UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Coming off of a big international box office session last weekend when War For The Planet Of The Apes swung into China, Fox leads again with the debut of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The Matthew Vaughn-directed sequel cut a $61.2M figure in its bow in 64 offshore markets. Of those, the MARV Films title was No. 1 in 55. At current exchange rates, that’s 63% bigger than Kingsman: The Secret Service in the same grouping and includes $11.1M in the UK where Kingsman 2 ran circles around the previous film. Combined with domestic, the start is $100.2M global.
The spy actioner strode into less than half of the overseas landscape this weekend with releases still to come in Korea, France, China and Japan. Each of those was a Top 10 hub on the previous film, led by China (where the sequel has been set for October 20), Korea (September 27) and the UK.
This weekend in China, War For The Planet Of The Apes again dominated, adding $19.1M to get thisclose to $100M in the market. The offshore cume is now $325.4M with a global $469.7M. New there was Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard with an unofficial $13.7M at No. 2 (comScore is reporting a $15.4M weekend for an $88M cume internationally).
The other major studio opener this frame was Warner Bros’ The Lego Ninjago Movie with $10.5M in 37 markets. Of those, the only majors were Russia, Germany and Spain as rollout runs through October.
But for WB, It is still it as the horror juggernaut continues to break records overseas and lifted the cume past $200M (to $211.7M) as the global gross nears $500M. The third frame was good for $38.3M in 59 markets including WB’s best start of 2017 in France and the top horror opening ever in Argentina as well as the studio’s all-time best there.
Elsewhere, Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming has become the No. 1 superhero movie of the year globally with $874.4M after adding $6M (nearly all from China) this weekend internationally. It’s the No. 6 Marvel title of all time worldwide and has now passed Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice among DC rivals. In other milestones, The Emoji Movie moved into the $100M club at the overseas box office with a running cume of $101.2M.
Next weekend will see the Flatliners remake head to the UK and Australia while China business should pick up after an overall slow session. The National Day holiday will usher in a series of locally high-profile titles to the Middle Kingdom including Jackie Chan-starrer The Foreigner, Feng Xiaogang’s drama Youth and action/thriller Sky Hunter with Fan Bingbing. In the rest of play, holdovers and expansions will rule the day (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, for example, goes to Korea where the previous film did bang-up business) while Blade Runner 2049 preps for its wide global rollout the following frame.
Breakdowns on this weekend’s films above and others have been updated below.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
The Matthew Vaughn-directed sequel from Fox/MARV Films strode to a suave $61.2M start in 64 overseas hubs this session, with 55 No. 1s. That’s 63% bigger than Kingsman: The Secret Service in the same grouping of plays in 2015 and at today’s exchange rates. The first film built on its fresh and cheeky take on the British spy/action thriller and finaled at $286M overseas led by China, Korea and the UK.
Domestically, the $39M bow on The Golden Circle contributed to the worldwide $100.2M launch this session, of which $7M came from 632 IMAX screens globally.
At CineEurope in Barcelona last June, Vaughn entertained exhibitors along with star Colin Firth and showed off some key footage to whet appetites. Online reaction to early screenings in France this weekend (the movie doesn’t open til October there) demonstrated puzzlement at the tepid notes from U.S. critics, boding well for the film overseas — at least until Blade Runner 2049 starts in early October.
Already in the UK, Kingsman 2 ran circles around the previous film, roping $11.1M on 1,583 screens for 2X+. Russia’s score was 63% bigger with $6M on 1,300 screens and Australia was worth $4.4M on 269.
In the smaller Asia/Pacific markets, Fox saw new milestones. Taiwan scored the studio its 2nd biggest opening ever with $4.8M on 315; Indonesia’s $3.3M on 675 is Fox’s 3rd best bow; and Malaysia’s $2.8M on 525 is the studio’s 2nd best ever there.
The Taron Egerton/Mark Strong/Firth/Channing Tatum/Halle Berry/Julianne Moore/Jeff Bridges/Pedro Pascal-starrer pointed its umbrella into less than half of overseas box office markets this weekend with releases still to come in Korea, France, China and Japan. Each of those was a Top 10 hub on the previous film, led by China (where the sequel has been set for October 20), Korea (September 27) and the UK.
THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE
The second Lego movie this year and the third in the Warner Bros franchise opened in 37 international markets this frame with $10.5M on 6,650 screens. Among the majors, Russia scored best with $107M on 2,050 screens ad No. 2 and on par with 2014’s The Lego Movie. Germany also saw a No. 2 start with $1.4M on 700 screens and including sneaks. Spain grossed $604K on 400 and Poland scored a No. 1 launch with $803K on par with The Lego Movie.
Both the original Lego and the underperforming Lego Batman counted the UK as their top plays. This one opens there in October. Australia was the No. 2 market for both previous films and this weekend brought in $800K on 295 screens. School holidays are underway Down Under, but kids’ play was led there by Captain Underpants in its 1st session.
The Jackie Chan-voiced Lego Ninjago outperformed comps with $480K on 65 screens in the UAE (+47% on The Lego Movie) and in the Nordics combinedm it notched $1.3M for a start that was 10% better than Lego Batman.
