TUESDAY UPDATE with actuals: With offshore weekend finals in from the studios, Illumination/Universal’s The Secret Life Of Pets remained the No. 1 movie at the international box office this session. It dropped a few whiskers from Sunday’s estimates, wagging out $43.8M vs the $45M that was projected. That puts the offshore total at $327.2M through Sunday, and the global kibble count at $674M. This was enough to hold the top spot ahead of Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad, although that film came in solidly higher, at $40.3M vs Sunday’s $38M estimate.
Pets’ biggest decline between what was estimated on Sunday and the finals was in Russia where it ended with a $16.3M debut frame. That included $6.4M in previews, but even excluding those, the film had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original animated offering and the 2nd biggest animated launch ever behind Illumination/Universal’s own Minions last year. Brazil opens this coming frame.
Suicide Squad, meanwhile lifted its offshore total to $313M with higher numbers out of Germany, Brazil, the UK and Italy. That closed the gap on the weekend-to-weekend drop from 36% to just 32%. The worldwide tally for the supervillans through Sunday is $575.4M. The next major release is Japan on September 10.
Actuals details on those films and more have been updated below in the individual breakdowns.
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: The scrappy crew of Illumination/Universal’s The Secret Life Of Pets claimed the No. 1 spot at the international box office this weekend — for the first time since it first went out for a walk in late June, and in what is the picture’s 9th frame of overseas play. With a $45M weekend in 53 markets, Max, Snowball and Duke leapfrogged over another motley bunch as Suicide Squad came in with a $38M third session in 64. In doing so, the Pets deprived Warner Bros’ DC adaptation of a No. 1 offshore trifecta. But, with a 36% drop from its sophomore session, Suicide Squad landed No. 2 and pushed past the $300M mark at overseas turnstiles. The international cume is now $310.4M with a worldwide total of $572.7M putting it on the way to $600M global with little competition ahead this week.
The dogged Pets, meanwhile, are wagging their way to $700M global. While this weekend’s No. 1 is the gang’s best chart position since international rollout began in a very staggered pattern back in late June with the UK, it is not the movie’s biggest weekend gross. That came earlier in August when it barked up $69.3M in its 7th frame (which included a China debut). The Yarrow Cheney/Chris Renaud-helmed animated pic this weekend was catnip in Russia, unleashing $19.5M and setting new records in the market. (Although the Russia number includes five days of previews at $6.4M; if those were excluded, Pets would still top Suicide.) The offshore cume is now $327.8M for a $674.5M global tally — and there are 10 more territories to come including Brazil.
In new openers, Paramount/MGM’s Ben-Hur kicked up $10.7M in 23 overseas plays. There were No. 1s in five markets including Mexico, India and the Philippines. Per the studio, the debut in like-for-like markets and at today’s exchange is 31% lower than Exodus: Gods And Kings and 39% below Hercules. WB’s War Dogs also deployed, in 31 markets, with $6.5M from 2,700 screens.
China had the No. 3 title internationally as Line Walker continued to lead box office there. But this was another quiet weekend for the Middle Kingdom — and even saw two Russian titles make their marks (see more below). Coming up on Tuesday, both Ice Age: Collision Course and Jason Bourne will enter the market ahead of Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond on September 2. Also from Par, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows will look to serve up some half-shell action in Japan beginning August 26. New next week in the UK and Russia, notably, is Jason Statham-starrer Mechanic: Resurrection.
Breakdowns on this weekend’s titles have been updated below:
The offshore v domestic splits on those previous films was 70-75% weighted to foreign and that scenario is expected to be similar here with the North American debut taking a spoke to the wheel. Paramount is on the hook for 20% of the $100M production cost, MGM’s stake is 80%. An $80M-$100M overseas total looks to be about where Ben-Hur crosses the finish line.
The genre tends to do well in Latin America (and Russia which won’t release until September 8). Brazil, where Suicide Squad is still leading in its 3rd frame, opened at No. 2 with $2.2M from 574 locations. The start in the Olympics host country was 33% below Hercules and 56% below Exodus. Conversely, Venezuela beat the comps with a better than predicted $992K at 61 locations — 145% ahead of Hercules and +79% vs Exodus.
The Philippines was a No. 1 launch with $630K at 169; 45% below Hercules and 32% under Exodus. There were also No. 1s in India and Bulgaria.
