6th &7th Update and writethru, 5 PM and 2:46 PM Monday with 5TH UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 5:27 PM PT Sunday: All studios have reported finals as of 5 PM. This weekend’s international actuals show a frame dominated by holdovers and expansions. And, for the first time since it released in mid-December, the No. 1 movie is not Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Rey, Finn, Poe and BB-8 are instead settling for No. 2 after a record-breaking run around the international galaxy these last 40 days. Taking their place, Oscar nominations leader The Revenant has clawed away the crown with a big $33.7M weekend, up 4.6% from last session for a global take of $223.6M. It crossed $100M in offshore play with $104.2M to date after three frames. The biggest market cume is the UK with nearly $17.6M, and Mexico was a bear-sized debut this session. See the breakdowns below for more.
Meanwhile, the 6th run for Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens put $24.2 in the Millennium Falcon’s overseas tank; a dip of about 50% from last weekend. This brings the offshore total to $1,061.7M.
Earlier this week, JJ Abrams’ space saga continuation crossed Jurassic World‘s international total ($1,016.7M) to become the No. 4 movie ever, behind Furious 7 at No. 3 with about $100M separating the two. With a domestic weekend of about $14.3M, the global total has risen to $1.94B, which maintains the No. 3 spot on the worldwide chart behind Titanic and Avatar. With $60M separating it from the $2B worldwide mark, the question now is whether TFA can leg out to become the 3rd movie ever to hit that milestone. If it continues losing around 50% global each of the coming weekends, the mid-weeks could round up the necessary, but it would be close with Kung Fu Panda 3, Deadpool and others on deck.
Kung Fu Panda 3 next weekend will head to the U.S. and China along with Korea and Russia. The Oriental DreamWorks co-production had special Saturday previews this weekend, grossing an unofficial $6.4M in the Middle Kingdom, and expectations are high for its performance when it opens wide on Friday. Other films expanding into key international markets next frame include Spotlight, along with the continued expansion of The Revenant, The 5th Wave, Creed and others.
Overall, this frame versus last saw a roughly 24% drop across the Top 10 titles released internationally. Compared to last year, the Top 3 titles were down about 26%. There were no new major studio entries, although Lionsgate’s Dirty Grandpa hit about 14 offshore markets for an estimated $2M, per Rentrak. Below is a look at the overall weekend in the international marketplace, followed by a snapshot of local-language play:
Alejandro G Inarritu’s dark western has become the film to dethrone Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the international box office. With $33.7M in its 3rd frame, the offshore cume has now crossed $100M to hit $104.2M. The top opener was Inarritu’s home turf of Mexico with $5.1M from 2,033 screens. The bow surpassed Mad Max by 200% and The Martian by 205%. Fox reports many of the holdover markets retained the No. 1 position with minimal drops. In the UK, where it decreased only 20% in its 2nd week, the film added $5.6M taking the cume to $17.6M. In Italy, it was up by 36% from last weekend’s 2-day opening, and grossed $4.1M to lift the cume to $9M. Germany dropped just 22% to bring in $3.5M with a $15.19M cume; Korea was right behind with $3.2M and a cume of $10.4M. Australia‘s 3rd weekend brought in $1.6M for a $9.4M total. The new No. 1 plays included Denmark, Norway, Israel, Egypt and Portugal. In the latter, it’s the best Fox live-action title opening since 2011.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
While the UK remains The Force Awakens‘ best offshore play with $173.4M estimated through Sunday, China this week overtook Germany as the No. 2 ex-North America market. At $113.3M after 16 days of PROC play, it will wind down this week as the market preps for Kung Fu Panda 3 on Friday, followed by the Lunar New Year blackout in February. Unofficial figures show that yesterday, KFP3 had 23K showings in its special Middle Kingdom preview day and grossed about $6.4M. The unofficial Saturday number for TFA was $2.9M. Further down the chart, Germany is the No. 3 TFA market overseas at $103.7M, followed by France ($84.8M) and, notably, slow-burn Japan at $80.2M where The Force has now held the No. 1 spot for six consecutive weekends.
THE 5TH WAVE
Sony’s alien attack adventure washed over 32 new markets this frame, picking up $16.2M from over 5,400 screens in 55 total. The overseas cume to date has swelled to $27.8M. The UK opened to $707K in a crowded marketplace, but it was Latin America that scored fantastic bows for a YA film, the biggest in 13 markets to best such comps as the Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner franchises. The film held the No. 1 spot in 12 out of the 13 markets. Together they grossed $4.8M. Brazil led with $1.6M from 454 screens. In Peru, The 5th Wave dominated the weekend, taking 41% market share with $706K from 131 screens. Argentina pulled in $663K from 150 screens. In Russia, the J Blakeson-helmed pic bowed at No. 1 with $1.84M from 1,128 screens. Mid-week should be solid with universities on vacation there. Spain was also a No. 1 start with $1.27M from 318 screens. In Asia, after a strong debut last session, two new markets entered the picture at No. 1. The Philippines brought $1M from 169 screens, 52% ahead of Divergent. Taiwan opened to a solid $479K from 102 screens and with schools on vacation until mid-February. Australia was down just 33% from opening with a cume to date of $3.2M. In Europe, Germany fell 42% in its 2nd weekend to gross $690K from 471 screens. The total there is $2.1M. The next frame adds France and Mexico.