Next week adds Korea, Brazil and Mexico. Further key hubs click into place the following month. The Lego Movie was a surprise hit internationally with $211.4M while this year’s Batman spinoff dipped comparatively to $136M. China was not a Top 5 play on either of those movies and this one is not yet dated there.
It isn’t clowning around as expansion continues overseas along with record-setting perfs. The New Line/Warner Bros’ smash adaptation of Stephen King’s scarer wafted along to another $38.3M on 12,275 screens in 59 overseas markets this weekend. That takes the Andy Muschietti-directed horror pic to $211.7M internationally and $478M worldwide, well on its way across $500M.
Among highlights this weekend in new markets, France debuted to a terrific $6.3M (including previews) on 354 screens. The No. 1 start is the biggest WB opening of the year and bested all comps. Argentina opened to $4.1M on 421 screens, for the industry’s best horror debut ever and WB’s top launch in the market.
Horror plays in Latin America and It held solidly in Mexico with a second weekend at No. 1 for $21.1M to date. The UK leads all play with $34.5M so far, followed by Mexico, then Russia ($16.6M), Australia ($14.9M) and Brazil ($14.5M).
Still to come are Germany, Italy and Japan.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
Fox’s Matt Reeves-directed threequel picked up another $19.3M on the battlefield this session in 17 overseas markets. Of the total, $19.1M was from China where WFTPOTA set a new record for the Pico Boulevard lot last weekend. This was an overall slow Middle Kingdom session, falling ahead of next weekend’s National Day Holiday kick-off, but got the Apes to just shy of $100M there with $99.26M so far. The IMAX portion of that total is $7.3M.
Internationally, the Andy Serkis-led Apes have $325.4M in the war chest for $469.7M to date worldwide. With Japan on deck, it will be close for them to make it to $500M global when all is said and done. Rise did over $30M in that market it 2011 while Dawn dropped to $13M in 2014.
Swinging to $874.4M globally, Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man reboot has become the No. 1 superhero movie of the year worldwide, topping Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2. It has also just passed DC’s Batman Vs Superman on the all-time charts. It is now the 6th biggest Marvel title ever.
This weekend, the Jon Watts-helmed pic spun $6M internationally from 5,600+ screens in 40 markets. The overseas total is $542.5M. China earned $5.7M from 5,000 screens in its 3rd frame for a total of $115.7M.
As Universal’s Tom Cruise-starrer gets ready to fly into the domestic market, it has picked up another $6M in 57 markets this frame. That brings the offshore cume to $58.6M.
Openings this session included Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. In Colombia, the start of $260K is bigger than most comps including the Jack Reacher films and Captain Philipps. France held well in week 2 with a cume of $3M to date. Brazil is also good at No. 5 in its sophomore outing with a total of $2.1M. There are eight hubs to open over the next three months. Next weekend, along with the U.S. and Canada, the Doug Liman-helmed pic travels to India, Trinidad, Paraguay and Uruguay. Russia opens October 12 and Japan opens October 21.
Darren Aronofsky’s divisive mother! grossed $4.6M this weekend from 29 markets including 13 new openings. The international cume is now $12.5M. New plays on the Paramount title saw a No. 3 landing in Mexico with $734K at 717 locations; Brazil’s No. 4 opening delivered $657K from 307 cinemas. The UK is leading offshore play at $2.3M after 10 days, followed by France and Russia at $2M apiece. Germany has taken $1.4M to date. Next up is Italy on September 28, following mother!’s world premiere there at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.
THE EMOJI MOVIE
Making it to the century club, Sony’s The Emoji Movie added $4.3M this session on 3,700+ screens in 52 markets. The international cume now stands at $101.2M. With school holidays in full swing, Australia added $1.1M from 331 screens, down 32% in its 2nd frame for a cume of $3.6M. Still to come are Italy this week and France on October 18.
VICTORIA AND ABDUL
Expanding into 10 more markets, Stephen Frears’ (mostly) based on a true story drama added $4.2M in 20 total. The offshore cume on the Judi Dench-starrer is $12.4M. Spain was the top opener for the Focus feature with $597K, followed by the Netherlands at $175K.
In the UK, Victoria And Abdul held No. 3 for a $6.6M total and a 27% dip from last session. Australia ($3.3M cume) and New Zealand ($688K cume) also saw good holds.
Eight more markets come online next weekend including Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Portugal and South Africa.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLES
Cars 3 (DIS): $3.1M intl weekend (17 markets); $209.1M intl cume
Despicable Me 3 (UNI): $2.4M intl weekend (44 markets); $757.8M intl cume
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (FOX): $2.1M intl weekend (10 markets); $33.3M intl cume
Baby Driver (SNY): $2M intl weekend (45 markets); $117.1M intl cume
The Beguiled (UNI): $1.3M intl weekend (15 markets); $14.7M intl cume
Alien: Covenant (FOX): $921K intl weekend (Japan only); $164.6M intl cume
Girls Trip (UNI): $700K intl weekend (11 markets); $19.6M intl cume
Atomic Blonde (UNI): $125K intl weekend (30 markets); $44.1M intl cume