UPDATE, writethru: Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home scaled fresh heights this session as it reached an amazing new milestone by crossing the $1B mark at the international box office. The offshore cume through Sunday is an estimated $1.003B for a global total of $1.74B.
With the new milestone, No Way Home becomes only the 10th movie ever to the $1B international box office mark — and most impressively, the film got there without any input from China where a release date has not been given. Globally, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker fronts the No. 6 film of all time.
The current weekend added $21.1M from 14,400+ screens in 63 markets. The holdover drop was just 26%, while individual markets did better than the average including Saudi Arabia (+16%), Germany (-16%), Spain (-19%), Italy (-20%), Belgium (-22%), Australia (-23%).
The Jon Watts-directed phenom has also become the UK‘s top-grossing superhero title ever with a market cume of $120.1M, and is the No. 6 movie there of all time. The UK continues to lead all offshore play, followed by Mexico with $74.4M, Korea at $61.5M, France at $61.2M, Australia with $55.2M, Brazil at $53.8M, Russia with $46M, Germany‘s $45.1M, India‘s $36.2M and Japan‘s $29.7M.
Overall, Spider-Man: No Way Home is the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time in 19 territories: Argentina, Belgium, Croatia, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, and the UK. The IMAX global cume is $108M.
Coming in second for the studios internationally this session, Universal/Illumination’s Sing 2 had a terrific hold, dropping just 23%. The charmer added $17.4M in a total 62 markets which includes the No. 1 UK start of $9.3M. That’s the market’s best animation debut of virus times and the third-biggest overall since 1917 launched in January 2020. The Saturday haul was bigger than the combined revenue of the other Top 10 titles by over 20%. That same day gave Sing 2 the best Saturday for an animated title since Frozen II in November 2019.
Sing 2 last weekend became the highest-grossing animated film of the pandemic era and now has an international cume of $133.4M for $268M global.
France continues to lead Sing 2 play, dropping just 8% in its sixth frame to gross $18M. Impressive holds were also seen in Australia (-21%/$12.6M cume after six weekends), Mexico (-25%/$12.3M cume after six) and Germany (-4%/$5.1M cume from the sophomore session). Japan is still on deck in March.
Meanwhile Paramount/Spyglass Media’s Scream scared up another $6.5M in 55 markets this frame for a good 38% drop. The offshore total is $44.1M as the requel passed $100M global with $106.2M to date.
The new opener this session was India with $80K from 250 locations. This was the top Hollywood title for the frame in a market where 70% of cinemas are open and operating at 50% capacity. Key markets overall include the UK ($8.3M cume), Australia ($3.8M) and France at $3.7M to date. Brazil dipped only 28% in the third session, ranking No. 2 for $2.2M. Philippines and Netherlands answer the phone next weekend.
Universal/Focus’ awards-season contender Belfast continues to be notable in the UK where it has now grossed $8.4M. The Kenneth Branagh-directed love letter surpassed the lifetime of Brooklyn, and is tracking ahead of Philomena at the same point.
In a good sign for the coming out of demos above 35 — as we saw with No Time To Die — 50% of the opening weekend audience last frame in the UK was 45+. The film also skewed female to 59%.
There is a lot of play ahead for the DGA- and PGA-nominated film, including releases in Australia, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Japan and Korea throughout February and March.
Although we don’t have exact figures as yet, it’s worth a shoutout that Searchlight’s Guillermo del Toro-directed Nightmare Alley was the No. 1 film in Russia, Italy and Mexico this weekend.
While films continue to play out, there’s not much new major Hollywood product on deck for a spate. Sony has Tom Holland in action adventure Uncharted, based on the PlayStation video game by Naughty Dog, starting the week of February 7 — and looking to benefit from the Spider-Man halo. Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall begins offshore rollout in early February. But before those titles get going, the next week will be essentially wholly focused on China where the Year of the Tiger will be ushered in by Chinese New Year titles like Water Gate Bridge, Nice View and Only Fools Rush In.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
The King’s Man (DIS): $4.2M intl weekend (46 markets); $80.4M intl cume/$114.4M global
The Matrix Resurrections (WB): $2.1M intl weekend (72 markets); $115.6M intl cume/$152.8M global
Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City (SNY): $2.1M intl weekend (11 markets); $21.6M intl cume (SNY+CON); $38.6M globalPaw Patrol: The Movie (PAR): $1.7M intl weekend (China only); $102.4M intl cume/$142.5M global
Clifford The Big Red Dog (PAR): $1.5M intl weekend (34 markets); $48.1M intl cume/$97M global
Licorice Pizza (UNI): $1.2M intl weekend (17 UPI markets); $7.2M intl cume/$19M global
The Addams Family 2 (UNI): $443K intl weekend (47 UPI markets); $63.3M intl cume (UNI+MGM); $119.8M global
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