Highlights: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) outperforms 1st film in China with $54M 8-day take; Neighbors (UNI) taps into kegful of No 1 bows to take $33.7M weekend; Rio 2 feathers its nest with added $14.4M; The Other Woman (FOX) rings up $13.3M more; Frozen (DIS) passes Avatar to become No. 5 western release in Japan; Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DIS) nearing $700M; Spanish Affairs (UNI) breaks Avatar, Titanic records for most consecutive days at No. 1…
4th UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, 9:14 PM: Lionsgate just reported last weekend’s box office for Transcendence. In 47 markets, the Johnny Depp picture grossed $2.8M to push its cume to $47.6M It’s only made $69.7M ww to date, having bombed at the domestic box office. It’s top grossing market continues to be China with $22M. It bows in South Korea tomorrow.
3rd UPDATE: MONDAY, 7:03 PM: New and updated numbers below for Neighbors, Heaven Is For Real, The Other Woman, Divergent, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rio 2, Devil’s Due, Spanish Affairs, Babysitting, 12 Years a Slave and others.
2ND UPDATE, SUNDAY 4:43 PM PT: The ongoing runs of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Rio 2, The Other Woman and Frozen, along with the addition of Neighbors this week, kept the box office churning, but the weekend was down across the Top 10 studio titles by 41% compared to last week, and 16% compared to last year. In the similar frame of 2013, Iron Man 3 was still rocketing its way around the globe, passing the $650M mark in its 3rd weekend, and Star Trek Into Darkness bowed in a handful of markets to just over $30M.
Next weekend is likely to see a jolt when Godzilla starts stomping the earth – except in China and Japan where it arrives on June 13 and July 25, respectively. The last Godzilla movie was Roland Emmerich’s 1998 take from Sony which had a special Out of Competition berth at the Cannes Film Festival that year. This time around, Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures’ spin on the classic monster from helmer Gareth Edwards starts rolling out the same day Cannes kicks off (May 14), but not via the Croisette. The opening night movie of the festival, Grace Of Monaco, will grace the rest of France on Wednesday via Gaumont, along with a handful of other territories including Germany and Italy. It does not yet have a U.S. date with The Weinstein Co likely to make a decision regarding its release after the festival cut is screened. The movie has made its share of headlines ahead of the bow, most recently over a statement by the principality’s royal family that it “does not in any way wish to be associated” with the film. Cannes critics can be harsh, especially to opening titles which are the first window onto the world’s biggest festival, but we’ll have to wait until Wednesday for the reaction.
In the meantime, and in a continued trend over the past few weeks, there are several foreign titles on the chart of top movies around the globe this weekend. Leading the charge and moving up to the No. 5 slot is France‘s Qu’Est-ce Qu’On A Fait Au Bon Dieu?!. Philippe de Chauveron’s comedy is produced by TF1 and released by UGC locally. It’s earned $56M since bowing on April 16 — good news for the French box office which had a lackluster 2013. The story centers on a family whose uptight parents see their world turned upside down when each of the four daughters marries a man from a different religious and ethnic background. Comedic culture clashes are big right now on European screens with Spanish Affairs still No. 1 at the box office in Spain after nine weeks. (See below for updated grosses on this film).
Also still in the top ranks is China’s My Old Classmate which added $6M this frame and now has $61M after a little more than two weeks in release. Chinese thriller The Great Hypnotist is still casting its spell with a $27M cume. Fortissimo Films said last week it’s partnering with Wanda Media on international sales of the Leste Chen title about the complicated relationship between a doctor and his patient. Korean period drama The Fatal Encounter added $5M this frame for a $24M cume at home, and another Korean title, The Target, took aim at a further $4.7M for a $15.5M total. The remake of Fred Cavayé’s Point Blank is another title we’ll see in Cannes where it has an official Midnight Screening. There will be no territory breakdowns this week as I turn my focus to the film fest here on the Riviera. Updated figures will come tomorrow.
1ST UPDATE, SUNDAY 11:20 AM PT: Nearly all studio estimates are in with the international frame led by The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Despite dropping to 2nd place this weekend in North America, where Neighbors is on a binge, ASM2 took an estimated $69.5M overseas to pass the $400M mark with an international haul after three weeks of $403M. The Sony sequel opened in China last Sunday and earned a strong $25.1M in its first full weekend, the studio said today. The eight-day cume is $54M, besting the entire performance of the first ASM in the market.
Spidey faced competition in some international markets where folks flocked to Universal comedy Neighbors. The movie uncorked in 29 overseas territories for an estimated cume of $33.7M at 2,564 dates. Along with the U.S. total, that puts its worldwide kitty at $82.7M. It was No. 1 in 17 markets including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands and Israel. Of particular note, Neighbors (known as Bad Neighbours in some markets – see below), took $14.3M at 500 locations in the UK and Ireland. That includes previews and gave Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron and company a hearty 35% share of the market. As noted below, this is the biggest opening weekend ever for director Nick Stoller and is Rogen’s biggest for a live-action film in the UK. It’s also now Efron’s second biggest UK bow behind High School Musical.
In Oz, Neighbors’ No. 1 slot is worth 46% of the market. The weekend estimate including previews is $6.9M at 235 dates and a fantastic $29,366K per screen average. The Germany bow was $5.6M at 530 dates and a 40% share of the market. Universal says this is one of its best comedy openings ever, falling just below Ted and American Reunion. In the Netherlands, it soaked in $1M.
