UPDATE: As it vroomed into domestic theaters, turbocharging North America with a pandemic record $70M start, Universal’s F9 also opened in 22 new overseas markets, lifting the international box office cume to $335M and putting $405M in the tank globally. F9 has surpassed the lifetime of last summer’s Tenet domestically, internationally and worldwide, and is closing in on Godzilla Vs Kong‘s overseas running total of $344M. The full offshore weekend was $38M.
Each of the new offshore openings for the latest Justin Lin-helmed Fast Saga entry were No. 1s including Mexico with $10.7M to log the biggest pandemic debut (including previews), the UK ($8.3M, setting Thursday, Friday and Saturday pandemic records) and Brazil ($2.6M with the Thursday opening day the best of the pandemic).
F9 is currently gunning in 45 overseas markets and still has such key hubs as Spain, France, Germany, Japan and Italy to come throughout the summer. The running global IMAX cume is $30M.
We can talk about the potential that overseas box office will put a spoke in F9’s wheels, and while that may be true (China is running slightly lower than Hobbs & Shaw in local currency in what has been a very soft market of late), this is an ongoing game that evolves every day. Just this Saturday, Sydney went into lockdown whereas much of Australia had recently been fueling great grosses for many films across the board. Latin America has been challenging because of Covid, but the F9 result there is higher in Brazil than expected even if not reaching the heights of previous Fast Saga entries. It’s hard as yet to draw conclusions. Universal made this an event picture, devoid of day-and-date in-home releases, and that was driven home domestically this weekend. It’s also worth noting that, in general, movies are playing differently in offshore markets — ie they are holding very well as folks dip their toes back into movie theaters and also make choices about leisure time activities as the possibilities open up.
Turning to the rest of the weekend pack, Disney’s Cruella, which is playing theatrically and on Disney Plus Premium in areas where it’s available, added $10.6M in 42 material markets, including a No. 1 debut in France where the film is theatrical only. The international hold was -30% for an overseas cume of $112.5M through Sunday and $183.8M global.
Next up, Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II crossed $100M offshore during the week and is closing in on $250M worldwide with $112.1M overseas and $248.5M global through Sunday. The fifth offshore frame was good for $9.6M in 48 markets with another solid -40% hold. In like-for-like markets, AQP2 is running 12% ahead of the original John Krasinski-helmed phenom and there are still 17 markets to open.
New Line/Warner Bros’ The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It crossed $100M at the international box office. With an additional $6.9M in 57 markets (and amid a good 46% drop) the overseas cume to date is $101.5M for $160.6M global.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, meanwhile, hopped past the century mark globally with $107.8M through today. The international weekend was good for $6.3M to bring the offshore cume to $79M in 30 markets. There are still key releases to come in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Korea.
We are waiting on figures from Lionsgate/Millennium’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, although comScore is reporting a $7.6M sophomore session overseas for a $14.5M cume internationally and $40.4M worldwide. Global IMAX on the sequel is $8M.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
F9 was the No. 1 movie in the world this weekend, boosted by its domestic opening and 22 new overseas markets which all launched at No. 1. The summer tentpole added $38M internationally and has now reached $335M offshore with $405M global.
On Thursday, F9 passed the lifetime of last summer’s major release, Tenet, and will soon overtake Godzilla Vs Kong abroad. The action-packed 10th Fast Saga entry set some new records this weekend, after having begun rollout early in just eight markets including China back in May. It’s now in a total 45.
The Mexico opening is the biggest of the pandemic at $10.7M and is higher than Hobbs & Shaw. F9 excels in Latin American markets and Brazil also set a pandemic record for opening day leading to a $2.6M weekend (in line with H&S). The UK on Thursday set a milestone for the highest weekday gross since March 2020, then Friday and Saturday scored the biggest weekend days in the same period. F9 is the first film to gross more than $2.6M on a single day since Sonic The Hedgehog in February 2020. The full market weekend was $8.3M.
Central America also scored a pandemic high with $1.7M as did Colombia which also took a franchise record for previews. In Norway, F9’s $1.1M opening is the second best of the series, under F7.
Australia was the biggest holdover market with an added $2.9M, a 57% drop despite the Saturday cinema closures in Sydney. F9 is running 13% ahead of H&S at the same point in release there.
Still to come are Spain, France, Germany, Japan and Italy throughout the summer.
The Top 5 markets to date are China ($216.9M), Korea ($19.7M), Russia ($17.7M), Australia ($11.1M) and Mexico ($10.7M).
The IMAX total is $30M global with an added $1M this session overseas.
