47 Imax screens (setting a record per-screen opening average). It’s now added a worldwide weekend of $15.4M. That beat Skyfall’s $15.22M wide debut in 2012 and brings Bond 24’s global 2D Imax haul to over $21M in 13 days.
Also opening internationally, Fox’s The Peanuts Movie was in limited release in just 11 markets with $4.6M. There were no other newcomers in the frame which otherwise saw China action heat up a bit. The No. 2 international movie, Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, got off the Middle Kingdom starting block with $19.8M, and local comedy Ex-Files 2: The Backup Strikes Back struck with $17M.
Across the Top 10 studio titles, the frame was up 2% on last week. Despite Bond’s muscle, some of last week’s big performers dropped including Hotel Transylvania 2, which nevertheless crossed $400M globally this frame and is Sony’s biggest title of 2015. Paramount’s The Last Witch Hunter also dropped by about half as Bond spread out. Up 6.7% with local movies included in the Top 10 mix, the box office benefited from the performances of Korea’s The Priests and China’s Ex Files and Last Women Standing.
Compared to last year, the Top 3 titles are up 42%. In the similar period in 2014, Interstellar had just released to an $82.9M weekend, followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the first Maze Runner.
Aside from Spectre, also notable in the coming frame is Salman Khan’s latest, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which bows in India and select markets around the world for the Diwale holiday. It will look to rival his most recent blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan which was a huge hit for the Bollywood star back in July.
Breakdowns are below on the studio titles at overseas turnstiles with local-language movies highlighted after the original post. (Figures for all titles have been updated by Kinsey Lowe.)
THE PEANUTS MOVIE
Playing to international markets’ familiarity with Charlie Brown’s daydreaming, ace-pilot pup, Fox has retitled The Peanuts Movie in most overseas plays as Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie. The bigscreen adaptation of the classic cartoon bowed in a limited release abroad where it will continue to roll out over the next few months as it looks to act as counterprogramming to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In total this frame, Snoopy & Charlie Brown picked up $4.56M in 12 markets. In China, the competitive frame saw a haul of $2.76M from 4,303 screens. After that, Italy grossed $1.16M on 568 screens. The Fox folks were doing a Snoopy dance in the States as Peanuts cracked $45M in its domestic opening. That buzz should help it internationally. Japan is particularly a market to watch in early December — such is the black and white beagle’s popularity there, the title is I Love Snoopy: The Peanuts Movie.
When Spectre bowed last frame, it grossed $80.1M across just six territories, hitting records and led by a benchmark-setting $63.2M in the UK. Adding $117.38 this frame, the international take is $223.1M after less than two weeks. In strong holds outside the UK where it is running 6% ahead of Skyfall on a local currency basis, the Netherlands fell by just 10% for a cume of $8.4M and 3% ahead of Skyfall in the same number of days. Regionally, the Nordic countries, where Bond particularly excels, are also outpacing Skyfall in local currency. Latin America has $12.4M to date; 79% ahead of Skyfall at current exchange rates. And, South East Asia is at $16M; 28% ahead in the same group of markets. There is still 40% of the footprint to release and that includes big plays like France, Australia, Korea, Japan, and China.
Next week, IMAX adds 285 more screens in nine markets including those just above (save Japan which doesn’t release until December). In his international travels this session, 007 picked up $6.3M on 209 IMAX screens in 47 countries. That takes the offshore cume to $12M. Holdovers were strong, delivering $40K+ averages for the FSS. Among new openers, the Middle East saw $50K per-screen averages; Hong Kong was $52K; Germany at $48K; Singapore at $46K; and Austria at $41K. Territories with a record best-ever for a November release include Austria, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Chile, and Bahrain.
MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS
Opening in China, where the original film made about $24M, the fleet-footed sequel bowed to $19.77M on 4,945 screens in this frame. That was a 60% increase on the previous Fox title’s start and 54% above Hunger Games: Catching Fire. France, MRST’s biggest offshore play, now has $23.2M and could be eclipsed by China if the film legs out in a competitive market. The total take for the weekend in 11 markets was $21.38M. The cume is now $218.64M.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2
Sony’s animated sequel has crossed $400M worldwide this weekend to become the studio’s top-grossing title of 2015. Originally opening to a September record in North America, Genndy Tartakovsky 3D pic that stars the voice of Adam Sandler, now has a global cume of $404.2M. This weekend, it added $13.3M offshore from over 12,500 screens in 80 markets. The international cume is $241.1M. In highlights, Russia’s total has climbed to $16.07M after three frames. In Spain, the cume is $8.8M. The UK, which is the comedy’s top offshore market, now has a total of $26.8M. Germany dropped just 20% in the 4th weekend to surpass HT1’s lifetime total by 12% with $10.61M to date. Australia and Korea are still to come.
Despite having all the IMAX screens in the territory, Everest faced an uphill battle in a very competitive Chinese market which also opened Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Peanuts Movie and four new local pics this week. In China, it ascended to No. 4 with $11.6M. The updated weekend figure on the adventure drama from Universal, Working Title, Cross Creek and Walden is $13.7M in 49 territories. That brings it close to the $150M international summit with $148.7M through Sunday. Combined with the U.S. estimated total of $42.8M, the worldwide total is $190.9M. Japan also bowed this weekend with $1.7M for the No. 4 slot and at the same level as comp Captain Phillips last year.
THE LAST WITCH HUNTER
Lionsgate’s The Last Witch Hunter has climbed to $58.8M to date internationally. The score well outperforms domestic which is currently at $23.52M on the action/horror/fantasy with a $75M estimated budget; it also pushes international box office past previous Vin Diesel standalones Babylon AD ($50M in 2008) and Riddick ($58M in 2013). This Diesel vehicle grossed an additional $11.7M from 78 markets during the weekend, dropping about 50% as Spectre took up residence in its major overseas rollout. Witch Hunter won’t have much space to itself in the next few weeks but will look to scare up some more coin in Scandinavia, Korea and Colombia in early December.
The Martian grew a further $9.94M this weekend as the Ridley Scott success rides to $262.0M internationally. France remained in first place earning $2.35M in its 3rd week to take the cume there to $16.24M. In its 5th week, Korea picked up another $1.18M extending the stellar run there to $32.9M. The Fox pic lands in China on November 25 and then heads to Japan in February.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION
PATGD crossed the $50M mark internationally in its 3rd frame. That’s a far scream better than the Paramount title has fared domestically where it has suffered from the studio’s recent theatrical/VOD release experiment. With $6.9M this session, the 6th installment in the horror franchise now has a cume of $50.8M, 31% above its predecessor The Marked Ones. The drop from last frame in 46 markets was 50%. In local cumes, PATGD now has $5.4M in the UK; $5.1M in Germany and Mexico; $4.7M in France; and $1.7M in Argentina.
Serving up another $3.94M, Sony’s action comedy has an overseas cume of $26.1M. It’s playing in 44 markets led by Mexico ($6.1M), Malaysia ($2.3M) and Venezuela ($2.1M). There are still several releases to come over the next few months including Russia on December 3, Spain on December 4, Korea on January 7 and the UK, France and Germany in February.
BRIDGE OF SPIES
Fox is releasing this Steven Spielberg drama internationally where it picked up a further $3.067M this weekend. The cume is now $16.93M in 26 markets. Korea was the top opener this frame with $1.07M on 425 screens. Australia had a very good hold, dropping only 12% with $832K taking its cume to $3.97M.
After passing $100M internationally when it clocked in last weekend, The Intern has raised its cume to $109.3M. That’s with an additional $3.6M in overtime on 2,300 screens in 61 markets. The Nancy Meyers comedy from Warner Bros still boasts Korea as its top offshore play with $24M to date. In Japan, it’s handily crossed $10M with $11.7M through Sunday. The 2nd frame in Spain held very well with $550K on 240 screens for a mere 21% drop from opening. The cume is now $2.0M.
