UPDATE, writethru: While Warner Bros’ Doctor Sleep is snoozing at the domestic and international box office with a global total of just $34.1M to date (and despite good reviews and audience scores), the Burbank studio has a major milestone ahead as Joker closes in on the $1B mark worldwide. Not only will the movie become the first R-rated picture to the post, it will have done so without China in the mix, making it one of a precious few with such bragging rights.
The global cume on Joker is now $984.7M with $671.2M from offshore after a $20.3M 6th weekend (-47%). Joaquin Phoenix’s outsider Arthur Fleck should be fully embraced into the billion-dollar club this week.
Still, talk about a sleepy weekend. Compared to last year, the session across the Top 5 grossing Hollywood movies is down about 52% internationally. (However, a large part of the 2018 haul was due to Venom’s massive China opening.) Versus last weekend, this session is down about 42% across the Top 5.
To be fair, there were no major wide newcomers to dominate the markets. The big debut title this session, Roland Emmerich’s expensive Midway, which Lionsgate is releasing domestically and in the UK, is looking at around a $24M overseas debut. That could come in higher as not all reporting has been completed by AGC Studios on the WWII actioner which sold around the world. The 20 opening markets include China, France, Germany, the UK and some South East Asian hubs. Bona releases in China where a slow overall weekend is an estimated $16M.
In holds, Paramount/Skydance/Fox’s Terminator: Dark Fate is crossing $200M globally after three weekends, with $150.9 of that from overseas. This weekend’s $29.9M offshore addition includes Japan’s No. 1 $6M three-day. Disney releases internationally save for China where Tencent is handling, and which leads all play at a disappointing $45M across 10 days for a film that has fizzled offshore as a non-event.
Meanwhile Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, which started off somewhat slowly a few weeks back, crossed the $400M mark globally this frame, conjuring $430.3M to date. This is the third Disney Live Action title to get to the benchmark this year. The overseas cume after a $19.9M frame is $333M. The Angelina Jolie sequel has topped the original tile in 12 market including China, France, Korea, Russia, Indonesia and Poland.
Turning back to Doctor Sleep, the $50M-ish production couldn’t get out of bed in North America, even amid solid response. Warner Bros had earlier begun offshore rollout on the Shining continuation in nine European markets last session, but without significant numbers in what appears to be a similar fate to domestic. With this weekend, it’s now in 68 markets where it added just another $13M for a $20M overseas cume before Germany and Japan release later this month. Russia ($2M) and Mexico ($1.5M) led play this frame, with both debuting at No. 2 and doubling both Us and Get Out.
Universal’s Last Christmas was also unwrapped in 10 markets this session, with $3.1M in the stocking and including a No. 1 start in Australia. Combined, the initial frame is 28% above About Time. Rollout continues through the holidays.
Next week, Sony’s Charlie’s Angels will go head-to-head with Fox/Disney’s Ford V Ferrari in several majors and before Frozen 2 skates into theaters during the following frame.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
AGC Studios’ Roland Emmerich-helmed WWII actioner notably debuted in China, France, Germany, the UK and some South East Asian hubs. The film, which Lionsgate is releasing domestically and the UK, did an estimated $24M overseas this weekend, however we are still waiting on a full report from AGC International which sold Midway globally.
The ensemble pic stars Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart, Darren Criss, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson and Ed Skrein, and is based on the true story of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater.
Starlight Entertainment Group and Providence Entertainment Limited financed the reported $100M production. The China theatrical distribution is through Bona, but the film didn’t find much traction in the Middle Kingdom, coming in at $16M across the three-day where local title Better Days continues having some great days, now having crossed $200M.
TERMINATOR: DARK FATE
Paramount/Skydance/Fox’s ailing cyborg added a further $29.9M in 53 material markets this session, lifting the offshore cume to $150.9M which is expected to finish at under $200M. The global cume is just crossing the two-century mark with $199.4M through Sunday.
The Japan opening (which includes Friday) was good for $6M at No. 1 and 5% behind Terminator: Genisys. The other No. 1 start this session was in Taiwan with $1.1M, however, Asia will not be the salvation this film had hoped for.
China leads all play at a lackluster $44.8M, followed by Korea with $14.9M, the UK at $8.3M, Russia with $7.4M and France’s $6.9M.
