UPDATE: Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle continued its wild run this weekend, remaining king of the international box office for the 4th consecutive frame with another $32.6M on the board. The global drumbeat has now reached $767.8M, with $450.8M of that from overseas. The Jake Kasdan-helmed update on the 1995 Robin Williams classic had some rock-solid holds this session, although it faced stiff competition in China where a handful of new entrants was led by Bollywood title Secret Superstar, produced by and featuring icon Aamir Khan.
In China, Jumanji has now grossed $65.8M to lead all of its markets, followed by the UK with $43.7M, and a 5th session drop of just 26%. Australia rounds out the Top 3 with $31.9M to date. And Japan is still to get in on the game.
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New to the races this frame was Fox threequel Maze Runner: The Death Cure. It sped off the block with No. 1s in all four opening markets for a combined $15.2M (including $10M in Korea). That outpaces the previous two entries in the same hubs and at today’s rates, and comes before wide release hits next weekend.
Elsewhere, Disney/Pixar’s Coco ascended the UK stage at No. 1 this frame and overall jammed to $18.3M in 40 material markets. The offshore cume is now $455.2M, transporting Miguel and family to $655.9M worldwide with Japan and Scandinavia still to bow.
Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now skated past Frozen to grab the No. 9 slot on the all-time global box office chart with $1,296.3M through Sunday. The international box office weekend was $9.9M, raising the overseas cume to $692M. In the UK, Jedi cruised past Titanic to become the 5th highest-grossing movie ever.
In other notables, Lionsgate’s Wonder is fast on its way to $250M worldwide, and Working Title/Focus’ Darkest Hour continues to make waves overseas, pushing the Universal release’s global total towards $80M. Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri has strutted to $22M overseas with great holds while last night’s PGA laureate The Shape Of Water was tops again in Mexico and has an early offshore total of $8.8M.
We’re still waiting on detailed figures for The Commuter, The Post and a few others which will be updated tomorrow. Next weekend, we’re looking at the wide expansion of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, including in China. There will also be further play for awards-season titles looking for a boost from Oscar nominations on Tuesday. Also notable, Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmaavat, which cleared the censors last week, will be one to watch in India beginning January 25.
Breakdowns on the titles in release this weekend have been updated below.
MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE
Fox’s third and final installment in the Maze Runner series got off the block in its first four offshore markets this session with $15.2M including a terrific $10M in Korea (with previews). The other three plays were Australia ($2.6M), Taiwan ($2.2M) and New Zealand ($378K). Each debuted at No. 1, and are outpacing the first two films in the franchise at current exchange rates.
Wes Ball returns to direct with the story following Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) as he embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as The Flare. Shooting on the picture was delayed when O’Brien suffered a serious injury during filming in 2016 and the release was pushed from February 2017 to this month. Next weekend sees domestic rollout along with 69 more offshore hubs.
Those include China which was the top market on 2015’s The Scorch Trials. That film finaled at $230.6M abroad and $312.3M globally. The 2014 original had an ultimate cume of $246M overseas and $348.3M worldwide.
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
With its wild continued play, Sony’s Jumanji update held the top spot at the international box office for the 4th weekend in a row. At a current $767.8M worldwide, the film should see $850M when all is said and done, if not rock a bit higher. There will be more competition next weekend when Maze Runner 3 goes wide, although Jumanji should continue to play. The current weekend added $32.6M in 92 markets for an offshore cume of $450.8M.
Holds were strong in many cases, although China dipped by about 81% as Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar took the No. 1 Middle Kingdom slot. Other new entries to that market, Ferdinand and Wonder, as well as the continued play of Chinese pic Forever Young, put Jumanji down at No. 5 for the session with a $7.7M weekend. China leads all play at $65.8M to date.
