UPDATE, WRITETHRU, MONDAY 12:36 PM: Bryan Singer’s fourth turn at the X-Men helm was unleashed in 76 offshore markets this weekend, notably excluding Korea, China and Japan. The debut X-Men: Apocalypse frame cracked the $100 million mark with a final $101.5M (down from yesterday’s estimated $103.3M) from 20,796 screens. It is No. 1 in 76 markets, and is the biggest Fox debut weekend ever in six. It also marks the best X-Men opening ever in 33. At current exchange rates, the same suite of 76 markets delivered a $100M opening weekend for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
The UK ($10.5M) leads overseas, followed by Mexico ($8.8M), Brazil ($6.1M), Russia ($6.27M) and France ($6.2M). In Imax plays, XMA took $5M from 246 screens in 57 markets. (See breakdown below.)
Sony is reporting that The Angry Birds Movie nested the top spot in 48 markets chirping an overall second weekend of $55.5M (estimates for now). That flies the Rovio movie’s overseas cume to $112M. Together with its $37M-$39M stateside bow, Angry Birds counts a global tally of $149M-$151M.
In other highlights, The Divergent Series: Allegiant has reappeared on the charts after bowing in China, and Zootopia has hopped past Despicable Me 2 to become the fourth-biggest animated release ever worldwide.
Breakdowns are below; box office was slightly abridged Sunday owing to the Cannes Film Festival, but Monday we’ve added titles and grosses.
X-Men will have to contend with another big film next weekend when Universal’s Warcraft kicks off internationally in 21 markets including the biggies of Germany and France.
We’ve added a number of pictures below and have updated all, including a lesser than expected $9.9M take for Allegiant in China.
Anita Busch updated/added finals on Monday.
Opening in 64% of the international marketplace, the latest installment in the X-Men franchise blasted off with $101.5M to best the debut of X-Men: Days Of Future Past in the same suite of 76 markets and at today’s exchange rates. That film ultimately grossed $514M overseas and $748M worldwide. North America opens next weekend on XMA with Korea going May 25, China on June 3 and Japan on August 11.
Upon awakening after thousands of years, Apocalypse, the first mutant (played by franchise newcomer Oscar Isaac) sets out to destroy the world aided by his four horsemen. The X-Men gang old and new must come together to thwart his plans. Returning to the series are James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne and Evan Peters, among others. New players include Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Olivia Munn. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine also appears in a cameo.
The film had the biggest Fox opening weekend ever in the Philippines ($4.9M from 476), India ($3.4M/1,357), Singapore ($2.79M/158), Thailand ($2.69M/642) and Colombia ($1.88M/486). It was the 2nd highest Fox opening ever in Mexico ($8.8M/2,676) and Malaysia ($2.87M/592) and the top X-Men opening ever in 33 markets. That includes Russia‘s $6.27M on 1,208.
The UK leads the launches with $10.59M on 1,1519 screens; that’s the 3rd highest in the mutant franchise behind Deadpool and DOFP. Mexico, Brazil, Russia and France follow.
Overall, the film took in an estimated 41% of its overseas gross in 3D dollars. Leading the 3D charge were Brazil (79.4%), Germany (82%), Russia (50%), Hong Kong (60%) and France (41%). RealD equipped screens took in an estimated $18.4M of the total offshore bow.
The XMA international campaign kicked off at the end of last year as it trailered with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since then, there have been big pan-Europe YouTube and Facebook pushes. Notably in the UK, a partnership was set with soccer club Manchester United, including original content featuring the likes of Wayne Rooney. Influencers were also heavily courted with over 40 videos created by YouTube celebs with talent from the film. Given the size of the cast and other commitments, it wasn’t superhero easy to herd all the cats everywhere in the world. But, a mega-fan screening in London last week coralled pretty much everyone. Fassbender, currently shooting in Australia, was the one who couldn’t make it. The event was streamed via Facebook Live with over 700K views on the night. Singer, Turner and Peters were in China this week.
Ahead of the debut this weekend, we were hearing a start range of $80M-$100M, which the launch has exceeded. As Captain America: Civil War begins to slow, XMA is expected to play through the next few weeks; two of the three biggest DOFP markets — China and Korea — are still to come. The next major titles coming up are Universal’s aforementioned Warcraft and Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass.
THE NICE GUYS
The Warner Bros. comedy that stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling opened stateside this weekend to around $11M and also debuted in 11 markets internationally. After previews last weekend in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and French Switzerland, The Nice Guys has a total cume of $2.2M, per Bloom which is handling the film. Including previews, France grossed $1.24M from 169K admissions from 260 screens, while the Netherlands grossed $185K from 156,558 admissions from 80 screens (both include those preview numbers).
In Belgium the buddy comedy grossed $222K from 24,804 admins on 50 screens and that includes last week’s previews. It also opened in Poland ($230K), Israel ($102K) Turkey ($95K), Singapore ($56K), Finland ($33K) and French Switzerland ($52K which includes previews).
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
The feature directorial debut of directors of Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly collected an estimated $55.5M from a total of 25,000 screens in 83 markets. Angry Birds flew into nine new trees abroad including China, Korea and the Netherlands. In the Middle Kingdom, Angry Birds owned the best opening day so far this year for an animated pic import, and drew a total weekend of $29.2M from 12,000 screens, outstripping the debuts of Zootopia (+24%), Big Hero 6 (+87%) and Inside Out (+265%). Russia continued to love Red and friends, adding $2.4M in its second sesh from 2,246 screens, making it the second best territory for the Rovio movie outside the U.S. with $9.3M. Korea opened to $1.7M including previews on 659 screens, putting Angry Birds‘ opening weekend 69% ahead of DreamWorks’ Home. The Netherlands made $1.6M (which included previews) from 198 screens, which doubled that of Big Hero 6 and was 22% ahead of Kung Fu Panda. Brazil flew in with $1.5M and gave the country’s box office a nice nest egg is $4.8M through two weekends where the film is booked on 950 screens.