The Jack Huston-starrer next weekend adds Australia, Argentina and the Netherlands. Germany and Spain enter the race on September 1. Rollout then continues through September with a final spin around the arena in Japan on January 13.
Another comp to bear in mind is 2013’s Pain & Gain which had bigger international stars in Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg but is similarly based on a true story. Russia led offshore markets on that film which cumed $36.3M overseas during its lifetime. Next weekend, Hill & Teller take their convoy to the UK, followed by Mexico, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy and Germany throughout September.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
Rollout on the well-reviewed Travis Knight-directed pic is spread over the next few months with more launches this week in Bolivia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Peru and Spain.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
There were a total nine markets added this frame, which is the 9th for the film overseas. No. 1 openings aside from Russia were in Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lebanon and Portugal. No. 2s came from the Middle East.
Portugal meowed to $965K and is the biggest opening weekend of the year. Pets in Latvia is also the top opener of 2016 with $224K. Greece opened on what is traditionally the year’s slowest weekend and pecked away at $288K for No. 1.
Holds are strong with Pets again at No. 1 in Japan. The total there is now $22.9M. In a crowded field in China, Pets wolfed down another $3.1M for a $55.6M cume. France saw a jump of 12% over last weekend and is keeping the No. 1 spot warm in its 4th frame and a 26-day total of $18.4M. Spain also went to the dogs who hold No. 1 again, for the third time in a row, with $15.8M across 17 days. In Germany, Pets is at No. 2 in week four and has a total $25.4M. The animals bunny hop to Brazil, Indonesia and the Philippines this week.
Germany was the key new play this frame with a very good $6.9M No. 1 start on 884 screens. The kickoff is 13% bigger than Guardians Of The Galaxy and on par with Deadpool.
In holds, Brazil takes the cake at $3.5M for No. 1 and a $28.3M cume. Italy continues to slay at No. 1 with $3M this weekend and a $7.5M cume that bests the entire run of GOTG. The Squad slipped to No. 2 in the UK where Finding Dory swam upstream to reclaim No. 1 in her 4th frame. The cume for Suicide there is $36.2M.
The UK leads offshore markets, followed by Brazil, Mexico ($23.6M), Russia ($22.6M), Australia ($21.1M), France ($15.1M), Korea ($14.2M), Spain ($9.7M), Taiwan ($8.4M) and Italy. Japan is still on deck for September 10.
STAR TREK BEYOND
With a $6.3M offshore weekend, Sony’s survival tale crossed the $30M mark internationally at $30.1M. There were 24 new territories added to bring the total to 59. France started at $1.5M including previews on 268 screens and 26% above 10 Cloverfield Lane. Australia bowed with $1.3M from 227 and a 12% buoy over the same comp. The UK has now cumed $2.3M. The shark pic stalks Brazil, Germany and Italy this weekend.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
As it gets ready to roll into China on Tuesday, Fox’s fifth entry in the franchise gathered $4.12M from 4,200 screens in 63 markets. The international total is now $254.8M. Box office in France rose 16% from last frame with a $21.4M total to date. Holds elsewhere were solid.
MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES
Fox’s comedy notably put out ads in France this frame with a $715K start which repped a 51% better launch than comp Let’s Be Cops. In total, the weekend was worth $2.4M in 30 markets on 1,367 screens. Peru ($267K from 91) and Central America ($180K from 82) were also new. Argentina and Norway open next weekend.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
Disney’s live action/CGI hit swung a 30% drop in its second weekend in Japan to post a $2.1M frame. That was after strong midweeks. The total there after 11 days is $13.7M. This is the only market still playing overseas where the total is now $592.3M. The global cume is $955.5M.
THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR
Moviegoers in 13 territories cast $1.7M in votes for the Universal release from Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes. The international total of $23.3M combines with domestic for a $102.3M global take. Mexico was new this frame, opening at No. 3 with $1.4M. That’s the biggest debut in the market for the Purge franchise, as well as the Insidious series. Still to come are the UK this week and Brazil and Germany on September 15, among a handful of others.
MISC UPDATED STUDIO CUMES
The Legend Of Tarzan (WB): $1.8M intl weekend; $227.1M intl cume
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (FOX): $1.06M intl weekend; $29.2M intl cume
X-Men: Apocalypse (FOX): $717K intl weekend (Japan); $387.3M intl cume.
Central Intelligence (UNI): $807K intl weekend; $83.2M intl cume
Independence Day Resurgence (FOX): $572K intl weekend; $280.9M intl cume