UPDATE, WRITETHRU (with actuals): Summer is coming to an end in many markets around the world, but that didn’t put a massive damper on the box office weekend internationally. Across the Top 10 titles, this frame saw a 46% increase versus last year, buoyed by the performances of Universal’s Jason Bourne and Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course out of China.
Bourne rode back to the top of the international box office this weekend, coming off of a $49.3M start in China which broke records for the franchise there. In total, JB revved up a $56.2M weekend in 62 markets to take the offshore total to $197.7M. That pushes it past The Bourne Legacy and puts it just under $17M shy of The Bourne Ultimatum‘s overseas record for the series. It will cross that this week. The global tally is $347M.
China grosses were also key this frame to Ice Age 5 which captured $42.4M worth of acorns in the market and logged its biggest opening weekend in 2016 for a non-local animated title. At No. 2 for the international weekend overall, the frame was $49M in 37 markets. The overseas nut is $305.5M.
Bourne and Ice Age were both released on August 23 in China and widely outperformed holdovers. It’s been a soggy season at Middle Kingdom turnstiles, but the market saw the clouds part to a degree — at least as far as Hollywood is concerned — with both Bourne and IA5‘s local perfs accounting for a little over 48% of the full Top 10 international grouping this frame. By comparison, on the same weekend last year, Chinese receipts repped about 41% of the Top 10, but included Terminator Genisys’ second session and the debuts of two local films. No Chinese movies made the cut this time around.
Elsewhere, last weekend’s champ, Illumination/Universal’s The Secret Life Of Pets, lapped up $24.9M in 57 territories to lift the offshore kitty to $371.6M. The dog and cat and bunny (and more) tale has crossed $700M worldwide, collaring $725M.
Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad slayed another $20.1M in its 4th frame, lifting the supervillains to $353.7M overseas and $636M global. Also notable from WB, Lights Out crossed $60M offshore after a $9.9M weekend while Paramount’s Ben-Hur and STX’s Bad Moms each bagged $6.3M.
This was largely a holdover/expansion session. There were no major studio wide releases, although Sony’s Don’t Breathe began its offshore career in seven markets with $1.9M, and Jason Statham-starrer Mechanic: Resurrection hit about 20 hubs. The weekend on that film falls at $6.1M internationally (we do not have individual territory reports).
Next weekend, we’ll keep an eye on Star Trek Beyond which beams into China on September 2 and has local investment from Alibaba Pictures and Huahua Media.
Breakdowns on this weekend’s films above and more have been updated below.
This has been a strong summer for horror pics, and Evil Dead remake helmer Fede Alvarez’ latest should carry that into the fall. The well-reviewed thrifty thriller next releases in Australia and Spain, followed by Brazil, Germany, Italy, the UK and Mexico in September. France and Korea will have to hold their breath until October.
After logging the biggest international opening day for the franchise as it began offshore rollout in late July – and the best offshore weekend launch ever in the series – Jason Bourne is poised to overtake the lifetime of the series’ top performer overseas, The Bourne Ultimatum, this week. That film grossed about $216M offshore in 2007. That’s roughly $178M in today’s dollars. The current offshore cume on JB — which reteams director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon — is $197.7M. Domestic is $149.3M and the worldwide gross is $347M.
Jason Bourne arrived in China on Tuesday this week (August 23) and opened to a franchise best before going on to take $49.3M for the frame. That surpasses the lifetimes of all films in the franchise. The start in a market that has lost a lot of steam this summer is muscular and essentially ties JB’s first international weekend of $50.7M in 48 markets.
The full weekend frame this time was $56.2M in 62. Bourne also opened in Mexico to $1.5M and No. 1; the biggest in the franchise. France is the top hold with a 19-day total of $8.4M. Outside China, the best plays are the UK ($27.6M), Korea ($19.1M), Australia ($14.9M), France and Germany ($6.8M). There are four more territories to release: Greece, Italy and Russia on September 1, and Japan on October 7.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
Blake Lively got stranded in 12 new markets this weekend including a handful of majors. The Sony shark tale bit into $6.1M from over 3,200 screens in 59 total. The international cume has now reached $38.5M. Italy ($890K) was the top start followed by Brazil ($685K) and Germany ($570K) whose debut was 23% over Sony’s comp Into The Storm. The survival story fins it over to China on September 9.
STAR TREK BEYOND
With a $4.6M weekend, the international cume on Sony’s update is $92.5M. Korea was the major opener this weekend, landing at No. 4 with $1.8M on 490 screens. The Japan hold puts it down only 39% for a cume of $8M.
The latest Disney animation took in $2.9M in 23 territories this weekend, including Germany which opened to $300K. Offshore, the cume is $21.9M. The UK leads overseas with a $4.3M cume. The next major markets are Australia and Mexico in mid-September, along with Brazil and Korea at the end of the month.
THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR
Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes’ third entry in the franchise has now passed the lifetime offshore box office of the original film in the franchise, The Purge. The international total is $26.6M after a $2.4M weekend in what’s been a strong summer for horror. The worldwide cume is $105.6M on the Universal release. The UK ($1.1M), Colombia ($215K) and Chile ($111K) were all new. Mexico has a 10-day total of $3M. Next up in majors is Germany on September 15.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
New Line and Universal’s buddy comedy Rock-ed up in its final four markets this frame. A $1.7M weekend in a total 25 takes the offshore cume to $85.2M. France led new plays with $1.2M and ahead of comps including 21 Jump Street and 2 Guns.
Ranked No. 1 in Israel for the 3rd consecutive weekend and showing strong holds elsewhere, Sony’s Seth Rogen comedy has chomped down on a total $8.7M overseas. This weekend filled the taco with $1.6M in 16 markets. Australia saw a 29% dip for a local cume of $5.3M and Israel has now grossed $1.3M. The UK gets to the check-out counter on Friday with many majors still to come.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
MISC UPDATED CUMES
The BFG (DIS): $1.8M intl weekend; $41.8M intl cume
The Jungle Book (DIS): $1.3M intl weekend; $597.6M intl cume ($959.8M WW)
Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates (FOX): $1.1M intl weekend; $21M intl cume
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (FOX): $550K intl weekend; $30.1M intl cume