UPDATE, writethru: Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings handily crossed the $250M mark globally this weekend, seeing a very good 34% drop at the international box office and maintaining No. 1s in such key markets as Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Korea, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and the UK.
The overall overseas weekend was $35.2M from 42 material markets, lifting the international cume to $112M and worldwide to $257.6M. It’s still a question mark on a China release ahead, but there is some runway elsewhere for the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed superhero pic, and word of mouth continues to be positive. Next up, Warner Bros/Legendary’s sci-fi epic Dune opens this week in select overseas markets, and then Bond starts rolling in from September 28.
While most of South East Asia is closed, it’s encouraging to see that Singapore, along with Hong Kong and Taiwan held No. 1s this weekend on Shang-Chi. There is that question over an eventual China release — and that’s important since it’s a big Marvel market — but the film is holding its own elsewhere, even if Korea continues to be low.
The Top 5 markets to date are the UK ($16.4M), Korea ($10.7M), France ($7.5M), Russia ($6.1M) and Japan ($5.5M).
In IMAX, Shang-Chi has grossed $21M globally, of which $8.6M comes from overseas.
The only major studio title in the China market of late, Disney/20th Century Studios’ Free Guy continues to excel. The Ryan Reynolds-starrer has now grossed $276.5M global, including $174.7M internationally. With $76.3M to date in China, the film is the third highest grossing MPA title there since cinemas reopened in July 2020. The overall weekend was $17.3M overseas. China leads all markets, followed by the UK ($19.7M), Russia ($10.4M), France ($5.1M) and Saudi Arabia ($4.4M).
IMAX is now at $19.7M on the movie, including $10.7M from China.
New Line/Warner Bros’ Malignant expanded overseas this session, adding $6.3M in 69 markets with a 35% drop from opening last weekend. The offshore total is $9.5M for $15.1M global. There’s a lot of horror out there right now and the numbers are low on this one despite some comparably decent openings. Russia debuted at No. 2 with $953K which is 22% above Don’t Breathe 2 and double Candyman. That makes it the No. 2 market behind Spain where the cume is $1.4M (-39%) and ahead of France at $925K, the UK ($574K) and Mexico ($514K).
Paramount’s Paw Patrol: The Movie is now in 49 markets, repping 91% of the overseas footprint with an international cume of $57.9M (-32%) and $92.5M global. The pups made $5.7M this weekend and opened No. 2 in Brazil, grossing $835K including previews from 494 locations. Notably going next week are Australia and Taiwan.
Voltage Pictures After We Fell has upped its offshore cume to $18M in 43 markets, and continues to be led by Germany with $3.8M.
As a reminder, France, Italy and Germany require a health pass for entry to cinemas (Germany adapted far more quickly, however); 60% of the Australia market by box office potential is currently in lockdown; Korea still has a high number of cases; 70% of the Japanese marketplace is affected by states of emergency which limit screening times and, as noted above, all of South East Asia (save Singapore) is still shuttered.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
The Boss Baby: Family Business (UNI): $1.67M intl weekend (34 markets); $50.8M intl cume/$108M global
F9 (UNI): $1.6M intl weekend (66 markets); $541.7M intl cume/$714.6M global
Respect (UNI): $1.48M intl weekend (12 U & MGM markets); $3.53M intl cume/$26.7M global
Candyman (UNI): $1.33M (53 U & MGM markets); $13.6M intl cume/$61.6M gobal (UNI only)
Don’t Breathe 2 (SNY): $1.3M intl weekend (30 markets); $14.6M intl cume/$44.8M global
The Suicide Squad (WB): $1M intl weekend (73 markets); $110M intl cume/$165.2M global