3RD UPDATE, TUES AM PT: With some key markets still to come, The Revenant ruled the international weekend on a bigger than estimated $24.6M. That pushed it past $325M worldwide and saw it outmaneuver last weekend’s champ, Kung Fu Panda 3, and its $23M frame. KFP3 had the benefit of a day-and-date U.S.-China release last frame and quickly passed $100M in the PROC this session, a milestone that 20 movies, Hollywood and Middle Kingdom combined, met and exceeded last year. (Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the first of 2016 in January with about $125M to date.) China will be one to watch this week as the Lunar New Year box office celebration kicked off on Monday with a record single day of 660M yuan ($100.4M) and a host of major local titles flooding the market. That tees up what could be a sizable holiday week ahead. While the Top 10 films in the international marketplace this weekend were down about 31% versus last week, the coming session should see an increase thanks to Hollywood expansions and newcomers like Deadpool and Zoolander 2, along with the Middle Kingdom mêlée.
After starting with midnights Sunday night, Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid topped the Monday China charts at 270M yuan ($41M). IM Global is selling international rights to the fantasy title at the EFM in Berlin which starts Thursday. Chow last had a massive hit with 2013 smash Journey To The West; a sequel is coming next year. The continuation of Lunar New Year 2015 breakout, The Man From Macau II, titled alternately The Man From Macau III or From Vegas To Macau III, came in No. 2 on Monday with about $26M for the day, followed by Monkey King 2 with just under $25M. That’s pretty remarkable. Those three titles together did $92M in business in 24 hours and in one market. The top three international titles this past weekend grossed about $70M in the three-day frame.
In other overseas updates from Hollywood, The Force Awakens rose $1M from Sunday’s estimate to $8M and The Hateful Eight was also up in the frame $600K to $9.6M. Disney’s The Final Hours notably made more time with $4.5M versus $2.8M projected when the full numbers were tallied.
All films have been updated below; Anita Busch contributed to this report.
2ND UPDATE, WRITETHRU 3:57 PM PT: The international box office weekend was rife with milestones at both worldwide and offshore turnstiles. Notable among them, DGA-winning director Alejandro G Inarritu’s The Revenant has passed $300M global for a $325M cume to date and with a handful of major markets yet to bow. Also cultivating a new benchmark, Ridley Scott’s The Martian landed in Japan with a No. 1 debut, pushing it over $600M worldwide to $604M. Kung Fu Panda 3 topped $100M in its second China frame while Ride Along 2 is cruising to $100M global and, as reported on Friday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens passed the $2B worldwide mark on Saturday, its 53rd day of release. The global total is now $2,008.361M. That makes it the third film ever to top $2B and the second in original release.
Across the Top 10 films in the international marketplace this weekend — where the Super Bowl is not a factor — there was a drop of about 31% versus last week. KFP3 itself had a nearly 70% decline, although it added no new markets and won’t do so until March. We will keep an eye on how it continues to play in China with the Lunar New Year movies opening wide on Monday.
Across the Top 3 films playing offshore this week compared to the same period last year, box office is up a little more than 5%. In this frame of 2015, the lead titles were Jupiter Ascending, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water and Big Hero 6. This year, it’s The Revenant, KFP3 and Korean title A Violent Prosecutor. That crime/revenge pic grossed $22M according to local industry org Kobiz.
Below are breakdowns on the above, as well as the rest of the studio titles this frame. The local-language round-up is after the original post.
Based on the classic 1968-77 British sitcom, Dad’s Army fell in with $2.9M in its first offshore opening. At 564 dates in the UK, the period comedy finished No. 2 for the weekend there after previews for fellow new release Goosebumps were tallied. Universal acquired world rights on the film from Oliver Parker in October 2014. The BBC TV original was created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft; the transfer is penned by Hamish McColl (Johnny English Reborn). Bill Nighy stars with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Mark Gatiss. The film debuted in the UK at the same level as comps like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Lady InThe Van, Last Vegas and The Monument’s Men, per Uni. Upcoming releases are planned in New Zealand on February 18 and Australia and the Netherlands on April 28.