Australia was only down 29% for $1.4M on 390 screens with a running total there of $3.7M. Other top Angry Birds territories include Germany ($6.5M), the UK ($2.9M weekend, -5% on 850 for $6.6M), Mexico ($5M), Spain ($3.6M), France ($3.4M) and Argentina ($2.8M). Next stops include Italy on June 15 and Japan on October 1.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
After passing $1B global on Friday, Captain America: Civil War added $31.3M in its 4th frame to bring the international total to $706.9M and the worldwide cume to $1.054.2B. It is the No. 1 movie both worldwide and internationally for 2016. On the all-time charts, CACW is the 4th highest grossing superhero movie ever and has cracked the Top 20 of all-time box office, landing at No. 19. In getting there, the Disney/Marvel pic passed the lifetimes of such films as The Dark Knight, Alice In Wonderland, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
China is still Steve Rogers’ best play with $178.2M to date (although this weekend saw the arrival of The Angry Birds Movie grab the top perch). It’s also now the No. 2 biggest superhero movie ever in the Middle Kingdom behind Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The next best cumes are Korea ($62.1M), the UK ($50.2M), Mexico ($40.7M) and Brazil ($37.4M). The picture is still playing in 55 markets.
Fox International Productions’ Korean smash added $11M from 1,391 screens in its sophomore session. The score is a drop of only about 28% from its record opening and takes the cume to $32.29M.
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT
Rollout on Lionsgate’s threequel began back in early March, but this frame brought Tris to China and pushed the movie across $100M internationally in the process. That’s thanks to a $9.9M debut (it was estimated on Sunday to be $10.8M) in the Middle Kingdom which fed an overall frame gross of $10M.
Allegiant opened at No. 3 in China, behind The Angry Birds Movie and Captain America: Civil War. With just the launch weekend, the territory is the film’s 2nd best play. France is tops with $15.1M. The global total is now $170.1M.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
In its 7th frame, The Jungle Book held strong with a much better than anticipated $8.1M (up from $7.4M) weekend which swings the international cume to $530.9M and the global total to $858.3M. Currently playing in 47 material markets, it still has Korea and Japan to come. China, where the run is over, leads markets with $150.1M, followed by the UK which had only a 11% drop this frame and now has a total $59.6M in the pouch. India ($38.1M), France ($24.9M) and Mexico ($24.1M) make up the rest of the Top 5. Hong Kong opens next weekend followed by Korea on June 2 and Japan on August 11. Even before Mowgli and Baloo bear down in those markets, they are closing in on the No. 3 spot on the 2016 global box office chart. Batman V Superman currently occupies the space at $870.2M. When TJB swings ahead, Disney will have the Top 3 movies of the year worldwide along with Civil War and Zootopia.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING/BAD NEIGHBOURS 2
Universal’s comedy sequel expanded into 10 more territories this weekend for a total 45. Adding $5.7M in the frame, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron & the girls of Kappa Nu now have a total offshore kitty of $29.6M. Globally, they’re at $51.8M. Brazil was this frame’s top opener at No. 4 with $385K at 268 dates. The UK held at No. 5 with $1.1M for a 17-day total of $7.2M; Germany has an estimated total $5.2M (waiting for the final numberr on this territory) and Australia is at $4.7M after 18 days. Those were the biggest markets on the previous film. Although the Greek system is a relatively foreign concept to most offshore audiences, Neighbors 2 is the only comedy in the market and holdovers were generally good despite the arrival of the mutants.
Picking up $5.3M in its 15th (!) frame, Zootopia’s global gross has reached $982.4M. That takes it past Despicable Me 2 ($970.8M) to become the fourth biggest animated release ever. The international cume is $648M to date. Japan keeps multiplying ticket sales like rabbits, with yet another weekend increase; this time +9%. The total there is $43.1M. Zootopia has yet to release in Turkey but will bow there on June 10.
Jodie Foster’s Money Monster which is in its second weekend domestically also continued its run abroad by cashing a $2.8M check over a total of 16 markets. The George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell suspense drama had a strong second weekend in France after their appearance together on the red carpet at Cannes. It only dropped 39% in France in its second weekend (using a four-day comp against last Thursday’s opening) to gross $1.1M from 421 screens there. The local cume now stands at $3.5M. Italy has a $2M cume after grossing another $520K from 388 screens this weekend. There are some key debuts upcoming including Brazil and Germany on May 26, the UK the day after and then Australia and Russia on June 2.
Universal’s horror title scared up another $2.1M in eight territories for an international total of $10.58M. There’s now $35.4M in the global cauldron. Mexico had a decent opening at No. 3 with $1.4M at 642 dates. Germany (where the mercury was high this weekend) went limited on 162 screens for $290K. The next biggest market to open is France on June 15.
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR
Universal is reporting that its film The Huntsman: Winter’s War grossed another $692K at 1,308 dates. It is still playing in 52 markets. With the U.S. total of $46.8M and an international cume of $111.4M, it now has a global gross of $158.3M. The film, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron, releases in Japan this Friday, May 27th and that will be the last theatrical release overseas of the film.
MISC UPDATED CUMES
The Boss (UNI), $98K international weekend, $12.58M cume (opened in Spain in limited release)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (UNI), international cume: $29.2M