Highlights: Maleficent (DIS) takes estimated $106.1M in overseas bow; X-Men: Days Of Future Past (FOX) mutates beyond $500M worldwide; Edge Of Tomorrow (WB) has $20.1M debut; Godzilla (WB) nearing $200M; A Million Ways To Die In The West (UNI) shoots up $10M; Neighbors (UNI) crosses $200M worldwide; Frozen (DIS) skates past $200M in Japan; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) nears $500M…
3rd UPDATE, MONDAY, 3:46 PM PT: The final tally is in for Maleficent and its weekend debut was better than expected in many international territories. It’s gross is now well past $100M. Specifically, the Angelina Jolie-driven film is at $106.1M in 7,427 runs. Final tally is in for Warner Bros.’ opener Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise but need to corroborate territory by territory breakdowns and will update when we’re sure of them, but otherwise, final numbers are in for Godzilla, Universal’s opener A Million Ways to Die in the West and Neighbors, Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Other Woman and Rio2. In addition, we have Spanish Affairs and Babysitting updates all incorporated below.
2ND UPDATE, MONDAY 9:05 AM PT: While we wait on updated actuals from around the international dial, Disney has revised its numbers for Frozen‘s 12th consecutive weekend atop the Japan box office. The cume this frame was $7.5M, not $5.8M as the studio previously reported. That was 8% above last weekend and pushed Frozen even farther past the $200M mark locally with the cume now at $207.5M. With X-Men: Days Of Future Past taking the No. 2 slot in its bow — at $3.4M, the best of the franchise’s openings since 2003 — could it ultimately fall to Disney’s other female-led fairy tale to snatch away the box office crown when Maleficent opens on July 4? Frozen figures have been updated throughout the below.
1ST UPDATE, SUNDAY, 5:50 PM PT: The busy pre-World Cup overseas box office notched a 1% increase over last weekend across the Top Ten titles with Maleficent, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Edge Of Tomorrow among the strong performers. (These pre-tournament dates can be lucrative and provide a wide berth given there’s so little that opens big internationally during the month-long event which kicks off on June 12.) The frame just passed was down 9% versus the same one last year. That’s when The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6 were traipsing around the globe. At the same time, Star Trek Into Darkness dug into China for a $26M opening. The current action in China is with X-Men which added $21.6M in its 2nd frame for a 43% drop and a cume of $79.6M. Next week China gets the Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt sci-fi actioner Edge Of Tomorrow. The closest comp is last year’s Cruise-starrer Oblivion which had its best ex-U.S. perf in the Middle Kingdom with $23.7M. A total of 36 Edge Of Tomorrow markets bow next week, added to this frame’s 28, including Mexico, South Korea and the muscular Russia which is big on the genre – and was the No. 2 international market for Oblivion. Also coming in China, on June 20, is this weekend’s top opener, Maleficent.
On deck elsewhere for next week is 22 Jump Street which opens in the UK, Australia and The Netherlands a week ahead of the World Cup kickoff. The UK was the original big-screen adaptation’s biggest market at $15.9M. The sequel, which opens Stateside on June 13, is getting into English-language markets ahead of other European and Latin American territories which will either open in the later stages of the World Cup or much later in the summer.
Another notable pic to keep an eye on internationally next weekend is Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars. The adaptation of John Green’s YA romance novel has legions of fans. Although these types of dramas tend to do better domestically, this is a strong counter-programmer to soccer matches. Starring Divergent‘s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, the pic bows in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa among about 20 territories next weekend.
There were a handful of local titles among the Top 20 movies in the global marketplace this week. New entry Overheard 3 bowed in China and a handful of other Asian territories to $19.5M. Action thriller A Hard Day out of Korea has a $4.95M cume in its first week and just below it on the list is the comedy that asks the question Qu’Est-Ce Qu’On A Fait Au Bon Dieu?! now with $77.5M in France. The other local pics in the top bunch include China’s animated Happy Little Submarines 4: Adventure Of Octopus and Coming Home, the Zhang Yimou drama that had a special berth in Cannes. More on those in the territory breakdowns which are after the original post below.
PREVIOUS, 11:31 AM PT: The numbers are now in for what was a big international weekend as studios planted flags with some high-profile pics ahead of the World Cup frenzy that will see a slowdown in big releases. This frame saw the overseas bows of Disney’s Maleficent, Universal comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West, and Warner Bros’ actioner Edge Of Tomorrow. Maleficent was the big winner with $106.1M in 47 markets followed by the return engagement of Fox’s X-Men Days Of Future Past which grossed another $95.6M. The movie became the biggest in the franchise after 12 days of release with a global cume of $500.1M. Doug Liman’s Tom Cruise actioner Edge Of Tomorrow had a soft launch in 28 markets and grossed $20.1M at 5,018 screens. The movie is generating strong reviews and word of mouth, and with 36 markets opening next weekend (including China and Russia), it’s looking at a big jump.
