UPDATE, writethru: Powered by the international box office, and in a continued sign that overseas audiences are eager to return to cinemas for event fare, this was yet another weekend of milestones. MGM/Eon/Universal’s No Time To Die, as projected, crossed the $600M global mark this session, leading offshore play with an additional $51.9M from 72 combined Universal and MGM markets. That lifts the offshore cume to $472.4M and worldwide to $605.8M.
The bulk of the weekend’s business came from China where 007 debuted to an estimated $28.2M, repping the third best start for a Hollywood title in the market this year. While this is slightly lower than projections coming into the weekend, a contributing factor has been the Covid escalation over the past several days. As previously noted, social scores are the best on this Bond of any prior film in the franchise, and we’ve seen that when a Hollywood movie in China has had a high rating and a decent competitive environment, it doesn’t immediately get played off (Free Guy is a recent example). Maoyan is now projecting an RMB 436.3M ($68.2M) full run for NTTD. How things go with the latest Covid outbreak will be a factor, however, as 14 provinces are affected and there have been cinema closures in Beijing.
Elsewhere, holds have been strong with already opened markets dipping just 33% in the session. Notable performances this weekend include NTTD’s return to No. 1 in the UK as it becomes the sixth highest grossing film of all time in the market, surpassing both Titanic and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Cary Joji Fukunaga’s take on Bond also broke another record this week after consecutively grossing over £1M for 30 days since release. The UK cume is now $116.4M, in line with Spectre and Skyfall at the same point.
NTTD also had a muscular hold in Germany, down 28% for a $62M cume to date, and France got a boost from school holidays with a 15% dip to cume $26.1M through the fourth frame. In the Netherlands, No Time To Die has become Universal’s biggest release of all time at $18.4M through Sunday.
Venom 2’s continued rampage saw it dip just 41% to add another $21.4M in 53 overseas markets. That brings the Tom Hardy-starrer across the $200M mark internationally with $205.4M through Sunday. The global cume is now approaching $400M with $395.8M to date. The sequel still has 49% of its offshore footprint to come, and is currently tracking ahead of pandemic-era comps Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (+80%), Black Widow (+67%), and F9 (+13%) at the same point in release in like-for-like markets. The top plays to date are Russia ($31.2M), Mexico ($21.5M), the UK ($20.2M), Korea ($16.8M) and Brazil ($10.1M).
Dune also added $21.4M for the weekend, in 75 offshore markets. This brings the overseas cume to $222.7M as global nears $300M with $292.1M through Sunday.
The overall drop for the Denis Villeneuve-directed sci-fi epic was 54% (34% excluding China). France saw a 3% increase while Korea was off by a slight 14%. In China, where Legendary East releases, Dune has now grossed $33M, making the Middle Kingdom the lead offshore market, followed closely by France ($29M) with Russia ($21M), Germany ($19.9M) and the UK ($18.1M) rounding out the Top 5.
In like-for-like markets and using today’s rates, Dune is roughly on par with Tenet, while ahead of recent comps Shang-Chi (+56%) and Black Widow (+59%). It’s also running 84% hotter than Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.
All in all, numbers on the major titles are encouraging and turnstiles are spinning better than they did during summer. Certainly, there are still areas of concern as markets are on a long road to recovery, and it remains to be seen what will become of mid-range fare — something that’s on a lot of studio exec’s minds.
Meanwhile, local juggernaut The Battle At Lake Changjin this weekend became the second highest grossing movie ever in China, surpassing Hi, Mom with RMB 5.49B ($858M). Its weekend was RMB 1.227M ($19.2M) with Maoyan predicting a full run of RMB 5.7B ($890M) which would make it the biggest movie ever in the market, overtaking Wolf Warrior 2 (RMB 5.69B). A sequel to Lake Changjin, Water Gate Bridge, is expected to come out in winter 2022.
In total through Wednesday this past week, China’s box office reached RMB 42B ($6.56B).
In other news, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch (Disney/Searchlight) opened in France this week with a solid $1.1M. Its best hub is the UK now at $2.7M after just 10 days while across 16 markets, the film has grossed $7.3M so far. And, word out of Australia is that Shang-Chi has now logged nine weekends at the top of the chart with this past Saturday accounting for the film’s biggest day so far.
Coming this week, Disney/Marvel’s Eternals starts international rollout on Wednesday with most of the world going through Friday.
Breakdowns on this weeks films and more have been updated below.
NO TIME TO DIE
James Bond 25 grossed $51.9M from 72 combined Universal and MGM markets this session, lifting the offshore cume to $472.4M and worldwide to $605.8M. It is now only the second Hollywood title to reach the $600M mark since Jumanji: The Next Level in January 2020 (Universal’s F9 being the other).
Universal’s 48 markets are at $388.2M internationally, dropping just 30% from the previous session. MGM’s saw a 42% dip with a running total of $84.2M.
