UPDATE: International box office markets this weekend were again rife with holdovers doing solid business, while also awaiting a new major title to swing summer into full gear. Lionsgate/Millennium’s Stateside champ, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard was the only signifiant new opener in the session with an estimated $7.8M in its debut in 21 overseas markets. Coupled with the domestic five-day launch, the global total is now $24.8M.
The top movie overseas was Universal’s F9 which is approaching $300M ahead of its domestic, UK, Brazil and Mexico openings this coming week. The Justin Lin-helmed Fast Saga entry added 13 offshore markets this frame for a $19M offshore weekend and a cume of $292M from 23 markets total to date. F9 debuted at No. 1 in each of the new plays which notably included Australia ($6.63M including previews) from 296 locations, and Indonesia ($3.6M) from 368.
Next up, Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II dipped just 47% from last weekend overseas (as did New Line/Warner Bros’ Conjuring 3 — see below) which is welcome news given the horror genre tends to be quite frontloaded. AQP2 grossed $15.7M on the 4th international weekend in 45 markets including eight new openings to bring the overseas total thisclose to $100M at $96.7M. Globally, the John Krasinski-helmed sequel won the weekend with $25.1M and is at $222M, 15% above the 2018 original and with 20 markets still to open.
New Line/Warner Bros’ The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It scared up another $12.4M in 56 overseas markets during the fourth frame. That was good for a 47% drop and takes the international cume to $89.2M. Globally, paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren have uncovered $142.8M to date. France, where cinema capacity is at 65% but curfews lift from tonight, kept Conjuring 3 at No. 1 in the sophomore session for a 43% dip and an $8.8M cume. Horror tends to be good counterprogramming to football, and there were certainly a lot of eyeballs on France’s Euro 2020 draw with Hungary on Saturday afternoon. Key majors to come on Conjuring 3 include Germany on July 1.
Disney’s Cruella has reached $160M global after a 32% drop internationally that scored $12M for the weekend from 41 markets. The offshore cume to date is $95.2M with France releasing this coming week — the movie is theatrical only in the market, despite the presence of Disney+.
Also from Disney, Pixar’s Luca bowed in just 11 offshore markets this weekend, grossing $5M and including a No. 1 start in Russia. In most markets, school holidays have just started or are about to start and there is little animated competition ahead.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD
Lionsgate/Millennium Media’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard grossed an estimated $7.8M in 21 overseas markets, with some still to report. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson, the sequel had its best debut in the UK with $2.2M via Lionsgate. This was followed by the Middle East at $2.1M on 192 screens via Eagle; Australia at $1.9M from Roadshow and Russia at $1.13M via Top Film.
The previous film did $176.6M worldwide (at historical rates) with a little over 57% coming from overseas. China had a $21M release at the time with the UK, Australia and Russia rounding out the top markets. This picture currently does not have a China date while rollout continues elsewhere throughout the summer.
Pixar’s sea monster coming-of-age story opened in 11 non-Disney+ offshore markets to capture $5M. It was No. 1 in Russia with $1.9M and a 33% share of the market. Local reviews are good and summer holidays have just started with little upcoming family competition, thus boding well for a long continued run on the Enrico Casarosa-directed tale. Luca was No. 3 in Korea with $1.1M, 4% ahead of Raya And The Last Dragon and boasting strong social sentiment (Naver 9.86/CGV 97%).
Up next was Saudi Arabia with $600K for a No. 4 debut that is 18% ahead of Soul and 17% ahead of Raya. The UAE was good for a No. 2 start at $500K (70% above Soul and 62% over Raya). School holidays start next week. Rounding out the Top 5, Israel’s $300K launch was No. 2 in the market with school holidays starting today. The debut was 132% over Soul and 78% above Raya.
Hong Kong opens next weekend and China’s date is yet to be determined.
Universal’s latest in the Fast Saga got the lead out in a further 13 markets this session after having bulked up in early release over the past several frames. The weekend was good for $19M (a 62% drop in holdover hubs) and No. 1s in each of the debuts. This is before North America, the UK, Brazil and Mexico join the Toretto family in the coming frame and with releases in Spain, France, Germany, Japan and Italy still ahead later in the summer.
Australia was the top play of the weekend with $6.63M from 296 locations. The Thursday debut was the biggest non-holiday start of the pandemic, coming in above Hobbs & Shaw and just under Fast 8.
