UPDATE, writethru: Having crossed $1B globally on Saturday, Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther lifted its worldwide cume to $1,078.6M through Sunday. That’s coming off a $100M offshore weekend that was boosted by China’s estimated $66.5M launch. The international box office total for the Ryan Coogler superhero title is now $516.6M.
The overseas figure sees T’Challa rise on the charts to pass Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Dark Knight, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
In China, the start is slightly above the range most saw ahead of the weekend and reps the 4th biggest MCU and superhero opening ever in the market. The Wakanda crew sparred with and was slightly edged by last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming which keeps the crown of No. 3 MCU/superhero bow ever.
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The Middle Kingdom bow, which includes $7.3M from IMAX screens for a March debut record, was strong and landed 122% ahead of GOTG, 55% ahead of Ant-Man, 40% above Doctor Strange and 16% mightier than Thor: Ragnarok. Still, the film may find itself hampered by a not-so-hot score on local reviews site Douban. At 6.8, it’s lower than the superhero comps, but higher than the local Monster Hunt movies. There’s also competition ahead, so the final projection here is in the $100M-$110M range. Either way, the BP phenomenon is still on track for over $600M internationally and around $1.2B or more worldwide.
Elsewhere in Asia, Warner Bros/MGM launched Tomb Raider this weekend. The Alicia Vikander-starrer knocked down $14.1M on approximately 3,425 screens in nine markets. It was the No. 1 foreign film in all its openings, including a narrow No. 2 overall in Korea. In like-for-like markets, the Roar Uthaug-directed reboot is 10% above Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, 44% above Ghost In The Shell and more than double last frame’s Red Sparrow.
Disney also began staggered release of A Wrinkle In Time, the adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s beloved children’s book. The Ava DuVernay-helmed sci-fi family drama bowed in six material markets, tessering to $6.3M.
In Oscar halo news, Best Picture winner The Shape Of Water and Best Actress winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri are both closing in on $100M internationally.
And, the two big hits of the Chinese New Year crossed $500M this week as Operation Red Sea lifted to $527M, finally topping Detective Chinatown 2 which is at $520M, according to local estimates.
Breakdowns on the films above and others have been updated below.
The second film in the original series, 2003’s Cradle Of Life, dropped markedly from the 2001 first pic, both domestically and internationally. This one, with Oscar-winner Vikander, is rolling out overseas ahead of domestic and comes at a time ripe for kick-ass female heroines. Offshore now has two in rapid release following last weekend’s opener Red Sparrow which had solid holds this session. Crowding matters, there’s another upcoming actioner (particularly destined to appeal to Asian audiences) in the form of Pacific Rim: Uprising.
Looking at comps in like-for-like markets, the Tomb Raider opening was on par with Jolie-starrer Salt, 10% ahead of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, 44% above Ghost In The Shell, 82% bigger than the original The Hunger Games and more than double last week’s Red Sparrow and each of the Divergent movies.
The debut this weekend ranked Tomb Raider as the No. 1 film in Asia (outside China and Vietnam which open next session). Its best performance was in Korea where it was No. 2 with $2.9M on 800 screens behind local pic The Vanished which had an extra day. It dominated the Top 5 films in release in Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines.
It’s early days and next weekend will be telling. The coming session sees 45 markets added including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and China.
A WRINKLE IN TIME
The rollout has been structured to take advantage of competitive holes in the calendar. While domestic has rolling spring breaks, it’s not currently the same landscape overseas and the idea is to play into the Easter corridor, particularly as the only live-action family offering. There are no new openings next weekend. France bows March 14 followed by the UK on March 23. On March 29, Italy, Australia, Brazil and Mexico come on board.
In IMAX in China, BP scored the best-ever March opening weekend and the best-ever opening day for March. The total was $7.3M, lifting T’Challa to $78M worldwide.
Overall, this weekend was worth $100M in 57 material offshore markets, taking the international cume to $516.6M and the global total to $1,078.6M. As we’ve previously noted, BP is expected to get to the $600M neighborhood overseas with about $1.2B worldwide. Offshore, BP has now bested Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Dark Knight, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
In Europe this session there was a 35% drop. Holds were tight in the UK (-17% – No. 1 for the 4th straight weekend), Belgium (-26%), Denmark (-27%), Switzerland (-28%), South Africa (-31%/No. 1), Germany (-32%), France (-35%) and Norway (-35%). Black Panther is now the 4th highest grossing MCU title across the region. Down under, he was No. 1 again in Australia and New Zealand.
Latin America dipped 44% as a region where the Wakanda warrior was No. 1 for the 4th consecutive weekend everywhere except Argentina where Disney’s own Coco regained the top spot.
China becomes the lead market on the Chadwick Boseman-starrer with $66.5M. The Top 5 is rounded out by the UK ($55.8M), Korea ($42.4M), Brazil ($29.6M) and Australia ($25.7M). For those keeping score, the total in Japan is now $8.9M.
At today’s exchange rates and in the same group of markets, the Francis Lawrence-helmed pic is 7% above The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and 2% above The Imitation Game. There are eight more markets to come including Japan at the end of this month, France in April and Russia in May.
THE SHAPE OF WATER
The Warner Bros/New Line comedy cashed in another $5.4M from 3,490 screens in 50 international markets this weekend. The drop was a solid 37% in the holdovers for a cume of $24.7M. As is generally the case with comedy, the UK, Australia and Germany figure in the top markets. Australia leads at $4.1M after three weekends, followed by the UK with $3.7M after two, Russia with $2.4M after three and Germany at $2.1M after two. Extended release continues in April.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Life under the big top got bigger again this weekend with a further $5.2M for the Fox charmer in 20 markets. That takes the international total to $221.1M and includes the UK passing $50M with $50.8M and landing the No. 2 slot in its 11th weekend of release. Japan has overtaken Australia with $24.9M after four weeks. The drop in that slow-burn market was just 7%.
FIFTY SHADES FREED
Still fooling around in 61 overseas markets, Universal’s trilogy-ender cuffed $4.9M this weekend. The offshore total is now $261M with $359.4M worldwide. Japan is still to come while Germany has now put $31.6M in Christian Grey’s playroom. The UK has grossed $25M to date and France $24M.
Sony’s animated adventure from Will Gluck collected another $4.8M in 13 markets for an offshore cume of $26.2M in early release. The updated take on Beatrix Potter’s classic starts wider rollout next weekend, just in time for Easter.
Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age tale wafted to another $3M in 43 markets for an overseas cume of $16.2M to date. The weekend added five hubs including Sweden ($109K/23 dates/ahead of Brooklyn, Boyhood, Room, Manchester By The Sea and Perks Of Being Wallflower) and Israel ($76K/11 dates/in line with Boyhood). The UK was the top holdover play with a slight 25% drop to cume $5.36M so far. Italy saw a dip of just 18% for $1.4M to date. Russia opens next weekend.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLES
Phantom Thread (UNI): $1.6M intl weekend (47 markets); $20.7M intl cume
Den Of Thieves (STX): $1.3M intl weekend (53 markets); $27.5M intl cume
I, Tonya (S/A): $1.2M intl weekend; $16.2M intl cume
Call Me By Your Name (SNY): $1.1M intl weekend (39 markets); $17.1M intl cume
Darkest Hour (UNI): $1M intl weekend (48 markets); $86.4M intl cume
Gringo (STX): $850K intl weekend debut (8 markets)
15:17 To Paris (WB): $843K intl weekend ($655K in Japan); $17.4M intl cume ($3.6M in Japan)
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