UPDATE: Universal’s F9 is gearing up to hit the $500M mark globally, a milestone it will cross on Monday as it becomes the first Hollywood movie to do so during the pandemic era, and the first since any studio film originally released during 2019. The Justin Lin-helmed title will also join China’s Hi, Mom and Detective Chinatown 3 as only the third film of any provenance to get there in 2020 and 2021. The worldwide cume through Sunday is $491.5M. This includes domestic‘s $24M three-day.
F9’s $23.8M international box office weekend was powered by No. 1 starts in five new markets including Spain where the film set pandemic records — despite competition for eyeballs with Euro 2020 — and came in ahead of Hobbs & Shaw. The overseas total is now $374.4M in 50 offshore markets. The IMAX global cume is projected at $35M through Monday. The Toretto family still has France, Germany, Japan and Italy to come. It’s looking like F9 will ultimately land in the $600M neighborhood overseas, which would be in line with Hobbs & Shaw at today’s rates.
Estimated to come in just below F9 for the global No. 1 spot this weekend is China’s 1921, a propaganda movie officially released on July 1 for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the communist party. The movie did about $34.2M in the four-day session, while previews last weekend accounted for another $11.5M lifting the total debut to $45.7M (F9’s global weekend was $47.8M).
Also notably in China, and even with the focus on local celebrations, Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway hopped to an 11% drop in its fourth frame, grossing a total $27.8M so far there. The sequel overall added $9.2M across 37 markets for a $92.1M international cume demonstrating continued playability as holdover markets dipped just 14%.
Also hitting a milestone, Disney’s Cruella crossed $200M global in its sixth weekend. Of the worldwide total $204.4M, $127.8M is from 43 overseas markets. The weekend was good for $9M in those hubs with a strong -18% hold from last session. In France, where the film is a purely theatrical play, it was No. 1 again with a slight 6% dip from opening. Korea, which is not a Disney+ market, jumped 25%, holding No. 2 again behind local hit Hard Hit. Out of the Top 10 Cruella markets, four do not have Disney+: China, Korea, Russia and Saudi Arabia while France is not day-and-date owing to local windowing regulations.
Meanwhile, Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II scared up another $6.3M for an overseas cume of $122.5M which is 10% ahead of the original; global is $268.3M. New Line/Warner Bros’ The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It conjured $6M to lift the international total to $111.4M and global to $173.7M.
Both of those films benefited from a finally reopened Germany, and it’s making distribution smile to have such a major back in business. WB/Legendary’s Godzilla Vs Kong was No. 1 there with $1.3M, followed by Conjuring 3 at No. 2 ($1.2M), Peter Rabbit 2 at No. 3 ($1M), Constantin’s local family comedy Catweazele at No. 4 and AQP2 at No. 5 ($880K). Restrictions currently vary from one state to another and should ease over time.
A note about Godzilla Vs Kong: the total international cume now stands at $346M for $446.6M global, however, these figures do not include Japan which also released this weekend via Toho. The Japan gross will be reported on Monday.
In new releases, Universal/Blumhouse’s The Forever Purge started rollout in 22 offshore markets for a $3.6M debut that was led by Mexico. Overall, the openings are in line with Purge: Election Year.
Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow opens this week, beginning international rollout on Wednesday.
Break downs on this weekend’s movies above and more have been updated below.
THE FOREVER PURGE
Universal/Blumhouse’s fifthquel began international rollout in 22 markets including Mexico where it bowed No. 2 with $1.3M at 875 locations (behind the second week hold of the studio’s F9, and just below Purge: Election Year). Russia came in at $500K from 1,256 sites; above Election Year and Purge: Anarchy. Combined, the weekend was $3.6M for the Everardo Gout-directed and James DeMonaco-written/produced horror pic. Along with domestic, the global cume is $16.3M so far. Key markets through July include Italy, Korea, UK and Spain with France, Germany and Brazil landing in August.
THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS
Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s sequel launched in eight smaller offshore markets this weekend, picking up $1.5M. Along with the domestic bow, the global running cume is $18.9M. The UAE and Ukraine were tops at $500K each, the former in line with Sing and the latter ahead of it. The original film did $353M overseas in 2017 with releases spread across March and April that year. Family Business is on a staggered pattern with many markets to come through October and with Japan (the first movie’s second best hub) in December. Next up is Korea on July 21.
