UPDATED 3:23 PM PT: All films (below) are updated with final grosses through the weekend ending Sunday. Only Disney reported final grosses on Monday; the rest of the studios waited until today.
UPDATE, 4:15 PM PT: This was a pretty dour weekend at the international box office with the Top 3 titles off by 61% compared to last year. This go-round, it’s Terminator: Genisys leading the pack, followed by Hitman: Agent 47 and Minions. T:G is benefiting from being the first post-blackout pic to hit China; Hitman expanded to Russia and Venezuela; and Minions is playing the long game as it readies a Middle Kingdom bow in about a week’s time. Last year, the Top 3 were Expendables 3, Lucy and Hercules. Compared to last week, the Top 10 studio movies are down 28%, and with local-language pics included, the Top 10 is off by 34%. For the first time in a long time, there were only two Asian movies in the Top 10: holdovers The Dead End (China) and Korea’s Veteran.
One of the success stories of the weekend is Universal’s Straight Outta Compton which held No. 1 slots in the UK and Germany for the 2nd weekend in a row. It also bowed to No. 1s in Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
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On deck for next week is Universal release The Visit from M Night Shyamalan which is tipped as a return to his The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable form. It’s notably going to the UK among others. The footage screened at CineEurope in June played well on what is Shyamalan’s first effort with micro-budget horror master Jason Blum’s Blumhouse.
Also importantly on deck in the UK is Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, along with Mexico and Australia which were among the top markets for the first film in the dystopian franchise. We’ll also keep an eye on the sequel to 2013’s German breakout comedy Fack Ju Gohte which grossed more than $70M at home.
Actuals to follow tomorrow and Tuesday.
PREVIOUS: Summer is drawing to a close in many offshore markets, and while that meant a slowish Labor Day holiday weekend in the U.S., it has also led to a quiet frame on the international front. The major new release was EuropaCorp’s The Transporter Refueled which went out in the UK, Germany and Spain among others. We do not have fully reported numbers on that one, but it’s looking like it came in at $4M for the weekend based on Rentrak info.
There was solid holdover news especially for Terminator: Genisys which maintained the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row thanks to its continuing run in China. The cume there is now $108.8M. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation also crossed $500M worldwide with its China date looming on Tuesday. Jurassic World crossed $1B internationally, setting even more records for Universal. And, the studio has another offshore hit brewing in Straight Outta Compton which took a terrific $7.9M this frame for an $18.1M cume.
As I’m attending the Venice Film Festival, box office will be slightly abridged today. Below are rundowns of the major movies in release and how they fared in the session. More to come…
This is the 3rd weekend in a row for Terminator: Genisys to hold the No. 1 spot, taking $11.5M from seven markets for an international tally of $346.3M. China delivered the dragon’s share of that with $11.4M at 4,300 locations, down 52% from last week and No. 1 in the market. The local cume is now $108.8M.
Hitman: Agent 47 continued its international assignment with $11.4M in the frame, slotting it as the No. 2 film for the weekend. It debuted No. 1 in Russia with $2.1M, including previews, on 1,801 screens. Venezuela bowed at No. 2 with $1M on 60 screens. Holds were good and France is currently the biggest ex-U.S. market at $3.37M. The Fox film has targeted a total $43.29M to date overseas with four markets still to release.
While Kevin, Stuart and Bob get ready to pack bags for the Middle Kingdom on September 13, Universal and Illumination’s Minions added a much better than expected $12.1M (up from the estimate of $10.9M) this weekend in 57 territories for a total of $718.1M overseas. The worldwide total is now $1.047B. Turkey was a No. 1 opening and a Universal best for an animated film. The frame was $838K. Italy held at No. 1 again and has an 11-day total of $17.7M. In coming milestones, the film will pass Ice Age: Continental Drift this week to become the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time internationally; it will also pass Toy Story 2 next week to become the second-highest-grossing animated film worldwide.
Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man crawled into Korea and grew with a final gross of $9.3M, a great result for the superhero pic. It’s the best Marvel Cinematic Universe bow for a first installment there and did better than local holdover hits Veteran and Assassination. The full weekend was $8.9M in 35 markets. This was its 8th weekend of release with Japan and China still on deck. The international box office is $210.7M for a global cume of $384.8M.
