The overseas running total, which added $76.1M (a great -39% hold) this weekend, is $236.9M, giving GVK bragging rights as the quickest studio movie released during Covid to hit the $200M international milestone, doing so in 12 days versus Tenet’s 24. The global cume similarly makes GVK the fastest studio title released during Covid to get to the two-century mark.
All in all, it’s good news for the monsters — but also for the industry as markets become more stable and audiences reiterate their desire to see films on the big screen. In short order, GVK will top $300M worldwide.
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The Adam Wingard-directed mash-up is now the No. 3 movie of 2021 both offshore and globally, while it’s No. 1 domestically with a terrific $48.5M five-day start.
In offshore like-for-like markets and using today’s exchange rates, GVK is tracking ahead of the other films in the Monsterverse internationally at +11% vs Kong: Skull Island, +35% over Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and +83% on Godzilla.
President of International Distribution, Andrew Cripps, commented today, “It’s no surprise that these two iconic titans would lead the charge back to theaters around the world and even exceed expectations in such a massive way. With our incredible numbers in China leading the charge, and powerful openings in such markets as Australia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, we’re looking forward to a robust theatrical run for Godzilla Vs Kong across the globe.”
Indeed, contributing greatly to GVK‘s cume is China which added an estimated RMB 289.9M ($44.2M), just a 37% drop from the debut frame — and notching a new milestone there, as it becomes the first Hollywood title to cross $100M in the market since Disney’s Frozen 2 in 2019. The cume to date is an estimated RMB 894.6M ($137.1M). It has already surpassed 2014’s Godzilla and will overtake 2019’s Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (RMB 935M) in the Middle Kingdom tomorrow. Monday is a public holiday in China, as was today, so play is expected to be sturdy.
Legendary Vice Chairman of Global Production, Mary Parent, says “The global reception to the theatrical release of this film is a positive sign for moviegoing as people continue to look towards entertainment in a pandemic world.”
GVK held No. 1 in nearly all overseas markets that debuted last frame. Despite the small dip in China, the film came in at No. 2 this session owing to the opening of local picture Sister (RMB 347M/$53M). Nevertheless, GVK continues to draw audiences there and Maoyan has upped its final projection on the film to RMB 1.27B ($193M) which would also outdistance Kong: Skull Island.
Elsewhere, holds were strong in Colombia (-11%), Spain (-18%), Saudi Arabia (-23%), Mexico (-28%), Taiwan (-29%), Australia (-39%) and Korea (-48%). The Top 5 offshore markets through Sunday on GVK are: China ($137.1M), Mexico ($12.9M), Australia ($10.9M), Taiwan ($9.7M) and Russia ($9.6M).
In IMAX, GVK has grossed $28M globally, that includes China’s 10-day cume of $18M. This is the biggest 10-day IMAX result of the Legendary franchise and is already nearly double the final IMAX China box office for Kong: Skull Island and KOTM.
Also from Warner Bros, Tom & Jerry picked up another $3M as the global cume nears $100M with $93.5M so far. The international total is $54M.
Universal’s Nobody jumped from last weekend, adding $2.9M from 11 overseas markets. That includes Australia’s opening of $950K from 236 locations. This was the biggest action debut since Tenet and ranked No. 3 for the frame. Taiwan and Hong Kong were also new and will benefit from the current holidays. Third weekend holds were strong in the Middle East (-15%), Russia (-26%) and the UAE (-13%). The international cume is now $9.2M for $21M worldwide. Korea opens this week, followed by Spain, Mexico and Brazil over the next month.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway dropped by just 9% in Australia during the sophomore session, adding $1.9M to bring the cume to $4.2M locally. School holidays run through the month of April. The sequel debuted in New Zealand with $465K at No. 1 including previews. This is 27% ahead of The Secret Life Of Pets, 17% over The Boss Baby and 8% below the original. The weekend grossed $2.4M from 607+ screens in these two early markets, taking the international cume to $4.7M.
Next weekend, Warner Bros debuts the first international markets on Mortal Kombat including Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Russia and the Middle East.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
The Croods: A New Age (UNI): $962K intl weekend; $106.1M intl cume/$162.5M global
Shin Evangelion (TOHO): Added $526K in IMAX/$7.1M IMAX cume
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