UPDATE, WRITETHRU: After reaching the $1B global mark in a record 11 days on Saturday, Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has now posted a running estimated total of $1,164.1M worldwide through Sunday. It has also become the No. 5 superhero movie of all time globally and has the potential to top the four ahead of it (each of which are MCU titles) to become the No. 1 film in the genre ever (2012’s The Avengers is the current leader at $1,518.8M). Infinity War is overall the No. 15 film ever worldwide — before hitting China this coming Friday.
Globally, Thanos and his gauntlet have overtaken the lifetimes of Captain America: Civil War ($1.153B), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.085B) and The Dark Knight ($1.004B).
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At the international box office, the Anthony and Joe Russo juggernaut collected $162.6M worth of space stones this weekend to take the cume to $713.3M. It is so far the No. 24 offshore release of all time.
Overseas, the Avengers assembled a second weekend that in like-for-like markets reps a 54% drop from the $382.7M opening frame which was the No. 2 debut ever behind The Fate Of The Furious. It’s playing in a similar patter to Captain America: Civil War and is currently 67% ahead of that film in the same release hubs. Infinity War notably added Russia to the mix this session, and this coming Friday heads to China. The Middle Kingdom outlook is rosy with presales already through the roof.
In the current frame, Infinity War held the No. 1 spot for a Hollywood film in each of its 54 material overseas markets. It set a new opening weekend record in Russia with $17.6M. Elsewhere, it is already the highest grossing release in industry history in Brazil, Indonesia and the Philippines; and the 2nd highest grossing release in industry history in India (western) and Mexico behind The Jungle Book and Coco, respectively.
There are no major wide Hollywood releases in the coming session while Infinity War maintains marquee status. Deadpool 2 starts mouthing off on May 15 internationally. In the meantime, I’ll be reporting offshore box office from my perch at the Cannes Film Festival which kicks off Tuesday.
Breakdowns on Infinity War and other films in the international marketplace have been updated below.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
As its world domination continues, the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed superhero epic has grossed an estimated $1,164.1M worldwide through Sunday. It is the No. 5 superhero movie of all time globally and has the potential to top the four ahead of it (each of which are MCU titles) to become the No. 1 film in the genre ever (2012’s The Avengers is the current leader at $1,518.8M). There are about $355M separating the two and with China expected to throw off a massive number after it starts play on May 11, the chart is likely see a rejigger.
Overseas, the movie added $162.6M in the sophomore session to bring the running cume to $713.3M. With China gearing up amid great presales, and with good holds in Latin America and Asia Pacific, $1B offshore may not be too far off.
The international box office on Infinity War is following a similar pattern to Captain America: Civil War in terms of percentage drops and is currently 67% ahead of that movie in like-for-like markets. It finaled at $745.2M overseas.
Infinity War is already the highest grossing release in industry history in Brazil, Indonesia and the Philippines; and the 2nd highest grossing release in industry history in India (western) and Mexico behind The Jungle Book and Coco, respectively.
The Top 5 markets are: Korea ($69.1M), the UK ($67.2M), Mexico ($48.7M), Brazil ($44.3M) and India ($35.7M). In the UK, Monday is a holiday while France has two holidays this week and Korea is also off on Monday.
Russia was the new play this weekend with a record opening weekend of $17.6M. That tops the lifetime of Cap 3.
In Asia-Pacific, the regional drop was 55% with especially strong holds in Japan (-31%), Korea (-43%), Hong Kong (-45%), Singapore (-49%), Taiwan (-49%) and Australia (-53%). The estimated regional box office is over $300M to make Infinity War the fastest Disney title to the threshold.
In Latin America, there was a 50% drop with great staying power in Brazil (-34%), Chile (-37%), Uruguay (-39%), Argentina (-42%), Venezuela (-43%) and Colombia (-45%). Regionally, this group of heroes are now the No. 6 movie of all time.
And in Europe, the drop was 57%. The best holds were in Austria (-34%), Israel (-38%), Netherlands (-43%), Switzerland (-48%), Finland (-49%), Poland (-52%), South Africa (-54%) and Italy (-56%). The 19th entry in the MCU is now the 2nd highest-grossing title of the bunch in the region, behind only The Avengers.
IMAX numbers continue to stagger as well with a global tally of $80.2M to date. The film was shot entirely on IMAX cameras and added $10.6M internationally to bring the total to $40M this session. In Russia, the opening weekend was a record $2.2M, besting Thor: Ragnarok.
In 4DX, AIW is on track to pass $13.5M worldwide today. It was released in 4DX across 324 screens in 58 countries, and will continue to break records and when it opens May 11 on an additional 191 4DX screens in China.
New Line/Warner Bros’ Dwayne Johnson sci-fi pic muscled in on another $13.7M this weekend in 63 markets on about 9,600 screens. The overseas cume is approaching $300M at $293.1M. Globally, the Brad Peyton-helmed title has cornered $377.9M. China’s 4th weekend saw a 2% bump over last with a cume now of $150.8M. France opened at No. 2 behind Infinity War with $2.3M for a start that was on par with Pacific Rim: Uprising.
