UPDATE, writethru: Disney/Marvel’s Eternals has come in ahead of projections with an opening weekend of $90.7M at the international box office, and $161.7M global when paired with domestic. This gives the Chloé Zhao-directed film bragging rights to the second-biggest worldwide opening for a Hollywood title in 2021. The global debut sets Eternals 26% ahead of Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings and 8% ahead of Black Widow in like-for-like markets. Overseas, that translates to 76% above Shang-Chi and 26% above Black Widow.
As we’ve noted throughout the weekend, Eternals opened No. 1 in all key markets. It has also now scored the biggest launch frame during the pandemic in Italy, Brazil and Hong Kong. Quite significant is that it had the best opening weekend for a non-local film during the pandemic in Korea.
Whereas China is typically a swing market on a Hollywood movie (and while Eternals is not expected to get a date there), this time around Korea was a key element. The market is just emerging into a “living with Covid” strategy and despite encouraging numbers on Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Dune, had been overall soft of late. Eternals, which had a comparatively low Naver score versus other recent Marvel entries, increased nicely throughout the frame, dropping only 16% from Saturday to Sunday to cume $14.4M.
To be sure, Eternals is a splat score-wise in a lot of areas, and conversation around the film is rough. Still, European markets did not see drop-off throughout the weekend and right now there’s less concern about frontloading than coming into the first days of offshore rollout. This doesn’t mean the tide won’t change.
The current Top 5 overseas markets are Korea ($14.4M), UK ($7.1M), France ($6.7M), Mexico ($5.7M) and Australia ($5M). In IMAX, Eternals grossed $6M from 320 screens in 58 markets.
Meanwhile, it was an interesting weekend in China. MGM/Eon/Universal’s No Time To Die held tight to the No. 1 spot in its sophomore session, now having cumed $49.3M there on its way to a Maoyan-projected $66M. At the same time this session, China head-scratchingly allowed entry for two other Hollywood titles which had long been widely available elsewhere. Paramount’s Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins mustered $1.5M while Sony’s Netflix sell-off Vivo did $547K. China is currently experiencing a Covid resurgence which is affecting 19% of the box office, but Disney’s Jungle Cruise may have a bit more of a berth next weekend, even if it’s releasing in China three and a half months after the rest of the world. At least Dis had enough notice to get stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt mobilized.
Turning back to James Bond, No Time To Die crossed the $500M mark internationally this weekend with $524.3M from a combined 72 Universal and MGM markets. In the UK, it has now become the No. 5 all-time grosser at $122.1M, overtaking Avengers: Endgame. The full overseas weekend was good for $27.2M and the global total is now at $667.1M; $42.3M is from IMAX to become the second-highest grossing title for the format this year.
Elsewhere, both Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune continue to register double digits overseas. Venom 2 came in at $11.4M in 54 offshore markets this weekend. This lifts the international box office to $227.6M and global to $424.6M. Dune added $11.1M from 75 markets to reach $246.5M offshore and $330.4M global.
In other offshore news, it’s nice to see some big numbers out of India (and the diaspora) as both Bollywood’s Akshay Kumar-starrer Sooryavanshi and Tamil movie Annaatthe with septuagenarian Rajinikanth making waves. We are hearing estimates in the $15M-$16M worldwide range for the Diwali holiday titles and will update accordingly.
Breakdowns on this week’s films above and more have been updated below.
As noted above, Eternals came in No. 1 in all of its key markets and scored the best opening weekend of the pandemic in Italy, Brazil and Hong Kong. In Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Sweden, Argentina, Central America, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay it had the 2nd best opening weekend during the crisis.
In total, 93% of the offshore footprint was filled this weekend by 46 material markets. The UAE, Indonesia and Russia will open next session. As we’ve previously written, the movie will not release in parts of the Middle East and is not expected to receive a China date.
The launch frame was good for $90.7M, higher than where the industry expected and with a great boost from Korea. The global cume is $161.7M. While social scores are lower than hoped, there was little drop-off through the weekend and there is runway ahead.