In its 5th weekend of international release, and fresh off of a DGA win for director Alejandro G Inarritu last night, The Revenant has crossed the $300M mark at the worldwide box office with $326.6M total. A $24.6M offshore frame in 71 markets takes the overseas gross to $176.9M. Spain opened to a great $4M, 37% bigger than Leonardo DiCaprio comp The Wolf Of Wall Street. In Brazil, Revenant bowed at No. 2 behind local hit Ten Commandments with $2.17M and was 2.5 times bigger than Wolf, per Fox. The UK leads offshore markets with a cume of $27.1M while Germany follows at $21.3M after dropping a slight 22% this weekend and sticking No. 2. There are still four more key markets to bow on the Oscar nominations leader.
KUNG FU PANDA 3
In seven international markets, Po & Co kicked up a further $23M in this sophomore frame. The DreamWorks Animation/DreamWorks Oriental co-production added $15.4M in China where the total is now $102.2M for a 2nd No. 1 in a row. Korea dropped to No. 2 behind huge local opener A Violent Prosecutor, taking $4.1M for a local cume of $16.5M. Russia, where Fox is handling, added $2.72M in the second session for a $9M total to date. The final international tally is $129.7M with the majority of offshore markets still to come next month.
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP
Filling the tank with another $12.8M from 8,716 screens in 63 markets, Fox’s animated threequel has grossed $87.7M to date offshore. France had a good opening with $2.5M for the No. 1 MPA spot behind local opener Les Tuche. A lot of kids are on vacation here. China dropped 30% for $1.48M and a cume of $7.66M. Germany slid 36% for $954K in its 2nd frame for a total $3.1M and Spain had a good hold with $3.35M to date. There are three markets to come in the next two weeks including the UK.
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
With a $9.6M weekend, up from last frame, The Hateful Eight now has an offshore cume of $78.2M. Italy bowed to No. 1 with $4M including previews and 22% bigger than Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Germany held No. 1 in its 2nd frame with a drop of only 30% to $2.6M. The cume there is $7.8M. Austria was also No. 1 in the sophomore session with a total $1.25M to date including previews. The lead overseas market remains France with $12M to date, followed by the UK at $10.4M; Scandinavia now totals $7.5M in all four markets; and Australia has cumed $4.86M with the Netherlands at $3.1M. In its 3rd New Zealand weekend, TH8 had a 33% drop for a $605K total.
THE 5TH WAVE
Sony’s YA adventure rode the weekend to $7.3M on 4,790 screens in 69 markets. Italy was a new opener with $442K from 201 while the holdovers delivered the bulk of the results. France added $1.4M in the second session for a cume of $4.4M; followed by Mexico with $1.1M and a $4.1M total; and Brazil with $647K for $4.6M to date. There’s a local picture sucking a lot of air out of this market, but a national holiday (Carnival) today is expected to deliver bumps to all comers. The offshore total on 5th Wave is $58.2M. Korea is the next major release on February 25.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
After 54 days in international release, the Force has risen to an offshore cume of $1,103.4M. As noted, the global total is $2,009.4M, putting the Millennium Falcon’s latest flight into the same rarefied $2B+ air as Avatar ($2.788B WW) and Titanic ($2,186.8M WW). With the help of a record-breaking $905.96M domestic tally, TFA got to the $2B marker faster than Titanic which did it in re-release. In total this weekend, TFA grossed another $8M in 41 overseas markets. In Europe, it has now crossed $600M to become only the third film ever in the region to do so. Meanwhile, Japan has overtaken France to become the No. 4 market for TFA. The Top 5 territory breakdowns are as follows: UK ($178.3M), China ($124.5M), Germany ($107.9M), Japan ($87.4M) and France ($87.2M).
Continuing its staggered release, the Sony comedy/family horror pic tickled auds in five new markets this frame. The session was worth $6.45M in 16 total, taking the international cume to $61.4M including Village Roadshow plays. The Jack Black as RL Stine pic started its UK chapter as the No. 1 movie with $3.9M including previews. Those pushed it past newcomer Dad’s Army. Germany was a $1.1M opening also with previews and comping well to Journey To The Center Of The Earth and Jack The Giant Slayer which the studio is using as comps. Spain fell 41% from open to take $690K in the second frame for a total $2M. The next market bow is France on February 10.
