5th UPDATE, Monday, 12:26 PM PT: Paramount Pictures just reported grosses for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation which was the No. 1 picture again domestically for the second weekend in a row beating out the debut of Fox’s Fantastic Four. It was a one-two finish internationally as well for the two pictures with Mission at a revised and final $65M million and F4 pulling in a final $33.1M. Both pics were just slightly over-estimated on Sunday, Mission down $500K and F4 down $1M. MIRN now has a worldwide total of $263.9M after only two weekends in release.
Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal, TWC have all reported this morning so the titles in so far for The 33 the drama about the miners who were trapped (which opened first — where else — in Chile where the story took place), are the Judd Apatow/Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, the animated Inside Out and Marvel’s Ant-Man (DIS), as well as Minions, Jurassic World, the boxing drama Southpaw and the horror film The Gallows. Added to that are older holdovers such as Terminator: Genysis (which is awaiting its China bow on Aug. 23), Ted 2 and Pitch Perfect 2 as well as Magic Mike XXL, Paper Towns, Spy, San Andreas and Mad Max: Fury Road. Warner Bros. did not report grosses on Sunday so we are newly reporting all of their films today.
Anita Busch updated/added titles today.
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4TH UPDATE, 6:47 PM PT: This is the first week in a while that each of the Top 3 international films have hailed from Hollywood. In this case, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($65M) followed by Fantastic Four ($33.1M) and Minions ($19.5M). Local-language films were not far out of the grouping, however, with China’s continuing success Monster Hunt ($16.4M) at No. 4 and Korea’s new entry Veteran at No. 5. Last year, it was Guardians Of The Galaxy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that made up the top trio. Weighing this week’s three leaders against the 2014 titles, there is a 17.7% year-on-year increase.
Compared to last week, the frame was down 10% across the Top 10 movies, Hollywood and local-language combined. Taking the international movies out of the mix, the decrease is a slight 5%. It helped that Rogue Nation performed up this frame, even if just a touch.
Nex week sees The Man From U.N.C.L.E. release in about 25 Warner Bros markets including such former Cold War hot spots as Russia, Germany and the UK. This movie has a distinctively international flair with Guy Ritchie directing countryman Henry Cavill and Swedish up-and-comer Alicia Vikander along with America’s Armie Hammer. The adaptation of the 1960s TV series sees CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization. An extended scene played like hotcakes at CineEurope in June, showing off all three leads and an intricate set-piece. By way of comps, this year’s non-period spy hit Kingsman: The Secret Service topped out at about $279M overseas while Ritchie’s last pic, 2011’s Sherlock Holmes sequel A Game Of Shadows conjured about $359M. Also next frame, expansions are on deck for Rogue Nation, Fantastic Four and Trainwreck.
Local-language snapshots are below the original posts. Actuals tomorrow.
3RD UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 12:55 PM PT: Much as he did domestically, Tom Cruise remained in control of the international box office this weekend. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation grossed an additional $65M in its sophomore session to bring the offshore cume to $156.2M. The global total through Sunday is $265.3M. This weekend’s overseas tally marks a slight jump from last frame with 18 markets added, including great starts in India, Japan, Russia and elsewhere. Now playing in 58 territories, and on a like-for-like currency basis, the Paramount/Skydance actioner is running 33% ahead of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, meanwhile, entered 43 markets and grossed $33.1M on 8,996 screens. While some of the mature markets underperformed, there were 20 overall that gave it a No. 1 start with solid bows in Latin America and Southeast Asia. More on those below.
With Fantastic Four the only major new studio entry, this was otherwise a frame of milestones for such pics as Minions, Inside Out, Ant-Man and Pitch Perfect 2 while Jurassic World‘s Indominous Rex finally stomped into his last market and chewed up the scenery. The other major monster in the markets, China’s Monster Hunt, took another $16.4M for a $312M cume, placing it No. 4 overall. No. 5 is Korea’s Veteran, a new entry from The Berlin File director Ryoo Seung-wan. Here’s the rundown on studio titles with more to come on local-language:
This franchise reboot, which opened to a C- CinemaScore domestically and came in 2nd for the weekend there, also bowed No. 2 abroad. With a $33.1M start, I hear it’s possible this one gets to the $200M neighborhood overseas — especially if a China date is secured. That process is understood to be underway, but is never a sure thing. In the meantime, let’s look at the FAN 4 numbers from this weekend.
Although it had a No. 1 start, the UK could be considered an underperformer with $4.19M on 540 screens, including previews. For the last two films in the franchise, the UK led overseas play. Australia also came in low at $2M and a No. 2 bow behind Trainwreck.
France, on the other hand grossed $3.85M at No. 1 on 706 and was 38% bigger than Captain America: The First Avenger and 13% over Pacific Rim. Europe was a big driver of the last film, including the UK, France, Italy and Spain. So was Mexico which landed as the top debut market here with $5.29M from 2,232 screens and at 32% bigger than both Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and the 2005 Fantasic Four. Also in Latin American countries, Brazil had a No. 1 bow with $3M from 892 screens — 136% bigger than Fantastic Four (2005), 58% higher than X-Men: First Class and 13% bigger than Iron Man 2. Peru and Colombia also bowed well. With $885K, the latter had the 2nd highest-grossing opening weekend of 2015 behind Furious 7.
In Southeast Asia, No. 1 notables include the Philippines‘ $1.7M from 332 for the 5th best Fox debut ever; Malaysia at $1.65M from 385; Singapore with $1.36M from 62; and Thailand which grossed $1.3M from 360 and had 70% market share. Next weekend, there are 18 new markets to come, though no major plays until August 20/21 when Russia, Korea, and Spain join the mix.
Based on the real story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for two months in 2010, The 33 was released locally this frame to take $1.6M on 140 screens. The opening coincided with a severe storm that caused flooding in Santiago and other parts of the country, but was nevertheless the 2nd best start ever for a local title — 5% behind champ Stefan Vs Kramer. It’s the 6th best bow for the industry. From Fox International Productions, The 33 stars Antonio Banderas, Cote de Pablo, Rodrigo Santoro and Lou Diamond Phillips. It’s directed by Patricia Riggen and produced by Mike Medavoy, Robert Katz and Edward McGurn. More Latin American releases are set for the coming weeks.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION
M:I5 was No. 1 in 17 of 18 new markets where it bowed this frame — settling for 2nd place only in Japan where Jurassic World stomped all over the shop. This was the biggest start for the franchise in 10 markets and gave Tom Cruise his best opening ever in nine territories; continuing a trend started last week. With $65M this frame and in 58 territories, Rogue Nation has a $156.2M cume to date and is running 33% ahead of Ghost Protocol. In IMAX plays, the sophomore session was worth an estimated $3.5M on 219 screens in 49 offshore markets. It has a total worldwide cume of $263.9M.
In notable openings, India, which featured in Ghost Protocol, was huge with $6.5M at 720 cinemas — the 4th best start ever for a Hollywood movie; the best for the M:I franchise and tops for Tom. Rogue Nation bowed 58% bigger than MIGP and is the all-time biggest opening for Paramount Pictures International.
In Japan, Rogue Nation fell in behind the bow of Jurassic World on a terrific $6.1M at 346 locations; 4% above MIGP. That bodes well since Japan was gigantic on the last film, with about $70M.
In other countries that figured heavily in the plot of Ghost Protocol, Russia lit the fuse with $5.3M at 1,235 sites, 76% above the previous film. This is the biggest opening in the franchise and the biggest opening for Cruise. Same goes for the Middle East, which also had prominent exposure in the last movie. The region delivered $4.7M, including $2.5M from 39 cinemas in just the UAE. The bow is Paramount’s best ever. It was particularly healthy in IMAX at an estimated $80K per-screen average.
Other No. 1 starts were Germany with $3.2M at 732 locales, on par with MIGP; and Spain with $1.8M from 387. That market saw a drop from MIGP of 19%.
In holdovers, Korea continued to show its love for all things Cruise, adding $8.1M in the session from 827 cinemas that saw the debut of a strong local film, Veteran, and the continuation of another, Assassination. The cume on MIRN is $32.2M — which puts it close to Edge Of Tomorrow‘s $38M from last year.
The UK’s 2nd weekend grossed $3.7M at 569 locations, lifting the local cume to $17.2M and retaining No. 1. The 2nd frame in Australia brought $2M from 276 theaters for a $6.9M tally; and Mexico made $1.7M from 693 sites for an $8.8M cume. Seven markets have yet to release including France (Aug. 12), Brazil (Aug. 13), Italy (Aug. 19) and China (on Sept. 8).
Minions added a final (and better than estimated) $19.5M this frame in 59 territories as the henchmen beat Despicable Me 2’s international gross with $611M to date. This makes the origins story the 5th biggest animated film of all time at the offshore box office. It also becomes Illumination Entertainment’s best overseas take to date. In the same frame, Minions crossed $900M globally, snatching $913.9M so far. There were no new openings this week but Japan, in its 2nd frame, contributed $3M for a 9-day total of $14.4M — that’s 9% ahead of DM2. Korea added $2.5M in its sophomore session with $11.3M overall thus far; twice as big as DM2.
In Russia, the little guys grossed $31.1M and is the third highest grossing film of all time, only behind Avatar and Pirates of the Caribbean. The next release major release is Italy on August 27. China welcomes Kevin, Stuart and Bob on September 13.
With an Indominous Rex-sized start in Japan, Jurassic World added $15.1M this frame in 63 markets to take the international tally to $945.6M. That makes it the 5th biggest grosser of all time internationally. In worldwide dino dollars, JW now has $1.581B. Japan is the last market to welcome this raptor chapter and gave it a dino-mite kick-off with $12.8M at 803 dates. That was good for No. 1 while yesterday’s $3.2M posting set a record as Universal’s biggest day ever in the market and the 4th biggest of 2015. The Obon holidays, when most people in Japan are off from work, take place this week.
Winning international moviegoers’ hearts and minds, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out has now crossed $300M overseas with a cume to date of a much better than expected $302M. It ended up $2M higher than estimated. With domestic included, the Pete Docter charmer is at $637.4M. The weekend was worth $12.8M internationally, in 53 territories which is 74% of the footprint, and with new openings in Taiwan and Lebanon. Notably, the UK in its 3rd frame is now the film’s top market with $35.5M, overtaking Mexico and Korea where it’s about neck and neck with $30.9M and $30.2M, respectively. Up next is Italy on September 16, followed by Germany on October 1. An October 8 date in China has been reported locally but not yet confirmed by Disney.
Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man legged it past $300M earlier this week, taking its global cume to $325.5M. The breakdown is $147.5M domestic and $178M international. That’s after an offshore weekend of $8.3M. Paul Rudd had his antennae on high hold in France (-38%) and Germany (-42%) this frame which is its 4th overall. Ant-Man has now colonized 50 territories. The UK leads with $22.4M, followed by Mexico at $14.1M, Brazil with $11.9M, France’s $11.3M and Russia’s $11M. Key markets to come for the Peyton Reed-helmed shrinking superhero flick include Italy (next weekend), Korea (September 3), Japan (September 19) and China (September 18 — unconfirmed).
Sony’s Pixels powered up another $9.2M from about 6,910 screens in 75 markets for an international cume of $73.6M to date. Amongst the better holds for the Adam Sandler video game mash-up were Germany with $1.2M in the 2nd frame for a total $4.7M; Brazil with $990K and $8.5M overall; and Mexico with another $940K to bring the total to $10.1M after three frames. Mexico is the film’s No. 1 offshore play, followed by Brazil and Argentina ($6M). The UK will be introduced to new versions of Pac-Man and Centipede when Pixels bows there this week. Also on deck are Australia (September 10), Japan (September 12) and China on September 15. Look for the latter two to pump in a fair amount of quarters.
Trainwreck expanded this frame to Australia, Portugal and a handful of smaller markets (nine in total). Oz was the top opener with $4.5M at 246 dates, which included $2.2M from two weekends of advance screenings. Amy Schumer and Bill Hader did lots of press Down Under which looks to have paid off as the film landed No. 1 Excluding previews, that was 22% bigger than fellow new opener Fantastic Four. The total weekend estimate on the Universal comedy from Judd Apatow is $5.3M at 626 locales in 15 territories for an early total of $6.1M. Combined with the U.S. estimated total of $91.1M, worldwide is approaching $100M with $97.1M to date. There are 36 markets to come; next weekend includes key plays of Germany, Spain and the UK/Ireland.
In 29 markets, the horror film from Blumhouse and Warner Bros. (New Line Cinema) grossed another $953K this weekend to bring its international total up to $15.4M. The next territories to open include Italy on Aug. 19, Germany on Aug. 27 followed by Korea on Sept. 3rd. The worldwide gross for this film is about $37.7M.
The gritty boxing drama starring Jake Gylenhaal grossed $2.5M in 17 markets this past weekend to bring its total cume to $14.8M internationally. Combined with the domestic gross, the worldwide cume is about $55.5M. In its third week in France, it dropped 27% and the market cume is now $3.4M; the U.K.’s cume is now $8.9M. In Russia, it has a total of $775K, and it opened to No. 5 in Sweden ($81K) and No. 7 in Norway ($45K) this past weekend.
MAGIC MIKE XXL
Channing Tatum’s male strip movie is still playing in 37 markets to bring another $1.65M in this weekend on 1,632 screens. It’s international cume to date is $49.8M with the top markets being the U.K. ($10.6M), Australia ($9M) and Germany ($6.6M).
Ted 2 stuffed another $3.6M into its coffers in 43 territories for an $85.3M cume to date. Among openers were France where Seth MacFarlane’s sequel was No. 2 with $2.1M at 429 dates. That put it 6% below the original’s opening weekend. Universal also took the foul-mouthed bear to French-speaking Switzerland where he’s in a close race with Fantastic Four for best new opener. The final is $106K at 20 dates. In Spain, Ted 2 added $505K at 355 dates for a 10-day total of $2.7M. Several Latin American markets open next weekend with Japan — where Ted was a huge hit — on August 28.
Fox’s Paper Towns snuck out this frame to add $2.8M (down from the estimated $3.1M) from 3,700 screens in 56 markets. The international total is now $31.3M on the John Green adaptation. Spain bowed to No. 3 with $502K on 361 screens. France and the UK open next weekend.
Terminator: Genisys pulled in another $1.4M in 57 international territories for a $233.8M to-date total. All in worldwide, it has made $322.2M. The Paramount/Skydance reboot will be the first Hollywood studio movie to hit Chinese screens after the ongoing blackout when it hits August 23.
PITCH PERFECT 2
Although it’s at the low end of the scale in terms of weekend offshore grosses, Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2 has something to sing about this week: It’s now reached $100M at the international box office to nearly double the original’s cume. With an estimated $822K in 10 territories during the frame, the overseas total is now $100.2M. Pitch Perfect the first topped out at $51M offshore. The worldwide total on the Elizabeth Banks-helmed comedy is now $284M.
In their Mexico opening, the Barden Bellas placed No. 7 with $357K at 391 dates; six times bigger than PP. Denmark was No. 4 with $122K at 49 dates (2x bigger than PP) and Argentina opened to $40K at 28 dates (3x bigger than PP). There are five more releases planned.
The Melissa McCarthy comedy from Fox is still playing internationally in 24 markets and ran in with another $358K in 381 locations. To date, the laffer has grossed $124.5M internationally and it’s a fairly even split between domestic and international with 47% coming from North America and 53% from abroad.
The international cume for this Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson disaster film from Warner Bros. now stands at $315.1M
MAD MAX FURY ROAD
The international cume for the actioner from director George Miller is $220.5M for Warner Bros.
THE LITTLE PRINCE
The second weekend for this picture in France, based on the beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Expurey, brought in another $1.4M from 830 cinemas. The film held well, down only 41%, and now has a cume of $5.5M.
Monster Hunt in six markets picked up another $16.4M for a $331M cume according to Rentrak. The markets other than China where the highest-grossing Middle Kingdom movie of all time is playing are Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. The China gross of $328.4M puts Monster Hunt ahead of Transformers: Age Of Extinction to become the No. 2 biggest movie of all time there, behind Furious 7. It would have to pull another $62.6M to pull ahead.
Also in China, animation had an animated weekend. Monkey King: Hero Is Back added $4.7M for a $128.2M total per Rentrak, and Pankcake Man cooked up another $4.6M for a $165.8M cume. There were two new animated movies this frame. Mr Black: Green Star with $4.7M at its start is the first. Directed by Qian Jianping, it’s adapted from the popular animated TV show Black Cat Detective and centers on a smart, brave and handsome black cat detective who protects forest animals from criminals. It’s reportedly not been released in 3D, despite the popularity of the format locally, as a means to preserve the nostalgic feel. Another animated pic, Kwai Boo: Crazy Space Adventure picked up $3.75M for a $5.5M to date kitty. This one is directed by Wang Yunfei, and adapted from the bestselling comics Crazy Kwai Boo about a genius teenager inventor and his friends who go on adventures throughout the universe. Fox International Productions is a backer.
Outside of animation, romance fantasy drama Time To Love, based on the time-traveling novel, Bu Bu Jing Xin, bowed to $3.1M (in what is believed to be previews); and To The Fore, a cycling action/romance drama from Unbeatable’s Dante Lam now has a cume of $9.2M.
A packed frame of more local titles next week includes animations Roco Kingdom 4, Snow White: The Mysterious Father and Happy Panda 2: Panda Hero Legend. In comedies there’s Go Away Mr Tumor, Detecive Lady and Only You.
Korea’s Veteran, from The Berlin File director Ryoo Seung-wan, took the No. 5 spot at the international box office with $15.2M. The comedy/drama from CJ Entertainment follows a seasoned detective who faces off with the arrogant heir of a wealthy family. It was joined by Assassination in that film’s 2nd appearance on the international chart with $8.8M for a $56M Showbox cume. Released on July 22, it is already the No. 3 movie of the year. This has been a resurgent period at the local box office for Korean films while movies like Inside Out and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation are performing extremely well, currently at Nos 7 and 8 for the year. Upcoming this week are local titles Alice In Earnestland; romance fantasy Amor; period revenge drama Memories Of The Sword with Terminator: Genisys’ Lee Byung-Hun; and comedy Wonderful Nightmare.
Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan late last week crossed the 300 crore mark ($47M) making it the 2nd Bollywood film ever to reach the milestone at home. Aamir Khan’s PK is the only other movie to do so at the Indian box office with 340.8 crore. That film crossed 300 in 17 days after its late 2014 release; BB took 20. After 21 days, the cume according to Bollywood Hungama is 302.31 crore or $47.42M. Also notable in India was the start of Rogue Nation which opened to $6.5M at 704 cinemas, claiming the 4th best start ever for a Hollywood movie. It bowed 57% bigger than Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in which India played a key role, and is the all-time biggest opening in the market for Paramount Pictures International. This week, Akshay Kumar and Siddharth Malhotra face off in Brothers… Blood Against Blood from Fox Star Studios and which releases August 14 in time for India’s Independence Day holiday weekend.
Fox is reporting an opening weekend of $5.98M for its film Kwai Boo on 3,000 screens. The animated family film opened in one market: China.
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