2ND UPDATE, 3:22 PM PT: A lighter weekend at the international box office, which nevertheless saw new benchmarks for Terminator: Genisys and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the Top 10 studio pictures were down about 11% from last frame. Factoring in this week’s local-language heavy-hitters out of China and Korea, there’s a 9% dip. The new Asian films that made the Top 10 in the current frame included The Hundred Regiments Offensive ($16.2M) and The Dead End ($14M) out of China.
Last year at this time, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes had awakened in China with a total $51.2M overseas. It was followed by Lucy’s added $31.2M and Guardians Of The Galaxy’s $19.7M. The top three movies this session, Terminator: Genisys, The Hundred Regiments Offensive and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation together grossed just over the DOTPOTA take from last year and repped a 46% drop across the top trio.
Next weekend, EuropaCorp’s The Transporter Refueled stakes out the UK, Germany and Spain among others, but won’t get to France until September 9. The last movie in the franchise, The Transporter 3, starred Jason Statham in 2008. This one, directed by Camille Delamarre, stars Ed Skrein (Ill Manors, the upcoming Deadpool) in Statham’s Frank Martin role. Delamarre edited the last film, along with other Europa titles Colombiana and Taken 2. Transporter 3 performed best offshore in both Germany and France with a total $77M internationally, more than double the domestic take.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep-starrer Ricki And The Flash will expand to some major markets including France, the UK, Germany, Brazil and Korea. Hitman: Agent 47 and Trainwreck travel to Russia; No Escape adds the UK and France; The Man From U.N.C.L.E. heads to Italy, Brazil and Mexico; and Straight Outta Compton (performing well in key markets this session) goes Down Under. Mission: Impossible is revving up for China, but that release won’t factor next weekend as the movie goes out on Tuesday, September 8.
China updated below the original post. Actuals tomorrow.
1ST UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 10:41 & 11:44 AM PT: As summer draws to a close in many markets, and with no major new wide releases, this was destined to be a somewhat slower weekend at the international box office. But milestones continue to be passed with good news again for Paramount and Skydance. After opening in China last Sunday, Terminator: Genisys made a big return to the offshore charts, landing at No. 1 for the second weekend in a row. With $23.6M from 25 markets total this frame, the overseas cume is now $320.1M. China’s portion of that is $23.4M this session with $82.8M total after eight days. Also crossing the $300M mark offshore, Par/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation tallied up a $15.3M weekend from 64 territories. The international cume on the Tom Cruise thriller is $309M — and it’s still got China to come. M:I 5 is not expected to be No. 2 overall, however, as that spot looks to belong to Chinese historical war epic The Hundred Regiments Offensive. Also notable, Straight Outta Compton had impressive No. 1 starts in the UK and Germany, helped along in part by the filmmakers and cast traveling to the makets for big local events.
More to come on local titles…
With a global cume through Sunday of $409.5M, the latest pic in the Terminator franchise is benefitting from a strong China run. The first film import allowed into the Middle Kingdom after the summer blackout, it now has an $82.8M cume there. The weekend was worth $23.6M in total with $23.4M from China. There, it’s currently running 12% ahead of Iron Man 3 and 10% ahead of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies over the same number of days. The international take is now $320.1M.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION
Also crossing $300M for Paramount and Skydance, Tom Cruise’s latest winged its way to a $309M cume at the international box office this frame. The weekend saw $15.3M from 64 territories with China still to bow on September 8. Openings this session included a No. 1 start in Greece with $279K at 65 locations. Japan held with $2.3M in the 4th frame, 24% below last week and No. 3 in the market behind Jurassic World and Ted 2. The cume there is now $31.9M. M:I5 is still No. 1 in France with a cume of $16.5M; Brazil also held the top spot with a total $7.9M. In Korea, the total is now $41.1M after five frames and the UK has picked up $29M to date, coming in down just 26% from last weekend. Other cumes include Germany ($11.1M) and Italy ($4M). The global haul is now $479.4M.
Minions, which marched past $1B last week, was given a hearty buongiorno in Italy where it bowed No. 1 with a huge $8.5M to become the biggest opening weekend for an animated film ever in that market where it has a 77% share. Doing the bidding for Universal and Illumination, the little yellow henchmen added a total estimate of $14.9M in 60 territories. That brings the cume overseas to $694.1M. Combined with the U.S. total of $324.8M, the worldwide cume is $1.02B. In other milestones, Minions overtook Ice Age: Dawn Of Dinosaurs’ $690M yesterday to become the 3rd-highest-grossing animated film of all time internationally. There are still three territories to go: Turkey (September 4), China (September 13) and Greece (September 24).
