MONDAY UPDATE, writethru with Wonder Woman actuals: In her maiden outing, Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman dominated the international box office — and came in higher than estimated on Sunday. The well-reviewed DC warrior cuffed a final $125M on 34,775 screens in 55 markets this weekend – up from yesterday’s estimate of $122.5M on 34,300. And that’s without such major hubs as France, Germany and more.
In overall terms overseas, the start (in local currency according to WB) outperformed such key (and male-led) superhero comps as Thor 1 & 2, Iron Man 1 & 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy 1 & 2, Doctor Strange, Captain America 1 & 2, Ant-Man and Man Of Steel — and is now on par with Deadpool. The global cume on the Patty Jenkins-helmed DC pic is $228.1M.
Domestically there was clearly extra girl power behind the $103.1M opening, yet internationally the sentiment is that to have reached the numbers Wonder Woman ascended to, the film is appealing to all audiences.
While Diana Prince’s origin story and arc to powerful warrior are undeniably inspirational for young girls, WB President, International Distribution and Growth Initiatives, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg tells me, “The themes of the story are not gender specific. It’s a great action movie, but it’s also a universally entertaining story, with a hero at its core who is equal parts real and god-like. There are many superhero movies out there these days, and many sequels. Wonder Woman breathes fresh air into the summer. It is a movie that works on multiple levels — story, action, emotion, humor, scope. It is a very satisfying film and we are thrilled to see that critics and audiences alike are responding so strongly to the film the world over.”
A non-Warner exec says, “The international will get better and better as the exits were through the roof.”
Gal Gadot’s warrior princess of Themyscira came ready for battle when she began overseas rollout last Tuesday in Asia, and once Thursday numbers were rolled in across 37 international markets, it became clear the film was headed past $100M (see earlier reports below). Ahead of the weekend, the opening range had a high end of $118M with some expecting upside in those growing Asian hubs. Across the region, Diana Prince’s alter ego is No. 1 in all 10 that have opened thus far — generating $34.1M outside China.
As expected, China and Korea were the biggest plays. In China, the opening of Wonder Woman topped DC stablemate Man Of Steel as well as the first Thor, Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy pics. The team had traveled to Shanghai ahead of the launch to help build awareness. The perf in the Middle Kingdom comes on the heels of Dangal, also a female-empowerment pic, which has stunned with over $169M to date.
Behind China‘s $38.2M on 15,495 screens, the 4th biggest WB launch ever in the market, are Korea with $8.4M, Mexico ($8.4M), Brazil ($8.1M) and the UK ($7.9M – up from the Sunday estimate although box office is likely to have been affected in the UK today following Saturday night’s deadly terror attack in London).
Largely, Wonder Woman topped the comps we had going into the weekend, notably origins stories Thor, which ended at $268M international, and Captain America: The First Avenger which tallied a final $194M overseas (both at historic rates). She also took big swings at a mix of such boys as Doctor Strange ($445M final IBO), Iron Man ($267M final IBO) and the aforementioned Man Of Steel ($377 final IBO).
Wonder Woman, which some say is the birth of a new franchise, still has such majors as France, Germany, Spain and Japan on deck. The marketplace, however, is due to become more crowded next frame when Universal’s Tom Cruise-starrer The Mummy unwraps in 62 offshore markets, including China. Still, this lady, as previously noted, is expected to be less front-loaded than some superhero fare. Says an industry source, “Look for long legs!”
In IMAX, WW landed $9.3M on 665 screens, including $4.5M from 401 in China. The film reps the 2nd biggest DC opening for IMAX abroad, coming in behind Batman V Superman, and ahead of Suicide Squad.
In other noteworthy performances this weekend, Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has sailed across the $500M mark worldwide thanks in part to a $79M frame in overseas waters. The offshore cume is approaching $400M at $392.8M, ahead of the July 1 release in Japan. Although it slid to the No. 2 slot in China this session as Wonder Woman dominated, the cume there is a strong $143.6M — becoming Disney’s 4th biggest film in the market after 10 days of release. Internationally, the Mouse crossed the $2B mark on Sunday.
Actuals have been added for Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Paramount and Fox pics in the breakdowns below.
Taking girl-power to a new level, Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman shot off to a $125M launch at the international box office. The Patty Jenkins-helmed DC entry whipped a number of male-dominated Marvel and DC superhero pics including Thor 1 & 2, Iron Man 1 & 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy 1 & 2, Doctor Strange, Captain America 1 & 2, Ant-Man, Man Of Steel and is on par with Deadpool. (As noted above, those comps are calculated based on local currency rates; in dollar values at historical rates, Cap 2, Doctor Strange and GOTG2 come out on top.)