IMAX grossed $13.6M globally with Eternals, $6M of which is from 320 screens in 58 offshore markets. Standouts include the UK (10% indexing), Sweden ($92K per screen average/7th best IMAX opening weekend ever), Japan (18% indexing), Hong Kong (11% indexing/$69K per screen average), Taiwan (11% indexing/$42K per screen average), Denmark ($79K per screen average), and Korea ($47K per screen average).
In Asia Pacific, Eternals grossed $37.8M across the region. The only market where it was not No. 1 was India which has two strong local pics for the Diwali holiday. Korea broke out with $14.4M, energizing the box office amid the “living with Covid” ease of restrictions. Local actor Dan Lee (aka Ma Dong-seok) features as Gilgamesh while a BTS song is also on the soundtrack.
Across Europe, Eternals amassed $36.5M and was No. 1 everywhere save for some of the Nordics and Switzerland. In Spain, South Africa and Turkey, it was the third highest opening weekend of the pandemic.
Latin America grossed $16.4M as a region with No. 1s across the board. Brazil is still not throwing off massive numbers, but is improving. Eternals was the best opening weekend of the crisis in the market.
The Top 5 markets are Korea ($14.4M), UK ($7.1M), France ($6.7M), Mexico ($5.7M) and Australia ($5M).
NO TIME TO DIE
After crossing $600M global last weekend, James Bond has topped the $500M mark internationally. In a combined 72 Universal and MGM markets, the offshore cume is $524.3M ($433.5M for Uni/$90.8M for MGM). Globally, the running total is $667.1M.
Overseas this weekend, 007 rang up another $27.2M, a 51% drop from last session when it opened in China. There, amid escalating closures, the Daniel Craig-starrer held the No. 1 spot and grossed an additional $11.4M for a total $49.3M, in line with Skyfall at the same point. The China IMAX cume is $7.1M (Bond is the format’s 2nd biggest title globally with $42.3M).
In other highlights, Germany dropped just 26% and is now on par with Skyfall and Spectre at $67.7M. The UK has now topped $122M and made NTTD the 5th biggest movie ever in the market, snapping past Avengers: Endgame. At $20.1M, the Netherlands makes No Time To Die the 7th biggest title ever and in Russia, the film is now the biggest of the Bond franchise with $12.1M.
The Top 5 markets are the UK, Germany, China, France ($30M) and Japan ($21.7M). Australia opens this weekend.
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE
Sony’s voracious symbiote added another $11.4M on 9,150+ screens in 54 offshore markets this weekend. This lifts the international box office to $227.6M. After passing the $400M worldwide mark earlier this week, the global cume is now $424.6M.
There were no new openings in the session while Australia and Japan are still on deck for November 25 and December 3, respectively.
The Top 5 markets to date are Russia ($31.5M), Mexico ($22.8M), UK ($22.1M), Korea ($17.8M) and France ($12.5M).
Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic crossed $300M earlier this week globally and is now at $330.4M. Of that, $246.5M comes from 75 offshore markets with $11.1M grossed this session. The overall drop is 52% while some markets continue to show strong holds including Germany (-27%), France (-36%), Korea (-47%) and the UK (-55%).
In its third China frame, Dune added $2.1M to reach $36.7M there. This is now the lead market, with France (30.2M), UK ($23M), Russia ($21M) and Germany ($20.9M) following.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Ron’s Gone Wrong (DIS): $4.8M intl weekend (49 markets); $28.9M intl cume/$46.5M global
Last Night In Soho (UNI): $1.6M intl weekend (31 markets); $5.2M intl cume/$12.8M global
Soshite Baton Wa Watasareta (WB): $1.5M intl weekend (Japan only); $5.3M Japan cume
Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins (PAR): $1.5M intl weekend (China only); $11.8M intl cume/$40.1M global
Antlers (DIS): $800K intl weekend (53 markets); $5M intl cume/$12.6M global
Paw Patrol: The Movie (PAR): $671K intl weekend (33 markets); $89.1M intl cume/$129.2M global
The Many Saints Of Newark (WB): $626K intl weekend (14 markets); $4.1M intl cume/$12.3M global
Though we don’t have this weekend’s offshore number, Disney/Searchlight’s The French Dispatch has grossed an estimated $11.1M from 16 markets. The UK leads play at $3.8M, followed by France ($2.1M) and Germany ($1.4M).
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