Elsewhere, the No. 2 market, the UK, added $2.5M for a 26% dip in the 5th session and a cume of $43.7M. Australia added $2.3M in the 4th for a $31.9M running total. France, the No. 4 offshore hub, slipped by just 14% to bring the cume to $24.3M, and holding No. 1. Brazil was also tops again in its 2nd frame and has a total $18M. Japan is the final major on April 6.
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan enjoyed great success in China with his last outing, Dangal. The inspirational wrestling drama grossed $193M in the Middle Kingdom last year and landed in the Top 10 for 2017 there. He’s back now in China with Secret Superstar. And even though he is not the feature attraction, the title took the No. 1 spot this weekend at about $27M which nearly triples its lifetime gross in India (it released there in October).
Also an inspirational tale, Secret Superstar stars Zaira Wasim who appeared in Dangal. She plays a young girl who dreams of becoming a singer. Khan produces through his Aamir Khan Productions and plays a famous music director and mentor for the girl in a story that is appealing to audiences with strong word of mouth.
INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY
Blumhouse’s Insidious: The Last Key unlocked $18.4M in 52 markets to lift the international cume to $68.1M and keep this chapter on track to be the biggest of the franchise. The offshore release is handled by Sony.
Russia debuted to No. 2 with $4.4M (including previews). The Philippines ($1.6M), Brazil ($1.5M) and Italy ($920K) topped the previous installments in their openings. After a record-breaking start for a horror film in Indonesia last week, the market has increased its cume to a stand-out $8.6M. Upcoming major releases include Korea and Australia.
Miguel finally made it to the UK this weekend, strumming up a No. 1 start at $4.6M ($7.1M including previews). Looking at the three-day weekend only, Coco is 46% ahead of Moana and has strong reviews that kick off what should be a long run, particularly with school holidays ahead. The full international weekend was $18.3M for an offshore cume of $455.2M and a global tally of $655.9M.
Notable holds include France (-8%), the Netherlands (-19%), Chile (-21%), Korea (-27%), Brazil (-31%), Bolivia (-31%), Spain (-28%), Venezuela (-34%), Germany (-38%) and Italy (-38%). Coco continues to be the No. 1 movie in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia. In Korea, it’s the 4th highest grossing Pixar release ever after 11 days.
The top markets are China ($183.5M), Mexico ($57.8M), France ($30.9M), Spain ($18.7M) and Korea ($13.5M). Japan is still to come next month.
Fox’s gentle-giant bull headed to the China shop this session, opening to $8.7M at No. 3 and leading western titles there. In all this frame, the Blue Sky Studios pic added $17.5M in 58 markets. There were some strong holds including in France (-3%/$14.8M cume), Brazil (-21%/$7.17M) and Spain (-28%/$8.76M). The international total is now $155.7M with more play to come.
Also new in China this weekend, Lionsgate’s family tale came in just behind Ferdinand at $8.6M. The total weekend was good for $12.6M in 61 markets to lift the running cume to $118.2M overseas and $248M worldwide. Brazil is still tops for Wonder with $25.9M after seven frames. Germany meets Auggie this week.
Putting another $12.1M in the war chest this weekend, Working Title/Focus’ awards pic now has an offshore cume of $36.7M. Globally, the Gary Oldman-starrer is at $77.8M and counting as worldwide audiences are breaking out into spontaneous applause and standing ovations at his rendition of Winston Churchill’s “We shall fight on the beaches” speech.
This session, new plays on the nine-time BAFTA nominee included Italy with $1.48M at 311 sites and strong reviews for a three-day that’s 9% above Bridge Of Spies. In Germany, the start was $636K on 128 screens with daily increases from Thursday onward. Russia was also in Week 1 with $320K from 348 while the Netherlands landed $316K at 59. The film there came in 47% higher than comp The Theory Of Everything and has seen great response.