Disney had an enchanted weekend with Angelina Jolie-starrer Maleficent kicking off last Wednesday overseas and already taking $20.1M through Thursday. Now open in 47 territories outside the U.S., the movie’s final gross has arrived and it’s $106.1M in its first frame for a global take of $175.5M. (The $70M domestic estimate that Disney reported yesterday was too high. Disney corrected their estimates this morning but then raised the final gross for Frozen in Japan. The studio is right at the $2 Billion worldwide gross mark, so you can see the confusion.
Regardless, this is the biggest ever live-action bow for Jolie domestically, internationally and globally. It also marks her return to the big screen in a live-action film since 2010’s The Tourist. Internationally, it is almost 40% over the opening of comp title Oz The Great And Powerful. That film’s production designer, Robert Stromberg, directs Maleficent in his feature helming debut. IMAX repped $2.3M of the international total.
In Latin America, where folks are prepping for the World Cup in 11 days’ time, Maleficent was especially strong, giving the studio its biggest live action opening ever in the region (excluding Marvel titles). Disney says it debuted No. 1 across all markets in the area where it opened. In Mexico, Maleficent was No. 1 and posted the highest opening weekend of 2014 to date. Mexico is also the biggest international territory for the movie so far with $14.1M since Thursday. Among the other major markets where Maleficent had big bows are France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Russia, Australia and Korea. It took the No. 2 spot in Australia (with $3.8M) behind X-Men, and came in second behind Edge of Tomorrow in Taiwan.
Russia was a No. 1 Maleficent market and the 2nd biggest overseas with $13M. The UK followed with $11M (No. 1) and a 27% share, and Italy (No. 1) was next with $6.7M and a 50% share. Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine, Poland, Austria and Finland all also posted No. 1s. In the States, the film has an A CinemaScore. It’s playing to a 60% female audience and that bodes well for the movie’s international World Cup play. Not that ladies don’t watch football (I sure do) but because the film skews to a female and family audience it is expected to have some legs while a lot of eyeballs are glued to TV sets in living rooms and bars across a large swath of the world, notably Latin America and Europe. Maleficent hits China on June 20 and Japan on July 4. Japan has qualified for the Cup which begins on June 12 and goes through to the final on July 13, but Asia is thought to be less fanatic about watching the matches.
After a spectacular $172M bow last weekend, the X-Men gang pulled in a further $95.6M from 21,635 screens in 75 markets. The international tally is now a franchise best of $338.19M, ahead of 2nd place The Wolverine with $285M. Days Of Future Past opened in Japan this weekend and grabbed the No. 2 spot behind the unstoppable Frozen. It grossed $3.45M from 653 dates for the biggest X-Men opening since 2003’s X2. Elsewhere, it is No. 1 or No. 2 in all but a handful of markets, Fox says, despite the tough competition from Maleficent and Edge Of Tomorrow. Those movies have yet to bow in China where the Bryan Singer-directed Days Of Future Past led the box office again with $22.3M from 5,000. Its cume there is now $79.63M and the market is the biggest ex-U.S. Among the film’s No. 1s are France ($20.65M cume), South Korea ($23.86M), Australia (where it has taken in $13.9M), Singapore and India. It’s No. 2 in the UK ($32.8M), Brazil ($16.3M cume), Mexico ($18.48M cume), Russia (total cums is $17.54M), Germany ($9.86M cume) and Italy ($6.3M cume).
Playing in just 28 markets and with China, Russia, Mexico, France and Australia all to come next weekend, Edge Of Tomorrow posted $20.1M in its debut frame. It had No. 1s in parts of Asia including Indonesia with $2M on 294 screens for Cruise’s biggest opening of all time, and Taiwan with $1.9M on 152 screens. The movie that’s looking to be the sci-fi/action pic that offers another option during the World Cup, is expected to build. It’s gotten strong reviews and has good word of mouth. That’s especially notable in some key European territories. In the UK, its Saturday result jumped 33% over Friday. Warner estimates the film will end the frame there with $3.1M on 787 screens. Germany also grew from Friday to Saturday for an estimated weekend of $2.1M on 651 screens, and in Spain, the Saturday haul was up 69% over the day before. It’s biggest territory is the UK where it took in $3.2M on 788 screens, followed by Germany which grossed $2.1M on 651 screens. In Brazil it chased in $1.6M on 505 screens and in Malaysia, it pulled in $1.25M from 223 screens.
