UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle continues to prove it’s got Big Game. In its 7th weekend, Sony’s holiday-season holdover from director Jake Kasdan banged the drum across $500M overseas and $850M worldwide. Through Sunday, it’s captured $503.1M at the international box office and $855.7M globally, with a shot at $900M ahead.
The Dwayne Johnson-starrer rocked another $12.6M on 8,000 screens in 93 markets this weekend. That’s just a 32.5% drop from last session for the update on the 1995 classic. Whether the jungle juggernaut can get to $900M global is right now up for debate in some circles — it should be close. The movie is tapering down overseas, but has another two weeks before Black Panther pounces on worldwide turnstiles, and then has Japan on deck April 6 where the over/under could be around $10M. Then again, so much about this film’s play has been surprising. Says a rival distribution exec on the $900M milestone, “I didn’t think it would get this far, so why not?”
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Indeed, the powerhouse performance was great counterprogramming during the holidays and offered a lighter option to global moviegoers throughout and beyond. By a week after New Year’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle had already doubled, and in some cases, tripled early international projections and has seen repeat business over its runaway successful run. The film has clicked in all the majors and done great numbers in the increasingly important Asian markets like Malaysia and Indonesia.
Even just the final week of 2017 (worldwide) helped propel Sony Pictures Entertainment to a $96M Q3 profit. Most of the box office will count towards Q4.
The weekend leader overall was Fox’s threequel Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Now out in 80 markets, it picked up No. 1s in 20 during the third session. The weekend was worth $35.2M with the Wes Ball-helmed pic currently outpacing Scorch Trials by 1% and the original Maze Runner by 25%. Its international total after three frames is $142.9M.
In another vein, Fox crowd-pleaser The Greatest Showman had a great showing this weekend and an impressive jump in the UK where it was up 9% to take the No. 1 spot in its 6th session. That included a special IMAX run. The cume there is a fantastic $31.3M. Overall, the crowd-pleasing showbiz origins story added $16.2M in 42 markets, including $7.4M in its China debut. The offshore cume is now $153M.
Also notable in China, Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar reclaimed the top spot in its 3rd session with a comScore-reported $10.5M on a very quiet weekend. The Bollywood icon’s prowess in the market continues with the film now at $92M there alone. New to China was Happy Death Day, the first Blumhouse title ever to travel there. It got a Middle Kingdom look-in of $2.45M.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE
It’s seeing sustained play in Latin America and the smaller Asian markets, but in China had a 78% drop from opening amid the release of some new local titles and the continuation of Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar. Fox stablemate The Greatest Showman also outran it in the Middle Kingdom this weekend. The $37M cume is well ahead of the lifetimes of the previous two movies, however.
There were No. 1s in 20 markets including some holdovers. The total screen count was 42,596 this frame. Mexico opened to $3.1M on 10,000 at No. 1 and Germany also took No. 1 with $2.53M. The top holds were the UK ($5.88M cume), Russia ($7.36M cume) and Indonesia ($4.9M cume).
Death Cure hits four new markets next weekend, including France which has typically been a top offshore hub on the series.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Showman also took a bow in China with $7.4M including previews and a 7.7 rating on Douban. At historical rates, that’s 13% off of La La Land’s start last year. China has shown a fondness for musicals including La La and Coco recently. In 2012, Jackman-starrer Les Misérables was the No. 5 movie of the year. While Showman was the top Hollywood title of the weekend, the Middle Kingdom has a lot going on with new releases and what is likely to be a slow period ahead of Spring Festival which kicks off on February 16. That’s the same day the show travels to Japan.
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
The drop was 32.5% from last weekend. The game still has play in it, and two weeks before Black Panther pounces. Can it get to $900M? It looks to be close, but within reach. Japan is still to come to round out the international play and the over/under there looks to be about $10M, although it could surprise as it has elsewhere.
The Top 5 markets are China ($74.6M), the UK ($47.9M), Australia ($36.3M), France ($27.1M) and Russia ($24.9M).
New this weekend were Sweden and Norway, both with No. 1 starts. In Latin America, the Day of the Dead-themed musical held a number of No. 1s and rose 4% in Chile. France and Spain were off by just 27% and 29%, respectively.
With awards momentum and Japan still on deck March 16, we’ll be hearing more from Miguel. The Top 5 markets are China ($183.5M), Mexico ($57.8M), France ($32M), Korea ($22.5M) and Spain ($20M). The UK, which recently opened, is at $14.2M in 6th position and has school breaks ahead which should help pump it up.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Japan and Russia were new to multi-BAFTA and Oscar nominated story of Mildred Hayes with great bows of $773K on 127 and $735K on 362, respectively. The offshore cume is now $46M and there are still 28 markets and lots of awards heat to come.
There were eight additional hubs this session including Sweden at $191K on 78 screens and Turkey at $50K on 53. In holds, the UK is tenacious at No. 2 in its 4th weekend for a $26.15M cume off a 30% drop. France ($4.6M/-22%), Italy ($4.25M/-44%), Australia ($4.14M/-27%) and Germany ($2.3M/-16%) round out the current Top 5. Japan bows March 30.
DEN OF THIEVES
Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland culled $1.4M at 393 including $1.05M in Germany, 31% behind John Wick, 100% ahead of End Of Watch and 146% ahead of Contraband.
Australia picked up $1.07M at 189 locations, also topping comps. The Middle East region was good for $1.6M at 450 with $790K out of the UAE. Eastern Europe play has lifted to $1.16M at 245. Upcoming key markets include France and Mexico later this month.
INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY
Blue Sky’s Ferdinand kicked up another $5.57M in 41 markets to hit $187M at the international box office. There were no new markets in play. China is the top hold at $1.3M for $22.48M to date. France saw an 18% drop for $16.26M after seven sessions; Brazil was down 37% for $12M; and Germany dipped 13% to cume $7.9M.
THE SHAPE OF WATER
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
12 Strong (LGF): $2.9M intl weekend (37 markets); $8.7M intl cume
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (DIS): $2.8M intl weekend (28 markets/Oz tops Titanic in local currency/No. 3 release ever); $706M intl cume
My Little Pony: The Movie (LGF): $2.7M intl weekend (China only); $33.7M intl cume
Happy Death Day (UNI): $2.45M intl weekend (China only); $62.1M intl cume
Molly’s Game (S/A): $1.9M intl weekend; $22.9M intl cume
Call Me By Your Name (SNY): $1.8M intl weekend (28 markets); $9.1M intl cume
I, Tonya (S/A): $1.6M intl weekend ($3.6M Oz cume after 2 frames); $4.55M intl cume
All The Money In The World (STXi): $1.6M intl weekend (48 markets); $19.3M intl cume
Geostorm (WB): $882K intl weekend (Japan only); $184.8M intl cume
Pitch Perfect 3 (UNI): $800K intl weekend (29 markets); $78.6M intl cume
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