UPDATE, writethru: The arachnomania continues as Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home captured another $100M from the international box office this weekend, lifting the offshore cume to $572.5M. That sends the Tom Holland-starrer sailing past 2007’s Spider-Man 3 to become the top overseas grosser of the franchise. With $847M through Sunday globally, FFH is within slinging distance of both Spider-Man 3 ($891M unadjusted final) and Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880.2M).
Overseas, FFH, which began rollout in China on June 28, is tracking ahead of both Captain Marvel (+10%) and Homecoming (+44%) in like-for-like markets and at today’s rates, with a $1B+ worldwide finish in the offing. Italy, the last market to swing in, stuck a terrific landing with $6.1M, to best both Homecoming (+75%) and fellow Avenger Captain Marvel (+11%).
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As for The Lion King, the Jon Favreau-helmed CGI/live-action update fell squarely within pre-opening projections for the Middle Kingdom and topped the launches of both The Jungle Book and Beauty And The Beast there. Social scores are strong and the Saturday/Sunday holds bode well for legs, though there is local competition up ahead in a summer that has seen a dearth of homegrown product. The rest of international (save Italy and Japan) rolls out this week for Lion King.
Also from Disney, Pixar’s Toy Story 4 has topped $770M worldwide and blasted off in Japan this session with $15.3M, the best start ever for Disney Animation/Pixar — including Toy Story 3 which went on to a $127M final there. With $4.6M in Hong Kong, TS4 posted the highest animated opening of all time from any studio. Latin America is still digging Forky with TS4 now the biggest animated release in the region, the No. 1 industry release ever in Argentina and the No. 2 highest in Mexico, behind only Avengers: Endgame (whose global gross this weekend lifted to $2,780.8M).
Warner Bros’ Annabelle Comes Home came in with an $18.1M weekend in 78 markets to cross the $100M international threshold. New in horror this session, Paramount’s Crawl sank its teeth into $4.8M from 20 markets, 9% ahead of The Shallows and 15% above Piranha 3D.
And, cruising along on its very magic carpet, Aladdin has now topped $960M globally with a mere 16% drop overseas this session, including jumps in Germany, Korea and Australia. With these kinds of holds, a $1B finish could be close, although Lion King looms next weekend.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
THE LION KING
With strong word of mouth, Disney’s The Lion King leapt off to a $54.7M debut in China. That’s right in line with projections ahead of the weekend, and bests the starts of comps The Jungle Book ($46.5M) and Beauty And The Beast ($45.2M). It also outgrosses the lifetime of Aladdin in the market ($53.3M).
The Jon Favreau-helmed adaptation of the 1994 animated classic had a great Saturday in China, jumping up 50% and was then essentially flat on Sunday in a good sign that families are leaning towards the picture.
There was slight concern at one point that surprise previews of next week’s local entry, Looking Up, could impact performance but that faded away as TLK continued through the frame. Looking Up opens in earnest on Thursday this week and could chip into the second session, particularly given there have been no local breakouts this summer. The Jungle Book had a similar Maoyan score to The Lion King and a three multiple.
In IMAX, The Lion King made $6M from 618 screens in China, 21% bigger than The Jungle Book.
The original Lion King (which has a 9 on reviews aggregator Douban) was the highest-grossing animated film for some years in the Middle Kingdom, having made just $5M through its run when the market’s box office was nothing like what it is today.
Next weekend sees openings in the U.S. and all other international markets with the exception of Hong Kong, Japan and Italy in August.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
Swinging in his third overseas frame, Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home added another $100M in 67 markets. The offshore cume is now $572.5M to top Spider-Man 3 as the best score for the franchise internationally. Globally, the flying total is $847M, likely on its way to a $1B milestone.
FFH began its offshore career in China on June 28 and has now cumed $191.8M there after sticking another $9.3M this session and despite strong competition. The Jon Watts-directed movie was No. 1 for the 2nd time in a row in 54 markets this weekend and is tracking above both Captain Marvel (+10%) and Homecoming (+44%).
In IMAX, Far From Home added $4.1M to its international haul this frame. The $56.7M global cume makes it the 2nd best Sony release ever in the format, behind only Skyfall.
Italy had a great start for the webslinger with $6.1M at No. 1 and well over both comps. Throughout Western Europe, the hold was -42% for a regional cume of $91.3M. In Latin America, the drop was 44% for $66.5M. And, in Asia, the total is now $344.5M.
Those holds were led by Korea at $11.3M for a $49.7M cume. The remainder of the Top 5 markets to date behind China and Korea are the UK ($28.6M), Mexico ($24.1M) and Japan ($21.9M).
TOY STORY 4
Disney/Pixar’s Forky fourquel had a terrific start in Japan this session, posting $15.3M at No. 1 and becoming the best debut ever for a Disney Animation/Pixar title. In Hong Kong, the $4.6M bow was the best for any animated studio movie of all time. The full offshore weekend put $48.1M in the toy chest for an overseas cume of $424.7M and a global haul of $771.1M.
