UPDATE, writethru: Seventeen years after the release of Bad Boys II, Sony’s Bad Boys For Life dominated domestic, overseas and global turnstiles in its debut, and will cross $100M worldwide when including the domestic four-day weekend. At the international box office, the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence cop flick set a new franchise record launch of $38.6M in the first wave of 39 markets. That’s just half the offshore footprint as such key majors as France, Russia, Brazil, Japan and Italy don’t get in on the action until later this month and into February. The global cume through Sunday is $97.8M. Factoring in estimates for tomorrow’s MLK holiday, that rises to $106.7M.
Given the length of time that has elapsed between them, the previous film is not the best comp. It did however have about an even split with domestic when all was said and done, finaling at $134.7M (unadjusted). The current movie is boosted by positive response, and certainly Will Smith’s global appeal. It’s tracking 38% ahead of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and 86% above Central Intelligence at current rates in the like-for-like markets.
Exits and reviews in the UK have been terrific, leading to a $5M opening while Germany gave the Adil & Bilall-helmed threequel a No. 1 start, at $5.1M and including previews. There were also No. 1s in Mexico, Spain, Australia and the Middle East. Germany, the UK and France were the biggest markets on the previous installment (France releases BBFL next weekend). Asian markets outside Japan didn’t really factor on that movie, but the landscape has changed, so we’ll have to see how they pan out. Indonesia and Thailand started out decently while Japan doesn’t release until the end of the month. (See here for Anthony’s deep dive on how Sony built BBFL for success.)
Overall, it was a good weekend for Sony as Jumanji: The Next Level sailed past $700M globally with continued action in its 7th weekend of offshore play. And, Little Women cashed in on its Oscar nominations with a slight 26% drop for an overseas cume of $44.3M in just 13 markets so far. Also benefiting from the Oscar halo, Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit kicked off strong in Italy, Spain and Japan this session and has now grossed $44M global.
After scoring 10 Oscar nominations last Monday, Golden Globe winner 1917 from Sam Mendes was the top international holdover, adding $26.1M from a mix of 37 Amblin and Universal markets overseas. The estimated worldwide cume through Sunday blew past $100M to $138.7M, of that $62M is from international.
Universal’s very costly talking animals movie Dolittle is in its second official weekend overseas after a strong start in Korea last session (it is now at $10.6M there). The current overall frame was worth $17.2M in 42 markets for a $27.3M international cume before a host of majors chime in. The UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, Mexico, France, Brazil, Russia, China and Japan are all yet to come — and will need to pull their weight.
Disney’s Frozen 2 has now crossed $1.4B worldwide, and will soon pass Avengers: Age Of Ultron to become the No. 10 movie ever. It conjured another $12M in the current session from 50 markets and has now made $936.2M of its gross at the international box office.
Also from Disney, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker topped $1B global earlier this week and has now taken its cume to $1.027B. Still playing in 53 offshore markets, the weekend was worth $10.9M for an overseas total of $534.6M.
Many of this week’s movies will continue to expand next session which also sees the launch of Chinese New Year. There are a handful of big titles on deck in the Middle Kingdom including Detective Chinatown 3 which has great local anticipation (Warner Bros is releasing domestically). The movie was shot with IMAX cameras and will have an IMAX screen component next weekend. IMAX is also working with four other local pics through the holiday frame including comedy Lost In Russia, action pic Vanguard, The Rescue from the director of Operation Red Sea and Chinese women’s volleyball story Leap which we are hearing good things about. Also releasing is Legend Of Deification, from the studio behind Ne Zha.
In the meantime, breakdowns on this week’s films and more have been updated below.
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
Back together after 17 years, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence made a triumphant return to the box office this weekend, dominating domestic, overseas and global turnstiles. The offshore ride was worth $38.6M in 39 markets, not including such majors as France, Russia, Brazil, Italy and Japan.
Directed by Adil & Bilall, the reteam did best in Germany with $5.1M including previews. Germany was the lead market on the last film, although it’s not a perfect comp overall since the international landscape has changed a lot in the intervening years. In total so far, BBFL is tracking 86% ahead of Central Intelligence and 38% above John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum at current rates. Smith is coming off his biggest global hit with last summer’s surprise winner Aladdin.
The full worldwide opening on the $90M production is $97.8M through Sunday, rising to $106.7M when including the estimated domestic MLK holiday tomorrow.
PostTrak exit polls in the UK (where Bad Boys II had its second best showing in 2003), the start was worth $5M, coming in behind 1917 which continues to lead there.
Mexico and Spain also had strong debuts at No. 1 with $3.8M and $2.2M. Those figures are on par with and 33% ahead of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, respectively. Australia was another No. 1 launch at $3.9M.
The Middle East rode to the top spot in all 12 markets, grossing $5.1M total for the region. Korea was a No. 2 debut, sandwiched in between local opener Secret Zoo and Dolittle. Taiwan launched to $1.7M, and Indonesia bowed to $1M. If there ultimately is a sof spot on BBFL it could come from the Asian markets.
Further rollout continues next weekend in France and Russia, followed by Brazil, Japan and Italy.
Fresh off its PGA win last night, and 10 Oscar nominations, Sam Mendes’ 1917 blew past the $100M global mark this session, rising to $138.7M through Sunday. The critically-acclaimed film added an additional $26M in 37 Amblin and Universal international markets, bringing the international cume to $62M. Amblin and Universal are distributing internationally, with eOne handling on behalf of Amblin in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Benelux.
