UPDATE, writethru: The Frozen 2 blizzard continued at the global and international box office this weekend with the Disney sequel now minting $738.6M worldwide, including $451M overseas through Sunday. The offshore hold was -38 for a $163.8M sophomore session, and Elsa maintained her No. 1 reign in 45 open markets.
This comes after a record-setting global debut last weekend and with new bows in Russia, Italy and Australia, including setting the highest animated weekend of all time in the former at $13.7M. Overall playing very well in Asia, F2 to date has become the highest grossing animated title ever in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Also of note, the sequel has already surpassed the lifetime cume of the first Frozen in 11 material markets including China. There, it is at $90.5M, despite local Friday competition from Vicky Zhao’s Two Tigers. There are still a handful of hubs to come before Brazil on January 2.
Elsewhere, Disney has good news from its Fox inheritance, Ford V Ferrari, which put another $10.2M in the offshore tank from 48 markets. The awards-season pic is now at $62.3M international and $143.3M global.
In new openers, Lionsgate/MRC’s Knives Out carved out $28.3M from 53 overseas markets. It did very well in China with $13.5M.
This coming week, Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level begins offshore release in China, as well as France and a handful of smaller markets before wider play the following session.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
Daniel Craig-starrer Knives Out kicked off with $28.3M from 53 overseas markets including China where the debut was a very solid $13.5M at No. 3. In total, the Rian Johnson-directed murder mystery spooked up a terrific global start of $70M.
The ensemble pic came in at No. 2 in the UK with $3.8M from 632 sites (including previews and as Lionsgate’s widest debut ever in the market).
Behind the stellar start of Frozen 2, the Russia bow was worth $2M at No. 2 from 1451 locations including previews. Australia also opened at No. 2 with $1.9M from 282 locations including previews. The France launch was good for No. 3 with $1.5M from 437 locations.
The film adds 14 markets this coming week, including Korea, Italy and Mexico with more throughout December and January.
Following its record-setting $358.2M global debut last weekend, Disney’s sequel continued its reign over the global box office. The overseas sophomore session was worth $163.8M in 45 material markets for a 38% drop and with robust Saturday/Sunday business. Globally, F2 is at $738.6M after just 12 days including $451M from the international box office.
New openings included Russia with the biggest animated opening of all time ($13.7M) and the second best ever in Italy ($7.7M or $8.6M including previews). The latter is also the highest Disney Animation/Pixar opening weekend of all time.
As summer kicks off in Australia, the No. 1 opening of $6.6M was 59% ahead of the original, though 9% behind Incredibles 2.
In holds, Japan, the previous film’s top market, is now at $38.3M, dropping 19%. It is currently the No. 3 hub on this movie. China leads with $90.5M followed by Korea at $61.2M (a 30% drop that included a huge Friday-Saturday bump again this weekend). In Europe, France dropped 35%, Germany 37% and the UK 43%.
As we saw last weekend, play has been especially notable in Asia with Frozen 2 now the highest grossing animated title of all time in Indonesia and the Philippines. It has already surpassed the lifetime cume of Frozen in those markets as well as Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, India, China, Hong Kong and Peru.
Still to launch are South Africa, Uruguay and Paraguay next weekend with Brazil coming into the cold on January 2.
In IMAX, Frozen 2 added $6.5M to lift the global come to $34M globally. The Russia opening delivered the highest non-summer animated IMAX opening of all time.
FORD V FERRARI
In its 3rd lap, Fox/Chernin’s Ford V Ferrari zoomed up another $10.2M from 48 material markets. After a 41% drop internationally, the James Mangold-helmed awards season title has $62.3M in the offshore tank for $143.3M global.
The Disney release added a handful of markets this session, led by Taiwan with a No. 2 bow of $800K including previews. Strong holds include India (-16%), France (-34%), Mexico (-39%), Australia (-40%) and Germany (-41%).
The Top 5 markets to date are Russia ($8.8M), UK ($6.7M), France ($6.3M), Australia ($5M) and Mexico ($4.1M).
Korea hits the starting line this coming weekend with Japan still revving up in January.
Universal’s holiday pic gave its heart to $8M worth of new business this session. Across 40 markets, the Emilia Clarke-starrer has now grossed $36.2M for $67.9M global.
There were 16 markets added this weekend, with good holds in already opened hubs. Comparatively, the film is running 6% above Yesterday, 21% over The Intern, 23% ahead of Crazy Rich Asians and almost double About Time.
France was a No. 7 opener at $874K, but above comps and looking toward holiday business. Brazil debuted to No. 1 with $600K from 478 locations.
The UK leads all play with a 27% dip this session for $12.8M to date. Germany shed 26% for $4M so far and Australia is at $5.3M after a 35% slide in weekend 4.
Russia, Korea, Mexico and Japan will be unwrapped this coming session.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Joker (WB): $4.6M intl weekend (72 markets); $717.7M intl cume ($1.048B global)
Charlie’s Angels (SNY): $3.2M intl weekend (38 markets); $34.6M intl cume ($51.4M)
Doctor Sleep (WB): $2.1M intl weekend (68 markets); $36.6M intl cume ($67.2M global)
The Addams Family (UNI): $1.1M intl weekend (34 markets); $83.3M intl cume ($175.7M global)
Zombieland: Double Tap (SNY): $1.1M intl weekend (48 markets); $45.5M intl cume ($117.7M global)
The Good Liar (WB): $928K intl weekend (35 markets); $7.2M intl cume ($22.2M global)
Abominable (UNI): $600K intl weekend (41 markets); $115.2M intl cume ($175.3M global)
Downton Abbey (UNI): $400K intl weekend (32 markets); $89.1M intl cume ($185.8M global)
The Lighthouse (UNI): $300K intl weekend (6 markets); $500K intl cume ($10.5M global)
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