Cruella made its debut in France this weekend, the final key international market for the Disney origins story. The $2.2M five-day start ($2.4M including previews) is the second best pandemic launch in the market (although it’s in a tight race with Demon Slayer so could end up No. 3). Local audiences are giving the film a 4-star rating, while critical sentiment is at 3.6. This is the only Disney+ market where Cruella is not day-and-date owing to the country’s windowing rules. France’s curfew was lifted last Sunday and capacity is currently at 65%, though this will up to 100% on Wednesday.
All told, Cruella grossed $10.6M in 42 material markets this weekend; the international total is now $112.5M for $183.8M global.
Markets that were open last weekend collectively held very well with a 30% dip. Notable holds were seen in Belgium (+66%), Japan (-8%), Korea (-17%), Saudi Arabia (-21%), Israel (-23%), China (-29%), Hong Kong (-33%), Russia (-34%), Mexico (-35%), Italy (-35%), Australia (-37%), UK (-42%) and Spain (-44%).
The Top 5 markets to date are China ($20.9M), Korea ($12.6M), UK ($11M), Mexico ($10.3M) and Russia ($9M).
A QUIET PLACE PART II
Paramount’s hit sequel grossed $9.6M on the 5th international weekend in 48 markets including three new openings. The overseas cume topped $100M during the week and sits at $112.1M through Sunday. The drop was a terrific -40% in holdover markets, a continued phenomenon for horror which tends to be frontloaded. Globally, AQP2 is at $248.5M ($12.3M from IMAX).
International markets currently rep 83% of the offshore footprint and are running 12% ahead of the original A Quiet Place.
New this weekend, Netherlands opened No. 2 with $680K (including previews) at 98 locations. Belgium’s No. 3 opening delivered $395K from 46 and Italy opened No. 1 with $395K at 280.
In continued play, China added $1M during its 5th frame — up 2% from the previous weekend for a $39M cume to lead all markets. The UK has now cumed $13.5M, Korea has $5.5M to date, Mexico is at $5.4M and France at $3.1M.
There are a further 17 markets left to open including Germany next week and Brazil on July 22.
THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
New Line/Warner Bros’ latest Conjuring Universe title crossed $100M overseas this weekend, after adding $6.9M in 57 markets for a good 46% drop. The total is $101.5M offshore for $160.1M global. France was the best holdover hub, adding $1.9M in the third session for a cume of $11.6M. Overall, Mexico is the lead market at $15.8M, followed by the UK ($11.8M), France ($11.6M), Australia ($7.1M) and Korea ($6.9M). Germany as well as a handful of smaller markets get in on the paranormal action next weekend.
PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
Sony’s sequel hopped past the $100M worldwide mark, with a total cume of $107.8M. The film took in $6.3M this weekend from 8,700 screens in 30 markets, bringing the offshore cume to $79M and repping over 73% of the global gross. The film continues to deliver strong results in holdover markets, down only 13% as a group. China earned $3.5M in its third frame, off just 9% for a local cume of $22M. The UK added $1.1M in its sixth session, dropping 30% for a market cume of $22.9M. Still to come are such key plays as France (June 30), Germany (July 1), Italy (July 1), Spain (July 16), Brazil (August 26) and Korea (September 29).
Disney/Pixar’s Luca grossed $4.5M in 12 material overseas markets this weekend, dropping a mere 27% from last frame’s opening. Hong Kong debuted the pic at No. 1 with $800K to best both Soul and Onward, and remained No. 1 in Russia. The offshore cume is now $11.6M.
In some second weekend markets, Luca was up over its launch, including in Poland (+116%), Czech Republic (+44%), South Africa (+42%) and Hungary (+4%). The Top 5 overall thus far are Russia ($3.8M), Korea ($2M), Saudi Arabia ($1.3M), UAE ($1M) and Hong Kong ($800K).
Luca is releasing theatrically only in non-Disney+ markets. A China date is TBD.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
In The Heights (WB): $2.7M intl weekend (33 markets); $5.9M intl cume/$30.1M global
Wrath Of Man (MIR): $1.4M intl weekend (41 markets); $70.5M intl cume/$97.5M global
Spirit Untamed (UNI): $1.13M intl weekend (16 markets); $6.9M intl cume/$22.7M global
Operation Portugal (SNY): $1.1M intl weekend (3 markets); $1.1M intl cume
In local-language play, propaganda movie 1921 was out in China previews ahead of the July 1 official release to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party. It grossed RMB 74.5M ($11.5M) to lead another soft session. In Korea, local title Hard Hit topped the charts with $3M and nearly 351K admissions for the best opening weekend of a local title this year. The CJ ENM pic is an adaptation of Dani de la Torre’s 2015 Spanish action thriller Retribution centered around a man who receives a mysterious call that there’s a bomb in his car while driving with his daughter.
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