FINAL UPDATE, WRITETHRU, Monday, 12:12 PM: We are only awaiting on The Nice Guys grosses from Bloom (the movie is in previews right now), but all other tallies are in. Sony’s international debut of The Angry Birds Movie took off this weekend with $43M in 74 markets. In 37 of those, it grabbed the No. 1 perch. It also scored a record May opening for an original animated film. The inaugural flight topped The Lego Movie by 20% in the same grouping of markets and at current exchange rates. All of this came after a savvy stunt on the eve of the Cannes Film Festival last week (see full breakdown below).
Meanwhile, Disney continues to tear it up at the international box office. Despite losing No. 1 status in some markets to the Birds, Captain America: Civil War grossed $86.1M in its 3rd offshore weekend (up about $2M from estimated) and in 55 territories. The overseas cume is now $647M and there’s $943.2M in the global war chest.
The spinning worldwide turnstiles on CACW have propelled the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the $10B mark from 13 films over nine years. The mash-up crossed both the $800M and $900M marks worldwide this frame, overtaking the global cumes of Spider-Man, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Spider-Man 3. It is now the No. 6 highest grossing superhero movie of all time.
With $296M domestically and $647M internationally, it’s the No. 2 film of the year globally and the No. 1 film of the year internationally after 19 days of release. It had a 61% drop this frame from last, but differed according to the region. China pushed ahead to a running cume of $155.5M and Korea is at $59.9M. In Korea, it slipped to No. 2 this frame as Fox International Productions’ The Wailing set a new record opening for that studio with $16.8M in its debut. Angry Birds lands there next weekend.
Meanwhile, The Jungle Book, which passed $800M global on Friday, is now the No. 5 Disney live action movie ever and the No. 6 internationally. It added $15.7M in its 6th weekend of overseas release from 50 material markets, swinging the international total to $516.9M and the global cume to $828.6M. The hits keep coming. With Zootopia at $970.8M, Disney now has three of the top four films of the year globally with three consecutive releases grossing over $800M.
Breakdowns have been updated below. Today’s will be a slightly abridged report from the Cannes Film Festival.
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
Rovio Entertainment and Sony Pictures’ feature adaptation of the hugely popular mobile game franchise took flight in 74 markets this weekend — which is 63% of the offshore footprint. The film grossed a final $43M and was No. 1 in 37 of its launches.
That was after a stunt in Cannes on the eve of the currently up-and-running film festival which helped get international voice talent out in front of the media. Awareness of Angry Birds is extremely high around the world, driven by 3B downloads of the games, and the Riviera photo-op helped feather the film’s nest ahead of release.
In the same group of markets at current rates, The Angry Birds Movie outdistanced the launches of such animated titles as The Croods (+9%), SpongeBob SquarePants 2 (+11%), The Lego Movie (+20%), Rio (+14%), and How To Train Your Dragon (+45%). It was also roughly on par with Big Hero 6.
Sony is anticipating a long run for the pic based on strong critical reception and word of mouth. Saturday showed big increases over Friday. The top play was Russia with $5.7M, followed by the UK ($3.1M), Germany ($2.9M), Mexico ($2.8M) and Brazil ($2.7M).
The 3D animated comedy, which is voiced by Josh Gad, Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tituss Burgess, Sean Penn, Bill Hader and others in the English version, is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis. The story is set on an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds — or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Part of Sony’s marketing effort was to place an emphasis on how the birds are fully fleshed out characters and not just a one-dimensional jump from mobile screens. The positive message for families of a group unlikely heroes banding together to save the day was also highlighted. The movie partnered with the UN’s International Day of Happiness with Red being named an ambassador for the event.
The next release destinations are the U.S., China and Korea this week.
From Fox International Productions, this mystery thriller broke the record for Fox’s biggest opening weekend of all time in Korea. With a $16.49M debut from 1,481 screens it has overtaken the studio’s The Martian and is the No. 8 launch of all time for a local pic. It’s also the No. 3 opening of the year in the market. Anticipation for The Wailing was at a high in Korea and the movie is expected to have strong legs going forward. This is part of a key drive in the for FIP.
