UPDATE, writethru: Warner Bros/New Line’s evil sister thrilled to a $77.5M bow at the international box office this weekend. The Nun‘s debut flight came in well past projections to score the biggest overseas opening of all films in the Conjuring universe in like-for-like markets. Out of the 60 markets where she’s haunting cinemas, there were No. 1 starts in 54. Coupled with the holier-than-expected domestic debut, the global launch is $131M.
Among milestones for the Corin Hardy-directed entry into the Conjuring world, this is the top opening weekend for a horror film in 19 markets including Brazil, Indonesia, Spain and the UAE. It is also the best of all Conjuring movies in 45, including the above plus Mexico, the UK, Germany and Holland. And for WB, it’s the biggest opening weekend of 2018 in 26 markets including Brazil, Spain, Sweden and Indonesia.
The Nun’s result overseas surprised as projections continued to increase throughout the weekend. After taking an early September gamble with IT last year, albeit in a more staggered international release, WB looked to get folks into the horror habit at this time of year and capitalized on the fact that there had been no major wide releases recently. The Conjuring franchise has also become a series moviegoers get excited about. After the first film, which did 57% of its business offshore, each of the rest of the series jumped to about 67%.
Horror can certainly be frontloaded, and the midweeks won’t be very telling on The Nun given most markets are back to school and work. Next weekend, Fox’s The Predator (tracking well overseas) will stake out its prey in many crossover markets where The Nun will be in her second frame, but the demo may skew given Predator has the action element.
Looking more closely at The Nun in the current frame, Latin America and South East Asia, which lean into horror, were devout. In Latin America, the regional gross is $27.5M with Mexico ($10.7M) and Brazil ($6.8M) first to the altar. The Asia region took vows of $24M, led by Indonesia ($7.7M) and India ($5.2M) to give WB its biggest opening weekends ever in those markets. The Nun still has faithful to reach in such hubs as Korea, Hong Kong and Japan next session.
In Europe and the Middle East, the $22M launch was led by the UK ($5.2M) and Spain ($3.3M) with France, Italy and Russia screaming in next frame. The Nun will be potential prey to The Predator in many key crossover markets next weekend, although not in France and Italy.
Elsewhere, Paramount/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout crossed $500M at the international box office and $700M global, including $137.7M in China after two weekends. In its 3rd China frame, Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp is now the 4th highest grossing MCU film in the market — this weekend has also helped push the MCU across $4B global in 2018. And, WB’s China co-production, The Meg, is licking its chops as it nears $500M global this week.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
Warner Bros/New Line’s The Nun conjured up a $77.5M overseas opening in 60 markets to fly past projections that were around $45M+ at the outset of the frame. Throughout the weekend, the numbers zoomed higher to land the best-ever start for the Conjuring series in like-for-like markets. In total, the Demian Bichir/Taissa Farmiga-starrer was on 15,615 screens and scored No. 1s in 54 markets. (The IMAX take was $2.3M on 176 screens internationally.)
As noted above, the debut was the best opening weekend for a horror film in 19 markets; the biggest Conjuring title in 45; and WB’s best launch of 2018 in 26.
All play was led by Mexico which is a big horror consumer. The $10.7M launch on 3,967 screens repped 87% of the Top 5 films and claimed the 3rd highest opening weekend ever for a WB film. Brazil put $6.8M in the collection basket from 1,235 screens with 68% market share.
Asia also likes the scary stuff and Indonesia, which was in the Top 5 on The Conjuring 2, grossed $7.7M from 1,216 screens. That’s 84% of the Top 5 films and WB’s all-time biggest opening weekend. It’s also the 3rd biggest industry opening weekend ever. India likewise is the best bow for a WB movie ever at $5.2M on 1,603 screens.
Other key markets in SE Asia include Malaysia ($2.8M/480 screens) and the Philippines ($2.5M/280).
Elsewhere, the UK grossed $5.2M on 750; Spain stoked $3.3M on 343; and Germany kicked off to $2.7M on 375. Australia scored the 2nd biggest opening weekend for a horror title ever with $2.7M on 325.
The Nun next runs to France, Italy, Russia, Korea, Hong Kong and Japan this coming session.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT
After the 2nd China frame, Paramount/Skydance’s M:I6 raised the cume to $137.7M and held onto the No. 1 slot. Unadjusted, Tom Cruise has bested 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in the Middle Kingdom and overall has raced ahead of all Mission movies internationally and globally.
The full offshore weekend was $38.6M in 65 markets for a total to date of $514.5M, 23% above Rogue Nation in like-for-likes. Worldwide, the Christopher McQuarrie-helmed spy actioner is now at $726.6M.
