‘Dune’ Reaps A Heap With $37M From Early Offshore Debut; ‘Shang-Chi’ Tops $320M WW – International Box Office

There is still no word of a China date — given the recent confirmation that both Dune and James Bond pic No Time To Die are releasing there in late October, it remains dubious if Shang-Chi will be approved. The UK leads all play on Shang-Chi with $21.8M, followed by Korea ($12.6M), France ($9.2M), Russia ($7.6M) and Japan ($7M).
In terms of Covid's impact on offshore play, 60% of Australia is still closed; 93% of Japan is affected by full or semi states of emergency, meaning restricted hours and capacities; Korea is still at Level 4 and South East Asia is still largely closed, although Malaysia and part of Indonesia have reopened.
Of that, $21M is from IMAX. It lagged some local titles in the market this session with Cloudy Mountain taking the lead at about $19M ($800K from IMAX). The full offshore weekend on Free Guy was $8.4M for a $189.7M intnernational cume. Globally, the Ryan Reynolds-starrer is about to cross $300M, currently sitting at $298.3M. Also from Disney, 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy continues to enjoy a strong run in China having grossed $85.6M after 24 days — it is the third highest-grossing Hollywood movie in the market since cinemas reopened.
Overall, next weekend sees no major new studio offerings while Dune continues international play ahead of the No Time To Die release the following week.

MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
*Cry Macho (WB): $350K intl weekend (18 markets); $350K intl cume/$4.8M global
Most reviews encourage moviegoers to see the movie on the big screen as it was intended. When you watch this movie on the big screen, it’s almost a physical experience.” At the Venice Film Festival, Villeneuve said Dune “has been dreamed, designed, and shot thinking about IMAX. Social and critical scores are great in Europe and Dune is now 90% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
UPDATE, writethru: Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune has surpassed expectations, harvesting $36.8M at the international box office from just 24 markets in early release. In like–for-likes and at today’s rates, Dune is tracking 4% ahead of Tenet, 33% ahead of Black Widow, 52% ahead of Blade Runner 2049, 58% above Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings and 80% ahead of Godzilla Vs Kong. 1s in virtually all openings. The Denis Villeneuve-directed sci-fi epic was the top movie overseas this weekend, coming in with No.
Germany ($4.9M) was the sole hub this weekend that did not overperform, though it dominated 57% of the Top 5 titles and is tracking well above comps. In France ($7.5M), for example, the Friday to Saturday jump was 108% in terms of admissions. We hear that there were 30%-50% increases across most markets.
The Timothée Chalamet-starrer demolished pandemic-era box office records for the network in 10 markets including Russia, France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine, as well as Hong Kong and Singapore. The film features over an hour of expanded aspect ratio exclusive to IMAX screens. IMAX delivered a fantastic $3.6M from 142 screens representing roughly 10% of the total weekend and a $25K per-screen average.
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The Boss Baby: Family Business (UNI): $1.42M intl weekend (41 markets); $52.7M intl cume/$110M global
Industry projections had Dune seeing a $20M+ launch. Overall, this is a great result for the adaptation of Frank Herbert's world-building 1965 classic novel — and this is only the beginning.
Candyman (UNI): $621K intl weekend (37 markets); $12M intl cume/$65.2M global
F9 (UNI): $958K intl weekend (67 markets); $543.5M intl cume/$716.5M global
Malignant (WB): $3.1M intl weekend (70 markets); $14.8M intl cume/$24.6M global
However, weekend growth demonstrates the film is playing broadly. Pandemic concerns aside, it wasn’t clear if this would be a rush-out for fans of the book, or even the the byzantine 1984 fiasco made by David Lynch. Why were projections only in the mid-$20Ms?
Escape Room: Tournament Of Champions (SNY): $1.5M intl weekend (37 markets); $24.1M intl cume/$49.3M global
Then, 007 comes along and Dune will bide its time for two weeks until hitting the UK, Korea and others the weekend of October 20. So where does the House of Atreides go from here? Australia, given the state of cinema closures there, is currently dated December 2. Domestic opens October 22, day-and-date with HBO Max and also day-and-date with China. This is a key region for the movie and gets it out in front of James Bond (which starts rollout on September 29) and picking up in the Middle East next weekend where there are a lot of premium screens. For now, piracy is less of a concern because those pristine copies only hit the market when a film is on a legitimate streaming platform. Warners set out a savvy international strategy to hit Europe first — after Venice, Dune moved to Paris for a special event screening at the Grand Rex cinema and a showing at the Deauville American Film Festival.
In Russia ($7.6M), Dune is duking it out with It: Chapter Two to become the biggest September opening ever in the market which, for the most part, has 50% capacity restrictions.
France scored the second highest opening of 2021 only behind F9 and the biggest WB opening since the beginning of the pandemic. Italy ($2.6M), boosted by the attention from the Lido world premiere, captured a 62% share of the Top 5 films and is the best opening weekend since March of 2020 for an international title. Spain ($2.2M) took 66% of the Top 5 and is besting all comps. The Scandinavian markets were all at or over $1M.
Old (UNI): $277K intl weekend (60 markets); $41.4M intl cume/$89.4M global
The UK has cumed $10.4M to date, with France at $9.8M and Germany at $9.4M. It dropped just 35% internationally as it continues to scamper along nicely overseas. New openings included Australia at No. Italy releases next week. 3 with $709K at 148 locations. The weekend was good for $5.6M across 55 markets bringing the offshore cume to $66.1M. Setting a new milestone, Paramount’s Paw Patrol: The Movie crossed $100M worldwide with $103.2M to date.
The total international cume is now $143.7M for $320.6M global ($24.5M IMAX). Meanwhile, Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings led global play with $42M in the third session. The total overseas drop was 44%. It held No. Of that, $20.3M comes from 43 material offshore markets. 4 biggest Hollywood title of 2021. 1s in Australia, Brazil, Mexico and the UK among others this frame. The worldwide figure makes Shang-Chi the No.

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