The Top 5 markets to date are China ($150.8M), Mexico ($12.4M), the UK ($11.8M), Korea ($11.2M) and Malaysia ($7.2M). Germany releases this week, followed by Japan on May 18.
READY PLAYER ONE
From Warner Bros, Amblin and Village Roadshow, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is still playing overseas with a $6.3M weekend on about 5,725 screens in 56 markets. The international running cume now stands at $433.6M, bringing the running global tally to $566.7M.
Japan’s 3rd frame held well during Golden Week with just a 6% drop from the last session. The total there is currently at $17.5M. China, where the movie is in its 6th weekend of an extended run, bumped up 10% from last session to lift the local cume to $220.2M.
China leads all overseas markets, followed by the UK ($22.6M), France ($20.3M), Korea ($18.6M) and Japan ($17.5M).
TRUTH OR DARE
Blumhouse/Universal’s micro-budget horror pic scared up another $5.7M this frame for a $20.2M overseas cume to date. Globally, the movie is at $58.4M. There were 16 new markets this weekend for a total 46 in play.
France had a strong bow at No. 4, coming in just below Happy Death Day and doing well with younger auds in the suburbs. Brazil landed it No. 2 at open with $739K at 348 locations, above Ouija and The Visit. In Indonesia, the movie screened at 185 sites and came in No. 2 with $572K.
Malaysia had a great start of $447K at 121, performing above Ouija, Don’t Breathe and Happy Death Day. The Netherlands was terrific at No. 2 for the best opening of an original Blumhouse at $293K at 69 locations. Germany and Spain are due next this week.
A QUIET PLACE
In more scare tactics, Paramount/Platinum Dunes’ horror thriller A Quiet Place pricked up a further $4.1M in 57 markets this session. The international cume is closing in on $100M with $95.4M to date. This is ahead of the May 18 opening in China, which is followed by France on June 20 during World Cup play, and Japan on September 14.
The UK leads overseas play with $15.1M. Australia is next at $8.6M, followed by Mexico with $7.5M, Brazil at $6.9M and Germany with $3.3M.
After hopping across $200M last weekend overseas, Sony Animation’s cottontail added $2.9M in the current frame to lift the cume to $212.1M. Sony said this week that it has greenlit Peter Rabbit 2, which will release in February 2020. Offshore, there are still Korea and Japan to come week after next for the first installment.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLES
Isle Of Dogs (FOX): $2.1M intl weekend (26 markets); $22.5M intl cume
Blockers (UNI): $1.7M intl weekend (35 markets); $24.9M intl cume
I Feel Pretty (STX): $1.7M intl weekend (UK only)
Sherlock Gnomes (PAR): $1.4M intl weekend (20 markets); $23.1M intl cume
Game Night (WB): $1.3M intl weekend; $45.2M intl cume
Campeones (UNI): $1.3M intl weekend (Spain only); $14.2M Spain cume
Loro 1 (UNI): $1M intl weekend (Italy only/-9% from open); $3.9M Italy cume
Love, Simon (FOX): $1M intl weekend (15 markets); $15.5M intl cume
Lady Bird (UNI): $400K intl weekend (21 markets); $26.7M intl cume
*Tully (UNI): $200K intl weekend (UK opening only); $200K UK cume
Warner Bros’ Champion, a local Korea release, opened to $5.5M including previews. The family film will lean into the Children’s Day national holiday on Monday. It was the No. 2 title behind Infinity War and played on 820 screens. The movie is directed by Kim Yong-wan and, per industry site Kobiz, is about Mark, a disgraced arm wrestling champion who was adopted by an American family when he was a boy. Now a bouncer at a club, he befriends a Korean student named Jin-ki. Lured by an arm wrestling tournament in Korea and Jin-ki’s scheme to make a fortune from it, Mark comes back to his native country for the first time in 30 years. When he arrives, Jin-ki gives him his biological mother’s address. Hesitant at first, he visits the address and meets a sister he didn’t know existed. Embraced by a new family, he prepares himself to make a mark on the tournament.
Sony Pictures International Productions launched Bollywood comedy 102 Not Out in five markets this weekend, picking up $3.4M on 1,250 screens. Of that, the India portion was $2.9M on 1,105 screens. The film teams legends Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor as father and son. Bachchan plays Dattatraya Vakharia, who at 102 wants to break the record of the oldest living man. But his 75-year-old son Babulal (Kapoor) has resigned himself to a life of old age stuck in drudgery. Dattatraya now must find means to change Babulal’s sad and grumpy demeanor so that he doesn’t become a deterrent in breaking the record.
Chinese romance film Us And Them is climbing closer to $200M at home with a weekend that puts it at $191M after two frames. The movie directed by Taiwan singer, actress and writer Rene Liu has had some controversy, however, becoming the focus of potential ticket fraud. Local news reports that tickets worth at least RMB 13M that were purchased through online platform Maoyan were refunded last weekend in thousands of cinemas nationwide. It has been reported that a lawsuit is pending, but that no official determination has yet been made.
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