UPDATE, writethru: A varied offering of holdover titles and a handful of new entries in staggered release, the international box office this weekend was led for the second frame in a row by Warner Bros/New Line/DC’s Shazam!. The family-friendly superhero added $35.9M in the sophomore session and has now grossed $163.9M overseas for a running worldwide total of $258.8M. Disney’s Dumbo is also still flying around, rising to $177M offshore and $266.9M global in the 3rd frame.
Among the freshman films, Voltage’s teen drama After had a notable awakening in some key European markets. Early estimates on the adaptation of Anna Todd’s YA novel are $12.28M from 28 markets. That includes No. 1 starts in such hubs as Italy and Germany which were also major plays for the Fifty Shades movies.
Hellboy’s detailed overseas debut figures have not come in from Millennium, although comScore estimates have it at about $10.1M from 40 markets which is not a salve to the icy domestic debut. The movie has a China release on deck, though it is via a flat sale and no date has yet been set.
Elsewhere, Fox 2000’s faith-based drama Breakthrough eased into international play ahead of domestic, debuting to $2.18M in 14 markets. The only major to release was Brazil which leads with $1.45M at 112% above Miracles From Heaven and nicely setting up a run through the Easter holiday on the Chrissy Metz-starrer.
Also new is Universal’s Little, which bowed to $1.9M from 11 markets led by the UK’s $751K at 370 locations. The thrifty female-fronted and directed comedy continues rollout through the summer counterprogramming months.
In holdover highlights, Fox and New Regency’s Bohemian Rhapsody crossed the $900M mark worldwide. Paramount’s Pet Sematary dug up another $12.6M for a $35.7M cume to date; the studio’s Wonder Park opened in a further 26 markets to lift the offshore tally to $30.3M ahead of the China debut on Friday. And, Universal’s Us has now out-grossed the lifetime of Jordan Peele’s Get Out in 51 overseas markets.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films has another Mexican hit on its hands with No Manches Frida 2. The sequel to Pantelion’s remake of German smash Fack Ju Goethe, it’s on track for the 2nd biggest opening of a Mexican title ever in Mexico, behind Instructions Not Included. The estimated FSS debut is hovering around 95M-100M pesos or about $5.3M. The current record is 149M pesos.
Next weekend, aka the one before Avengers: Endgame, Warner Bros takes The Conjuring universe out for another spin with the release of latest entry The Curse Of La Llorona which hits most of the world save Japan and the UK.
In the meantime, breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
Voltage’s Jenny Gage-directed adaptation of Anna Todd’s bestselling YA novels, which started out on the fan-fiction website Wattpad, discovered an estimated $12.28M in 28 markets this weekend. The $14M teen romance drama caused swooning in Italy (via Leone) and Germany (via Constantin) where it was the No. 1 title. It’s notable that After has been compared to the Fifty Shades series whose three pics counted both Italy and Germany as lead markets. After is expected to continue to play there with steady and rising figures throughout the weekend. There were further No. 1s in Portugal, Greece, Israel and Poland. Conversely, there was some front-loading in Denmark and Spain (the latter with terrific weather this weekend). But coming on line next weekend are France and Belgium where previews have erupted.
The tale of first love hails from Todd’s series of five books that have been read more than 1.5B times on Wattpad. Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books has published four titles in the series that are now available in 40 countries.
Talent did a major offshore push with Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Josephine Langford and Todd traveling extensively including stops in Mexico City, São Paulo, Madrid, Lisbon, Milan, Rome, Paris and Toronto. There were big fan events, book signings, premieres, Q&As and photo calls in each market. Todd has a highly-engaged fanbase that turned out in the thousands at public appearances and helped boost social with the global #aftermovie hashtag.
Says Voltage President and COO Jonathan Deckter, “The excellent international start is thanks to Anna, Hero and Jo’s tireless work, the film delivering and of course our top class International partners. We have strong expectations leading into the holidays in Europe for the current releases and Russia, France and Benelux this week.”
Rollout continues over the next few weeks, aiming to hit a counterprogramming sweet spot in the midst of Avengers: Endgame. The final market to bow is Australia in June.
Shazam! is still the word at the international box office with another $35.9M in 79 markets. The offshore cume is $163.9M for $258.8M worldwide.
China leads all play on the Zachary Levi-starrer which tumbled 84% there this weekend to gross $40.4M thus far. Outside the Middle Kingdom, Shazam! is the top movie in the Asia region.
It’s also leading the European and Latin American regions with No. 1 holds in 17 Euro markets and tracking on par with Ant-Man in Lat Am.
The UK, where Dumbo reclaimed the No. 1 spot, put Shazam! in second place in the sophomore frame with a leading (ex-China) cume of $11.7M so far.
Mexico ($10.1M), Brazil ($8.9M) and Russia ($8.3M) round out the Top 5 markets. Australia had a slight 24% dip for a $7.1M cume. Japan is the last market to open this Friday.
Disney’s little pachyderm added $22M in 55 markets this weekend for a $177M overseas cume. The worldwide take on the Tim Burton pic is now $266.9M after three frames.
Before After burns into the market next Friday, Belgium still has Dumbo at No. 1. The film also recaptured No. 1 in the UK and is at No. 2 in France, Italy and the Netherlands as Easter school holidays continue across the region. The overall drop in the region was 41%.
Dumbo also has some No. 1s still in Latin America where the regional drop was 49%. And in Japan, he continues to be the top Western movie. The Top 5 markets overall are: the UK ($23M), China ($20.9M), Mexico ($17.6M); Italy ($10.8M) and Spain ($10.3M).
Paramount’s Stephen King adaptation dug up another $12.6M in 56 markets this weekend. That includes 10 new hubs led by France at $2.3M from 320 locations for the No. 3 spot. Korea bowed at No. 6 with $694K from 548 and Taiwan debuted at No. 2 with $301K from 90.
Fast-burn Russia leads all holdovers with another $1.4M from 1,515 locations. Germany unearthed another $1M from 495.
Russia is the top offshore market with $5.3M to date, followed by the UK’s $4M and Mexico’s $3.6M. Brazil and Italy are still to release, in May.
Also from Paramount, Wonder Park admitted $11.2M worth of visitors in 48 markets. There were 26 new hubs in play this session to lift the offshore cume to $30.3M before the China launch on Friday. The top debuts this session were the UK with $2M from 534 locations, Australia with $1.4M from 281, Mexico with $1.1M at 806 and Germany’s $960K from 589.
With 10 days to go before she joins the Avengers for Endgame, Carol Danvers in standalone mode has winged to an international cume of $678M and $1,064.5M global. That’s after Captain Marvel added $8M in 52 markets this session.
In Europe, the hold was -34% for a regional cume of $193M to date. Asia Pacific has now grossed $370M and Latin America $115M.
The Top 5 markets are China ($153.6M), the UK ($47.7M), Korea ($44.6M), Brazil ($37.3M) and Mexico ($33M).
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Us (UNI): $4.4M intl weekend (61 markets); $72.5M intl cume
Five Feet Apart (LG): $2.5M intl weekend (43 markets); $25.3M intl cume
*Breakthrough (FOX): $2.18M intl weekend (14 markets); $2.18M intl cume
*Little (UNI): $1.9M intl weekend (11 markets); $1.9M cume
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World: $900K intl weekend (43 markets); $353.5M intl cume
Bohemian Rhapsody (FOX): $751K intl weekend (14 markets); $685.2M intl cume
Halloween (UNI): $400K intl weekend (Japan only); $95M intl cume
Fighting With My Family (UNI): $400K intl weekend (16 markets); $4.5M intl UNI cume ($15M combined intl cume)