Warner’s Godzilla continued to roar with an estimated $15.1M from on 8,390 screens in 64 markets. The holdover drop was -58% and the international cume to date is just shy of $200M. China and Japan have yet to bow — China opens on June 13 and Japan on July 25.
Seth MacFarlane oater/comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West opened to less than $17M Stateside and in 21 international markets took an estimated $10M at 2,130 dates (including previews). The breakdown of major markets saw Germany open at No. 3 with $2.5M at 597 dates; the UK and Ireland at No. 4 with $2M at 467 dates; and Australia at No. 3 with $2M at 244 runs. MacFarlane’s raunchy Ted was a big hit overseas in 2012 and went on to be the all-time No. 2 highest-grossing R-rated comedy at the international box office. With that film, the UK was ultimately its biggest market at $47.4M total, followed by Japan with $47M. There are 42 territories still to open on Million Ways To Die. This week, there are notable bows in Argentina and Chile, where the movie will look to be the comic alternative to the seriousness of the beautiful game being played on the pitches of Brazil. Other markets entering the frame next weekend are Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel, Portugal, Uruguay, Paraguay, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia, Taiwan and Turkey.
Another Universal comedy, Neighbors, is still partying overseas, adding an estimated $7.8M at 2,810 dates in 39 markets. The movie crossed the $200M worldwide threshold on Saturday with a total $208.3M to date. The overseas portion of that is now $79.4M. Openings this weekend included Russia where it was No. 3 with $1.6M at 565 dates in the underscreened market. There are still 18 territories to come over the next few months.
Meanwhile, Disney’s Frozen has claimed another consecutive No. 1 weekend in Japan – that’s 12 total now. The picture that keeps icing the competition added $7.5M and crossed the $200M mark in Japan to hit $207.5M. It’s now passed Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone to become the No. 3 film of all time in the market. The added box office put Disney over the $2B global box office mark this weekend with an estimated $2,055M. That breaks down to $1,419M internationally and $636M domestically.
Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 added an estimated $4.7M this weekend to inch it closer to the $500M international box office mark. It’s now earned $497.3M to surpass the lifetime gross of the first film ($495.9M). The Marc Webb-directed sequel is still playing in 81 markets.
In other holdovers, Fox’s Rio 2 picked up $5.2M more from 3,631 screens in 57 markets, for a total overseas nest egg of $338M. The Other Woman added $2.86M from 1,657 screens in 51 markets, to bring the international cume to $93.4M. The comedy, starring Cameron Diaz, now has a great worldwide gross of $174.5M. In Spain, Universal’s culture clash comedy Spanish Affairs now has an 87-day total of $75.3M. In its 12th weekend of release, it was No. 3 with an estimated $552K for the frame on 317 runs.
Key territory round-ups
X-Men: Days Of Future Past held the No. 1 spot for the 2nd week in a row in China. Its $79.6M cume plants it in 3rd position among Hollywood films in the market for the year thus far. Behind it this week was Overheard 3, the Hong Kong-Chinese crime thriller from Alan Mak and Felix Chong, the guys behind Infernal Affairs which was remade by Martin Scorsese into Oscar winner The Departed. The final leg of the Overheard trilogy focuses on a group of businessmen who use wiretaps to obtain information about the government’s plans for Hong Kong’s real estate development. Also opening in China were comedy animation Happy Little Submarines 4: Adventure Of Octopus directed by He Zili with a $3.3M take. Coming Home, which Zhang Yimou screened in Cannes, earned $3M for a $38M cume in China and Singapore. Edge Of Tomorrow, which bows next weekend in China, saw strong openings across the region. In Indonesia, it grossed $2M on 286 screens for a No. 1 slot and Tom Cruise’s biggest all-time opening. Taiwan was also No. 1 with $1.9M on 152 screens. Maleficent hasn’t opened in this territory yet.
Frozen just won’t quit in Japan where it is now the No. 3 movie of all time with $207.5M. It was No. 1 for the 12th consecutive week this frame. Behind it was X-Men Days Of Future Past with a $3.4M bow. Next up in Japan is Need For Speed which rolls in on June 7. Maleficent hasn’t opened here yet.
Maleficent opened to $3.8M and to No. 3 behind X-Men and A Hard Day. With $7.2M, X-Men was the No. 1 film for the 2nd week, down 42% off its first frame. It is now the 3rd highest-grossing Fox movie in the territory behind Avatar and Titanic and has a cume of $23.8M. Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title A Hard Day bowed this week to $4.95M. The crime thriller is directed by Kim Seong-hun. Sun-kyun Lee plays a detective leaving his mother’s funeral who accidentally kills a man and tries to cover up the crime by hiding the body inside her coffin.