Indonesia scored the best opening of the pandemic with $3.6M including previews (and despite 10% of the market facing sudden closures due to rising Covid cases). Next up was Israel where F9 landed the 4th biggest opening day and weekend of all time, and the best-ever opening day and weekend for the month of June. The frame was good for $1.5M from 32 dates.
In Ukraine, a $1.5M start is the best of the pandemic and comes in above Fast 7, Fast 8 and Hobbs & Shaw.
A very soft China market added $1.4M in its fifth session to lift the cume to $216.8M, still in line with Hobbs & Shaw at the same point of release. Of the total, $20.2M is from IMAX. Behind China, Korea ($19.5M), Russia ($17.5M), Saudi Arabia ($7.9M) and UAE ($5.7M) round out the Top 5.
A QUIET PLACE PART II
Nearing the $100M overseas mark, Paramount’s AQP2 saw just a 47% drop from last weekend to add $15.7M for $96.7M in 45 markets to date. On a like-for-like basis, the sequel is running 15% ahead of John Krasinski’s 2018 original. The Emily Blunt-starrer is currently in 81% of the international footprint with Italy, Netherlands and Belgium next week, followed by Germany (July 1) and Brazil (July 22).
In new play, Korea landed No. 1 with a strong $3.4M opening at 445 locations. France saw a No.2 start with $1.6M from 449; Japan landed a No. 6 debut with $1.1M at 325 and Spain bowed to No. 2 with $772K at 329.
China leads all markets with $36.9M after four weekends; the UK is at $11.6M after three; Australia rose to $9.1M in the fourth session and Mexico has cumed $4.4M after two weekends.
THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
New Line/Warner Bros’ seventh film in the Conjuring Universe produced an estimated $12.4M from 56 markets this weekend. As noted above, the drop was just 47%. This takes the international cume to $89.2M and the global tally to $142.8M. France is leaning into horror this week with the continued No. 1 run of Conjuring 3 (followed by No. 2 AQP2), down just 43% and with a total to date of $8.8M.
Mexico leads all markets with $14.6M after three sessions, followed by the UK at $10.7M after four, France ($8.8M), Korea ($6.5M) and Australia ($6.3M).
There are still 15 markets to open including Germany (head-to-head with AQP2 on July 1) and Japan (October 1).
Disney’s origins story didn’t add any major markets this session, and fashioned a further $12M internationally (-32% versus last weekend) for a $95.2M offshore cume in 41 and $160M global.
In the fourth frame, holds are still very good with very little competition in the space (although overall numbers are lacking for a well-reviewed title as compared with the non-pandemic, non-day-and-date streaming era). Still, the UK and Spain were down just 5% versus last session, followed by Brazil (-15%), Korea (-18%), Saudi Arabia (-19%), Colombia (-21%), Central America (-25%), New Zealand (-26%), Israel (-27%), Mexico (-29%), Australia (-30%), Japan (-31%), China (-38%), Ukraine (-38%), Hong Kong (-39%), Italy (-43%) and Poland (-47%).
China leads play at $17.3M, followed by Korea ($10.6M), UK ($9.9M), Mexico ($9.4M) and Russia ($7/8M).
France opens this Wednesday in a purely theatrical play. Despite the presence of Disney+ in the market, local windowing rules do not allow for day-and-date. This will be an interesting start to keep an eye on — France also plays its third Euro 2020 match on Wednesday night, but that shouldn’t interfere too much with opening day which will skew more to the afternoon and early evening.
PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
Sony’s cottontail added $6M this weekend from 10,550+ screens in 27 markets for an international cume of $70.5M and a global tally of $90.8M. While the China run hasn’t exactly been hopping, the market is depressed overall in anticipation of the July 1 anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party (although even that holiday frame doesn’t have a powerhouse blockbuster lineup on deck). In China, Peter picked up another $3.8M during the weekend (-51%) for a market cume of $17.2M. Overall, the UK continues to show strong playability, up 22% its 5th session to gross $1.3M for a local cume of $21.4M. Key releases on deck include Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Korea.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
In The Heights (WB): $2M intl weekend (31 markets); $2.1M intl cume/$21.8M global
Wrath Of Man (MIR): $1.6M intl weekend (40 markets); $68.3M intl cume/$95.1M global
Spirit Untamed (UNI): $1M intl weekend (12 markets); $5.4M intl cume/$19.2M global
Godzilla Vs Kong (WB): $342.4M intl cume/$442.5M global (Germany and Japan on deck in July)