The performance out of Asia is particularly strong with $34.1M across the region (outside China) and No. 1s in all 10 markets that have opened there. Overall, China leads with $38.2M (RMB 262M) for the 4th best WB Middle Kingdom debut ever. WW bested the PROC bows of Man Of Steel, Thor, The Avengers and the first Guardians Of The Galaxy. The opening puts her in the closer company of such Marvel titles as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and just below WB’s own Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
In Latin America, Diana Prince topped the starts of Iron Man, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and stablemate Man Of Steel. In Europe, where play is more staggered than other regions, the collective grosses outrank Cap 1 and Ant-Man. Germany, France, Spain and Holland have still to open.
Israel, home to star Gadot, scored WB’s biggest opening ever at $1.4M (ILS 5M).
Following China on WW’s Top 5 hit list is Korea where $8.4M (Won 9.5B) was captured on 1,034 screens. Pics Diana dominated include Iron Man, Logan, Wolverine, Thor, First Avenger and Guardians 1.
Mexico was next in line with $8.4M (Ps 155M) on 3,533 screens for 67% of the Top 5 films in the market. This is the 4th best opening weekend ever for a WB film and topped all comps with the exception of BVS and Suicide Squad.
Brazil chimed in with $8.1M (R$ 26.4M) on 1,273 screens and 65% of the Top 5. That’s the No. 3 WB launch weekend ever and came in ahead of all comps save BVS, Suicide Squad and Logan.
The UK, which was hit by yet another devastating terrorist attack Saturday night (and which likely affected box office on Sunday) grossed $7.9M (£6.2M) on 1,429 screens. The film came in 83% above Pirates 5 and exceeded the opening weekends of Thor and Wolverine — it almost doubled First Avenger.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Australia with $5M (A$6.8M) on 606 screens; Russia with $4.4M (Rbl 250M) and landing No. 2 behind Pirates but topping the bows of First Avenger, Iron Man, Thor and Man Of Steel; Indonesia with $4.8M (IDR 59.9B) on 928 for the 2nd biggest WB opening ever behind only BVS; the Philippines with $4.7M (PHP 233.3M) and also the No. 2 WB bow ever — behind Man Of Steel; and Taiwan at $4.7M (NT$140.6M) on 323. That’s the No. 1 WB opening ever and topped most comps including BVS and Suicide Squad.
Wonder Woman generated 43% of its worldwide gross — $95M — from 3D performances, an estimated $36M was collected from RealD equipped locations. The highest performing 3D countries internationally include China (100%), Brazil (79%), Russia (46%), Hong Kong (36%), Mexico (22%), the UK (23%) and Korea (12%).
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Disney’s 5th Pirates movie has crossed the $500M mark worldwide with an added $79M in 54 international markets this frame — including $17.3M in China. That takes the offshore cume to $392.8M and the global to $507.7M.
China is saying yo, ho, ho with a cume of $143.6M after 10 days to become Disney’s 4th biggest film ever in the Middle Kingdom.
Despite competition from Wonder Woman, Pirates 5 maintained No. 1s in its sophomore session in 24 markets including Russia where WW bowed at No. 2. Pirates is also still tops in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain where the Amazon princess has yet to surface. Other notable No. 1s included Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Argentina and Venezuela.
With this weekend’s Pirates perf included, The Walt Disney Studios crossed the $2B mark internationally on June 4. The current year-to-date cumes are $1.155B domestic, $2.055B international, and $3.21B global.
At today’s rates and in the same suite of markets, POTC5 is running 22% ahead of Pirates 4 and 29% above Pirates 3. The Top 5 markets are China ($143.6M), Russia ($31.3M), Korea ($17.9M), the UK ($16.8M) and Germany ($15.7M). For more detail, see my separate report here.
After a soft rollout last weekend, Paramount’s Baywatch surfed into 31 new markets this session, grossing $25.2M. The international cume is now $26.9M. The weekend tally, on a like-for-like basis is 36% above Central Intelligence, 26% above Spy and 15% above 22 Jump Street.
The UK leads with $6M at 507 locations for No. 3. Germany, where fans of original Baywatch star David Hasselhoff are legion, cracked the No. 2 spot with $4.4M from 546 (German-speaking Switzerland opened the movie at No. 1 with $764K at 87 locations and Austria was also a No. 1 with $869K from 74).
Australia also had a good go, collaring No. 2 with $2.7M at 266 sites. Russia was a No. 3 bow on $1.8M from 1,200 locations. And, India, co-star Priyanka Chopra’s home territory, crested the No. 2 spot for a Hollywood movie with $1.6M at 978 cinemas.
Also notable, Malaysia opened at No. 3, grossing $651K at 134 cinemas which is the biggest 18-rated comedy opening ever in the market. Still gearing up to play in the sand are Brazil, Mexico and Spain the weekend of June 15, and France on June 21.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2
In the 6th weekend of play, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians added $5.1M in 50 overseas markets for an international cume of $461.9M and a global total of $816.6M. Abroad, the James Gunn-helmed sequel has passed the lifetime of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and is now the 5th biggest MCU title of all time (international and global).
The Top 5 markets are China ($99.3M), the UK ($51.3M), Germany ($28M), Russia ($27.7M) and Australia ($23.8M).
Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise added $3.86M in 74 markets this frame to take the offshore total to $106.7M. Germany, Spain and Holland saw good holds as the UK leads current offshore play with $15.5M. Still on deck are China (June 16) and Japan (September 15).
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
In their 12th offshore frame, Belle and her man added $3.2M in 20 markets for a $739.1M cume to date. Globally, the total is $1.241B. The Bill Condon-helmed Disney live-action update continues its phenomenal run in Japan where it has held the No. 1 spot for 7 straight weekends. The total there is $92.9M to lead all hubs, followed by the UK ($90.1M), China ($85.8M), Brazil ($41.5M) and Korea ($37.5M).
Hugh Jackman’s final turn as the X-Man with the adamantium claws headed to Japan for the first time this session. On 728 screens, Fox’s Logan opened to $2.5M for a score that’s 18% bigger than The Wolverine. The international cume is now $386.2M.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTEWORTHY
Warriors Of The Dawn (FIP): $4M South Korea opening
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (WB): $4.1M intl weekend (64 markets); $93.1M intl cume
Get Out (UNI): $3.4M intl weekend (39 markets); $72M intl cume (of which, Korea is $14.6M)
The Boss Baby (FOX): $2.7M intl weekend (54 markets); $312.6M intl cume (+32% in the UK)
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (FOX): $1.7M intl weekend (21 markets); $6.7M intl cume (+16% in UK, overall on par with DOAWK: Dog Days, 12% bigger than DOAWK: Rodrick Rules)
The Fate Of The Furious (UNI): $1.6M intl weekend (62 markets); $1.005B intl cume ($34.3M in Japan after 6 weeks)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (FOX): $747K intl debut weekend (9 markets)
Snatched (FOX): $518K intl weekend (10 markets); $10.6M intl cume
SATURDAY UPDATE, 8:41 AM PT: Now open in all 55 offshore markets where she’s debuting this weekend, Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman has racked up a total of $47.1 million through Friday at the international box office. That’s coming off an additional $28M yesterday on 34,335 screens — nearly half of them of them in China.
The Friday launch estimate for the Middle Kingdom is $11.7M (RMB 80M) on 16,000 screens. That’s the third-best start ever for a WB title and topped such male-led origins stories as Man Of Steel, Thor, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger and Wolverine. Unofficial estimated figures in China have Saturday at $15.3M for a two-day cume of about $27M. That sets Wonder Woman on course for a roughly $40M debut PROC frame.
The well-reviewed Gal Gadot-starring DC pic also kicked off in Mexico and India yesterday. There, as with other overseas markets where the Patty Jenkins-directed movie has bowed, most comps were topped (as previously noted below, comparisons are based on local currency given the fluctuations in exchange rates over time).
In Mexico, a $2.4M (Ps 43.9M) start on 3,440 screens was the fourth-best opening day ever for a WB film. Wonder Woman bested the launches there of Marvel and DC pics Deadpool, Thor, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, Man Of Steel, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Wolverine and Logan.
India bowed to $457K (Rp 29.5M) from 349 screens, ranking a clear No. 1 and beating the start of Baywatch (notable as that film features local star Priyanka Chopra). Diana Prince’s alter ego came in higher than the debuts of Ant-Man, both GOTG movies, The First Avenger, Iron Man and Thor.
In holds, the UK leads at $3.4M (2 days), followed by Korea with $3.2M after three days ($5.9M per local estimates after four days), Brazil with $2.8M (2 days), Australia with $1.9M (2 days), and Russia and the Philippines each with $1.8M after two days of play.
We’ll have a full weekend update tomorrow.
PREVIOUS, FRIDAY UPDATE 9:36 AM PT: Warner Bros’ lasso-hurling DC superhero Wonder Woman notched up a further $12.1M at overseas turnstiles on Thursday, taking the international box office cume to $18.7M through yesterday. The Patty Jenkins-helmed pic, which set a record for domestic previews, entered an additional 32 markets on Thursday (it’s now open in a total of 37 offshore hubs).
The UK, Brazil and Russia were among the new plays, topping comps. Also, today (Friday) saw the release in China where early unofficial numbers have Gal Gadot’s standalone turn at about $12M for the day (this is not included in the international total above).
The UK opened on a non-traditional Thursday to $1.6M (£1.2M) on 1,284 screens. Ranking No. 1, WW came in well-ahead of the 2nd frame Thursday of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. She also exceeded the opening days of Wolverine (+30%), Thor (+17%) and Captain America: The First Avenger (+11%). The latter two have been key comps for the pic.
Brazil landed $1M (R$3.4M) on 1,273 screens, more than doubling POTC5 for the day. Including Wednesday previews, the running cume is now $1.5M (R$4.8M). The (largely male-dominated) pics WW bested at bow include Thor (+79%), Ant-Man (+42%), Doctor Strange (+37%), Man Of Steel (+31%), and First Avenger (+11%).
The Philippines grossed $971K (PHP 48.3M) to score the third best opening day for a WB movie and surpassed all comps save Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Man Of Steel.
In Russia, WW came in No. 2 by a narrow margin with thinking that it will pull ahead as the weekend continues. The gross there is $884K (Rbl 50M). The score nevertheless more than doubled the openings of First Avenger and Thor, and is 6% ahead of Man Of Steel.
Australia debuted with $837K (A$1.1M) on 606 screens.
In holds, Indonesia continues at No. 1 with a total now of $2.1M. Korea’s second day (contrary to Wednesday, a non-holiday) also maintained No. 1 with a cume of $2M so far.
Along with China, WW heads to another 16 markets including Mexico. At this rate, this lady is well headed towards that $100M+ mark overseas.
PREVIOUS, THURSDAY 10:04 AM PT: Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman has lassoed $6.3M at the international box office through Wednesday. The DC Comics movie directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot has been released in six offshore markets and is dominating those Asian hubs where it has launched, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and Indonesia. There are a total of 55 markets to open this weekend, among them China, the UK, Mexico, Russia and Brazil which hit in a mix of today and tomorrow.
Heading into the weekend, we’ve been looking at such comps as 2011’s Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, and 2015’s Ant-Man. In very early rollout, Diana Prince’s alter ego is topping those along with a flurry of other titles (given constantly fluctuating exchange rates, all comp markers are in local currency).
She flew into Taiwan and Hong Kong on a non-traditional Tuesday and on Day One grossed $1.3M (NT$38.4M) on 323 screens in the former, and $601K (HK$4.7M) on 83 in the latter.
In Taiwan, WW more than doubled the No. 2 film, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and scored the 3rd biggest WB opening of all time. The first female-led superhero tentpole also topped the opening day results for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice — the film in which Gadot made her debut as Wonder Woman last year — Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, Thor, Man Of Steel, Ant-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger and both Guardians Of The Galaxy movies. The two-day cume is $1.8M
In Hong Kong, WW is the 4th biggest WB start ever, and beat the first day of such Marvel and DC pics as Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Man Of Steel, Logan, Thor, First Avenger and GOTG1 & 2. The two-day there is $829K.
Korea also opened on a non-traditional day, in this case a holiday Wednesday, with $1.2M (Won 1.35B) on 800 screens. It topped local opener Warriors Of The Dawn and surpassed the first day launches of Doctor Strange, Thor, First Avenger and the GOTG pics. (Unofficial numbers have WW continuing to dominate today with over $2M in the bank.)
In Indonesia — also a Wednesday bow — the kick-off is $803K (IDR 10B) on 820 screens for a dominant No. 1 above Pirates. That’s the 2nd best start for a WB movie ever and topped all comps above, except BVS.
However, unlike BVS, Wonder Woman won’t have to deflect poor reviews — the film is being embraced by critics, and positive word of mouth could give this lady stronger legs than some superhero flicks which tend to be front-loaded. Nevertheless, this is a crowded stretch at offshore turnstiles with The Mummy coming hot on Diana’s heels next frame. China, which bows on Friday, will be telling as it’s expected to be the No. 1 market for the debut session. Overall predictions for the international opening have hovered between $92M-$118M.
Along with China, the UK, Mexico, Korea, Russia and Brazil are expected to be the top markets when totals are tallied on Sunday. France opens next Wednesday, June 7, with Germany seeking justice on June 15 and Japan bowing in August.
We’ll update WW‘s figures throughout the weekend.