HITMAN: AGENT 47
In its 2nd offshore frame, Hitman: Agent 47 picked off $13.1M on 5,157 screens in 60 markets. That brings the international cume to $25M. Opening in 38 more plays across Europe and Latin America this frame, the Fox actioner was No. 2 in France with $1.9M; No. 3 in the UK with $1.4M; and No. 1 in Colombia where it opened 123% above The Bourne Legacy. The Malaysia hold was strong at No. 1 for a $2.24M cume that’s 72% bigger than the lifetime of The Equalizer. Thailand ($1.3M) and Hong Kong ($1.24M) also held well. Next weekend Rupert Friend takes on Russia, Korea, and Argentina among others.
The Disney/Pixar pleaser crossed $700M during the past week worldwide and added Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Singapore to the toon’s territories this frame. With $10.9M more from international play, its global total is now $715.63M after 11 weekends. The Scandinavian territories got off to a great start with Denmark posting the highest ever non-sequel opening for a Pixar release. It also grabbed the No. 1 slot, coming in above the debut of local title Summer Of 92 about the underdog Euro Cup champs of 23 years ago. Sweden opened above Pete Docter’s acclaimed Up. Singapore brought the 2nd biggest Disney/Pixar animated opening weekend of all-time. Elsewhere, the holds continue to be joyful: France (-5%), Australia (-13%), UK (-18%), Japan (-24%), Hong Kong (-36%), Korea (-39%), Thailand (-38%). Italy is next for Riley and friends on September 16, followed by Germany on October 1 and the China start which is not yet dated.
This frame put Universal’s Ted 2 above $100M internationally. Notably, the Seth MacFarlane comedy bowed in Japan which was the original film’s 2nd strongest offshore play. It grossed $4.7M at No. 2 (behind Universal’s own Jurassic World) and 9% above Ted. In Mexico, it was No. 1 with $1.8M. The total weekend dowry is $9.3M in 45 territories for a $109M cume. Combined with the domestic number, Ted 2 is at $190.2M global. Indonesia is the next and final release on September 9.
Approaching $100M internationally, Fantastic Four added $6.8M for a $93.5M offshore cume to date. In 65 markets, it’s showing some good holds including in Venezuela where it’s No. 1 with $7M. Mexico and the UK are still tops with $10.3M and $9.4M respectively. Italy and Japan are still to come.
As more summer vacations wrap up this weekend, Warner Bros’ reboot of the 80s franchise picked up a further $6.65M from 5,023 screens in 49 markets. That takes the international cume to $26.5M. A No. 1 opening in Russia was worth $1.8M, topping We’re The Millers by 14%. In holdover cumes, the Ed Helms-led comedy is as follows: Australia ($2.35M); France ($1.4M); the UK ($2.1M); Spain ($1.4M); and Germany ($1.2M). Mexico’s 3rd frame added $406K to establish a cume of $4M and bring the movie above the lifetimes of We’re The Millers and both Horrible Bosses films. Brazil is up next on September 10.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
The domestic champ went straight to No. 1 in bows in the UK, Germany, German-speaking Switzerland and Iceland. With an additional $6.5M after showing strong starts in smaller markets the past few weeks, the international total is $6.8M. The Universal title about the origins of NWA grossed $3.9M in the UK, just below 8 Mile but at the top end of the comps. Germany, where U has had the No. 1 movie 18 times this year, was good for $2.2M, well above holdover Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Director F Gary Gray, Ice Cube and some of the young actors hit Berlin and London recently to help stir up buzz on the well-reviewed film. Ahead of next week’s Australia bow, they’re doing press Down Under this week. There are 24 more openings planned over the next few months. Next weekend, SOOC goes to Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Poland. Combined with the outstanding U.S. estimated total of $134.1M, the worldwide total is now $140.9M.
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Warner Bros’ spy pic grossed an estimated $5.56M from nearly 4,500 screens in 46 markets. The international cume now stands at $36.6M. Argentina was a new bow this frame with $191K on 101 screens and besting the debut of Bourne Legacy by 23%, per the studio. In holds, the UK cume is now $7.5M; Russia is also $7.5M; Australia is $2.8M; Spain has $2.2M and Germany has taken $1.66M. The Guy Ritchie title heads to Italy, Brazil and Mexico this week.
