UPDATE, Writethru, Monday, 11:34 AM: Disney’s final grosses on its three dominating pictures in the marketplace just arrived. All studios have reported now and only global cumes to come. Let’s look first at Disney’s Big Three, which together have an international cume of $1.24B so far and climbing.
Before taking the fight to the U.S. on May 6, Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War began its offshore campaign this frame in 37 territories. With an estimated $200.4M, Team Cap and Team Iron Man came in just behind Avengers: Age Of Ultron’s international start last year and set all-time opening-weekend records in Brazil, Mexico and the Philippines. With both The Jungle Book ($59.1M) and Zootopia ($9.3M) continuing their international swings, the Mouse roared this frame with the Top three studio pictures at the offshore box office accounting for $268.8M. China’s Book Of Love landed just below Jungle Book on the overall chart with an estimated $51M for the follow-up to Finding Mr Right which forms part of the Beijing Meets Seattle franchise.
In total, Captain America: Civil War stepped out this weekend in 63% of its international footprint with China, Russia, Italy and Argentina still to come next week.
Disney estimates the opening is 5% below Ultron; 26% ahead of both Iron Man 3 and The Avengers; and 157% ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier when comparing the same suite of territories and all at today’s exchange rates. Ultron went on to be the biggest superhero movie of all time internationally with $946M ($893M at current rates). It opened at $202M last year or $212M at today’s exchange rates.
Civil War, which is playing much more like an Avengers gathering rather than a solo Steve Rogers movie, was running about on par with Ultron all weekend. While some industry sources expected it to exceed that film’s opening, the start is an excellent debut and falls in line with most predictions which were on either side of $200M.
The top overseas plays for Steve Rogers vs Tony Stark this frame were Korea ($28.7M), Mexico ($20.4M), the UK ($21.1M), Brazil ($12.9M) and Australia ($10.6M). (Similarly, Korea led Ultron at open, followed by the UK, Russia, Brazil and France.)
The Anthony Russo- and Joe Russo-helmed pic also delivered $9.4M on 205 overseas Imax screens. The $47K per-screen average is nearly double that of Captain America: Winter Soldier.
Disney had a full dance card this weekend, also seeing The Jungle Book swing to another $59.1M internationally for an offshore total of $434.8M. In Europe, the Mouse dominated all the major markets with Civil War and Jungle Book placing No. 1 and No. 2 in many territories and with Civil War/Jungle Book/Zootopia sweeping the top three spots in the UK yesterday.
Speaking of the animated charmer, Zootopia has crossed $600M international with an $9.3M weekend that takes the offshore cume to $609M and the global haul to $932.9M.
Breakdowns on those and more are below:
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is garnering excellent audience and critical reaction (it’s 94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and is looking at buff legs as the run continues overseas this week and leading into the North American start next frame. The international launch of $200.4M is just a touch under Ultron in the same markets and at today’s exchange rates while such power plays of China and Russia are on deck for next week. Russia was the No. 3 opening market on Ultron while China released a week later with $57.2M and went on to gross $240M. Notably this week, there are May Day holidays in several markets including the UK. The film opened No. 1 in all markets around the world, save for Japan where the latest animated Conan movie is dominating.
Asia and Latin America are traditionally very strong Marvel regions. Highlights include the No. 3 biggest industry opening ever in Korea ($28.7M), behind only local pic Roaring Currents and Ultron (-2%). Australia ($10.6M) was the No. 3 biggest opening ever for Disney at 8% behind Ultron and 1% above Iron Man 3. Japan ($7M) came in 42% behind Ultron and 10% above Iron Man 3. It’s Golden Week in the high-multiple market.
Hong Kong ($6.9M) was the No. 2 all-time opening weekend (15% behind Ultron/15% above Iron Man 3. Malaysia ($5.1M) is the No. 5 best-ever start, just under Ultron (-6%) and well over Iron Man 3 (+39%). Captain America: Civil War boasts the top industry opening ever in the Philippines with $7.7M and topping +4% on Ultron. Taiwan grossed a fantastic $9.4M, 5% over Ultron and 6% ahead of IM3. Thailand just missed Ultron‘s record and was the No. 2 industry launch ever with $6.3M.