Sony’s Heaven is For Real is rolling out well in the Phillipines, Hong Kong and Poland with expansion coming to Latin America, South Korea and other smaller European markets. First numbers just arriving with $1M in Poland which is high above what Son of God did in the territory ($328K). Phillipines is at $551K and Hong at 266K.
Devil’s Due opened in France, Germany and Italy this weekend and with those markets and 5 others grossed another $1.2M to raise its international cume to $19.5M.
Fox’s Rio 2 soared to $312.2M internationally in 74 markets. In all, the animated movie added $14.48M on 8,377 screens. Big continuing plays for the film include the UK which was up about 20% to $919K in its 6th frame, and France which drew $2.28M this weekend for a No. 5 slot. It had its first weekend in Poland and grabbed $1.36M on only 200 screens for an impressive $6,800 per screen. Australia will release on July 3.
The Other Woman continued to stretch its legs for $13.3M from 5,220 screens in 60 markets. It added a handful of territories this frame including Brazil (No. 3/$872K), Argentina (No. 3/$225K) and Romania (No. 1/$112K). Holdover perfs were strong in Germany (No. 2/$2.1M), the UK (No. 3/$1.5M), Australia (No. 2/$1.4M), and Russia (No. 3/$1.3M). The international cume is now $66.68M with France, Italy, and Spain to rollout in June, potentially hitting the counter-programming sweet spot during the World Cup.
In another part of the world, Disney‘s Frozen was No. 1 for the 9th consecutive weekend in Japan, passing Avatar to become the 5th biggest western release ever in the market. Its global cume is now $1,190.7M after adding $7.1M in three markets this weekend, its 28th in release. The international portion is $790.3M with Japan still under the spell. After scoring its best-yet frame there last weekend, the film dropped just 36% and now has a total of $164.4M.
Disney’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier added $3.5M in its 7th weekend of international play. It’s still doing battle in 42 markets and has an overseas total of $450.6M; that’s 132% higher than The First Avenger’s entire run of $194M. Total global box office is $695.6M.
Lionsgate’s Divergent earned another $4.2M this past weekend from 69 markets to bring its international cume to $112.9M; with $145M domestically, the total worldwide gross now stands at $258M. The biggest territories for the franchise hopeful is France with $12.2M and the UK with $10.9M.
The Grand Budapest Hotel had no new territory openings but now playing in 42 markets, lifted its cume by another $2.68M over the weekend to raise its overall cume to $94.3M. Having grossed $53.8M domestically, it’s worldwide cume now stands at $148.1M.
Paramount’s Noah summoned a further $3.3M from 52 markets for a cume of $239M. Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic has been on release for 8 weeks with only one territory to go; it opens in Japan on June 13.
Among the foreign titles being released by the sudios, Universal’s comedy Spanish Affairs has entered virgin territory. Notching its 9th consecutive weekend at No. 1, it has also clocked 57 days in a row in that position. With that comes the record for the most consecutive days at No. 1 for any film ever released in Spain. Avatar and Titanic both held the No. 1 position for 9 weeks, but not for every single day within them. Spanish Affairs added an estimated $1.7M at 368 dates this frame for a $71.8M cume to date. Its per screen is still a high $4,619 and it’s twice as big as the No. 2 film in this marketplace Neighbors. In fact, it has a 26% share of the country’s box office currently. After nine weeks, that’s incredible. It is the second highest grossing film of all time in Spain, behind only James Cameron’s groundbreaking film, Avatar.
In France, where UGC’s Qu’est-ce Qu’on A Fait Au Bon Dieu?! has made $56M since April 16, local comedies continue to fill movie houses before some of the more serious Cannes fare drops — and Godzilla storms in. Universal’s found-footage comedy Babysitting, for example, is No. 4 with $2.3M at 294 dates for a 26-day total of $14.2M.
NOTEWORTHY: Ride Along is still chugging having raised its cume to $18.89M after this weekend. It had no new openings this weekend, however, over the coming weeks it will bow in Italy, Spain, France and Brazil (in that order). The Lego Movie, which has made $253.6m in the states has an updated international cume of $206.4M to bring its worldwide cume to $460M. Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave is is now at $131M for a ww cume of $187.7M.
PREVIOUS, SATURDAY 9:50 AM PT: Along with its success in North America, Neighbors is having a strong debut across its first 29 international markets. The Nicholas Stoller-directed comedy is No. 1 in 16 overseas territories including the UK and Australia (where it’s known as Bad Neighbours to avoid confusion with the popular Oz soap). Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star as a couple with a newborn who move into a new neighborhood and end up living next to a fraternity house led by Zac Efron. In the UK and Ireland, the film opened with a 46% share. It started previews last Saturday and opened wide on Friday. Through Friday, its box office total is an estimated $10.4M (£6.1M) at 500 dates, including some previews. According to Universal, the bow is Stoller’s biggest Friday ever; Rogen’s biggest for a live-action film and Efron’s third-biggest ever in the market. Down Under, Neighbors has a 50% market share. The total after two days plus last weekend’s previews is $4.3M at 235 dates. That’s Rogen’s biggest live-action opening ever, and Efron and Stoller’s biggest opening weekend ever in Australia. Rogen and Efron have performed solidy in comedies overseas. Efron’s 2009 17 Again earned $72M internationally and Rogen’s 2007 Knocked Up scored $70.2M. Stoller’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall made $42M in 2008. More numbers to come tomorrow from other markets including Germany, but in the meantime Universal says there are excellent openings across the board with positive reviews and word of mouth. Here’s video of Rogen ‘singing’ the theme song to Neighbours the soap, which was used as a promo in Oz: