FINAL UPDATE, 1:23 PM PT: Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials kicked off in 21 international markets a week before it lands in theaters in North America where it is expected to open stronger than the first installment which opened to $32.5M last year. Finals are in also for the Paramount/Skydance holdover Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation which had a record breaking opening in China (see below) as well as Universal’s Minions which enjoyed the biggest opening for an animated film ever in the Middle Kingdom.
Other films that reported in with final grosses are Universal holdover Straight Outta Compton, the domestic opener The Visit from M. Night Shyamaln, Paramount’s Terminator: Genisys, Uni’s comedy Trainwreck and Warner Bros.’ comedy Vacation as well as the soft performaer Man From U.N.C.L.E. Fox’s YA film Paper Towns, its Chilean Miner movie The 33, the flopping franchise Fantastic Four, El Clan, and the studio’s two actioners Hitman: Agent 47 and Kingsman: The Secret Service (which bowed in Japan over the weekend). Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man is getting closer to $400M worldwide, while Disney’s animated Inside Out is almost at that $400M mark in international alone. Final grosses are in, too, for Universal’s Jurassic World, the raunchy comedy Ted 2, and we’ve added grosses for the family comedy Shaun the Sheep, the Benecio del Toro, Tim Robbins’ drama from Spain A Perfect Day, and Barbie: Rock N’ Royals (a home entertainment production being released theatrically) and the horror film Unfriended.
Sony’s just reported final grosses for Pixels, which crossed $200 worldwide this weekend and heads to China tomorrow (Sept. 15th). It has grossed $127.3M in international markets. We just updated with its numbers at 1:33 PM and again with grosses from the thriller Solace starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell.
'Minions' $20.1M China Bow Is Biggest Opening Day Ever For An Animated Film
Monday’s finals were updated by Anita Busch.
4TH UPDATE, 6:30 PM PT: This was an improvement on last weekend when the Top 3 pictures overseas managed just $35M combined. Fast-forward to today, and the Top 3 are looking at $144M+ — which is mostly down to China. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation leads with $91.4M, including $85.8\M from the Middle Kingdom; newcomer Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials had a strong $26.7M bow in 21 markets (outside China); and Minions added $26M, also off of a stellar start in the world’s second biggest box office market. Compared to last year at this time, those Top 3 pics are up about 200%.
There were no Asian movies in the Top 10, or the Top 20 for that matter, this frame. Monster Hunt is picking up sticks after sticking it out to beat Furious 7’s all-time Chinese box office record this week, and Korea was led again by Ant-Man. For a look at what’s on deck in China and Korea, see below the original post.
In other local language news, Germany’s Fack Ju Gohte, the sequel to the 2013 smash comedy which made over $73M locally, bowed to what’s looking like close on $15M and the best local start of all time. Bora Dagtekin again directs for Constantin Film. We will update with more detail tomorrow.
Breakdowns on the studio titles in the international marketplace are below. We are still missing official numbers on The Transporter Refueled, although Rentrak has it at $5.2M for the weekend with a $27M cume in 26 offshore markets.
Notably coming up next week is Venice opener Everest from Working Title and director Baltasar Kormakur and starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal. It begins rollout in a host of offshore markets including Australia, Germany, Spain, the UK, Philippines, Netherlands and Kormakur’s home country of Iceland, courtesy of Universal. It also opened the Deauville Film Festival which generally helps as a commercial entry point to Europe. It will play extensively in 3D and IMAX. Expansions will include, notably, Scorch Trials in 41 more markets.
We’ll have actuals on the below tomorrow.
3RD UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 4:20 PM PT: The international box office got a boost this frame with some real hot spots and hot titles around the globe. Beginning with China, both Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and Minions entered the Middle Kingdom this week. Paramount and Skydance’s Tom Cruise-led actioner landed the top spot at $85.8M over the Tuesday-Sunday period (overall, it hauled $91.4M for the weekend in 63 territories). In China, it bested comps Ghost Protocol and San Andreas; and fell just shy of Jurassic World over the same amount of days. Its worldwide cume is now $612.97M. But never understimate a henchman. Universal’s Minions in their first day out today took in $1.3M less than expected with $18.8M (down from the estimated $20.1M) to score the best opening ever for an animated film in China. The full Minions weekend was $26M in 57 territories.
In new titles, Fox sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials landed ahead of Minions overall, burning up $26.7M in 21 overseas territories ahead of its U.S. opening. In all markets, it outperformed the original film in the series and was up 40% across the suite. M Night Shyamalan’s The Visit opened in 14 territories in Europe with $3.9M.
In the UK, Studiocanal’s Tom Hardy-as-the-Kray-twins pic, Legend, is looking at a No. 1 $7.69M weekend. That’s ahead of both Scorch Trials and The Visit. Fack Ju Gohte 2, the sequel to 2013’s breakout comedy, opened in Germany and Austria to $20M and is tipped as a record for the biggest local movie opening ever in the former.
Also of note, Pixels crossed $200M worldwide for Sony ahead of the China release on Tuesday. Japan was a No. 1 bow with $1.8M across Saturday and Sunday. And, speaking of China, again, Disney has now confirmed highly-anticipated release dates for both Inside Out (October 6) and Ant-Man (October 16).
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Fox unleashed the sequel to its 2014 young adult hit The Maze Runner on 21 international markets this frame, one week before the U.S. bow. With a fresh out of the gate $26.7M debut in 21 markets, the start was overall 40% bigger than the previous film in the same territories and served up several No. 1 openings. Significant jumps came in the UK with $4.2M (+46%), Mexico with $3.73M (+74%) and Taiwan‘s $3.49M (+21%) In Singapore, it is now Fox’s 3rd biggest weekend ever, and in Hong Kong, it’s the studio’s 4th biggest. The second in the franchise is playing in 5,586 dates. Wes Ball returns to direct after bringing the original to an international cume of about $240M. The biggest ex-U.S. markets were France (MRST coming on October 7) and China, for which there is currently no date on the sequel. The sci-fi thriller treks to 41 additional overseas markets next weekend.
M. Night Shyamalan marks his first collaboration with micro-budget horror master Jason Blum on The Visit. The Universal relrease hews closer to Shyamalan’s earlier work and is vying for No. 1 domestically this frame. The story of two kids visiting what turns out to be pretty creepy grandparents opened in 14 territories in Europe including the UK where it faced stiff competition from Legend and The Scorch Trials. Coming in at $3.9M overall, it has a worldwide gross of $29.4M thus far. In the UK, it was No. 3 with $1.6M; Spain was No. 1 with $1.8M — after a series of local titles have held that position; Portugal was No. 2 with $101K and Turkey had a better than expected No. 3 opening with $76K. International dates roll out over the next few months. Next weekend brings Malaysia, Singapore and Slovenia.
In a dual role, Tom Hardy plays notorious gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, twins who ran organized crime in the East End of London in the 1960s. Brian Helgeland directs the Studiocanal-backed picture from Working Title that Universal is handling Stateside. It debuted in Toronto yesterday to strong notices for Hardy who’s one of the most intriguing actors working today. With such a keenly British subject matter, it’s no surprise the film did well in the UK, its first offshore market. The No. 1 numbers are impressive. Including previews of $2.3M, the total opening weekend estimate is $7.69M; well ahead of the No. 2 pic, The Scorch Trials. Russia and the States bow next week.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
At $85.8M, Rogue Nation’s Tuesday-Sunday China opening helped catapult Ethan Hunt and his IMF crones to $613M worldwide after just passing $500M last Sunday. The China bow in 5,500 locations came in 134% above Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (which opened on a Saturday with the comp gauging S-T). It was also 73% above San Andreas which was also a Tuesday opening this year; and 17% below Jurassic World which debuted on a Wednesday. China’s Alibaba Pictures made its first investment in a Hollywood film with M:I5. Nevertheless, since the blackout ended, studio movies have been getting squeezed into place with Minions having opened today and Pixels (also with Chinese investment) coming down the pike on Tuesday. M:I5 should however see strong continued to play. Its full weekend was $91.4M from 63 territories for an international cume of $424.9M.
Holds were in the high 20s low 50s in percentage terms. France after five weeks has a $19.7M cume (-27% weekend-to-weekend); Japan after six is at $38.2M (-49% from the weekend prior); Germany, also in the 6th frame is at $13M (and held at No. 3 despite huge local competition, down 52% weekend to weekend); and the 7th UK frame now brings the cume there to $32M (down 40% from last weekend).
It was Minions time in China today as the little henchmen marched in and landed the biggest opening day ever for an animated film with $18.8M (down $1.3M from Sunday’s estimate). The full international weekend is $26M in 57 territories for a international total of $748.55M. Worldwide, Kevin, Stuart and Bob have climbed to $1.08B, passing Toy Story 3 today to become the second-highest-grossing animated film ever. It is also the second highest grossing animated filmn of all time internationally now, only behind Disney’s 2013 debut title Frozen which tallied $880M. Greece releases on September 24 and is the last market to go. For more detail on the new record, check out my separate story here.
There were no new openings for Inside Out this frame, but there’s no need to get emotional. Germany, Italy and now China (confirmed for October 6) are on deck. The international take in 34 territories this session was $6M as the offshore cume nears $400M – currently at $396.6M – and global sits at $748.1M. This is the rapturously reviewed Disney/Pixar film’s 13th weekend in release with hearts melted in the Nordics where Sweden, Finland and Denmark had No. 1s for the 3rd consecutive frame. In the UK, where the Pete Docter title has been embraced to the tune of $57.2M, the 8th weekend saw a 16% dip.
Adam Sandler is proving naysayers wrong with Pixels passing the $200M global mark this frame for a total gross of $202.6M. It has overtaken Blended, Jack And Jill and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan on a worldwide basis, among other Sandler movies, and has a shot at Just Go With It and more as the China release is still to come. The Columbia Pictures action comedy now has $75.3M in North America and $127.3M internationally. This past week the arcade games-as-aliens pic was released in Australia and Japan and added $5.2M to its take from over 3,000 screens in 73 markets. Pixels slotted in at No. 1 in Japan, taking the top spot from Ted 2 with $1.8M for Saturday-Sunday on 623 screens, and on par with Guardians Of The Galaxy. Australia, one of Sandler’s biggest offshore markets along with Brazil, opened with $1.6M (including previews) from 445 screens and at No. 3; it was on par with The Smurfs 2 and Hotel Transylvania.
Paul Rudd’s superhero antennae picked up an additional $5.2M in 17 territories this session (its 9th) to build the international hill to $218.7M thus far. The global take is speeding towards $400M and is currently at $394.9M. There were no new openings this frame, but there was a very strong grip on Korea where the Disney/Marvel movie maintained the No. 1 position and dropped just 39%. Next weekend are the Japan and Greece bows. Importantly, the China date has finally been confirmed for October 16.
Hitman: Agent 47
In its 3rd international assignment, this Fox release pinpointed $4.8M from 7,976 screens in 73 markets. Belgium brought a No. 2 bow of $230K on 38 screens; and Venezuela and France dropped by only 20% and 39%, respectively. France is currently the sequel’s top ex-U.S. market with $4.07M total on the Rupert Friend-starrer. The international payday is $52.2M with three top 10 overseas market releases still to come.
Straight Outta Compton
As rollout continues on the winning drama about NWA, the international weekend grossed $4.3M in 15 territories for a total of $24.9M at 1,598 dates. Korea drew $184K with strong local response in 165 locales; Sweden opened at No. 3 with $271K at 61 dates and good WOM; French-speaking Switzerland was No. 1 with $75K. In holds, Australia moved down to No. 2 with $1.6M at 203 dates as Pixels lost out to it and came in at No. 3 by a hair, also with $1.6M. After 11 days, the total is a healthy $5.8M. The UK is also pacing out nicely with $963K in week three and a 17-day total of $10.8M. In a super-competitive Germany, SOOC held at No. 2 in week three with $559K and an 18-day total of $4.6M. There are 26 more openings planned over the next few months. Next weekend includes France, Belgium, Croatia and Czech Republic.
Warner Bros.’ international road trip continued with $3.5M this weekend from 3,450 screens in 55 markets, bringing the international cume to $40M. Family-friendly Brazil generated $696K on 390 screens, ranking No. 2. On a local currency basis, the Ed Helms-starrer made 2.7M reals, just below Spy’s 2.8M earlier this year and ahead of comps like Neighbors (2.1M) and The Hangover (2M). Vacation also opened No. 1 in Holland with $301K on 99 screens. Mexico and Russia remain the top markets for the comedy with $4.6M and $4.1M, respectively.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Spying a further $2.9M from 3,440 screens in 64 markets, the Guy Ritchie pic has a $51.9M cume to date. The U.K. leads overseas markets at $9.6M with Russia following ($8.6M). Upcoming releases include France (September 16), Korea (October 29) and Japan (November 14).
Fantastic Four has certainly struck a chord in Venezuela where it is the No. 1 movie for the 4th consecutive frame and has a cume of $12.8M. With an additional $2.75M this go-round on 1,978 screens in 46 markets, the offshore gross has reached $105.5M.
The bizarro-Teddy Ruxpin dipped to No. 3 in Japan this frame as Sony’s Pixels moved into the market, pushing him and the Jurassic World raptors down a notch. The Japan cume is now $14.6M after culling together another $1.5M this weekend whereas Pixels grossed $1.8M in the country. The overall international weekend grossed $2.9M in 27 territories for a total of $126.59M and a global cume of $207.9M.
With the arrival of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in China, it’s about time for Arnold Schwarzenegger to be saying “Hasta la vista, baby.” Terminator: Genisys, which had racked up $108.8M after three frames there last weekend, added just $1.6M from four markets this session at 1,300 locations. The total there is now $112.7M for an international gross of $350.2M.
Last weekend, Jurassic World crossed $1B in offshore box office, aided by its continued run in Japan. That is the only market that is still going as the dinos are nearing extinction in all other territories (until the next movie, of course). This frame, the total take was $1.7M in 25 territories, raising the international total to $1.0069B. Japan’s cume is now $66.9M. The worldwide cume is now $1.65B and it is still in the Top 20 chart in North America and still grossed over $1M this past weekend after being in the domestic market for 14 weeks.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Back in play as it debuts in Japan, Fox’s secret weapon served up $1.27M in the market bow. That was good for No. 6 behind a group that includes Pixels and Ted 2. The overseas total is now $280M.
Capture The Flag & More in Busy Spain
In its 3rd frame, Paramount’s Spanish animated pic, Capture The Flag moonwalked to another $1.2M from 440 plays and dropping just 23% to land the No. 2 spot in the marketplace. The cume is now $7.3M on the Enrique Gato adventure. In this same market, local films are enjoying a healthy end to summer with Javier Ruiz Caldera’s comedy from Warner Bros, Anacleto: Agente Secreto and Fernando León de Aranoa’s A Perfect Day, which Universal has locally, also performing strongly.
The YA title that stars Cara Delavigne and Nat Wolff found $1.2M from 2,168 screens in 25 markets in the session. Holds in France ($3.5M cume) and Italy ($2.7M cume) were strong in the 5th and 2nd frames, respectively. The international total for Fox has hit $52.7M.
Universal’s Amy Schumer comedy hooked up with another $972K in 37 territories this weekend for an international total of $27.4M. The worldwide total is now $136.1M. The opening in Russia brought $460K at 481 dates for a No. 4 bow — the biggest ever for a Judd Apatow-directed film in the country. There are five more releases planned with Italy on deck next weekend.
El Clan/The Clan
Hand-in-hand with winning the Best Director Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday night, Pablo Trapero’s El Clan maintained its No. 1 position at the Argentina box office. It has held the perch for five consecutive weekends, adding a little better than expected $1M (up from $965K) this frame and now has a market cume of $15.15M for Fox International Productions.
In eight Latin American markets, The 33, also from FIP, grossed $563K to take the international total to $9.77M. In the home country of Chile, the cume is now $4.9M; in Ecuador it was No. 1 for the sophomore frame and has hauled up $324K to date. In Mexico, the uplifting drama has a cume of $3M after three frames.
In 7 markets, this Universal horror film has a total international cume of $28.3M. Including Russia and the Ukraine, the total international take is $30.4M. The worldwide cume is $63.2M. There are five more market for release of this picture with Argentina coming next on Sept. 24th.
Barbie: Rock N’ Royals
This is a home entertainment production that Universal is releasing theatrical in key territories. It is playing in 14 markets and has a cume of $2.39M. Italy will be the final theatrical release for the picture on Oct. 3.
CHINA & KOREA
Heading to China this week is Pixels which also has local backing from China Film Group and will be up against M:I5 and the mighty Minions in their continued runs. September 17 will see the release of Korea’s No. 1 movie of the year, Assassination, in the Middle Kingdom while Korea gets to see historical period drama – and its Oscar entry — The Throne, beginning September 16. Another local title to keep a watch for later down the line in China is Lost In Hong Kong on September 25, a sort of sequel to Zheng Xu’s 2012 smash comedy Lost In Thailand and starring Xu and box office draw Vicki Zhao.
A Perfect Day
Starring Benecio de Toro and Tim Robbins, this drama from Spain that Universal acquired for distribution in that country grossed $258K at 269 dates for an 18-day total of $1.69M. It is in its third weekend of release here.
Shaun the Sheep
Universal acquired this one for Spain and Latin America. The Aardman Animation family film grossed $370K at 982 dates in 10 territories (including Spain). The Universal total is $5.19M. Paraguay and Uraguay had fair openings this weekend and Panama is next on Nov. 5.
The supernatural thriller Solace from director Afonso Poyart which stars Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, opened No. 1 in France this weekend with $2M on 246 screens. The picture was released by French distributor SND and beat out EuropaCorp.’s The Transporter DRefueled, Youth and Sleeping with Other People for the stop spot. The opening is 26% above Source Code and 23% above The Adjustment Bureau. The thriller next releases this week in Belgium and Luxembourg on September 16 and in the U.K. on September 25.
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