UPDATE: With no major new releases, this was a strong holdover weekend at the international box office, led by last week’s champ, New Line/Warner Bros’ The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, followed by Disney’s Cruella and Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II.
In the case of Conjuring 3, it crossed $100M global after adding another $23.4M in 51 markets for a good 44% drop this session. That brings the offshore running total to $68M and the worldwide cume to $111.8M. There are 18 markets still to release including Germany, Japan and Taiwan.
France was the biggest new market, and the biggest play for the film this weekend, with $5M at No. 1 and a 66% share of the Top 5 films. This is on par with the opening of Conjuring 2 and above all other films in the Conjuring Universe (excluding previews).
In other horror news, A Quiet Place Part II added $16M in its 3rd frame for an overseas total to date of $75.8M in 37 markets, and a global cume of $184.8M. As with Conjuring, while horror is typically frontloaded, the holdover markets dropped just 54% from last weekend. On a like-for-like basis, AQP2 is running 19% ahead of the first John Krasinski-helmed film. Among markets yet to release are France, Spain, Korea, Japan, Italy, Germany and Brazil.
Sandwiched in between those horror titles, Disney’s Cruella picked up another $17.6M in 39 material markets to lift the offshore cume to $73.3M and global to $129.3M. The overseas hold was -25% — though that excludes China since the Emma Stone-starrer bowed there on a Sunday. Things are looking up for Cruella in the Middle Kingdom with its second Sunday 33% above opening day. The film has grossed $10.7M in China to date and has a healthy 9.2 Maoyan score; the ticketing platform has increased its full projection to $18M, which is not great, but is better than the $5M it was seeing last Sunday.
China is enjoying a four-day weekend with the Dragon Boat Festival holiday on Monday, but an influx of local movies didn’t result in phenomenal business. Sports drama Never Stop led with just RMB 64.7M ($10.1M), though it premiered on Satuday; Alibaba’s suspense drama Are You Lonesome Tonight? was next best for the Chinese movies with RMB 43.6M ($6.8M). Of the latter, $500K came from IMAX. Overall, the local pics jockeyed with some of the Hollywood titles during the weekend.
That includes Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway which debuted in China on Friday and saw increases throughout the frame. Its 9.2 on Maoyan is better than the previous installment’s 8.9. The local gross is $7.8M through Sunday and the little bunny leads presales for Monday with a projected four-day total of $11.1M.
Overall, Peter’s weekend was good for $10.7M in 21 markets. The overseas cume is now $57.9M with global at $68.3M.
In other news, Universal’s Nobody crossed $50M worldwide in 43 markets with majors Germany, Italy and Brazil still to come while the studio’s F9 has become the biggest Hollywood film of the pandemic era in Korea. And, Demon Slayer has grossed $1.9M in the UK (via Sony) to make it the biggest anime title of the last 20 years.
On Wednesday this week, Lionsgate/Millennium’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard launches globally, including on over 500 IMAX screens in 14 markets.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
New Line/WB’s seventh film in the Conjuring universe crossed $100M global in its third weekend. Paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren uncovered $23.4M in 51 overseas markets for a $68M offshore cume and $111.8M worldwide. France was the major new play with a terrific $5M on 518 screens while Mexico held No. 1 in its sophomore session to cume $11.9M to date, and landing above the opening of AQP2. Australia had a 23% drop, holding No. 1 with cinemas in Victoria having reopened. The cume there is $4.6M. And, in Korea, Conjuring 3 was No. 2 in its second weekend with a cume of $5.6M to date.
With 18 markets to come, the Top 5 so far are Mexico ($11.9M), UK ($9.6M), Korea ($5.6M), France ($5M) and Australia ($4.6M).
Disney’s Cruella saw strong holds in overseas play, including increases in some areas. The film, which is also available on Disney+ for an extra fee in markets where the streaming service is available, fell by just 25%. It added $17.6M in 39 markets to take the offshore cume to $73.3M and global to $129.3M.
China, where Cruella debuted last Sunday, saw a 33% increase today over that opening. The cume there is $10.7M to lead all play. Social sentiment is strong, but piracy has to be a concern here.
Overall midweeks were essentially flat with last week and third weekend holds were higher in Lebanon (+165%) and Poland (+2%). Elsewhere Cruella was flat in Saudi Arabia, down 1% in Australia, off 17% in Korea and just 18% in Japan and Russia.
The Craig Gillespie-helmed origins story is still No. 1 in Russia and Korea and No. 2 in Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Hong Kong, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina and Venezuela.
After China, the Top 5 markets are rounded out by UK ($8.4M), Korea ($8.3M), Mexico ($7.9M) and Russia $5.8M.
A QUIET PLACE PART II
Crossing $100M domestically this weekend, Paramount’s sequel raised the volume to $184.8M globally. That’s following an offshore frame that generated $16M in 37 markets, including 21 new openings which means the Emily Blunt-starrer is now playing in 66% of the international footprint. The holdover markets dropped 54% and the film is running at 19% above A Quiet Place on a like-for-like basis. The global IMAX cume is $9.8M.
Among new plays, Mexico debuted at No. 2 with $2.3M from 689 locations. The UAE was next best with $1.2M from 68 locations and landing No. 1. Hong Kong’s No. 1 opening made $885K from 54 locations.
In holdover markets, the UK added $2.1M in the sophomore session, ranking No. 1 for a $9.3M cume to date. Russia has grossed $8.6M and Australia is at $7.7M. In China, the total has risen to $34.4M.
PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
Sony’s cottontail hopped into China this weekend with a $7.8M start from more than 10,500. The previous film finaled at RMB 168.3M, and although the sequel has a better social score (9.2 vs 8.9), Maoyan is predicting an RMB 121M finish for this picture. The market overall is currently a bit slow in the run-up to the July 1 anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party.
Overall, Peter packed $10.7M into his basket in 21 markets this session. That lifts the international cume to $57.9M for $68.3M global including the domestic debut.
The top holdover market this frame was the UK which has now reached $19.6M after earning $1.3M in its 4th frame. Upcoming key market releases include Japan (June 25), France (June 30), Germany and Italy (July 1),, Spain (July 16), Brazil (August 26) and Korea (Sept 29).
In its fourth offshore frame, Universal’s F9 added $6M for a 57% drop across eight markets. The cume to date, before Australia opens next weekend, followed by North America, Mexico, Brazil, the UK and more, is $269M. The top holdover market was China, despite an influx of new local films for the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. It has now grossed $212.2M there, in line with Hobbs & Shaw at the same point in release. Korea continues its strong hold with a 51% drop for a $19M cume, making F9 the biggest Hollywood title of the pandemic era, and Russia has now topped Hobbs & Shaw with $17M to date.
In IMAX, the China cume is $19M while the global tally is $22.1M. Next weekend adds Eastern Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Wrath Of Man (MIR): $2.8M intl weekend (38 markets); $65.9M intl cume/
Nobody (UNI): $2.24M intl weekend (43 markets); $24.4M intl cume/$50.5M global
Spirit Untamed (UNI): $2.1M intl weekend (11 markets); $3.6M intl cume/$14.5M global
In The Heights (WB): $200K intl weekend (8 markets); $200K intl cume/$11.6M global