Tomorrowland‘s overseas figure couldn’t compete against returning favorite Avengers: Age Of Ultron which outperformed all other films with $46.4M followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with $39M. To be fair, the Disney film is just getting started with some major markets still to come.
Among top markets debuting Tomorrowland, the movie took in $4.3M in Russia, $3.2M in the U.K., $2.8M in Mexico, and $2.5M in France. With more major markets on the way, including China on May 26 and major family territory Brazil on June 4, Tomorrowland is eyeing a future abroad. Significantly, George Clooney was in Shanghai yesterday promoting the pic.
This offshore weekend, says Disney’s Dave Hollis, was “less than what we were hoping for, but it’s too early to tell if it’s really a number that’s going to be disappointing.” Coupled with what Hollis calls a great original story is the favorable competitive landscape ahead for family films. The next major family title to roll out is Disney/Pixar’s own Inside Out which just had a rapturous reception in Cannes. Says Hollis of Tomorrowland, “I think we’ll be in a better spot a week from now and two weeks from now.”
Fox had boisterous news from its initial rollout of the Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy from 1,810 playdates in 10 Asia/Pacific markets for a haul of $12.7M. Top 3 grossers for director Paul Feig’s latest reteaming with McCarthy were $4.8M in South Korea, $2.9M in Australia (for roughly 94% of comps for Bridesmaids) and $1.3M in Taiwan, where it was No. 1. Spy opens June 5 in North America and adds 52 international markets.
For Mad Max: Fury Road, Warner Bros reported $39M on 14,625 screens — a solid holdover with a drop of only -36%. Offshore cume for George Miller’s franchise starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy comes to $133M for a global total of $227.7M. As in the U.S., Monday is a holiday in the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Korea and other markets which WB optimistically notes should mean a strong Sunday.
Among top markets for MMFR, Korea theaters reported $6.1M — holding on to the No. 1 spot against Fox’s Spy and a homegrown drama with a slender 7% drop in business. Korea cume stands at $17.2M. The movie took in $4.1M for No. 2 slot in the U.K. (beating newcomers Poltergeist and Tomorrowland) for a cume of $16.3M. In Miller’s native Australia Mad Max: Fury Road was No. 1 with US$3.3M. The Oz cume is now US$10.0M.
Mad Max: Fury Road bested the debuting Tomorrowland by 45% in France where it remains No. 1 with $3.5M for a cume of $11.6m. In Russia, the apocalyptic actioner took in $2.8M and total to date of $10.5M. It remained No. 1 in Brazil with $2.4M for a cume of $7.3M. Germany grossed $1.7M and cume of $5.3M. Mexico brought in $1.5M for a total of $6M.
In its third frame, Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2 grossed $15.5M in 37 territories. Adding 8 markets, PP2 opened at No. 1 in Spain and held onto the top spot in the U.K, Ireland and Germany plus Austria and South Africa. With a foreign total of $64.5M, the Elizabeth Banks-helmed Pitch Perfect 2 has now outpaced the original’s full offshore run of $50.3M by $14.2M. The first film’s top territories included English- and German-language markets.
With the North American total of $125.8 million, Pitch Perfect 2’s worldwide tally is now $190.4 million compared to the original’s total figure of $115.35M.
Fox also scared up $8.3M with its debut of Poltergeist on 3,750 screens in 36 markets. Top territories were the U.K. with $2.2M where it took the No. 3 slot ahead of Tomorrowland, followed by Brazil with $2M. Other markets included Argentina, Spain and Australia. Poltergeist adds 7 offshore markets next weekend including Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
DreamWorks/Fox’s animated Home tallied an additional $4.8M from 5,915 screens in 54 markets bringing its foreign cume to $193M. Combined with $167.99M in North America, that brings the global figure for Home to a tidy $361M.
Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, meanwhile, took in an estimated $46.4M in its fifth weekend from 91 territories representing approximately 95% of the international market. The film opens in Japan on July 4. That brings the foreign total to $860.6M including $210M in China where it opened May 12. Combined with Ultron’s North American estimated tally through Monday of $410.98M, the superhero cluster flick will have taken in $1.27B worldwide.
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