Directed by Hong-jin Na, it topped the lifetime cume of his last film, Yellow Sea, which was also made by FIP. The story sees an old stranger appear in a peaceful rural village. As mysterious rumors begin to spread about him, the villagers drop dead one by one — grotesquely killing each other for inexplicable reasons. The Wailing is set to debut out of competition here in Cannes next week.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
The Disney/Marvel superhero pic planted an $86.1M flag in international markets this weekend. In Europe and Latin America, the drop was 48% with strong holds including Austria (-2%), Switzerland (-14%), the Netherlands (-27%), Sweden (-31%), Germany (-24%), the UK (-45%) and Brazil (-42%). In the latter, Anthony and Joe Russo’s CACW has now been the No. 1 movie for three weeks running. It was also No. 1 again in the UK, France and Italy.
Asia as a region is closing in on $400M. After 10 days, China is now at a cume of $155.5M, making it the 3rd highest grossing Disney release there ever, behind only Zootopia and Ultron. Cap3 is also No. 1 again in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Behind China and Korea, the major territories are the UK ($46.8M), Mexico ($39.1M) and Brazil ($33.4M). CACW is now the 4th highest grossing superhero movie of all time internationally, behind only Avengers: Age Of Ultron ($946M), The Avengers ($895M) and Iron Man 3 ($806M).
In IMAX plays, CACW grossed $10.9M for the weekend to engage a $63.7M cume. International was $6M on 576 screens for a $39.5M cume.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
There were no new openings for The Jungle Book this weekend. The international swing in the frame was $15.7M for an offshore cume of $516.9M and a global Kaa-ching of $828.6M. In its 6th romp, the Jon Favreau-helmed pic was in 50 markets as Mowgli awaits his debut in Korea and Japan. The drop-off was 37%. China remains the top spot with $150.1M, followed by the UK at $56.7M, India’s $37.5M, Mexico’s $23.6M and France’s $23.7M. TJB has concluded its run in the Middle Kingdom, but not before becoming Disney’s No. 4 release there ever.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
Adding 19 new markets this frame, Universal’s comedy grossed $9.1M in 34 territories. The total overseas is now $20M. Among the new plays for the Seth Rogen pic was Hong Kong where it moved in at No. 3 with $459K at 42 dates; Israel was a No. 1 start with $413K at 25. In holds, Bad Neighbours 2 as it’s known internationally, saw the UK pledge $1.6M for a 10-day total of $5.4M; Germany picked up $1.8M for an 11-day haul of $3.6M; and Australia took another $1.2M in 247 runs for an 11-day cume of $3.6M. The original did the bulk of its $120.5M offshore in those same markets. There are 10 more openings next weekend.
Putting $5.7M in the hopper this weekend, Disney’s animated charmer lifted its cume to $639M overseas and $970.8M global. This is remarkably the 14th weekend of offshore play where it is still in 17 markets. Notably, Japan, which is driving the current box office, leapt 7% in the three-day versus last weekend and brought in $4.2M. The cume there is $35.6M which makes it the No. 3 international market, just behind of the UK ($39.9M) and China ($235.6M).
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR
The Universal sequel put another $2.2M in the war chest in 60 territories this session. That brings the international total to $109.69M for a $154.3M global cume. Japan is yet to come on the Cedric Nicolas-Troyan pic which has faced an uphill battle at home and abroad.
Universal horror title The Witch had a good opening in Spain with $700K at 205 dates. That fills the offshore cauldron with a total of $8M. A24 has domestic with a cume of $24.8M, bringing the worldwide total to $32.9M. The Robert Eggers-helmed pic bows in Germany, Mexico and Austria next weekend.
The Coen brothers comedy that opened the Berlin Film Festival had its final theatrical release this weekend. Japan opened in line with expectations on Friday, per Universal, in a limited release of 35 dates. The take was $189K for the weekend. The international total is $33.15M for a worldwide gross of $63.2M.
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT
This YA title from Lionsgate finally bowed in South Korea this weekend, but with a very soft $523K from 392 screens. The international cume is now at $94.1M after this weekend. France is the top grossing market for the film with $15.1M followed by Brazil ($6.9M), the U.K. ($6.5M), Russia ($6M) and Spain ($5.1M). It rolls into China this week on May 20.
MISC UPDATED CUMES
Eddie The Eagle (FOX): $533K weekend; $17.19M international cume
Kung Fu Panda (FOX): $500K weekend; $375.3M international cume
Ride Along 2 (UNI): $327K weekend; $33.3M international cume
The Revenant (FOX): $270K weekend; $348.3M international cume
The Boss (UNI): $217K weekend; $12.3M international cume
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (UNI): $114K weekend; $29.1M international cume