China added $32.4M this session (including $2.6M in IMAX) and still has runway ahead. The drop was 58%. Italy’s sophomore run brings the cume to $4.6M. After six weekends, the cume in Japan is $40.1M and in France is $30.7M. The UK after seven has totaled $30.7M.
Studio 8’s boy-meets-wolf tale opened this weekend in China where it came in 2nd behind the sophomore session of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The gross there is an estimated $10M. Sony does not have the movie in China, but in 41 other offshore markets it grossed $6.3M. The studio cume is $27.5M. Upcoming are Australia in late September and Italy in December.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
Disney/Marvel’s insects have now grossed $117.4M in China after 17 days of release. That makes the Peyton Reed-helmed sequel the 4th highest grossing MCU film in the market behind only Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age Oof Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.
A full weekend of $7M in 16 overseas markets, plus a domestic $600K, takes the global tally to $610.2M and helps push the MCU across a staggering $4B for 2018 (including Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther). The international total to date is $395.4M.
Warner Bros/Gravity Pictures’ U.S.-China co-production is getting ready to chow down on $500M at the worldwide box office. With another $11.3M internationally in 67 markets this session, the prehistoric shark pic is at $360.4M overseas and $492M global.
Japan, the last market to open, swallowed $3.3M this weekend on 382 screens. It was No. 1 and ahead of comps, doubling Rampage.
In France, The Meg held the No. 1 spot for the 3rd time with a $10.3M gross to date. The Top 5 markets currently are China ($152.4M), Mexico ($20M), the UK ($19.8M), Russia ($13.4M) and Spain ($11.3M).
Sony’s Searching uncovered another $7.5M this weekend from 1,500+ screens in 8 markets. The international cume is $17.7M with holdover business jumping 12%. Korea, where the social media thriller had a great start last weekend, continued to lead and held the No. 1 slot — increasing a wild 58%. The cume there is now $12.9M. Upcoming this month are France, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Spain. Italy and Japan go in August.
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
Crossing $250M internationally this past week, Universal’s sequel has now grossed $257.3M overseas and $376.4M worldwide. This weekend, in 53 offshore markets, the extended family put another $5.9M in the songbook. Italy was a new opener this session with $1.6M on 490 screens for No. 1. The UK continues to impress with $82.2M to date, now at No. 4 in the market after dropping just 21%. In total, 35 markets have surpassed the original.
Incredibly, the Disney/Pixar sequel still has Italy and Germany on deck later this month. In the meantime, it added $5.7M in 25 markets this session to lift the offshore cume to $572.2M and the global take to $1,176.6M. Denmark, Finland and Sweden remained No. 1 in the sophomore frames while strong holds include Spain (-14%) and the UK (-22%). The latter is still tops overall at $70.8M.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS
While Warner Bros’ domestic phenom continues its offshore rollout, it picked up another $5.6M in 23 markets this session on about 1,375 screens. The overall drop was 35% for a running cume of $28.5M. Australia held No. 1 and has cumed $9.7M after a small 20% dip. Singapore, where the film is set, is at $4.4M. The UK opens this Friday; Mexico and Japan follow later this month. There is still no word on a China release.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE (* Denotes New)
The Equalizer 2 (SNY): $6.5M intl weekend (52 markets/Russia No. 1 start with $1.8M); $72M intl cume
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (SNY): $5.8M intl weekend (62 markets); $332.4M intl cume
BlackKklansman (UNI): $3.7M intl weekend (22 markets); $22.1M intl cume
Mile 22 (STX): $2.8M intl weekend (38 markets); $18.5 intl cume
Disney’s Christopher Robin (DIS): $2.5M intl weekend (27 markets); $51.2M intl cume
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (WB): $2.4M intl weekend (26 markets); $17.5M intl cume
Slender Man (SNY): $1.7M intl weekend (43 markets); $17.6M intl cume
The Spy Who Dumped Me (LG): $1.5M intl weekend (68 markets); $30.1M intl cume
*Peppermint (STX): $1.4M intl weekend (17 markets; Netherlands No. 3, Middle East on par with John Wick)
Adrift (STX): $1.1M intl weekend (65 markets); $25.6M intl cume
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (UNI): $600K intl weekend (31 markets); $886.6M intl cume
The Happytime Murders (STX): $304K intl weekend (27 markets); $3.9M intl cume
The First Purge (UNI): $300K intl weekend (22 markets); $66.1M intl cume
Upgrade (UNI): $1M intl weekend (8 markets); $1.6M intl cume
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