UPDATE, writethru: With no big wide releases, and only some expansions, it was a fairly sleepy weekend at the international box office; down roughly 27% on the comparable frame last year across the Top 5 titles. Play was again led by last week’s champ, M Night Shyamalan’s Glass, while Deadpool made his first foray into China and Aquaman made DC history.
Taking the latter first, the Warner Bros juggernaut has now grossed $1.09B worldwide to become the biggest DC title ever, surpassing The Dark Knight Rises. The Jason Momoa-starrer’s overseas cume is $774.2M and Japan is still to release.
This was the Merc with a Mouth’s first release in the Middle Kingdom and the numbers there are essentially icing on the whole. DP2 started out looking more promising on Friday, but the movie then saw a slight drop on Saturday which is unusual for a superhero flick. Word of mouth is thought to have dinged it, and folks are prone to be picky now as Chinese cinemas are about to be jammed by anticipated local product for the New Year holiday beginning February 5.Looking at weekend leader Glass, the sophomore session was worth $23.6M in 55 markets. That’s a 52% drop from the frontloaded opening last weekend. Given the level of the dip, it’s estimated that Glass (which Disney is handling overseas) is now running a bit behind Shyamalan’s previous entry in the Eastrail 177 trilogy, Split, in like-for-likes. The offshore cume is $89.1M for $162.7M global.
Glass did hold No. 1 in several markets including the UK, Australia and a handful of South East Asian hubs. It’s topped the lifetime of Split in Denmark, Poland, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and some other smaller markets.
Elsewhere, five-time Oscar nominee Bohemian Rhapsody now has $816.2M in global box office with $611.3M from abroad, passing both the $800M and $600M milestones during the week.In other notables, WB/MGM’s Creed II has topped the previous film’s lifetime by 18% overseas and is nearing the $200M global mark; Paramount’s Bumblebee crossed $150M in China; and Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite (the co-lead at the Oscars with 10 nominations) is seeing strong openings and holds — in Spain this frame it went up 11%.
Next frame sees more holdovers and expansions while Chinese New Year will kick off the following Tuesday (February 5) as Alita: Battle Angel and The Lego Movie 2 start some international play the same week.
Breakdowns on this week’s films above and more have been updated below.
Glass held No. 1s notably in the UK, the Middle East, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Venezuela. It has already surpassed the lifetime of Split in Denmark, Czech Republic, Kuwait, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, the UAE, Ukraine, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.
The best holds were in South Africa (-3%), Chile (-24%), Turkey (-28%), the Netherlands (-32%), Germany (-33%), Belgium (-33%), Singapore (-36%), Argentina (-37%), Switzerland (-37%), Brazil (-38%), Colombia (-38%), Austria (-40%), Poland (-40%), the UK (-41%), the Czech Rep (-41%), Spain (-42%), New Zealand (-42%), France (-43%), Peru (-43%), Israel (-43%) and Denmark (-44%).
However, given the overall drop, it’s estimated that Glass is running behind Split internationally. The top markets are the UK ($8.9M), Russia ($8.6M), Mexico ($8.1M), France ($6.1M) and Germany ($5.1M). Split’s top markets overall were the UK, France, Korea, Germany and Russia.
DEADPOOL 2 (ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL)
The original 2016 movie and its 2018 follow-up were too raunchy for the market and there appears to have been a disconnect on the inside-baseball humor for some audiences on this iteration. Star Ryan Reynolds was in Beijing to promote the film which still has a bit of runway before the Chinese New Year influx of local pics starts on February 5.
The Middle Kingdom release did help push Deadpool 2 (combined with the Once Upon A Deadpool figures) to $443M overseas and $767M worldwide. That places it as the No. 2 film globally in the X-Men series, behind its predecessor.
Italy opened this session, to No. 1 with $4.1M on 514 screens and 38% higher than Creed. Spain is tracking 27% ahead at $2.2M in its No. 1 bow on 365 screens. In Germany, the film came in behind the debut of Ralph Breaks The Internet for $2.1M on 343 and 7% better than the previous title. Brazil opened to $1.1M at No. 3 on 591 screens (+5% on Creed).
The Top 5 markets are the UK ($12.8M), France ($11.6M), Australia ($6.3M), Mexico ($6.2M) and Italy ($4.1M).
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
The movie has been playing to good holds, including this weekend in the Netherlands (+19%), Belgium (+7%), UK (-29%), Australia (-30%), Spain (-35%) and Brazil (-41%).
Tops overall is China at $39M, followed by Japan ($32.6M), the UK ($22.5M), Mexico ($17.4M) and Brazil ($15.3M).
In China, Bee buzzed up another $6.9M from its 4th frame (and has an extension to play through Chinese New Year). The total there is now a solid $155.1M. Other weekend highlights include the UK which has now risen to $15.4M. Likewise after five frames, France lifted to $9.3M while Australia’s cume is $8M after six sessions.
This is a staggered rollout with the drama next traveling to Germany this week, followed by Italy and Brazil in February.
The current weekend was worth $7.8M on roughly 5,932 screens in 79 markets. In Brazil, Aquaman became WB’s No. 1 film ever with $34.9M through Sunday.
The Top 5 offshore cumes hail from China ($290.6M), Korea ($39.1M), Brazil ($34.9M), Mexico ($30.2M) and the UK ($28.1M).
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
Turkey’s $546K at 323 includes the 2nd biggest Friday opening for animation ever, and the 5th highest opening Saturday for an animation ever. The weekend tracking is ahead of all comps including Incredibles 2 (+3%) and Ice Age: Collision Course (+81%). Egypt, at $64K from 19, had the highest all-time launch weekend for animation.
Australia leads all play at $14.2M, followed by Brazil with $7.4M. There are many more markets to come including Korea, Italy, the UK and Mexico this week, followed by France, Germany, Russia and Spain in February. The Dean DeBlois-directed family adventure scored a China release of March 1 and Japan goes in August. Dragon 2 finaled at $444.5M overseas in 2014.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Mary Queen Of Scots (UNI): $4.2M intl weekend (24 markets); $13.7M intl cume (including $6.6M in the UK with a 21% drop from open)
Mary Poppins Returns (DIS): $3.9M intl weekend (35 markets); $153.6M intl cume
Second Act (STX): $3.4M intl weekend (62 markets); $24.1M intl cume
Instant Family (PAR): $3M intl weekend (28 markets); $21.8M intl cume
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (SNY): $2.8M intl weekend (63 markets); $169.1M intl cume
The Kid Who Would Be King (FOX): $1.9M intl weekend (20 markets); $3.2M intl cume
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (FOX): $1.7M (19 markets); $69.8M intl cume
The Upside (STX): $1.1M intl weekend (38 markets); $6.1M intl cume
Mortal Engines (UNI): $500K intl weekend (26 markets); $65.6M intl cume
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