UPDATE, WRITETHRU, with actuals: Still mighty after three overseas frames, Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok chiseled out another $77.3M at the international box office this weekend — up from the Sunday estimate. That takes the offshore cume to $440M, and lifts the worldwide tally to $652.1M. That global figure pushes the god of thunder to No. 10 on the worldwide box office chart for 2017. The Mouse has now roared to fill four of the Top 10 slots this year.
Internationally, the Taika Waititi-helmed threequel has become the No. 9 movie of 2017 and is tracking 12% ahead of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 and 21% above Doctor Strange on a trajectory to cross $500M (notwithstanding the arrival of the Justice League this coming week). Ragnarok’s top market is China with $95.2M after two frames.
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Thor’s continued muscular overseas performance is not the only story this weekend, and certainly not for Disney which has crossed $3B at the international box office for the 3rd consecutive year — the only studio to have done so with such consistency. Achieving the milestone was aided by Pixar’s Coco which is breaking records in Mexico. Meanwhile, Fox’s Murder On The Orient Express rolled impressively into several more markets this session, including China, and Heyday Films/Studiocanal’s Paddington 2 spread joy around the UK.
Here’s a snapshot of those players ahead of the breakdowns which have been compiled below: Murder On The Orient Express pulled into the Middle Kingdom, grossing $19.1M there and $47.3M overall this frame – above the Sunday projection — in its expanded play across 55 markets. The starry Kenneth Branagh-helmed mystery is at $58.8M overseas after bowing to No. 1 in the UK last week and showing a crazy good hold. In the same markets and at today’s rates, MOTOE is outpacing The Great Gatsby (+60%) and Gone Girl (+109%). There are several majors still to come.
In brand new openings, a little bear from darkest Peru made his way into the UK, and blew the lid off the marmalade jar. Paddington 2 is looking at a debut weekend in the home market of £8.26M ($10.8M). The Friday-to-Saturday jump was 259% with the Saturday outpacing comps including the original. Studiocanal, which fully financed, is releasing the Heyday Films sequel in the UK where the first Paddington finaled at £37.9M.
Turning back to Disney, Pixar’s Coco is enjoying an otherworldly run in Mexico. After three weeks there, it has grossed $41.4M (792M pesos) to become the No. 2 release of all time in the market and the highest-grossing animated release ever – both in local currency.
In other notable performances, Jigsaw, the 8th movie in Lionsgate’s horror franchise, has pieced together $79M globally to top the worldwide and international lifetimes of Saw 6. Warner Bros’ Geostorm is thisclose to $200M worldwide, and New Line/WB juggernaut IT wafted upwards in Japan by 22% to help get the global box office to $683.4M. In Germany, local comedy Fack Ju Gohte 3 has become 2017’s top-grossing movie at $48.45M.
All of this comes as Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League gets ready to rumble in a day-and-date worldwide release (outside Japan) that begins Wednesday.
Breakdowns on the films above and others have been updated with actuals below.
Before it begins global rollout throughout November, December and January, the sequel to 2014’s $268M worldwide grosser got a big bear-hug from the UK this weekend. Paddington 2, directed by Paul King, is looking at a debut weekend of £8.26M ($10.8M). The original made £5.1M on its first weekend.
The Friday-to-Saturday jump was 259% with the Saturday 65% above the first film as well as other family pics like Finding Dory, Inside Out, The Secret Life Of Pets, The Lego Movie, The BFG and Sing. That’s all in local currency.
There were a handful of other markets to bow this frame and numbers on those are still to come. The UK is the big play, however, on the the Heyday Films sequel that’s fully financed by Studiocanal (the latter has UK distribution). The first Paddington finaled at £37.9M there.
The sequel sees the marmalade-loving bear from darkest Peru mixed up in a new adventure. Now happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, he’s become a popular member of the community. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, he spots a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the culprit.
Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson join the cast that includes Ben Whishaw, who returns to voice the titular mischief-maker, along with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi and Jim Broadbent. Joanna Lumley and Richard Ayoade have cameos.
With an added $77.3M at international turnstiles this weekend, Thor 3 now has an offshore cume of $440M after three frames. The global total, including domestic, is $652.1M. Of the running tallies, IMAX reps $50.3M worldwide and $31M overseas — $9.7M from China. Internationally, Ragnarok is tracking 12% ahead of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 and 21% ahead of Doctor Strange with word of mouth and repeat viewing key factors for this highly-regarded refresh on the series. It will cross $500M overseas, and then some, even as the Justice League gathers this coming week.
