UPDATED, Monday, 4:18 PM: All grosses below have been updated with final tallies with better than anticipated performances from Paramount Picture’s latest in their Spongebob Squarepants series, Fox’s Oscar winning Birdman and a great opening for Disney’s Into the Woods in Japan. Meanwhile Big Hero 6 and Fifty Shades of Grey hit records for their prospective studios.
HIGHLIGHTS: Cinderella (DIS) is belle of the ball at $63.7M; Run All Night from WB hits a higher than expected $7.5M; Fifty Shades Of Grey (UNI) cracks studio’s Top 10; Into The Woods (DIS) sings bright $3.5M tune in Japan; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (FOX) is still tops in the UK.
Cinderella planted her glass-slippered foot onto the world stage this weekend with a $131.5M global cume (less because the domestic cume was $2.3M less than estimated on Sunday). The international fairy dust was worth an estimated $63.7M with a record bow for a Disney Live Action film in China at $25M. Russia was also a big play with $7.3M, impressive in a market that – like China – typically goes for 3D fare. The best offshore comp is Oz, The Great And Powerful. That movie opened two years ago in essentially the same corridor with $69M in 46 markets. Cinderella’s waltz this weekend was 17% higher than Oz’s start in the same suite of markets; the latter film topped out at $258.4M internationally. See my separate report on Cinderella for more.
On the flip side of the demo, Liam Neeson’s re-team with Jaume Collet-Serra, Run All Night, did 19 international markets this weekend, grossing an estimated $6.6M for Warner Bros., with nearly 1M admissions from more than 1,900 screens, including sneaks. Major bows were in the UK and France. In the former, the action thriller’s debut was worth $1.3M on 544 screens. France launched to $1.1M from 406 theaters, ranking No. 2 in that country. The UAE’s weekend was an excellent $731K from 51 screens. Next weekend, Neeson’s hit man Jimmy Conlon will target Australia and Korea.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Oscar winner Big Hero 6 became the top animated title of 2014 with $633M globally over the weekend. After opening in China on February 28, the film now has a local cume of $66.5M, surpassing Frozen to become the highest grossing animated release there ever from Disney or Pixar. Big Hero 6 is now the 3rd biggest animation release ever in the Middle Kingdom as well as the highest grossing non-sequel animated film of all time after 16 days of release. In all, it added $16.5M in 23 territories this frame for a $410.7M international total. Of that, about $15.5M came from China – a 15% drop from last weekend.
Kingsman: The Secret Service earned $13.6M this weekend lifting its cume to $169.7M. Korea scored another winning frame with $3.3M in its 5th go-round, dipping to No. 2 behind a local title. The cume there is $36.3M Germany opened No. 1 with $2.17M from 629 screens. Elsewhere, France held on nicely with a 25% drop and another $977K to take the cume to $9.8M.
Warner Bros’ Will Smith-starrer Focus pulled $13.8M in 61 markets in its 3rd frame for a progressive total of $58M. Brazil was a No. 1 start with $1.7M from 625 screens. The cume to date now stands at $5.2M. The top market cume is the UK with $8.65M, followed by Russia at $7.7M, Mexico with $5.3M, Australia at $4.2M and Italy with $4.1M. Upcoming releases include France and Spain this week.
After rising to the No. 1 spot internationally last weekend on the back of a strong China start, Jupiter Ascending added $8.8M this frame in 37 markets, bringing the international cume to date to $125.3M. The Middle Kingdom brought in another $8M for a total there of $40.5M. Japan releases March 28.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has become Universal’s 10th highest-grossing film of all time worldwide. The global gross is now $546.5M, thrusting Ana and Christian ahead of Despicable Me’s total of $544M. This weekend, its 5th, the bondage bonanza added $8.4M in 60 territories for an international cume of $385.1M. It will pass $550M global next frame. Overseas, it should cross $386M at the box office on Monday, leaving The Lost World ($385.9M) in its tracks to become Universal’s 6th highest grossing film ever internationally. That will land it behind Despicable Me 2 ($607.1M); Jurassic Park ($564.5M); Fast & Furious 6 ($550.3M); Mamma Mia! ($462M) and Fast Five ($420M). Notably, all of those films had China while Fifty Shades won’t be released there. In 14 territories, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s blockbuster book-to-screen transfer is Universal’s top film ever. Those notably include Brazil, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Venezuela, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Paraguay, Romania, Serbia/Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Egypt bowed on Friday with a weekend estimate of $26K at 7 dates. That was the last market to go theatrically.
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper continued its spot-on trajectory with a further $8.3M from 56 markets. The international cume is now $176M. It is No. 1 again in France with $1.7M in its 4th frame on 520 screens. The cume there is $19.4M. Estimates from Germany put the Warner Bros release at $1.4M for an $8.75M cume. Japan held well with $989K ($14.9M cume) on 337 screens.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water soaked up a a better than anticipated $4.73M this weekend from 5,028 locations in 49 territories, bringing the international cume to $116.6M. While there were no new openings this weekend, Germany’s 4th frame delivered $624K from 611 sites, down 36% from last week. The local cume is now $10M there. The UK is the next market to release on March 27 and Australia follows April 2nd.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel registered $4.28M in its 3rd frame for a cume of $29M. The UK was No. 1 again with $2.1M, bringing the cume there to $17.6M. After three weeks, Australia is in 2nd place with $1.25M and a cume of $8.9M. In New Zealand, the Fox Searchlight title is still No. 1 with a $1.65M total to date. Among its six new openings, the Hotel checked into Russia with $192K at 576 dates.
Disney’s Into The Woods had a strong Japan debut with an estimated $3.5M. That’s the biggest opening weekend for a Western release in 2015 so far and was 32% above American Sniper. It’s also the top opening for a western musical release in Japan since 2000. The international total to date to $64.9M.
Oscar winner Birdman continued its ascent bringing in another better than expected $1.87M to take the cume to $56.2M. Holds are good in France and Germany with minimal drops for Fox.
Legendary’s Seventh Son added an estimated $1.8M in 14 Universal territories for a total $65.6M. Brazil was a new open on Thursday, placing No. 2 with $925K at 299 dates over the weekend. There are two territories to release: Israel March 26 and the UK on March 27. With China, the offshore cume is $91.1M.
The Theory Of Everything brought in a further $1.5M in 53 territories. The Universal release now has an $81.56M cume overseas. Japan opened on Saturday and the estimated weekend gross is $315K at 65 dates with with the best screen average in the market.
Universal’s local release Dukhless 2 is out of its 2nd frame in Russia where it is now No. 2 behind Cinderella with an estimated $1.5M at 1,033 dates for an 11-day total of $6.7M.
Project Almanac added $508K for Paramount from 659 locations in 11 markets including new openings in Peru and Bolivia. The international cume is now $9.9M.