THE BIG SHORT
Fresh off of a PGA win last night, Paramount’s drama has a weekend estimate of $10.1M from 51 markets. There were 13 new openings including the UK at No. 5 with $2M at 409 locations. That was on par with studio comp Up In The Air and 64% below American Hustle. Korea bowed at No. 3 below The Revenant and a new local title. In 290 cinemas, it grossed $1.2M, 572% over Up In The Air and 116% above American Hustle. Spain also started off in 3rd place with $1.1M at 325 locations, 26% and 35% below the respective comps. Venezuela took No. 7 with $515K at 47 dates; 843% and 376% above the comps. And, Russia debuted to No. 6 with $439K at 600; 23% above AH and 11% below UITA. In holds, Australia dropped 34% with a cume of $2.6M; Italy added $603K for a $4.6M cume; and Germany posted $544K, down 32% for a total $1.7M. The offshore cume is now $30.7M. Denmark and Israel are up this week.
Now released in 37 international markets, Ryan Coogler’s Rocky revival grossed $8.8M from 3,855 screens. The cume is now $41.6M. In openings, Belgium was a No. 1 start with $419K from 41 screens and Holland punched up $377K on 72. In 2nd weekend holds, France stayed on top with $2.6M on 453. The cume there is $7.1M. The UK rang in another $1.7M on 496 runs for a $6.3M total. Italy held with $1.4M on 380 and has a cume of $4.5M. Spain and Mexico are next to step into the ring on January 29.
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Quentin Tarantino’s western huis clos grossed $8.9M this frame, down 29% from last weekend and with 33 territories reporting. The offshore cume is now $51M from 40 markets total. In highlights, Australia expanded wide after a 70mm frame last week and grossed $2.6M, 10% over Inglourious Basterds in local currency. This is the 4th highest R+18 opening of all time in Oz. New Zealand bowed at No. 1 with $203K. Argentina was No. 2 in its sophomore session with $200K for a drop of around 44% and a total of $706K. At the same point in release, this is 35% above Inglourious. France came in at No. 3 in the 3rd frame and now has a total $9.8M. The Netherlands was No. 2, also in its 3rd weekend with $2.5M to date. The Weinstein Co reports that the 70mm location in Amsterdam continues to sell out into the future. The UK’s 3rd session led to a cume to date of $9.2M and Scandinavia has a total of $6.1M for wide release in all four markets.
Taking the tightrope to China and Japan, its final markets, Robert Zemeckis’ highwire drama grossed a better than expected $7.28M because there were about 2,000 screens unreported yesterday. It is on 12,400 screens in four total markets. The international cume on the Sony release has now climbed to $42M. In China, The Walk was No. 3 with a strong $6.65M from 10,050 screens. That makes the Middle Kingdom the film’s best offshore play, followed by Russia where it previously grossed $5.4M. Japan opened with $607K on 283 screens.
RIDE ALONG 2
In its 2nd frame, Universal’s comedy sequel laughed it up with $6.5M in 19 territories. The offshore total thus far is $10.4M for a global haul approaching $70M. The UK, where Kevin Hart and Ice Cube did their fair share of press last week, opened at No. 2, 52% higher than the original film, with $3.1M. Germany, where a local title is beating the competition, bowed in 4th with $1.3M at 382 dates, good for 63% above RA1. Trinidad, meanwhile, had a record-breaking opening with $153K at 18 dates — that’s the top comedy bow of all time. There are 27 more releases rolling in over the next few months. On deck is Australia and February 18.
Paramount’s comedy took home $5.9M this weekend in 46 markets, with seven new openings. Those included Germany which grossed $712K at 294 locations. The international total has now risen to $59.3M. The top market is the UK with a $22.9M cume after five frames and a 34% drop from last session. Australia picked up another $753K, also in its 5th session and down 33%. The total there is $14.2M.
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP
The little critters drove away with another much better than anticipated $6.4M (up from the estimated $5.83M) in its 5th frame for an offshore cume of $54.9M. Alvin & Co got off to a strong start in Spain with $1.27M putting them in a tight race with The 5th Wave for first. Now in a total of 33 markets, the film’s best overseas play is Brazil at $10.4M, followed by Australia at $9M and where it is holding well.