China leads all plays at $95.2M as it looks to cross $100M this week before Justice League bands together on Friday. Rounding out the Top 5 are the UK ($34.1M), Korea ($31M), Brazil ($24.4M) and Australia ($20.4M).
Now open in all markets globally, the god of thunder saw mighty holds across Europe and Latin America. For example, the UK drop was 32%, Argentina was 37% and Germany and the Netherlands dipped by 38%. Overall, like-for-like markets dropped 45% across Europe and 51% across Latin America. Korea and Japan also saw terrific holds at -44% each.
In the Czech Republic, where the drop was 34%, Thor 3 is the highest-grossing superhero movie ever.
The son of Odin maintained No. 1s in these: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Australia (close), Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Venezuela, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Iceland, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Bahrain, Hungary, Kuwait, Oman, Switzerland, Ukraine and the UAE.
The international cume has now landed Thor 3 at No. 9 on the 2017 chart, topping Logan and Wonder Woman this session. Historic Dis stablemates beaten include Iron Man 2 ($312M), Ant-Man ($339M) and Thor: The Dark World ($438M). Ragnarok joins two other Marvel Cinematic Universe titles in the Top 10 this year.
Globally, the hammer-wielder has passed Logan to claim the No. 10 slot for the year. Lifetime cumes surpassed on other titles include those of Ant-Man ($519M), Iron Man ($585M), Iron Man 2 ($624M) and Thor: The Dark World ($645M). Disney has four of the Top 10 2017 movies worldwide so far.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
After chugging into the UK on a No. 1 debut last weekend, Fox’s mystery train rode to several more offshore markets including China, Germany, Russia, Australia and Mexico.
In the sophomore session, Kenneth Branagh’s starry vehicle added $47.3M in 55 markets. The China debut was $19.1M at No. 2 behind Thor. Branagh visited the market ahead of release (which fell at the same time as the so-called Singles Day shopping extravaganza that saw over $25B in sales on Saturday). The Middle Kingdom start is 4.5 times bigger than The Great Gatsby which Fox is using as a comp.
It’s also using Gone Girl which MOTOE beat in Russia by 2.5 times at a $6.2M opening. Also new was Australia at $3.1M, followed by Germany at $2.66M in 2nd place in terms of admissions, and 8% bigger than Gone Girl.
The UK saw an excellent hold with a dip of just 9% to take the cume there to $17.2M after just two weekends. The adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel pulled out the stops in its UK press pass, having the actual Orient Express arrive at London’s St Pancras station where Branagh and others did interviews.
Overall, MOTOE is outpacing The Great Gatsby (+60%) and Gone Girl (+109%) in the same bucket of markets and at current exchange rates. Still to come are Brazil, France, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Spain among others.
Lionsgate’s 8th entry in the scary Saw franchise picked up $8.6M in 73 offshore markets this session — its 3rd. The international cume is now $44.7M for $79M globally. The worldwide total pushes it ahead of the global and offshore lifetimes of Saw 6. Mexico was a new play, carving out $502K from 369 screens in a market dominated by Pixar’s Coco. It topped by far Saws 4, 5 and 6. Norway also bested those pics at $99K. Japan opened to $533K from 120 screens. The UK remains the top hub with $6.1M, followed by Russia with $4.5M. Spain and Brazil go on November 24.
A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS
STX’s comedy sequel toasted 9 new international markets to pick up another $8.37M in its second frame out. The ladies have now banked $18.2M in 24 overseas markets. Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland took a combined $3.4M at open. Germany’s $2M came in at No. 4 behind local smash Fack Ju Gohte 3, Thor and Orient Express. The score is 2% ahead of the first Moms film and tops comps Horrible Bosses 2 (+106%), Office Christmas Party (+60%) and Neighbors 2 (+32%). In Denmark, a No. 2 bow was worth $369K from 69 locations, for +42% on Bad Moms and 227% over Office Christmas Party.
Holds saw the UK bring in another $1.7M from 479 locations, flat with opening weekend. The cume is $5.5M, running 3% above the original film, 87% ahead of Office Christmas Party, 33% over Horrible Bosses 2 and 2% over Neighbors 2.