Tom Cruise and the rest of the IMF infiltrated $9.4M worth of cinema turnstiles in 64 territories. That takes the overseas gross to $328.7M ahead of the China opening which is lining up to be quite strong. In the meantime, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation added $1.4M in France at 785 cinemas this session for an $18.4M total and the No. 2 slot. It’s also No. 2 in Germany where it grew 10% from last frame and brought the cume to $12.4M. The UK is in its 6th weekend with a cume of $31.2M and Brazil’s 4th weekend came in at No. 2 and lifted the total take to $8.8M. In Japan, which was a big market for Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation is expected to be off from that movie by about 7%. Jurassic World has led the market since the two movies were released on the same day, and had all of the IMAX screens which will have affected M:I5. The cume there on MIRN is now $36.1M.
Universal’s Straight Outta Compton shot straight to the top of the Australia, New Zealand and Netherlands box offices this frame, and impressively maintained the position for 2nd weekends in the UK and Germany amid a fair bit of competition. The total weekend was $7.86M in 13 territories for an early total of $18M. In Oz, it grossed $3.2M, and dominated with 42% of the market. As with the UK and Germany, the filmmakers travelled Down Under last week to stage an event tied to the film and the strategy has paid off. New Zealand debuted to $327K; the Netherlands kicked off with $388K. The UK final is $2.1M for a 10-day total of $8.8M through Sunday. Germany now has an 11-day total of $3.7M. There are 27 more openings planned over the next few months. Next weekend includes Sweden, French-speaking Switzerland and Korea.
Inside Out took its bag of tricks to Greece this frame and bowed to the biggest opening day ever for a Pixar film. Disney also notes that the pic has surpassed director Pete Docter’s own Up to become the 4th highest-grossing Pixar movie of all time globally. All in, the weekend added a much better than expected final gross of $9.1M (up from $7.1M) to Riley’s trust fund. In the UK, in its 7th frame, it held the No. 2 spot and has a great local cume of $56M despite the end of school holidays. International cume is $388.1M with $737.7M worldwide. Next up is Italy on September 16. Germany and China are also to follow.
Warner Bros’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. expanded to 18 new markets this weekend, including Mexico, Brazil, and Italy. With $6.4M on 5,277 screens in 64 territories combined, the espionage pic has a cume of a higher than estimated $47.3M. Mexico was good for $1.1M on 865 screens. Italy brought in an estimated $566K on 308; and Brazil banked $628K on 434. The next big market opening is France on Sept. 16.
U’s Ted 2 rose in Japan, ascending the No. 1 slot with a weekend gross of $2.6M for a 9-day total of $11.1M. The full frame saw $5M in additional coin in 30 territories for a total of $121M. Worldwide, the comedy has made $201.8M. Indonesia will be the final release this week.
Vacation road-tripped its way to another $4.9M on more than 4,170 screens in 53 Warner Bros territories for an international cume of a better than anticipated $35.2M. Russia finished its 2nd weekend with an estimated $900K on 1,069 and coming in at No. 2 behind Hitman. Brazil opens later this week on Sept. 10th.
Fox’s Fantastic Four morphed past the $100M mark internationally with an extra $3.2M helping The Thing & Co hit the milestone. This was largely off the back of Venezuela’s 3rd consecutive No. 1 frame where the cume has reached $10.5M. The total offshore block is now $101M. Italy and Japan have yet to release.
Adam Sandler’s Pixels is closing in on $200M worldwide with a weekend of $3.2M and an international coin slot filled with $120.7M. There are still four markets to release with China among them on September 15. Among notable holds in Europe are the UK with a 35% drop in the 4th session and a cume of $11.4M. Germany slid just 13% and now tallies a total $9.3M.
Helping it past the $1B international mark, overseas box office for Jurassic World this weekend was $2.9M from 30 territories. The worldwide total is now $1.651B. In Japan, the dinos and raptors pulled in a further $2.5M for a $63.3M total after 30 days.
Paper Towns passed $50M thanks to a $2.4M weekend bringing the cume to $50.68M. Opening here in Italy this frame, it was No. 2 behind Minions with $1.39M from 340 screens.
Pablo Trapero’s El Clan, which Fox has in Argentina, the U.S. and Canada, continues its record-setting run in the home country with another $1.4M. At No. 1 for four weeks in a row, the total stash is $13.7M in 245 runs. Trapero was here in Venice today for the competition screening of the film.
FIP’s The 33 added some more Latin American markets this frame mining $1.3M and lifting the cume to $8.7M on 1,258 dates in 11 markets. The film has been in the top spot for five weeks straight in its home country of Chile where it has $4.7M to date, making it Fox’s 5th highest grossing film ever.
Universal comedy Trainwreck drove up $1.1M in 35 territories for an international total of $26M. The worldwide total is $133.5M (and that includes Monday).
Shaun The Sheep, which Uni acquired for Spain and Latin America, opened in eight territories for $861K, lifting the Universal total to $4.5M.
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