Grossing $5.4M this weekend in 53 markets for an overseas cume of $76.1M, Paramount’s comedy has become the biggest ever at the offshore box office for co-star Will Ferrell. In new openings, Venezuela bowed at No. 2 with $1.8M from 61 cinemas. The sophomore frame in Mexico was worth $1.4M in 700 locations, down 42% from the opening and holding at No. 1. The cume there is $5.2M after 10 days. In Brazil, the total is now $1.4M. Next up is the Philippines on February 17 with further rollout through March.
Landing in Japan with a No. 1 bow, Ridley Scott’s space/science saga picked up $5.2M this weekend to lift it to an international total of $377.3M. The global cume is now $604M on what was already the helmer’s biggest ever movie. The Japanese start is 60% higher than Gravity and 2.5 times bigger than Interstellar, per Fox which anticipates a long box office journey in the market.
With an Oscar-nominated turn from Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, Warner Bros’ Creed jabbed its way to a further $3.9M (lower than the Sunday estimate of $4.3M) in the frame in 41 markets. The international total is now $58.1M. Argentina opened to $360K on 149 screens, giving Stallone his biggest bow ever in the market. In holdover highlights, Spain’s 2nd weekend was good for $706K and No. 2 on 318 screens. The cume is $2.8M. Mexico also held well with $457K in the sophomore session on 745 screens and taking the total to $2.1M. France is still tops with $11.1M to date, followed by the UK with $8.2M and Italy at $5.95M.
Combining Lionsgate and Warner Bros markets, the action remake grossed $4.6M this weekend to ride ever closer to $100M offshore with $93.5M to date. The WB portion of the total is $19M in 11 markets. LG’s take is $74.5M. PB caught fresh air for LG in France with $1.7M from 420 locations. Japan is still to come on February 20.
Oscar nominee Spotlight uncovered $3.54M in offshore grosses in its 2nd major international weekend. The cume is now $12.26M overseas. Among new markets, Belgium bowed with $94K on 28 screens. The lead holdover was the UK, expanding to 375 screens with $1.24M for a roughly 19% drop and a cume of $3.8M. EOne is comping to Birdman here which was about 8% below Spotlight in the same frame. In Australia, the investigative journalists came up at No. 3 with $537K on an expanded 133 screens. The drop was 15% for a total $1.4M. France also held well with a 41% drop with $657K on 209 screens, flying about 10% lower than Birdman at the same point with $2.06M to date. In the Netherlands, the drop was an impressive 5% for $120K in the session and a $208K total. Spain slid 50% in the 2nd frame with $360K on 286 screens. The total there is $1.4M. Tom McCarthy’s ensemble drama is still to open in 31 markets including Germany, Italy, Japan and Argentina.
THE BIG SHORT
Approaching $50M overseas, Adam McKay’s Oscar nominee made $3.5M this weekend. Now at $47.9M internationally, it’s playing in 52 markets. Of note are UK and Australia holdovers which were worth $708K from 358 locations and $380K at 176, respectively. The local cumes are $5.8M and $4.2M. Japan is next up for the Paramount title on March 4.
RIDE ALONG 2
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart cruised past the $100M mark in worldwide box office Sunday with an international weekend final of $3.2M in 29 markets. That brings the offshore total to $23M and the global cume to exactly $100.3M. The Netherlands opened a strong No. 3 with $327K at 42 dates and 96% bigger than the first film’s debut. There are 17 more territories to release including Belgium on February 10 and Australia on February 18.
THE DANISH GIRL
The Working Title drama which Universal is releasing internationally made its way to Denmark this weekend. The start was good for No. 3 with $465K at 92 dates. Versus comps, it’s 109% ahead of The Theory of Everything and 43% ahead of The Imitation Game. Fashioning $3M overall in 37 territories in the frame, the Eddie Redmayne/Alicia Vikander-starrer has an international total of $28.88M and a worldwide cume of $39.5M. There are 18 territories to open over the next two months including Brazil and Italy in the next two weeks.
THE FINEST HOURS
With an opening in Russia at $1.7M and some smaller markets, Disney’s 3D rescue mission drama was up drastically from the estimates of $2.8M for the weekend. After collecting data from a number of countries, The Finest Hours took in $4.5M over the weekend for a $7.5M cume.
Jennifer Lawrence cleaned up with $1.4M this frame on 1,012 screens in 39 international markets. Italy was a good hold (-39%) in its sophomore session with $792K on 348. The overseas total is now $42M on Fox’s David O Russell-directed biopic. There are six further markets to release through March.