In holds, the UK added a victorious $4.6M, edged slightly out of first position by Coco, but down just 17% from open with a strong $14M cume to date. Australia’s drop was just 25% for $2.2M so far and France saw a 28% dip for $3.4M. Brazil is also a stand-out with a 26% drop for $1.46M to date.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Fox’s crowd-pleaser found $11M more under the big-top in 67 markets this weekend. The UK saw a mere 1% drop this session for $22.8M to date and Australia has grossed $15.6M with a 23% drop in the 4th weekend. The international cume on the Hugh Jackman-starrer is now $118M. Also notable, Mexico’s cume is $10.6M, and Spain fell just 26% in the 4th weekend to cume $6.1M so far. In Singapore, the showbiz origins story was No. 1 in its 4th frame. Next weekend, the troupe will take a bow in France.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
On its way to $700M at the international box office in the next week or so, Rian Johnson’s entry to the sci-fi saga has grossed $692M through Sunday. Globally, Episode VIII has $1,296.3M in the tractor beam, skating past Frozen to become the No. 9 movie ever at the worldwide box office. The offshore under/over on recent films in the franchise is -37% versus The Force Awakens and +27% versus Rogue One.
This 6th Jedi session added $9.9M in 49 material offshore markets. With $109.3M now in the UK, the film is the No. 5 movie ever there (Disney has four of the 10 all-time releases in the market). Also notable, Japan has crossed $60M with just a 30% drop in this frame. Sweden, France and Finland also saw solid holds.
The Top 5 hubs are as follows: the UK ($109.3M), Germany ($79.8M), France ($63.5M), Japan ($60.8M) and Australia ($43.5M). China has grossed $40.6M.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI
Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri has climbed to $22M in 26 markets with strong second- and third-week holds and a great opening in France. This weekend, Martin McDonagh’s Golden Globe winner added $8.4M, led by that French debut of $1.5M at No. 3 on 162 screens — the campaign and word of mouth are penetrating here. Co-financed by Film4, the film that’s up for several BAFTAs four weeks from today, held great in the UK (-25%/$7.1M cume). Spain was down just 17% ($2.43M cume) and Italy, where Three Billboards premiered during Venice last year, dipped just 14% for $2.24M to date. Offshore rollout continues in Germany, Mexico and four other markets next weekend.
THE SHAPE OF WATER
As it added the PGA prize for Best Film on Saturday night, Guillermo del Toro’s fairy tale also added $4M at the international box office this weekend. The Fox Searchlight film is currently playing in just nine markets and has grossed $8.8M to date. Shape held No. 1 in Mexico with a 35% drop for $6.9M while Russia opened to $848K on 527 screens for No. 4. Colombia’s first weekend was worth $207K on 96 screens, also at No. 4. In Australia, release began on 61 screens with $616K including previews. That good start will be embellished in the weeks to come as the movie goes wider there. The next opening is Belgium on January 31.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLES
*New — 12 Strong (LG): $2.5M intl weekend (24 secondary markets in early rollout)
*Help, I Shrunk My Parents (SNY): $1.8M intl weekend (4 markets incl $1.6M in Germany — local language)
Downsizing (PAR): $4.7M intl weekend (40 markets); $13.3M intl cume
Pitch Perfect 3 (UNI): $3.8M intl weekend (41 markets – UK approaching $20M); $74.5M intl cume
Geostorm (WB): $2.8M intl weekend (Japan only, above comps); $179.2M intl cume
Benedetta Follia (UNI): $2.6M intl weekend (Italy only); $7.9M Italy cume
Molly’s Game (S/A): $1.81M intl weekend; $17M intl cume
Murder On The Orient Express (FOX): $1.6M intl weekend (23 markets); $244.5M intl cume
All The Money In The World (STX): $1.2M intl weekend (23 markets — Italy, ANZ cross $3M each); $15M intl cume
Perfectos Desconocidos (UNI): $1M intl weekend (Spain only); $21.3M Spain cume
Kingsman The Golden Circle (FOX): $1M intl weekend (Japan only); $308.6M intl cume
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