Pan still has Italy to come next weekend and in the meantime has grossed a total $81.6M overseas. With a further $3.1M in 56 markets in the current session, it’s continuing its run notably in Japan where the sophomore weekend on this Warner Bros misfire was worth $750K on 672. The 9th best overseas play for Pan, Japan has a cume of $3.5M.
Legendary’s Crimson Peak held the No. 2 spot in Mexico behind new opener Spectre this frame. With $979K there, the total is now $4.1M after 10 days. In 64 offshore territories, Guillermo del Toro’s horror drama grossed an estimated $2.5M. The international cume is $39.5M which brings the global to $69.4M when combined with domestic’s $29.9M. The only new opening this frame was Peru with $92K at 56 dates. Spain added $200K for a 24-day total of $3.3M. There are two more territories to open: Korea November 26 and Japan on January 23.
After a fantastic opening last frame, The Dressmaker, an Australian dramedy from Jocelyn Moorehouse, maintained the No. 1 spot in Australia and New Zealand. Released by Universal locally, the Kate Winslet revenge tale added $2.3M this session, off just 5% from last. The 11-day total is $6.385M. The split is $5.9M in Oz and $512K in NZ. Bond will speed into the markets this weekend ending The Dressmaker’s run at the top of the heap, but this is a strong performance for this local movie which should prove to have legs.
In its French and UK debuts Burnt took in $1.24M and $677.7K respectively. The Bradley Cooper pic also opened in Korea with $867K. Burnt‘s weekend tally of $4.07M brought its international cume to $9.7M. Mixing in its sophomore session of $2.89M in North America, its stateside take comes to $10.1M. That raises the global tally to $19.8M.
SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
Contrary to Paramount’s Ghost Dimension, the studio’s other domestic alternate release experiment is looking lifeless. The horror comedy opened in seven new markets this weekend and grossed $1.2M across 17 total. In highlights, the UK scared up $466K at 408 cinemas and Australia delivered $331K from 197 locations. The international cume is now $2.3M. Openings to come include Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela this coming weekend.
NOTABLE UPDATED CUMES
Ant-Man: $337.9M International/$517.43M Global (China: $104.7M)
Inside Out: $495.0M International/$850.9M Global
Minions 2: $821.2M International/$1.156B Global
With $17M, romantic comedy Ex-Files 2: The Backup Strikes Back is directed by Tian Yusheng. The story centers on an attractive director’s assistant who, with the guidance of a self-proclaimed love guru, seeks revenge on a young actor who trifles with her affections and uses her to climb up the career ladder.
Adapted from the book of the same name, Last Women Standing is a romantic film starring Shu Qi (The Assassin, upcoming The Ghouls) and Eddie Peng (Rise Of The Legend, upcoming The Great Wall). It tells the story of a successful businesswoman who has long been looking for love, and may have now found it. The book’s author, Luo Luo, directs. The film bowed to $6.3M in a competitive Middle Kingdom market.
The Witness, a remake of Korean suspense thriller, Blind, dropped 75% after taking the No. 4 spot at the international box office last weekend. This frame, it saw $4.6M for a cume of $30M. Singer Lu Han of Miss Granny fame stars.
New entry The Priests exorcised $11.5M out of the home market this frame, dominating share with over 60% on Saturday. Writer/director is Jang Jae-Hyun with CJ Entertainment releasing the movie about a young girl believed to be possessed. When a priest and a rebellious seminarian try to free her from the demon’s reach, they find it’s far more evil than they thought.
In its third frame the romantic comedy S.O.S.: Women At Sea 2 held strong with $575k at 209 dates. The 18-day total for the movie Universal is handling in Brazil is an excellent $3.5M.
The comedy Mi Gran Noche (My Big Night) was No. 7 in its third weekend with $235K at 285 dates. The 17-day cume for the Universal release locally is $2.49M.