In Latin America, Brazil kicked off with a record setting $12.9M, crushing the recent benchmark set by Batman V Superman and coming in 12% ahead of Ultron. Mexico‘s $20.4M also gives Cap bragging rights to the No. 1 opening ever, coming a massive 22% ahead of Ultron.
In Europe, the UK scored the 2nd biggest opening day and weekend of 2016 with $20.5M. This is the 3rd best ever start for an MCU title and was 23% below Ultron — which had a four-day opening vs CACW‘s three-day. Tomorrow is a national holiday. France landed the top launch of 2016 with $10.1M, but came in 23% below Ultron and 28% below IM3. Germany, despite better-than-expected weather, brought the biggest four-day opening of 2016 with $8.1M which was -18% behind Ultron and 7% behind IM3. Spain ($4.2M) scored the No. 2 biggest three-day opening of 2016 (behind Dis’ Jungle Book) and was 32% behind Ultron and 2% behind IM3.
On 205 IMAX screens around the world, the top averages by market were Hong Kong ($112K), Sweden ($100K), Taiwan ($75K), Vietnam ($60K) and the Netherlands ($60K). Next week, another 750 IMAX screens will open.
Along with China, Russia, Argentina and Italy next weekend are India, New Zealand and several of the smaller EMEA markets. Word of mouth along with the critical love and a clear path before X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through The Looking Glass hit much later in May will continue to help propel Cap & crew.
The Cap team of Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and Joe Russo recently traveled to China and Singapore while the Team Iron Man crew went to Paris and Berlin. The whole gang met up in London last week where both directors attended a press conference with Marvel’s Kevin Feige, Evans, Stan, Mackie, Robert Downey Jr, Daniel Bruhl, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Emily VanCamp and Paul Bettany.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
With a weekend of almost $100M global, The Jungle Book continues to beat its chest at the worldwide box office. The 4th offshore frame was worth $59.1M to bring the overseas total to $434.8M and the global tally to $688.2M. It will cross $700M this week. The Jon Favreau-helmed live-action/CGI pic has now passed Deadpool to become the No. 3 Western release of 2016. It’s currently in 53 territories with Korea and Japan yet to bow.
The drop this session was just 41% as boys’ attention will have been diverted by Disney’s Captain America: Civil War release. Demonstrating the power of the TJB, it was the No. 2 film in all key markets in Europe (where CACW was No. 1). With $146M to date in Europe, Mowgli and the rest of the pack have already surpassed the entire run of Maleficent in the region. The UK in its 3rd weekend of release dropped just 29%, for a gross to date of $43.4M. France ($19.2M), Germany ($13.1M) and Spain ($11.5M) posted 40%, 42% and 28% dips, respectively.
The biggest offshore play remains China with $129.8M. The weekend added another $20M depiste the entry of two local pics that ate into box office. Disney is on a roll at Middle Kingdom turnstiles with The Jungle Book surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to become the studio’s 2nd biggest live-action release ever, behind only Ultron and as Civil War readies for battle there next week. TJB is also the 3rd biggest overall release for Dis, including the animated Zootopia which grossed $234.4M earlier this year, and Ultron. Other highlights include Jungle Book surpassing Maleficent in Thailand, where it took in $4.7M.
Disney’s other animals were fairly wild again this frame, picking up $9.3M in the 12th – yes, 12th – offshore frame. The international total is now $609M for $932.9M global. Still playing in 40 territories, Zootopia benefitted from the Golden Week kickoff in Japan where it rose 20% versus last weekend. That holdover power enabled it to beat the launch of its own studio rival Captain America: Civil War, and bodes well for the coming frame. Meanwhile, in Germany, with 3.47M admissions, $31.8M in total box office and a 4th place finish in its 8th weekend of release, Zootopia has become the market’s No. 1 movie of 2016. In the UK, it was No. 4 for the weekend (only behind Eye in the Sky by a mere $20K) – its 6th – the total there is now $31.6M. Top markets for the animated family favorite is China with $234.4M, followed by Russia ($32.1M), Germany ($31.8M), the UK and France ($31.5M).
