Paramount and Skydance’s Tom Cruise sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, has crossed the $100M mark at the worldwide box office with a $100.83M cume through Wednesday. The milestone for the $60M-budgeted film comes after just under two weeks of major release. Internationally, JR2 has grossed $57.97M; the domestic cume is $42.86M.
The Ed Zwick-directed action thriller was the major wide offshore opener over the October 21-23 frame, punching up a $31.5M start in 42 markets — 20 of which were No. 1s. Combined with its domestic opening, the global bow was $54.3M for a launch that was 28% bigger than the original 2012 film.
In 30 overseas debut markets that weekend, Never Go Back came in higher versus Jack Reacher the first. That film went on to gross 63% of its overall box office overseas with $140M+.
While the initial Reacher rode to $80M in North America, this second installment isn’t seeing that kind of turnout. Abroad, however — where the property has sturdier legs — there are still several key markets to go which are also big Cruise bases. They include Germany, Japan and Spain which open this weekend, as well as Korea, Brazil and Mexico at the end of the month. Japan was the No. 4 market on JR1 with about $11M.
Never Go Back‘s top offshore market is currently China with $8.9M. The sequel has underperformed the original there due to an overall downshift in box office, competition in the market and a lack of resonance for the Lee Child-created Reacher character. That’s despite Cruise’s popularity with local audiences. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation last year grossed about $136M to become the biggest 2D release ever, and Edge Of Tomorrow made $66M there in 2014. Jack Reacher in 2012 did $15M. The sequel has significant investment from Chinese partners Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group.
Following China on Never Go Back are the UK with $7.6M, France at $5.8M, Australia’s $3.8M, Russia at $3.2M and Taiwan with $3M.
As Doctor Strange and soon Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them flood worldwide markets, among Never Go Back‘s primary competition for the adult demo are Tom Hanks-starrer Inferno, Ben Affleck’s The Accountant, and the upcoming Brad Pitt/Marion Cotillard WWII pic Allied.
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