As noted above, China opened to $28.2M, slightly off the $30M it was hoping for and impacted by a new Covid outbreak which forced the closure of some cinemas and overall affected moviegoing. There is runway ahead, however, and social sentiment is high.
Also as noted above the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands had great holds, so did Japan (-24%) to cross $20M in the fifth frame. Despite a lockdown in Moscow, Russia ($11.8M) has passed the lifetime of Skyfall and will top Spectre in the coming days.
The Top 5 markets to date are the UK ($116.4M), Germany ($62M), France ($26.1M), Japan ($20.4M) and Netherlands ($18.4M).
In IMAX, NTTD opened with $4.4M in China, repping over 15% of the weekend from just 1% of screens. Through Sunday, the running global IMAX total is $39.4M.
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE
Sony’s symbiote keeps chewing up the scenery overseas with a $21.4M weekend that lifts the offshore cume past $200M ($205.4M) and brings global close to $400M ($395.8M). The Tom Hardy-starrer is currently in 53 markets with another 49% of its international footprint to come.
Holds were strong as the pic dipped 41% with individual markets standing out including Germany (-28%), France (-31%) and Netherlands (-37%).
Russia continues to lead all play at an impressive $31.2M, followed by Mexico ($21.5M), the UK ($20.2M), Korea ($16.8M) and Brazil ($10.1M). There were a series of No. 1s this session including in Mexico, Brazil, France, Spain, Taiwain, Saudi Arabia, India, UAE, Colombia, Central America, Chile and Argentina.
IMAX’s portion of the global total is $15.5M.
Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune came in neck and neck with Venom 2 at $21.4M for the weekend in 75 markets. This brings the overseas cume to $222.7M as global approaches $300M with $292.1M through Sunday.
The overall holdover drop was 54% (when excluding China that translates to 34%). France was boosted by vacation play while other dips were slight in Korea (-14%), Germany (-22%), Brazil (-27%), Japan (-30%), the UK (-32%) and Spain (-35%).
China is leading markets at $33M after two weekends (it added $5M this session). After seven, France is the second biggest with a 3% increase this weekend and a $29M cume. Russia has grossed $21M to date, Germany is at $19.9M and the UK has $18.1M after a 32% drop in the sophomore frame.
Korea was also a standout this weekend with a No. 1 ranking and a fantastic 14% drop to cume $6.8M
Dune added another $7.4M in IMAX this weekend, taking the format’s global total to $43.7M. This is IMAX’s biggest worldwide result since December 2019. International markets were down just 26% from last weekend (excluding China), with especially strong holds in the UK (-24%), Norway (+18%), Hungary (-10%), Turkey (-14%), Argentina (-5%), India (+13%) and Korea (-2%). With China, the offshore IMAX cume is $26.5M.
Another four markets are scheduled to release including Australia on December 2.
Universal/Blumhouse’s timely title added $8.2M overseas this weekend, seeing a slight 31% drop to cume $29.5M in 63 markets. The David Gordon Green-directed sequel crossed $100M globally in the session, reaching $115.1M.
As the market reopened, Australia gave Halloween Kills a No. 2 start with $967K. Japan also bowed, with $290K and good audience reactions. Germany was the top hold, increasing 2% and reaching a cume to date of $2.8M. In the UK, midweeks were strong and the weekend dip was -13% for a $6.2M running total. The UK leads play, followed by Mexico ($3M), Germany ($2.8M), France ($1.8M) and Spain ($1.4M).
RON’S GONE WRONG
Disney/20th Century Studios/Locksmith’s animated pic dipped by 33% this weekend internationally. Within that, both France and the UK increased. The former was up by 135% as school holidays are in full swing across the market and with tomorrow a national holiday.
New openings included Korea at No. 3 with $600K and Australia at No. 4 with $400K. Australia is just coming back online after major lockdowns.
The full weekend was good for $6.5M from 49 offshore markets for a running cume of $20.7M and $33.3M globally. The top markets so far are the UK ($5M), Russia ($2.2M), France ($2M), Spain ($800K) and Netherlands ($800K).
THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2
The spooky animated sequel saw an 11% increase this session, capitalizing on the holiday and grossing $6.42M in 32 Universal markets. The cume for Uni is $34.2M overseas with global (Uni only + domestic) at $87M.
The UK jumped 75% with kids out of school to lead all play at $12.3M. Also with vacations afoot, France increased 144% for a running total of $4M. In Spain the drop was -2% for a $3.7M cume to date. Russia has cumed $6M and Mexico is at $2.5M. Korea and Germany open later this month.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
*Antlers (DIS): $2.5M intl weekend (31 markets); $2.5M intl cume/$6.7M global
The Last Duel (DIS): $2.5M intl weekend (47 markets); $13M intl cume/$23M global
*Last Night In Soho (UNI): $2.3M intl weekend (19 markets); $2.3M intl cume/$6.5M global
Paw Patrol: The Movie (PAR): $881K intl weekend (43 markets); $88M intl cume/$128.1M global