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR
The Universal sequel braved the cold for the 4th weekend of offshore play, capturing a better than expected $8.1M (up from the estimate of $7.4M) in 63 territories. The overseas cume is now $97.78M with the Chris Hemsworth-starrer set to pass $100M this week. The global gross is $132M for the pic that carries a reported $115M budget. The debuts this frame included Greece during Greek Easter with $45K at 60 dates. Trinidad fared better, opening with $79K at 16. In the 2nd weekend of play in China, Huntsman was axed by new local entries Book Of Love and MBA Partners, along with The Jungle Book. It lost a great many screens and grossed just $569K in the Middle Kingdom for a 10-day total of $15.6M there. The top territory totals include the UK $7.3M; Mexico $7.2M; Australia $5.1M; Brazil $4.9M; Germany $4.4M and France $4.3M. Panama opens this week followed by Japan on May 27.
KUNG FU PANDA 3
While parent studio DreamWorks Animation was making news this week as the focus of a $3.8B acquisition by Comcast, KFP3 continued its run in 19 markets. Released by Fox, which has DWA titles through 2017, KFP3 grossed a further $2.8M to bring the total since its late January release to $367.9M overseas. France continued its strong hold throughout school holidays, adding $1M this frame for a cume of $15.99M. Holland, which is just seeing the start of kids’ breaks, jumped almost 125% from last weekend and landed at No. 2. The cume there is $2M. The worldwide cume to date is $509.9M.
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
As their run winds down and with Marvel rivals now dominating offshore play, the DC superheroes pulled in an estimated $2.6M this weekend from approximately 3,514 screens in 59 markets. The offshore cume is now $537.7M. The top market cumes are China with $95M; the UK at $52.1M; Mexico at $36M, Brazil with $35.5M and Australia at $22.5M. In the U.K., admissions in the first quarter were up, thanks in part, to the superhero picture. The worldwide gross is $862.8M.
Melissa McCarthy’s Universal comedy added $1.4M in 20 territories this weekend, lifting the international total to $10.78M. The film continues to play in Australia where the cume is now $4.4M. In its second frame, Germany added $388K for a total of $1.4M. Those are both among the markets where McCarthy’s humor has tended to translate best in the past, although Germany had nicer than expected weather this weekend which put a damper on moviegoing. The worldwide gross for this picture is $66.9M. The Boss still has Spain on May 20 and the UK in a key date on June 10.
EDDIE THE EAGLE
This Fox release continues to soar Down Under with Australia adding $977K from 271 dates in its 2nd weekend. The total there is $4.2M in a competitive landscape. Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman also jumped into New Zealand with $363K from 91. The full weekend was worth $1.5M from 716 screens in 24 markets for a total to date of $14.7M. The global cume is now $30.4M.
As the Golden Week holiday kicked off in Japan, The Revenant picked up $1M on 345 screens in what is the last market for the Oscar winner. It total, it trapped another $1.1M in the frame. The international total is a superb $342.9M.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, (UNI): $28.5M international cume; global cume, $85.8M
Toro, (UNI): $1.2M, int’l cume
Hail, Caesar! (UNI): $1.2M, int’l cume; global cume, $62.8M
The Divergent Series: Allegiant, (LGF): $933K int’l cume; global cume: $158.5M
UPCOMING: The UK will see three new debuts and Australia gets two. Specifically, Neighbors 2 will begin its theatrical run tomorrow including the UK and Australia, prior to its May 20 bow stateside. The first Neighbors — which was a breakout summer hit for Universal — ended up taking a total of $27.1M in the UK and Ireland and $16.9M Down Under. It will also bow in Germany where the first one partied to a cume of $18.4M.
Also opening in the UK/Ireland and Australia will be Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins which stars Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep. And lastly, the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light starring Tom Hiddleston arrives in the UK/Ireland marketplace and will be the only territory it opens in this weekend.
Based on the novel by John LeCarre, the Ewan McGregor thriller Our Kind of Traitor opens in Italy this coming weekend.