MONDAY UPDATE, with actuals: Top Gun: Maverick hit even higher altitude at the global and international box office this weekend with Sunday’s actuals now included. Tom Cruise’s return as the eponymous flying ace notched a confirmed $85.8M in 64 markets this session, bringing the overseas cume to $261.6M. Along with domestic’s $295.6M, the global total through yesterday is $557.2M.
On Sunday (see below), the international weekend hold was estimated at -20%, already an incredible feat. With the actuals, that improves to -16% which is simply stunning — and quite possibly a record for a movie that opened to over $100M.
Notable changes versus Sunday’s estimates include the UK where the Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel fell by just 9% and has grossed $48.4M to date. Japan was off by 21% for a $22.4M cume through the weekend. Brazil fell a slight 13% to gross $9.6M and Taiwan was up 43% for $7.6M.
The Top 5 overseas markets so far are the UK ($48.4M), Australia ($23.5M), Japan ($22.4M), France ($21.6M) and Germany ($13.1M).
Elsewhere, Universal/Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion edged up slightly to $55.7M in 15 early offshore markets.
SUNDAY UPDATE, writethru: Paramount/Skydance’s Top Gun: Maverick, as projected yesterday, has flown past $500M worldwide, with $548.6M through its first two frames. The offshore weekend is estimated at $81.7M, an incredible hold of -20%, to lift the international box office cume to $257M in 64 markets. This does not include big Tom Cruise hub Korea which rolls out on June 23 (nor are China and Russia in the mix).
The hypersonic Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel is on a tear overseas where the UK has lit up the sky with $47.8M to date. The weekend was down just 12% from opening. Australia has grossed $23.4M after a teeny 6% dip from the previous session. Japan slid just 26% from launch and has grossed $21.9M to date.
There is no denying the overall -20% hold is almost unheard of for a movie that opened to $100M+ offshore, and it indicates legs a plenty. Even though the movie is bringing back the “older” audience, it is playing across demos and also has some folks just waiting until things die down a bit to go experience it on a big screen. If that means foregoing PLFs, which will be turned over to Jurassic World Dominion next frame, they’ll still line up. Outside a must-see Marvel, or recent Star Wars movie, I can’t recall so much excitement in my part of the world. It’s simply a different level.
The sky-high sequel also added $18.5M in global IMAX during the sophomore session with increases in such markets as Australia (+4%), Brazil (+15%), Mexico (+9%), Taiwan (+25%), Saudi Arabia (+24%) and Hong Kong (+11%). Drops were slight in such majors as Japan (-4%), UK (-16%) and Italy (-12%). The overseas IMAX cume is $23M for $62.7M worldwide.
The only major competition out there for Cruise’s flying ace this frame was the debut of Universal/Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion which started to thrash its tail in 15 early offshore markets. Also as we wrote on Saturday, the dino bow for the Colin Trevorrorw-helmed threequel exceeded $50M and is an estimated $55.5M through Sunday. That’s 1% ahead of both 2015’s Jurassic World and 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, when excluding previews.
Latin America ate up the return of the new and legacy cast with JWD breaking records as the franchise’s best opening in Mexico, Argentina, Central America, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay.
Before heading to North America, as well as China and 58 other markets next weekend, Mexico is the lead hub in the debut with an estimated $18.1M — good for Universal’s all-time biggest opening in the market. There was 70% uplift from Friday to Saturday, with a big boost from families, logging Universal’s top Saturday ever. The debut also beat Jurassic World (+42%) and Fallen Kingdom (+44%).
And, in another major milestone, Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness has rounded the $900M mark globally, conjuring an estimated $909.4M through Sunday. Of that, $388.7M is from domestic and $520.7M comes from the international box office. The Sam Raimi-directed sequel reached the milestone without releasing in either China or Russia and did it in five weekends.
When excluding China and Russia, the $909.4M cume makes Doctor Strange 2 the No. 10 global and international MCU release out of 28 titles, surpassing Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Meanwhile, Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys just continues to delight. The overseas weekend was $8.9M — a +37% hold — for a running offshore cume of $131M and global at $218.3M. Notably, Ukraine opened this session; there are currently 42 cinemas open across the war-torn market. And, during the Dragon Boat Festival in China, The Bad Guys keeps stealing the show. It has surpassed the lifetime of Moana and Toy Story 4 and is about to beat Finding Dory. It remains the top Hollywood title of 2022 in the market where cinemas are reopening, notably in Shanghai. The China gross through Sunday is $40.2M.