THE DANISH GIRL
In a staggered roll out, The Danish Girl opened in eight more markets this frame for $4.4M in the session’s total of 22. Overseas, the drama has a cume of $19.4M. Australia was a new bow with $584K at 124 dates; followed by France at No. 5 with $661K at 268 dates; and Belgium with $93K at 34 dates. In holds, Tom Hooper’s drama saw the smallest drop in Spain’s Top 10, taking $892K for the weekend with $2.5M to date. The pic still has 36 territories to go. Denmark notably opens via Universal on February 4.
THE PEANUTS MOVIE
All markets have now been released on the Charles Schulz adaptation with a cume of $108.9M. The weekend was worth $4.55M on the Fox title. Among notable holds, Brazil had a strong 2nd weekend making $1.46M and lifting its cume to $5.17M.
With another $5.7M added into its international cume of $172.7M this weekend, Disney’s animated family film is still stomping around abroad. It’s top market is still the U.K., but this weekend its key gross spots were Brazil with $1.1M and South Korea with $900K. In Europe overall, it was able to grab hold of $2.7M over the past weekend.
Mopping up another $2.99M, David O Russell’s Fox drama now has a cume of $36M. The top opener this frame was Brazil, with $493K from 227 screens. It also debuted in Russia with $255K from 522. Tops by far overseas remains the UK with $7M.
Sony’s comedy fantasy drew another $2.2M this weekend from over 750 screens in 12 total markets (including Village Roadshow plays). The international cume is now $52M with releases in Spain, Germany and France still to come. In highlights, Australia fell just 35% from open with kids on vacation delivering another $1.3M from 292 screens. The local cume to date has reached $4.6M. Italy opened to $470K from 180 screens.
Universal’s international weekend estimate is $1.7M in 25 territories for a total of $13M. Italy ($698K/290 dates), Korea ($280K/297), and Thailand ($84K/35) were new additions to the wheel this frame. There are seven more releases to come including Venezuela next session.
The remake picked up a total of $2.8M (combined from Lionsgate and Warner Bros.) in 57 markets this weekend. It opened in Germany with a very soft $571K. The total cume to date internationally is $83.6M and worldwide it is $111.8M. The next two markets it will hit will be Italy and Brazil this week.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler picked up $1.2M in 22 territories in the session. The worldwide cume is nearing $100M ($13.7M overseas/$84.9M domestic). In week three, Australia held strongly with a cume to date of $6.5M. Brazil and Colombia were new to the party with $26K at 40 dates and $33K at 25 dates, respectively. There are 25 more territories to release over the next few months including Germany on February 11.
Universal is handling Room in 20 territories which it acquired during the Cannes Film Festival last May. The Oscar nominated drama opened its doors in Argentina, Ecuador and Peru this weekend at an estimated $170K. Argentina bowed in a limited release of 56 dates and grossed $130K. It placed No. 6 with the 4th best screen average in the market. In comps, it’s +7% on Joy; +46% over Philomena; and +72% atop Dallas Buyers Club. Studiocanal is releasing in the UK where the 2nd week was worth $947K, up 13% on last weekend. The total there is now $2.58M. The total international weekend was about $1.5M; the cume to date is $3.04M.
BRIDGE OF SPIES
Steven Spielberg’s drama eyed another $1.1M in 13 markets for a cume of $89.3M internationally. Spain is seeing a strong continuation on the Fox release with $9.23M to date after a drop of just 23% this frame.
James Bond spied another $786K this weekend from over 900 screens in 41 total markets for Sony and MGM. The international cume now stands at $678.3M.
Only one Chinese film made the Top 10 chart this week, the holdover of animated Boonie Bears III with $6M. That takes its cume to $31M after two weeks. The high end of the international roster has been slightly light on Middle Kingdom fare in the past couple frames, but that will change with the arrival of Kung Fu Panda 3 this week and the subsequent onslaught of Lunar New Year titles. Elsewhere, Italy‘s hit Quo Vado? has inched up on Avatar’s all-time record in the country with local reports on Sunday putting it at 61.64M euros through Saturday. That leaves it about 4M euros to go to take the crown. In Germany, Bibi & Tina – Mädchen Gegen Jungs (Girls Against Boys), led the pack. The kids comedy is the third in a series about a teenage witch and the adventures she gets up to with her best friend. Selling about 370K tickets, it’s the best start to the franchise. Korea‘s sentimental newcomer, A Melody To Remember, grossed about $3.3M through Sunday and was the No. 2 movie in the market behind The Revenant. The pic centers on a grieving platoon leader during the Korean War who forms a choir with a group of orphans.