UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw put another $60.8M in the tank during its second frame at the international box office. The Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-starrer pumped up its overseas cume to $224.1M in 66 markets through Sunday, and global to $332.6M. The drop in offshore markets that opened last session was 52% when comping standard weekends and excluding previews.
Overall, H&S is tracking in line with Fast & Furious 6 and about 40% lower than Furious 7 and The Fate Of The Furious. By way of comparison, although it was coming off a record opening during Easter 2017, the latter film dipped by 60% in its second offshore frame.
H&S added five new markets this session, which are tracking about 30% ahead of Mission: Impossible – Fallout combined. Despite a big holiday travel weekend, France was the best opener at $6.9M for No. 1. The UK is currently the lead H&S hub at $15.6M with a good 40% drop from the debut.
Still to come on the David Leitch-helmed Hobbs & Shaw are Korea on August 14 and China on August 23. The F&F franchise is a massive draw in the latter, while the stars of H&S also excel. Johnson and Statham both spent time in Beijing this past week for a local premiere. Currently in China, juggernaut animated title Ne Zha did an estimated $68M this session to score the No. 1 slot at the international box office for the weekend. The local estimated gross is $512M with Maoyan predicting a $671M finish. If that holds, Ne Zha would overtake Avengers: Endgame to become the No. 2 movie of the year in the Middle Kingdom.
The Lion King, meanwhile, has now surpassed Beauty And The Beast as the highest-grossing Disney live-action release of all time with $1.335B globally. It is the No. 12 film ever on the overall worldwide chart and the No. 2 release of 2019 domestically ($473.1M), internationally ($861.5M) and globally. The drop this weekend was just 40% as TLK maintains great momentum.
Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 is nearing the $1B global threshold with a cume through Sunday of $990M. It opens in Germany this week and also has Scandinavia to come. TS4 has become the No. 8 animated movie ever worldwide.
A handful of new titles made staggered debuts overseas this weekend, including Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood which scored a $7.7M No. 1 opening in Russia. The Sony/Bona title is Tarantino’s biggest launch of all time in the market, tripling Django Unchained. Rollout continues through the next several weeks; France notably opens this week.
CBS Films’ Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark began spinning its tale in 30 overseas markets including a mix of South East Asia, Latin America and Europe, for $4M. Taiwan led play with $600K. Next weekend adds another 12 hubs including Mexico.
Paramount’s Dora And The Lost City Of Gold traveled to its first 11 markets for a $2.5M start that was led by Russia’s $878K. Rollout will continue through October in order to take advantage of holidays and play outside the current competition.
Also new, Disney/Fox’s The Art Of Racing In The Rain padded into 12 markets for $1.1M, led by Brazil at $300K. This one also rolls out throughout the next few months.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD
Sony/Bona’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood crossed the $100M mark domestically this weekend as offshore rollout begins. Russia is the first overseas major to debut and did so in a big way with a $7.7M No. 1 start. This is the best opening of all time for director Quentin Tarantino, doing three times Django Unchained as well as 22% above Sony’s Spectre and 154% over Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Hollywood world premiered to great acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May and the rest of France gets its first look at the movie beginning this Wednesday (and with a national holiday on Thursday). Coverage on the film is wide here where Tarantino excels. Also on deck this week are the UK, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Spain. Later in the month will see Mexico and Japan, followed by Italy and Korea in September. It is expected that OUATIH will get a China date, although this has not yet been confirmed.
FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW
After rocking its debut last session, Universal’s spinoff dropped by 52% for a $60.8M sophomore frame in 66 markets. The international total is now $224.1M with $332.6M worldwide. The film is tracking in line with Fast & Furious 6 and, as expected, is running behind the last two movies in the main franchise. There is open play ahead, and China on deck for August 23. The series of films, as well as Johnson and Statham, are powerhouses in the market where the duo traveled last week.
As for this current session, France led with $6.9M at 809 sites for a No. 1 start in line with Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Italy was also new at $2.6M from 411, at No. 1 and on par with Fallout.
