UPDATE, writethru: Warner Bros/Legendary’s Godzilla Vs Kong continues to dominate the global and international box office, now with an estimated $288.3M offshore cume for $357.8M worldwide through Sunday. It will soon cross Tenet globally and overseas. Domestically, it has overtaken Tenet to become the No. 1 grossing movie of the pandemic era. Overall, it’s bound to turn a profit.
The full overseas weekend was $24.1M, a 66% drop from last frame’s holiday play and in line with the genre. Directed by Adam Wingard, the monster mash remains the No. 3 picture of 2021 both internationally and globally. It is currently running 7% ahead of Kong: Skull Island, 46% over Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and 99% above Godzilla in like-for-like overseas markets and using today’s exchange rates.
China leads all play at $165.4M (adding $12.9M this weekend in second place behind local pic Sister which had an estimated $21M sophomore session), followed by Australia ($16M), Mexico ($15.8M), Taiwan ($11.7M) and Russia ($11.1M). Maoyan is now predicting an RMB 1.23B ($188M) finish on GVK in China. Globally, the film’s performance is a great indication that moviegoers are excited to return to cinemas. There are also several markets that are still to reopen in Europe.
In IMAX, the GVK international cume is now $26.8M or 9% of the total. The global cume is $32.5M. In China, IMAX has tallied $21M or nearly 13% of the nationwide total. GVK has also now become the third highest grossing global IMAX title since December 2019, behind Tenet and Detective Chinatown 3.
In its debut, Warner Bros/New Line’s Mortal Kombat entered 17 offshore markets this session, grossing $10.7M from 4,596 screens. Russia led play with $6.1M (+10% on GVK‘s bow), opening as the biggest Hollywood title released during the pandemic with results tracking at pre-pandemic levels coming in 7% above Logan and 12% ahead of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Saudi Arabia ($691K), UAE ($689K), Thailand ($574K) and Taiwan ($554K) round out the Top 5.
The Simon McQuoid-directed fantasy adventure brought in $1.1M on 125 international IMAX screens, with notable results in Russia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In the former, IMAX was game for $633K, repping a 19% jump on GVK’s robust opening weekend. Coming up, IMAX adds 37 screens in Asia, Latin America, Kenya and Spain.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway hopped up 33% in its third Australia weekend, adding $2.5M for a local cume of $9.2M and with vacations still in full swing. The full session was $2.8M in Oz and New Zealand for a running cume of $10.2M.
Universal’s Nobody saw a good 37% drop overseas, taking $2.37M in 12 markets. Korea was new with $593K from 263 locations. Australia dipped by just 13% for a $2.34M local cume and Russia has now grossed $3.3M. The offshore total is $13.2M with $28.8M global. Spain, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany and the UK are still among the majors to come.
Uni’s Freaky traveled to Japan this session with $330K from 207 sites to surpass the lifetime of Happy Death Day 2U (Japan saw some sudden emergency measures added this week in Tokyo and Okinawa). The offshore total on Freaky is $6.9M for $15.9M worldwide. Europe is currently scheduled to roll out in May.
In local offerings, Toho’s Shin Evangelion has grossed 7.43B yen ($67.9M) through Sunday in Japan to become the biggest of the franchise. IMAX added a further $425K this weekend taking the cume to $7.7M. Next up in Japan is Toho’s Detective Conan: The Scarlett Bullet which opens Friday.
Korea’s historical drama The Book Of Fish has reached $2M with a $363K second-place FSS after topping GVK during the mid-weeks. Demon Slayer, which releases April 23 domestically, has grossed just over $14M in the market.
And, in India, Vakeel Saab, the Telegu remake of Bollywood film Pink had an estimated $11M opening weekend. Starring Pawan Kalyan in something of a comeback after a career in politics, the movie also opened in a handful of overseas markets including the U.S. with an estimated $412K.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Tom & Jerry (WB): $2.5M intl weekend; $58.6M intl cume/$99.4M global
Promising Young Woman (UNI): $176K intl weekend (12 markets); $1.04M intl cume/$7.24M global