Demonstrating the international pull of Adam Sandler, Pixels has now surpassed Grown Ups 2 as the star’s all-time highest grossing film internationally. It’s also his 7th to cross $100M overseas. This weekend generated another $5.2M from nearly 3,800 in 80 markets. The offshore cume is now $114.8M. In the Philippines, Pixels debuted No. 1 with $875K from 176 screens, tracking ahead of The Lego Movie by 71%. Hong Kong‘s 2nd frame kept the arcade game adventure at No. 1, taking the cume to $1.68M and surpassing the lifetime of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by 40%. The UK saw a 23% drop with a local cume of $9.6M. Germany‘s 5th session saw a 16% drop for a local total of $8.7M. Markets to come include Australia (September 10), Japan (September 12), and China (September 15). Perhaps not such a pickle after all.
Jurassic World continues its domination of the Japanese market with the No. 1 slot for the 4th time in a row and a total there of $57M after 23 days. If Japan continues to hold well, it could push JW above $1B internationally which would give Universal its 2nd $1B offshore grosser of the year after Furious 7. The total take was $3.9M in dino dollars this frame for an overseas cume of $993.6M. The worldwide cume is $1.637B.
Tallying up $2.4M more for Universal in 37 territories, the comedy’s offshore cume is now $23.8M for a global total of $128.9M. Markets bowing this frame included the Netherlands ($221K), Finland ($74K) and Peru ($81K). Amy Schumer takes her brand of comedy to Russia, Colombia, Cyprus, and Denmark next weekend.
Fox’s Chilean miner drama The 33 earned $2.1M from 1,623 screens as it expanded to six markets. It’s still No. 1 after four weeks in Chile and is the 2nd biggest local production of all time there with $4.36M to date. Mexico opened to $1.3M this frame, coming in No. 3. The international cume now stands at $6.5M.
Pablo Trapero’s film which debuts in Venice next week, is continuing its record-setting spree in Argentina. With a further $1.9M from 292 screens, it now has a cume of $11.53M. This frame was the biggest 3rd session ever for a local production as well as for Fox, and the 4th biggest 3rd weekend of all time behind only Furious 7, Minions, and Jurassic World.
In 23 markets, Paper Towns now has a cume of $46.8M. It added $1.9M from 1,617 screens and held well in France ($3M cume), Germany ($2.5M cume) and the UK -$5.1M cume). Italy is on deck, releasing next weekend.
Now an antenna shy of $200M at the international box office, Ant-Man has cumed $199.8M to date. The Disney/Marvel title added $1.5M this frame and has a worldwide total of $368.99M. Currently casting its superhero spell in 34 territories, it next heads to Korea this week and will shrink into Japan on September 19. A China date is still to be confirmed.
CAPTURE THE FLAG, A PERFECT DAY (Spain)
Spanish animated pic, Capture The Flag, is released locally by Paramount and opened at No. 1 with $1.4M from 369 locations. The adventure/comedy hails from director Enrique Gato who helmed 2012 hit 2012’s Tad, The Lost Explorer. It’s inspired by the 1960s space race and sees a ruthless billionaire bent on rewriting history to excise the feats of the Apollo XI astronauts and the Moon landing. Enter a headstrong 12-year-old who travels to the Moon to thwart evil. In a different tone, A Perfect Day, which Universal has locally, opened No. 3 with $478K at 324 dates. The aid-worker drama is directed by Fernando León de Aranoa and screened in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes this year. Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko star.
THE LITTLE PRINCE
Also out of Cannes, Paramount’s The Little Prince has now tallied $10.1M in France after its 5th weekend in release. It jumped 10% in the frame that also saw the bows of Hitman: Agent 47 and Jacques Audiard’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Dheepan.
Based on a major campaign by the Chinese during the Second Sino-Japanese War, The Hundred Regiment Offensive is a big-budget epic from director Ning Haiqiang. According to China Daily, the film depicts a 1940 campaign by the 108 regiments of the Eighth Route Army, which was led by Communist Party of China in several provinces in the north and resulted in mass casualties for the Japanese. Said to aim for “authenticity rather than propaganda,” it picked up $16.2M this frame for an $18.7M cume to date. Also up there is The Dead End with a $14M weekend and an $18.5M cume. The crime drama by Cao Baoping was a big winner at the Shanghai Film Festival in June where it scooped Best Director and Best Actor. Focused on two criminals whose time is running out, it’s based on the 2010 novel Sunspots.