The best holdover hub was the UK where the gross is now $15.6M after a 40% drop. Europe saw some of the lead holds overall. Rounding out the Top 5 cumes behind the UK are Russia ($14M), Japan ($13.9M), India ($13.8M) and Mexico ($13M).
Korea bows on Wednesday.
THE LION KING
Disney’s The Lion King continues to roar overseas with a $51.4M 5th weekend. That takes the offshore cume to $861.5M and global to $1,334.6M. This frame brought Japan to the pride with a No. 2 start of $9.3M to set it up nicely for the local Obon holiday.
Overall, the drop from last weekend for the big cat was just 40%. The European region fell by just 31% with strong holds in several markets including Sweden (+5%), Netherlands (-11%), UK (-15%), Germany (-25%), France (-37%), Israel (-42%) and Spain (-43%). The estimated regional cume is now $400M, making The Lion King the 3rd highest grossing Disney-branded live action film ever in Europe. The UK, Germany and Netherlands were among No. 1 holds in the session.
The Asia Pacific cume is now an estimated $287M, led by China’s $120M; the movie has received an extension there. Within APAC, strong holds included Singapore (-9%), Taiwan (-26%) and Australia (-35%).
As for Latin America, the total there is now $174M with continuing No. 1s in Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Venezuela. In Brazil, Peru and Colombia, TLK is the 3rd highest grossing film ever. It is also the 5th highest grossing film in Mexico.
The Top 5 markets are China ($120M), UK ($73.9M), France ($61.4M), Brazil ($60.4M) and Mexico ($49M). Still to come is Italy on August 21.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
Illumination/Universal’s sequel purred for another $15.4M in 49 markets this session, taking offshore kibbles to $221.2M and global to $377.8M. Mexico had a good start of $5.1M from 906 locations to come in 18% ahead of Zootopia. Also new was Spain with $2.45M from 403 and in line with Ralph Breaks The Internet.
Holds were good in France (-27%/$7.3M cume), Japan (-24%/$10.8M cume), Germany (-20%/$17.9M cume) Netherlands (+5%/$5M cume).
TOY STORY 4
Forky and pals are getting ever closer to the $1B worldwide mark, coming out of this weekend with $990M accumulated at the global box office. That’s after a $9.7M international frame in 36 markets for a $570.4M overseas tally so far. There are still markets to come including Germany and Scandinavia.
The weekend dipped by just 27%, even rising by 20% in the UK where TS4 has become the No. 2 animated title of all time (overall it is No. 8 globally) with a local total of $73.8M. In Latin America, TS4 is the No. 1 animated release ever with a regional $196M.
In the Top 5, the UK is followed by Mexico ($71.8M), Japan ($71.1M), Brazil ($32.4M) and China ($29.1M).
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Spider-Man: Far From Home (SNY): $5.3M intl weekend (67 markets); $726M intl cume ($1.09B global)
Aladdin (DIS): $2.8M intl weekend (25 markets); $682.5M intl cume ($1,035.3M global)
*Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (PAR): $2.5M intl weekend (11 markets); $2.5M intl cume ($19.5M global)
Crawl (PAR): $2.3M intl weekend (28 markets); $20.6M intl cume ($58.7M global)
Yesterday (UNI): $1.9M intl weekend (26 markets); $54.4M intl cume ($124.9M global)
Padre No Hay Mas Que Uno (SNY): $1.3M intl weekend (Spain only); $5.1M Spain cume
*The Art Of Racing In The Rain (DIS/FOX): $1.1M intl weekend (12 markets); $1.1M intl cume ($9.2M global)
Recent local titles are injecting needed momentum into China during the latter half of summer, after several films with potential were scuttled by authorities. Ne Zha, as noted above, is riding a high and could pass Avengers: Endgame to become the No. 2 movie of the year. Firefighter drama The Bravest has now grossed $167M after 11 days and new pic Line Walker 2 is at about $63M after five days. An action crime drama, it’s the sequel to 2016’s original which did about $90M locally. Nick Cheung, Louis Koo and Francis Ng star in the movie directed by Jazz Boon. Next up in China are a handful of Hollywood offerings: The Angry Birds Movie 2 and Yesterday on Friday, and Hobbs & Shaw the following Friday.
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