Overall, Maleficent gave Disney its biggest live action opening ever in the region, ahead of Alice In Wonderland and the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. It was also Angelina Jolie’s highest live-action opening in the territory. Mexico was the biggest ex-U.S. market for Maleficent, casting a $14.1M spell there and scoring the highest opening weekend of 2014 to date. In its 2nd frame, X-Men added $4.1M to become the franchise’s biggest-ever movie in Mexico at a cume of $18.4M. Other new titles in the market included The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia and French comedy The Big Bad Wolf. Edge Of Tomorrow, The Fault In Our Stars and the animated Justin And The Knights Of Valour open next week. In Brazil, Maleficent grossed $6M, its 5th best score outside the U.S. Days Of Future Past was No. 2 in its 2nd frame in Brazil with $4.97M and a $16.3M cume. Latin American openings of Edge Of Tomorrow earned a combined $2.8M on 965 screens. Fox’s Rio 2, in its 5th week in Venezuela, is now the studio’s biggest release ever there with a cume of $11.17M. Next week, Brazil gets The Fault In Our Stars, Three Days To Kill and A Million Ways To Die. On June 12, it begins hosting the World Cup.
Days Of Future Past held the No. 1 spot in its 2nd weekend with a further $8.47M on 751 screens for a cume of $21.6M. That was coming off the 2nd best weekend for a Hollywood movie in the market thus far this year. Maleficent earned $5M in France on 558 runs, and was the week’s strongest new entry in a field crowded with local titles. It was No. 3 for the weekend, behind the top local title Qu’Est-ce Qu’on A Fait Au Bon Dieu?!, the very un-pc comedy about a Bourgeois family whose four daughters marry men from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. It added $4.7M this weekend for a massive $77.5M cume. Universal’s Babysitting, another strong comedy, is in its 7th frame and earned $768K at 350 dates for a 47-day total of $17.2M.
Maleficent took the top spot in Germany this weekend with $5.2M ton 525 runs o make it the movie’s 6th best performing market. X-Men was a strong hold for No. 2, down 9% and reeling in $3.59M at 758 plays. A Million Ways To Die In The West saw a No. 3 open with $2.5M at 597 dates (counting previews). The debut gross for Edge Of Tomorrow was $2.1M on 651 screens, receiving a bump from Friday to Saturday. It opened to No. 4.
With 50% of the market, Maleficent was No. 1 in Italy, grossing $6.7M since its Wednesday bow on 411 runs. That pushed X-Men into the No. 2 slot with $1.79M at 765 dates. The cume is now $6.3M. Edge Of Tomorrow also bowed in Italy with $1.45M on 545 screens for the No. 3 spot. And right behind that was Godzilla at No. 5. Timed just right, animated football comedy Underdogs also opened this weekend to a $323K take on 278 runs to placce No. 6.
The No. 2 overseas territory for Maleficent was worth $13M this weekend. As was the case in many other markets, this was Jolie’s strongest live-action opening ever. The frame was also good enough to beat the entire run of Salt in Russia. X-Men was No. 2 with $3.97M at 2,230 dates. Universal’s comedy Neighbors bowed at No. 3 with $1.5M at 568 locations. Edge Of Tomorrow heads to Russia next week.
Spain made it into the Top 10 for Maleficent’s strongest overseas bows with a $4.2M No. 1 debut on 352 runs. Edge Of Tomorrow burst into the No. 2 slot with $1.5M on 471 screens and a Saturday gross that was 69% above Friday. Behind those, Universal’s local comedy Spanish Affairs passed the $75M mark after 12 weekends of release. It now stands at $75.3M after adding $552K this frame. The movie has been a boon to box office across the country during its long run. However, after X-Men: Days Of Future Past arrives next weekend, the turnstiles are likely to spin a lot slower in this football-loving nation which is also the defending World Cup champ.
Maleficent opened on Wednesday in the UK and grossed $11M through Sunday. This was its No. 3 territory where it had a 27% share and it bowed to the No. 1 spot on 486 runs. X-Men dropped to No. 2 with a $5.8M take for a $32.9M cume – already bigger than the lifetime of X-Men: The Last Stand. At No. 3, Edge Of Tomorrow benefited from strong reviews and buzz which helped increase its Saturday earnings by 33% versus Friday. The weekend is an estimated $3.2M on 788 screens. After that, A Million Ways To Die In The West landed at No. 4 with $2M at 462 dates.