THE PEANUTS MOVIE
Continuing to play in the UK and Brazil, among others, Snoopy and the gang mustered up $998K from 2,346 screens in 20 markets total. The UK gross on the Fox title is now $14.4M after seven weeks with an overseas cume of $114.6M.
Ahead of its final theatrical release, in Japan on February 13, the Universal drama now has an offshore cume of $15.1M. Michael Fassbender’s Oscar-nominated turn as the eponymous Apple founder helped draw $1.1M in 19 territories in the frame. Combined with the U.S. total of $17.7M, the worldwide cume is $32.9M.
ROOM (Updated with FilmNation figures)
With Oscar and BAFTA ahead of it, Room added about $612K in 20 international territories this weekend. The estimated total overseas cume is $6.12M. Room is distributed by Universal in nine Latin American territories which added $98K in the frame for a Uni total of $575K. In Argentina, Room has grossed $295K, surpassing the lifetimes of Boyhood, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Beasts Of The Southern Wild and We Need To Talk About Kevin. In Australia, the 2nd frame lifted the total to $516K. The UK, where Studiocanal releases, escaped with $236K in the 4th weekend for a cume of $4.38M (that may change tomorrow with Odeon not reporting flash grosses today). Universal releases in Brazil on February 18, followed by Mexico and Norway on February 19.
A quiet period for Chinese movies (save co-pro Kung Fu Panda 3) at the Middle Kingdom box office is about to come to an end with midnight screenings of this week’s big Lunar New Year titles already having taken place tonight. The ones to watch in China over the next frame, which kicks off in earnest tomorrow, include Man From Macau III (aka From Vegas To Macau III) which made about $670K from a little over 100K admissions tonight locally per Ent Group. That was followed by Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid with $520K and 85K admissions; and Monkey King 2 on fewer screens with about 42K tickets sold for $330K. While Kung Fu Panda 3 lead the market and handily crossed $100M in its first 10 days, play will expand on the three titles above with the period that begins February 8. As noted above, each of the new titles performed well on Monday. The next Hollywood movies won’t land until March.
Taking a spot generally reserved for a Middle Kingdom movie, Korea’s A Violent Prosecutor occupied 3rd place at the international box office this frame, behind The Revenant and Kung Fu Panda. With $22M according to Kobiz since its release on Thursday, and 72% of the market, it’s a Showbox release from director Il-Hyeong Lee. The story sees an attorney specializing in violent crimes who hates criminals and has no regard for their human rights. When he beats one of his suspects and the man turns up dead, he is charged with murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. There, he learns who schemed to put him in jail and teams with another inmate to exact his revenge. Jeong-min Hwang of smash hits Ode To My Father and Veteran stars alongside Kundo: Age Of The Rampant’s Dong-won Kang.
Making it into the Top 10 internationally, France’s Les Tuche 2: The American Dream from Pathé grossed $8.5M in its debut. From Who Killed Pamela Rose? helmer Olivier Baroux, this is a sequel to the 2011 rags-to-riches fish-out-of-water comedy that saw the Tuche family win the lottery and head to Monaco. This time around, the action moves to Hollywood. Les Tuche 2 was No. 1 in France this weekend, ahead of Alvin And The Chipmunks and another local newcomer, Chocolat starring The Intouchables‘ Omar Sy. It’s the story of France’s first black icon, Rafael Padilla, a Cuban immigrant who originally performed at the Nouveau Cirque and became the toast of Paris in the early 1900s. Reviews have been positive so far and this is a film that could well travel; it’s directed by Roschdy Zem.
Universal’s comedy release in Italy, L’Abbiamo Fatta Grosso, which opened last week, carried through its 2nd frame with an added $2.3M from 576 dates. The cume is now $6.65M. Meanwhile, Brazil’s faith-based The Ten Commandments: The Movie (Os Dez Mandamentos) set a new opening record last weekend and added $2.3M this weekend, besting newcomer The Revenant‘s $2.17M. The faith-based film was beset at its opening by local press reports of the evangelical Universal Church having pre-bought thousands of tickets with some screenings empty. The church on its website has denied the accusations that theaters were empty. To date, the adaptation of popular telenovela has grossed over 42M reals ($10.76M). To become the top grossing Brazilian film of all time, as some have suggested it could, it needs to get to about $63M, however, the frame-to-frame drop this weekend was 64%.