Holds were great in the UK (-13%), the Netherlands (-7%) Belgium (-10%) and Spain (-18%).
New Universal hubs this frame included France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Malaysia, Austria and South Africa. The nine total UNI markets thus far grossed $8.6M to cume $9.3M. UNI next has Brazil, followed by Russia and Japan.
In France, where national news radio devoted an extensive program to the film ahead of release, the debut was No. 1 at $3.9M for more than double The Imitation Game, Bridge Of Spies and Darkest Hour at 566 locations. Germany landed No. 2 with $1.9M from 416, also ahead of those comps. At 404 sites, Mexico doubled the comps at No. 2 with $1.35M.
Amblin’s markets brought in $17.5M for a $52.7M total to date.
Following a strong start in Korea last session, Universal’s expensive Robert Downey Jr/talking animals pic added another 42 markets for a total 46. The weekend’s gross was $17.2M for an international cume of $27.3M.
This is largely early play with only Korea and now Australia among the majors. Most openings this session were No. 1 or 2. The family space is pretty open until Sonic: The Hedgehog arrives in mid-February (though Spies In Disguise is still rolling out), but it remains to be seen if overseas can throw Dolittle an extra buoyant life vest.
Korea leads all play at $10.6M, dropping 61%. It has now surpassed the lifetimes of Maleficent, Cinderella, Night At The Museum 3 and Alice Through The Looking Glass.
Australia opened to $2.37M from 331 locations at No. 3, tracking ahead of Night At The Museum 3 and Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil. Indonesia was a No. 1 opener with $2.14M from 356 locations.
Spain, Germany, Italy and Mexico open through the rest of January. They’ll be followed by France, the UK, Russia, Brazil and China in February and then Japan in March.
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL
Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level continues to demonstrate playability overseas with an additional $17M from 65 markets to lift offshore cume to $438M and take things up a notch with $709M worldwide to date. This was the 7th overseas session for the Dwayne Johnson-starrer and saw Brazil finally jump into the game with a No. 1 $4.3M start, +12% on the previous movie.
The Top 5 markets to date are: UK ($42.6M), China ($41.2M), Australia ($28.5M), France ($24.6M) and Germany ($23.1M).
Disney’s animated record breaker still has its skates on with another $12M in 50 markets this weekend. The offshore cume has risen to $936.2M for $1.4B worldwide. Anna and Elsa now reign over the 11th biggest film of all time, which is soon to become the 10th when is passes Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Overall, the drop this session was 42% while China increased by 41% in a slow weekend ahead of Chinese New Year. Spain was off by just 25%, Germany down 29%, France 35% and Japan 44% but still No. 2.
China leads all markets at $121.9M, followed by Japan ($114.4M), Korea ($97.1M), UK ($67.3M) and Germany ($58M).
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Adding $10.9M from 53 markets in the 5th weekend, Disney/Lucasfilm’s saga-ender has now cumed $534.6M overseas and $1.027B global after crossing the $1B milestone earlier this week.
There were some good holds including in Spain (-36%), Netherlands (-42%), France (-45%), Germany (-47%), Japan (-48%) and Australia (-49%),
Following a familiar pattern for the franchise, the Top 5 markets are UK ($73.7M), Germany ($63.7M), Japan ($59.2M), France ($52M) and Australia ($31.2M).
SPIES IN DISGUISE
Disney’s release of Fox’s Blue Sky Animation pic spied another $8.3M from 39 markets in the 4th session. Offshore the cume is now $74.2M for $132.6M worldwide. The hold across already opened markets was -32%. As with Frozen, China increased (by 26%), though the total there is just $12.9M. Spain was down 11%, followed by Germany (-13%), France (-18%), Netherlands (-25%), UK (-30%), Australia (-36%) and Mexico (-36%).
Rounding out the Top 5 behind China are UK ($7.6M), France ($6.5M), Mexico ($5.8M) and Russia ($5.5M).
Korea opens this week, along with Brazil, Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Japan doesn’t get the Will Smith-starrer until May.
Hot off of six Oscar nominations, Sony’s Little Women marched to another $6.2M this weekend. The international total is now an impressive $44.3M from just 13 markets. The Oscar nom boost saw Greta Gerwig’s fresh take dip by a scant 26% in the holdover hubs. The Top performer so far is the UK with $21.3M, followed by Australia ($7.9M), Spain ($4.4M), Italy ($4M) and France ($3.5M). Still to join the family are Mexico, Germany and Russia in late January; followed by Korea and China in February; and Japan in March.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Jojo Rabbit (DIS): $4.4M intl weekend (24 markets); $20M intl cume ($43.5M global)
The Grudge (SNY): $4.1M intl weekend (41 markets); $16M intl cume ($36.1M)
Underwater (DIS): $3.6M intl weekend (26 markets); $13.9M intl cume ($26.7M global)
Knives Out (LGF): $3.3M intl weekend (65 markets); $131M intl cume ($277.9M global)
Richard Jewell (WB): $3.2M intl weekend (37 markets); $8.8M intl cume ($30.9M global)
The Gentlemen (MIR): $2.5M intl weekend (3 markets); $18.4M intl cume ($18.4M global)
*Just Mercy (WB): $1.3M intl weekend (8 markets); $1.3M intl cume ($20.9M global
Ford V Ferrari (DIS): $1.2M intl weekend (16 markets); $102.9M intl cume ($215.8M global