Crossing $500M global on Monday, the 10th Fast Saga entry has a $491.5M cume through Sunday (when factoring in domestic’s four-day, that rises to $500.2M). F9 is the highest grossing Hollywood movie of the pandemic era both globally and internationally and the only one to cross $500M worldwide since 2019’s Jumanji: The Next Level. It is also the No. 3 movie of 2021, behind Chinese New Year titles Hi, Mom and Detective Chinatown 3.
In 50 overseas markets, the offshore cume is $374.4M. This is expected to grow to around the $600M mark. Spain jumped right in this weekend, grossing $3M, ahead of Hobbs & Shaw and landing a solid No. 1 despite La Roja advancing in the Euro 2020 tournament. This is the biggest opening of the pandemic era. On Friday, the movie had the biggest opening day since Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker in late 2019.
Singapore ($1.8M), Finland ($600K) and Turkey ($500K) were also new and saw No. 1 bows as well as setting pandemic records. Mexico was the top holdover with $3.8M (-50%) for a running $18.8M cume that surpasses the lifetime of Hobbs & Shaw. Other weekend highlights include the UK (-59%/$14.1M cume), Brazil (-32%/$5.5M) and Australia (-49%/$13.4M).
Still to join the Toretto family’s latest are France, Germany, Japan and Italy through the summer.
PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
Sony’s bunny hopped for another $9.2M in 37 markets this session, taking the overseas cume to $92.1M for $126.5M global through Sunday. France led all new markets with $2.1M including previews and Germany opened to $1M as the market gets back to business. Peter’s legs are sturdy with an overall drop of 14% while China slid just 11% to gross $3.1M in its fourth frame — and despite competition from local titles. The total there is $27.8M. In the UK, the sequel has scurried to $24.3M after seven frames. Still to release are Spain, Brazil and Korea.
Disney’s origins story passed $200M global this weekend. Its offshore cume is $127.8M from 43 material markets whose Top 10 includes five that are not showing the movie on Disney+ — either because the service doesn’t operate there or, in the case of France, because windowing rules do not allow for day-and-date releases. While the numbers aren’t typical Disney caliber, holds have been strong with just an 18% dip internationally this session. In Korea, Cruella jumped 25% while Saudi Arabia, France, Australia and Belgium saw single-digit percentage dips.
The Top 10 to date are China ($23.8M), Korea ($14.9M), UK ($11.8M), Mexico ($11M), Russia ($9.8M), Saudi Arabia ($7.6M), Australia ($6.4M), France ($5.2M), Spain ($4.8M) and Japan ($4.4M).
A QUIET PLACE PART II
Paramount’s hit sequel added $6.3M in 50 markets this session, taking the overseas cume to $122.5M and global to $268.3M. In like-for-like international play, AQP2 is running 10% ahead of the original.
Germany was a new hub as it gets back on its feet with $880K including previews at 445 locations for No. 5. Denmark debuted at No. 2 with $160K from 70.
Individual drops were good with Korea down just 28% for a $6.8M cume. France dipped 21% to total $4.1M and the UK is at $14.4M after five sessions. There are 14 markets left to open including Brazil on July 22.
THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
New Line/WB’s latest Conjuring made $6M materialize in 64 markets for a terrific 37% drop. The offshore cume is $111.4M with global at $173.7M. Conjuring 3 benefited from a reopened Germany with $1.2M on 400 screens at No. 2. The results are 9% ahead of Annabelle, 41% over The Conjuring and more than double the opening weekend of The Curse Of La Llorona.
In France, the pic jumped 28% in admissions during the Fête du Cinéma promotion. The market total is $13.5M to top all other Conjuring titles. That’s the second best score overall for the current movie which is led by Mexico with $16.4M. There are 10 markets left to release including Japan on October 1.
Disney/Pixar’s Luca also had a great hold, dropping by 27%. It’s still No. 1 in Russia in the third weekend, and in Hong Kong after two sessions. The offshore weekend was $3.6M in 13 markets for a $17.4M cume (Dis is only releasing theatrically in non-Disney+ markets). Tops is Russia with $5.3M, followed by Korea ($2.7M) and Hong Kong ($2M). A China release remains TBD.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
The Croods: A New Age (UNI): $2M (43 markets); $115.7M intl cume/$174.3M global
In The Heights (WB): $1.7M intl weekend (26 markets); $8.7M intl cume/$35.6M global
Spirit Untamed (UNI): $1.44M intl weekend (23 markets); $9.2M intl cume/$26M global
Godzilla Vs Kong (WB): $1.3M intl weekend (Germany only); $346M intl cume/$446.6M global (excludes Japan)
Wrath Of Man (MIR): $861K intl weekend (44 markets); $71.6M intl cume/$99M global