UPDATE, TUESDAY with actuals: Paramount/Skydance’s Star Trek Beyond saw a tiny dip from the estimates when finals came in, but it remained far and away the weekend champ at overseas turnstiles with a $36.4M frame. The grand majority of that came from China where it beamed up $30.7M at 6,259 locations, 105% bigger than Star Trek Into Darkness and 33% over Jason Bourne. It continued through Monday to maintain a clear lead. The offshore cume is $130.5M and makes STB 2016’s 40th $100M+ grosser at the international box office.
As noted below, STB has Chinese investment in it via Alibaba Pictures and Huahua Media. The latter put on a huge promotional push in the Middle Kingdom while Alibaba said yesterday that its Yulebao subsidiary has launched more than 300 types of movie-derived products in conjunction with the film’s release and which are being sold via the company’s online platforms.
'Avengers: Endgame' Blasts Into China With $107M+ Record Opening Day
Next week sees several local releases in China including Berlin Film Fest entry Crosscurrent and Sony’s The Shallows.
The biggest wide release outside China is Warner Bros’ Clint Eastwood drama Sully which stars Tom Hanks and was very well received at Telluride this past weekend. It will hit about 40 markets with only Russia and Australia among the majors.
Actuals have been updated below the original post. Given the Labor Day holiday, all studios have not reported. We will update on a rolling basis.
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Paramount/Skydance’s Star Trek Beyond got a boost this weekend, landing at the top of the international box office chart thanks to a $31.3M debut in China. The full frame was worth $37M across 40 markets for an offshore cume to date of $131.1M.
China’s strong FSS take is 107% above Star Trek Into Darkness’ 2013 bow. That film went on to $57M in the PROC. The China debut is also bigger than the $30M STB launched to in 37 offshore markets in late July.
Beyond comes with Chinese investment from Alibaba and Huahua Media which mounted a targeted promo campaign. Popular variety show Happy Camp devoted an episode to the film with participation from stars Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto.
Also upping the Chinese profile, Happy Camp co-host Xie Na and her husband Zhang Jie have a combined 120M followers on Weibo, the local equivalent of Twitter. Zhang acted as the film’s Chinese ambassador and sang its local theme song. He also made a special appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego in July.
China has been in a well-documented slump this summer, although it showed a rise in August receipts. While both Jason Bourne and Ice Age: Collision Course provided a big bump there last week, they have dropped by 92% and 86%, respectively, in the 2nd frames (worth noting, though, that both opened on a Tuesday so had much longer first sessions). It will be interesting to see how STB fares in its sophomore Middle Kingdom frame, especially with that local muscle behind it. A number of homegrown pics along with Sony’s The Shallows roll in next weekend.
Elsewhere there was precious little new under the international box office sun this weekend, with no major wide releases. Expansions include Ben-Hur, Don’t Breathe and Mechanic: Resurrection. And, The Secret Life Of Pets continues to hop along, now having crossed $400M international and $750M worldwide while becoming the No. 3 movie ever in Russia by leap-frogging cousin Minions.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
STAR TREK BEYOND
There were five other openings this session including Brazil where the Enterprise was No 2 with $1.6M at 479 locations and 14% over STID. Venezuela also bested the main comp by 684% (and Star Trek by an astonishing 3701%) despite opening at No. 4. STB took $1.4M at 70 sites.
Korea ($8.9M cume), France ($4.9M) and Spain ($2.6M) were all in their 3rd frames. Argentina and Mexico beam up next weekend and Japan joins the crew on October 21.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
In Russia, Pets lovers gave the film a third consecutive weekend at No. 1 with $3.1M and a total $30.2M. Today, it passes Minions to become the No. 3 highest grossing movie ever in the market — behind Avatar and Zootopia. Japan has now cumed $36M and Brazil has tallied $9.3M, holding the top slot for the 2nd week in a row.
The $800M worldwide milestone is next with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa and Italy still to come.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
After a strong bow last weekend in China, Fox’s 5th Ice Age entry stuck its course at No. 2 there with a $6.1M frame and a total $59.2M. Italy also held No. 2 behind newcomer Me Before You. The total session was worth $8.2M on 8,254 screens in 30 markets. That takes the international cume to $326.6M.
The New Line/WB horror tale flicked on another $5.4M this weekend from 2,460 screens in 53 territories. That switches the international cume to $70.2M. Top offshore play Korea held to a 38% drop and now has a $7M total. France lifted the cume to $3M.
Seth Rogen’s fiesta raged into the UK at No. 1 with $3.6M from 407 screens and besting the openings of Neighbors 2 (+38%) and 21 Jump Street (+49%). The Sony comedy brought in a total $4.6M from over 1,000 screens in 17 total overseas markets. Holds were strong with a cume of $14M to date. Russia joins the party next weekend.
NOW YOU SEE ME 2
The Lionsgate sequel opened in Japan, its final market, this weekend with $1.9M. The full session conjured $3.6M from 47 markets with the international cume now $263.6M.
MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES
Fox’s comedy crossed $25M at the international box office, earning $3.4M this weekend from 24 markets. The Stangle brothers landed a No. 2 start in Germany with $1.4M and were No. 1 in Mexico with $1M. The UK dipped only 14% in the 4th week for a $3.35M cume.
In its 4th frame, the Disney animation added $3.7M in 26 territories. The international cume is $28.6M with global nearing $100M at $92.4M. There were no major new markets this frame. The UK and Germany both grew by 15% with Australia and Mexico on deck in two weeks.
Sony’s survival story took $3.2M this weekend in 61 markets ahead of the China bow on Friday. The international cume has now reached $44.2M. Italy ($1.8M cume) and France ($3.6M) dropped a respective 43% and 45%.
ME BEFORE YOU
MISC UPDATED CUMES
Kubo And The Two Strings (UNI): $1.7M intl weekend; $5.4M intl cume
The Purge: Election Year (UNI): $1.6M intl weekend; $30.1M intl cume
The BFG (DIS): $1.1K intl weekend; $43.5M intl cume
Central Intelligence (UNI): $1M intl weekend; $86.8M intl cume
The Jungle Book (DIS): $800K intl weekend; $600M intl cume
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (PAR): $678K intl weekend; $162.4M intl cume
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (FOX): $450K intl weekend; $30.8M intl cume
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