UPDATE, writethru: Hitting 15 offshore markets ahead of its domestic debut and further overseas expansion next weekend, Sony’s Uncharted mapped out an international box office launch of $21.5M. The Tom Holland/Mark Wahlberg-starrer was No. 1 in each of its openings, taking advantage of school holidays in some markets and, of course, the Spider-Man Holland halo.
Uncharted’s kick-off overseas (where the Super Bowl is not a distraction) is tracking 12% ahead of The Eternals, 18% higher than Black Widow, and 21% over Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings in like-for-likes at today’s rates.
Video game adaptations can be tricky, and this take on the PlayStation game by Naughty Dog is being sold to a general audience. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Uncharted had a big start in the UK with $6.4M and scored $4.5M in Russia. In Spain, it was the cat’s meow with $3.5M which is 43% over the opening of No Time To Die.
Global rollout expands next weekend, including in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Korea.
The other major new opener, Disney/20th Century Studios’ Kenneth Branagh-directed Death On The Nile, came in within the expected range at $20.7M in 47 material markets. Combined with domestic, the global launch is $33.5M.
Internationally, the bow is on par with House Of Gucci which similarly skews to an older audience. There were No. 1s in Italy, Australia, Korea and Brazil, as well as No. 2s in Russia, France and Germany amongst others. The Top 5 this session were Russia ($2.5M), UK ($2.4M), Italy ($2.1M), France ($2.1M) and Germany ($1.4M). The French number is just 6% below Murder On The Orient Express. We understand the older demographic is turning up at the same level as that previous film.
There are holidays ahead and a relatively clear run for both Uncharted and Death On The Nile — the next big global release being Warner Bros/DC’s The Batman in March. While it feels likely Uncharted will ultimately get a China date, currently the only Hollywood film dated there is Death On The Nile next Saturday — almost in lockstep with domestic.
Meanwhile, Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home has crossed $1.8B worldwide with a global cume of $1.804B. Internationally this frame, Spidey dropped just 34% to add $11M in 63 markets. The overseas cume is now $1.045B — and still sans China.
Passing a new milestone, Universal/Illumination’s Sing 2 crossed $300M global after an $11M (-38%) weekend in 65 markets. The offshore total is $167M for $310.4M worldwide. Netherlands was new this session with $2M (including $1.5M in previews which were largely held in December before the country went into lockdown — currently cinemas are closing at 10pm and there are mandatory Covid passes and distancing). After three weekends, the UK leads all play at $22.3M, followed by France with $19M. Japan is still to come in March.
Universal’s Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Marry Me began its offshore rollout this weekend in 65 markets including the UK, Germany, Australia and Russia. The gross was $8.5M for a $16.5M global opening cume. Playing into Valentine’s Day, the film is expected to see uplift on Monday. The UK bowed to $918K, above Second Act, but landing No. 6 in a crowded market, and Australia took $891K at No. 3. The latter’s cinemagoing has seen good recovery, though older females are still showing some reticence. Mexico gave the film a No. 1 start at $630K. Future key markets include Spain, Korea and Japan.
In China, The Battle Of Lake Changjin 2 reached RMB 3.35B ($527M) through Sunday (including $30.5M in IMAX) and Too Cool To Kill, which opens domestically this week, is now at RMB 2.04B ($321M).
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Jackass Forever (PAR): $2.7M intl weekend (9 markets); $10M intl cume/$47.4M global
Belfast (UNI): $2.2M intl weekend (7 markets); $18.4M intl cume/$26.3M global
Licorice Pizza (UNI/MGM): $863K intl weekend (19 UPI markets); $9.7M intl cume/$23.7M global
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