In already opened territories, Toy Story 4 dropped just -30% overall from last weekend. Latin America continues to amaze. The film is now the highest ever animated release in the region as well as the highest industry grossing film of all time in Argentina and the No. 2 highest grossing industry film ever in Mexico, behind only Avengers: Endgame.
Latin America as a region fell by just 26% to cume $170.1M so far. Notable holds were seen in Argentina (-3%), Chile (-11%), Brazil (-15%) and Mexico (-37%).
Europe dipped just 31% with good holds in Spain (-29%), France (-30%) and the UK (-33%). In the latter, TS4 is the No. 2 release of the year.
The Top 5 markets are Mexico ($66.1M), UK ($53.7M), China ($28.6M), Brazil ($26.4M) and Australia ($24.2M).
Germany is still to open, on August 15.
ANNABELLE COMES HOME
New Line/Warner Bros’ scary doll scared up another $18.1M in 78 markets for an offshore cume of $112.8M across three frames. The global total is now $173.6M.
There were a handful of majors opening this session including the UK with $2.7M on 731 screens for a No. 3 start. A five-day session, it’s on par with The Conjuring and ahead of Annabelle: Creation (+12%) and Anabelle (+13%). France came in 10% above The Conjuring with $2.5M from 360 screens at No. 3. Spain bowed to No. 2 with $1.5M on 332 screens, 13% over Annabelle.
Notable holds were in Germany (-15%/$2.9M cume) and Brazil (-34%/$5.8M cume). The Top 5 markets are Mexico ($14.6M), Indonesia ($8.8M), Brazil ($5.8M), Russia ($5.2M) and India ($4.4M). Japan is the last major to go, on September 20.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
Illumination/Universal’s sequel did not add any markets this session, but did add $14.6M for a $151.7M overseas cume in 55 markets so far. The global total is currently $298.8M. Latin America had good holds as school holidays kick off. Brazil was off by just 7% for a $4.6M cume, for example. Elsewhere, Germany saw a strong hold, down just 2%, for a cume of $10.4M after three sessions. China has made $18.5M after two weekends (still far off the original) and Australia is now at $10.9M after jumping 22% in the frame.
Leading all play are Russia with $24.3M (-18% from last weekend) and the UK with $23.4M after eight sessions. The Pets next travel to Japan, Korea and France with Spain and Mexico on the leash in August.
With $960.2M at the global box office, after a $14.6M international weekend in 45 markets, could the surprise of the summer get to the $1B mark? Given the strong holds in some hubs (+40% in Germany, +22% in the Netherlands and +3% in Korea this weekend) it will be close. Standing in Aladdin’s way could well be Disney stablemate The Lion King when it pounces into offshore release this week.
Whether it gets to $1B or not, this has been a fantastic run, continued this weekend by a slight 16% drop overall. Spain (-11%), Russia (-22%), France (-26%), UK (-28%), Sweden (-35%) and Japan (-37%) are among the impressively small dips this session.
In Korea, Aladdin is now the highest grossing Disney release of all-time (excluding Marvel) and the No. 5 western release of ever, behind only Avatar, Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Japan leads all play with $88.1M, followed by Korea’s $73.7M, China’s $53.3M, the UK’s $44.5M and Mexico’s $32.4M.
International audiences tuned up another $7.8M weekend for Danny Boyle’s Beatles-inspired musical fantasy. There are now 42 markets in play including seven new this session for an offshore cume of $32.2M and a global tally of $80.5M.
The major opener this weekend was Germany at No. 3 with $1.53M from 335 locations. That’s tracking in line with The Intern and Rocketman, and ahead of Baby Driver (+41%), Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (+130%) and About Time (+171%).
Switzerland had a good start with a sold-out open-air screening on opening day and a $312K take from 73 locations to also track above most comps. India’s bow was good for No. 2 with $71K from 160 locations and ahead of About Time and Me Before You.
In holdovers, the UK crossed $10M, dipping just 28% for $10.17M to date. Australia is next at $6.85M. Spain and France had good holds to cume $2.3M and $2.2M, respectively. And the Netherlands was up by 18% for $1.5M so far.
Still to come are China on August 16, followed by Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Korea, Italy and Japan down the long and winding rollout road.
*Crawl (PAR): $4.8M intl weekend (20 markets including Middle East, Malaysia, Indonesia); $4.8M intl cume ($16.8M global)
*Stuber (DIS): $3M intl weekend (9 markets including Russia, UK, Australia, Netherlands); $3M intl cume ($11M global)
Rocketman (PAR): $1.2M intl weekend (40 markets); $87.2M intl cume ($179.2M global)
Avengers: Endgame (DIS): $1.1M intl weekend (26 markets); $1,929.6M intl cume ($2,780.8M global)
The Hustle (UNI): $800K intl weekend (18 markets); $55.3M intl cume ($90.5M global)
The Dead Don’t Die (UNI): $700K intl weekend (11 markets); $5.6M intl cume ($12.1M global)
Ma (UNI): $300K intl weekend (17 markets); $14.6M intl cume ($59.9M global)
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