Warner Bros/Village Roadshow/Bron Studios’ Joker keeps widening his smile with another $20.3M from 8,712 screens in 79 offshore markets. The overseas cume is now $671.2M for $984.7M global. The coveted $1B milestone is around the corner.
The Todd Phillips-directed origins story continues to hold No. 1 in the UK with $67.7M to date, leading all play. Behind it in the Top 5 are Mexico ($42.8M), Japan ($40.9M), France ($39.9M) and Korea ($37.8M).
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
In her 4th weekend, the sorceress conjured another $19.9M from 57 material markets and passed the $400M mark globally with $430.3M. Overseas, the cume is $333M.
Good holds in Europe include Czech Rep (-20%), Israel (-27%), Netherlands (-41%), Poland (-43%), Sweden (-44%) and Spain (-46%). In Asia Pacific, China is still tops at $48M while Australia held to a 37% drop and Japan -45% despite a disappointing run there so far. The sequel is the all-time highest grossing Disney Live Action release in both Malaysia and Thailand.
In Latin America, the region saw a 38% dip with No. 1s still in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela and Paraguay. Strong holds included Brazil (-28%), Argentina (-30%), Mexico (-33%) and Chile (-38%).
Overall, the latest movie has topped its predecessor in China, France, Korea, Russia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Netherlands, Malaysia, Argentina, Poland and India.
The Top 5 markets are China ($48.4M), Russia ($31.6M), Mexico ($22M), France ($17.5M) and the UK ($16.8M).
Warner Bros’ Shining sequel rolled to a further $13M on 11,728 screens in 68 markets this session. After last weekend’s sleepy start overseas, the cume is $20M for $34.1M global following a yawn of a domestic opening (for Anthony’s dive into what went wrong, click here).
The Stephen King continuation didn’t score any No. 1 openings but kicked off best in Russia (No. 2) with $2M from 1,763 screens, to track more than double Us, Get Out and Don’t Breathe while on par with A Quiet Place.
Mexico, which typically leans into horror, also was a No. 2 bow with $1.5M from 439 screens, also more than twice Us and Get Out while 80% above Don’t Breathe.
Brazil, another keen horror hub, made just $577K on 675 screens, or 6% more than Carrie. Australia grossed $552K on 345 (21% over Carrie) and Korea was soft in a crowded field with $484K on 461, but double the opening weekend of Pet Semetary.
The UK and Spain lead all play after two weeks with $3.3M each. Germany releases November 21 with Japan going on November 29.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
MGM’s animated comedy snapped up another $10.3M in 37 Universal releasing markets with another $2.9M from non-UPI hubs. The full offshore cume is now $63.4M ($51.7M for UPI). Globally, the total is $154.7M with more rollout to come.
The movie debuted in Korea at No. 4 with $1.47M to top Trolls by 11%. The top hold was Russia where the cume is $10.8M so far with a solid hold and a Saturday uptick. Addams Family has surpassed the lifetimes of Smallfoot, The Emoji Movie and Hotel Transylvania in the market. The UK also saw a strong Saturday and has now grossed $10.5M. France and Australia are among the majors still due in December.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Das Perfekte Geheimnis (CON): $8.7M intl weekend (Germany); $22.7M German cume
Zombieland: Double Tap (SNY) $5.1M intl weekend (49 markets); $35.3M intl cume ($102M global)
Hustlers (STX): $3.5M intl weekend (52 markets, includes No. 1 Italy opening); $40.3M intl cume ($144.8M global)
Abominable (UNI): $3.4M intl weekend (55 markets); $107.4M intl cume ($166.6M global)
*Last Christmas (UNI): $3.1M intl weekend (10 markets); $3.1M intl cume ($14.7M global)
*Playing With Fire (PAR): $2.5M intl weekend (10 markets); $2.5M intl cume ($15.3M global)
IT Chapter Two (WB): $2.3M intl weekend (Japan only); $251.2M intl cume ($462.6M global)
Gemini Man (PAR): $1.8M intl weekend (50 markets); $119.5M intl cume ($167.5M global)
*The Good Liar (WB): $1.2M intl weekend (UK only in start of staggered offshore rollout)
Downton Abbey (UNI): $900K intl weekend (30 markets); $86.2M intl cume ($181.9M global with China release to come December 13)
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