See key breakdowns below:
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
We’ll look at how sky-high Tom Cruise’s return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell can go when we have a little more days of data. But as noted above, this ace flying machine continues to power beyond expectations. With a mere 20% drop from overseas markets, the weekend was good for $81.7M. That lifted the offshore cume to $257M. Global is now at $548.6M. If a sequel to a 36-year-old movie doing these kinds of numbers doesn’t scream the big screen is back when a movie delivers, then I’ll eat my Ray Bans.
Here are some key results. The UK, despite distractions from the Platinum Jubilee, added $12.4M on the 2nd weekend at 750 locations. That was good for another No. 1 weekend and down just 12%. The cume is $47.8M through Sunday. As noted above, Australia and Japan saw slight drops. France is the No. 4 market on the movie at $21M — we have had horrendous weather in a large swath of the country this weekend which will have had an impact as more than 60 counties were on high-alert for winds and driving rains. Germany rounds out the Top 5 with $12.2M to date.
Brazil was down just 19% despite the arrival of the dinosaurs, and has grossed $9.3M. Taiwan was up an incredible 32% in the second frame and has grossed $7.3M. For more on how the weekend played out, look here.
JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION
The next best studio grosser this weekend was the return to Jurassic World. Dominion, the third move is the rebooted franchise, went early overseas in 15 markets and landed $55.5M, essentially in line with the 2015 and 2018 installments. There are still 59 markets to go next weekend, including China where the series has previously excelled. Presales are strong there, but let’s hold off a minute on expectations — Shanghai is only just reopening.
In the current session, Mexico, as noted above, set records. Also chomping on notable starts was Brazil with $4.4M, beating Fallen Kingdom (+24%), Maverick (+31%) and Venom 2 (+36%). This was Universal’s best pandemic opening in the market. In Korea, where the movie landed the biggest opening day of the pandemic last week, the $15.1M weekend delivered the 2nd biggest Hollywood opening of the year. Local action comedy The Roundup exceeded industry expectations and claimed the No. 1 spot by a narrow margin for the five-day frame. This is a long weekend in the market that leads into Memorial Day on Monday.
Other debuts include Italy at $3.4M —- there were some distractions there, like crazy hot weather and a home stage for the Italy-Germany Nations League match. Hong Kong, with the benefit of the Dragon Boat Festival, is on track for $2.9M.
Argentina, boosted by 3D and an aggressive marketing campaign which positioned the movie as a must-see cinematic event, bowed to $2.8M for the best of the franchise. Similarly setting records for the series were Central America ($2.1M), Peru ($1.7M), Colombia ($1.6M) and Chile ($1.6M). More detail on how the film opened throughout the weekend, is here.
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
The now No. 10 global ($909.4M) and international ($520.7M) MCU release is also the biggest worldwide grosser of 2022 so far. And, it’s gotten there without China or Russia. The Benedict Cumberbatch/Elizabeth Olsen-starrer is the No. 1 movie of the pandemic in the Philippines as well as the 2nd biggest in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Israel, East Africa, Lebanon, Lithuania, West Africa, Slovakia, Syria, Turkey and all of Latin America, save Colombia.
The fifth overseas weekend brought in $11.4M in 49 markets. The overall drop was 53% with slight dips in Turkey (-3%), Taiwan (-11%), Portugal (-15%), Spain (-19%) and the UK (-21%).
The Top 5 market grosses to date are the UK ($50.3M), Korea ($49M), Mexico ($39.9M), Brazil ($32.5M) and France $26.4M).
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
*Major (SNY): $3.5M intl weekend (5 markets); $3.5M intl cume
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (PAR): $3M intl weekend (55 markets); $204.5M intl cume/$392.8M global
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore (WB): $2.4M intl weekend (71 markets); $305M intl cume/$400.5M global
The Lost City (PAR): $1.1M intl weekend (42 markets); $81.2M intl cume/$185.2M global
*Way Of The Househusband (SNY): $1M intl weekend (Japan only); $1M Japan cume,
The Bob’s Burgers Movie (DIS): $400K intl weekend (8 markets); $1.7M intl cume/$23.9M global
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