In Australia, Mila Kunis and the gang, which includes the original moms’ moms, dropped 37% from opening for a $4.9M total to date. That’s 8% behind Bad Moms, 48% ahead of Horrible Bosses 2, 34% ahead of Neighbors 2 and 52% ahead of Office Christmas Party. France and the Netherlands are the next significant markets to go later this month.
Disney/Pixar’s Coco, from directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, is looking more than lively in Mexico where it has grossed $41.4M (792M pesos) to date. That makes it the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the market (in local currency) and the No. 2 release of all movies ever. No. 1 is its Disney cousin, Marvel’s The Avengers at 827M pesos. At this rate, Coco could pass that.
This weekend, the film which originally released ahead of the Dia de Muertos holiday, saw a mere 23% drop for $8.4M. That’s after last frame saw a 12% increase.
The story follows Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who has musical dreams inspired by his idol, the late great Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Following a mysterious and otherworldly chain of events, Miguel meets charming trickster Héctor (Gael García Bernal), and, together, they set off on an adventure of music and mystery, resulting in the most unusual family reunion.
Richly-animated and with positive themes, it will continue to resonate once rollout gets going wider. It’s also got the short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure playing alongside. More markets come online along with the U.S. on November 22.
HAPPY DEATH DAY
Universal/Blumhouse’s Christopher Landon-helmed horror pic opened in five new markets this weekend, adding $6.9M in a total of 50. The offshore cume is now $33.3M for $88.2M global on the movie about a college student living in a time loop on the day of her murder. Korea bowed to $3.7M, and a No. 2 finish for the frame after building since the non-traditional Wednesday opening. The start is similar to recent horror hits Don’t Breathe and Lights Out. Italy came in No. 2 with $1.1M behind a local film and equal to Get Out. In Spain, HDD opened No. 3 with $914K. This Jessica Rothe-starrer will get across $100M worldwide with 11 more markets to come, including France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland next session.
Warner Bros’ disaster pic added $6.2M in 65 markets this session, taking the international cume to $168.2M and closing in on $200M worldwide. The overseas performance far outweighs domestic, although the movie saw a 66% drop in international fortunes from last weekend — largely down to China dwindling in its 3rd frame. Still, the movie has made $63.5M in that market (adding $1.7M this weekend on 3,500 screens). The sophomore session in France brings the total there to $2.6M and in Italy it’s $1.7M. The last market to welcome Gerard Butler in the Dean Devlin-helmed title is Japan on January 19.
Putting the “It” in Italy, this New Line/Warner Bros phenom has now become the highest grossing horror movie of all time there with $17.3M. The Stephen King adaptation had already been enjoying a record-breaking run in that market, and elsewhere, and has picked up another $2.8M overall this session from 37. The international cume is $356.8M and the worldwide total is now $683.5M. Driving that point home: this is without a China release.
Japan, the last market to go, is in its 2nd frame and added $2M on 254 screens to jump 22% over the already strong opening last weekend. The total there is $6.4M.
Top markets for Pennywise are the UK ($42.5M), Germany ($35.1M), Mexico ($27.6M), Brazil ($19.9M) and France ($19.4M).
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
The Mountain Between Us (FOX): $2.26M intl weekend (29 markets); $22.6M intl cume
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (FOX): $1.4M intl weekend (38 markets); $294M intl cume
My Little Pony: The Movie (LG): $1.1M intl weekend (68 markets); $28.7M intl cume
The Snowman (UNI): $996K intl weekend (34 markets); $29.75M intl cume
Marrowbone (UNI): $970K intl weekend (Spain only); $5.27M intl cume
Victoria And Abdul (UNI): $939K intl weekend (32 markets); $38.8M intl cume
Paramount is doing a staggered rollout on this weekend’s No. 2 domestic pic, comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2. Overseas, it opened in just Romania and the Netherlands for $429K and a 5% bump over the original.
German smash comedy threequel Fack Ju Gohte 3 has become the top-grossing movie in Germany this year with 41.6M euros ($48.45M) through Sunday. Also playing in Austria and Switzerland, its total through 18 days is 48.22M euros ($56.17M). The Constantin Film title is running 9% behind predecessor Fack Ju Gohte 2.
Also, Bollywood horror comedy Golmaal Again, from director Rohit Shetty and starring Ajay Devgn, has grossed an estimated 302.66 crore ($45.5M) worldwide. That includes a gross estimate of 258.22 crore ($38.8M) in India to make it the No. 2 local film of the year there and the No. 1 Hindi movie, per local reporting.
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