Tubi TV Sets Launch In Australia In First Leg Of International Streaming Expansion

Customers in Australia will be able to access Tubi via Telstra TV, Tubi.TV, or through Samsung TVs, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast and Apple iOS, as well as Android tablets and smartphones. The service will also be available via game consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
“We’re excited to offer Tubi in Australia, as the first of many launch initiatives to advance our global footprint,” Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi said. “We look forward to further activating new audiences who will discover the growing value of free video on demand.”
and Canada. The initial offering will encompass 7,000 movie and TV titles, but will eventually grow to the catalog of 15,000 included in Tubi's service in the U.S.
This year alone, Viacom acquired Pluto TV for $340 million, Sony set joint venture with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment to reboot Crackle, and NBCUniversal unveiled plans for its own AVOD service due out next April. Ad-supported streaming, once a marginal sector, has gained significant momentum of late.
Tubi TV, the top ad-supported, on-demand video service, will launch September 1 in Australia in the first leg of a planned global expansion.
Tubi has rolled out a marketing campaign in the U.S. Many viewers find Tubi via the 25 smart TVs and connected devices it lists as distribution partners and discover they don't need a subscription or pay-TV bundle to use the app. in an effort to counter a surge of subscription rivals to Netflix. In May alone, customers watched more than 94 million hours of programming.” /> It has claimed record growth through the first half of 2019, reaching 20 million monthly active users.
Over the next six months, Dirty Dancing, The Grudge, Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, Saw, Traffic and Young Guns will join the fold. Marquee titles slated to be streamable in Australia at launch include 3:10 to Yuma, The Blair Witch Project, Kickboxer and Stranger Than Fiction.

Women’s World Cup Soccer Ratings Are Up, With Defending Champ US Women On Deck

Fox self-reporting on the broadcasts:
A trial on the issue is expected after the @019 World Cup concludes. Although women's soccer has grown in worldwide popularity, it still trails the men in one important aspect – pay. The players for the US are suing over different pay structures, with women making less than men.
The tournament began on Friday. So far, the big upset of the tournament came today, as Italy beat Australia 2-1 on a 95th-minute header off a free kick in the final seconds of stoppage.
–          +11% over 2015’s average of a .61 through match day 2 (FOX/FS1/FS2)
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–          +79% over 2011’s average of a .38 through match day 2 (ESPN – ESPN 2)
The 2019 Women's World Cup soccer ratings through March Day 2 are up, with Fox Sports reporting that its FS1 is averaging a .68 among the metered markets.
–          +39% over 2015’s non-U.S. group stage average of a .49 (FOX/FS1/FS2)
In other games today, Brazil dominated Jamaica, and England defeated Scotland. The Group Stage play is determined on points, with teams advancing to the next round based on totals.
But only Germany has ever been able to repeat their championship. The US Women’s National Team begins its title defense on Tuesday, opening Group Stage play against Thailand at 3:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network. The women won the 2015 World Cup by beating Japan in the final.
group stage average of a .37 (ESPN/ESPN 2) –          +84% over 2011’s non-U.S.

Instagram Experiences Outages Across The Globe

According to Down Detector, users in the United States, Europe, South Amerca, Japan, India and Australia were subject to the outages. Users started experiencing issues with Instagram at 11:30 pm ET and they were reported everywhere. Many users were not able to access their feed or dashboard to post their photos.
It seems that Instagram is slowly coming back online and users are breathing a sigh of relief as they are able to take photos of their lunch and post to the social media platform.
The world came to a standstill Monday when people reached for their phone and were unable to endlessly scroll through their Instagram feed. The popular photo app has experienced outages across the world starting late last night.
The news comes a day after GMail, Snapchat, YouTube, Nest, Discord and others experienced outages. Users reported that they are unable to access the services. Google’s G Suite Status dashboard has shown there have been issues with nearly every single Google service while Down Detector reports YouTube has been experiencing an outage.” /> A number of web services across the country were down after Google’s Cloud service, which powers many apps outside its own web services, has experienced an outage on Sunday afternoon.

Stana Katic Series ‘Absentia’ Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On Amazon; First-Look Trailer

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She enlists Boston police detective Tommy Gibbs (Angel Bonanni) in a secret investigation of her mysterious history. In season two, after tracking down and killing her abductor, Emily struggles to define her new normal as a mother and a survivor of six years of physical and mental torture. Even while she rebuilds her relationship with her son, Emily still cannot shake the darkness of her past. When the case turns deadly, she risks everything to uncover the truth and protect her family.
Directors also include Adam Sanderson (Mermaids) and Kasia Adamik (The Border). Absentia was commissioned for Sony Pictures Television’s international networks, is produced by Masha Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Oded Ruskin (False Flag), executive produces alongside executive producers Katic, Matt Cirulnick (South Beach), Julie Glucksman (Still Small Voices) and Maria Feldman (False Flag).
Returning home to learn her husband, Special Agent Nick Durand (Patrick Heusinger), had remarried and her son, Flynn (Patrick McAuley), was being raised by another woman, she soon found herself implicated in a new series of murders. Six years later, Emily was found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, and with no memory of the years she was missing. Created by Gaia Violo (Blood & Treasure) and Matt Cirulnick (South Beach) and based on a pilot script originally written by Violo, Absentia centers on FBI agent Emily Byrne (Katic), who had disappeared without a trace and was declared dead after hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers.
All ten episodes of season two will debut to Prime members in the US, UK, Germany, Australia, Austria, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, and other select territories globally. Amazon has set Friday, June 14 for the season 2 premiere of thriller Absentia, starring and executive produced by Castle alumna Stana Katic. You can watch a teaser trailer above.

‘Aquaman’ Wields $600M+ Overseas, $823M WW; Now #2 Superhero Pic Ever In China

Elsewhere, Tuesday saw Aquaman in Korea hit the $30M mark; Australia rise to $13.3M after bowing this past weekend; Mexico swell to $23.5M in its 3rd week; and France jump to $16.7M.
Depending on how it performs this month — and signs are positive — it could hit the $1B mark. Worldwide, the Warner Bros/DC origins story has cumed $822.9M with $606.6M from offshore waters. As we noted during the past weekend, Aquaman is headed past $900M global. Aquaman's fins continue to flap away at the international box office, propelling the fish-guy across the $600M mark through Tuesday.
It had already beat DCEU stablemate Justice League and now has Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice ($873.6M) firmly in its sights. With those numbers, the James Wan-directed tale has eclipsed the global lifetime of Wonder Woman. After the weekend crossed $750M worldwide in the actuals, Monday and Tuesday added another $40.8M combined overseas ($16.8M Monday, $24M Tuesday) in 79 markets. As Anthony D'Alessandro has pointed out, if Aqua gets to $1B global, it would be the third time DC has hit that mark after The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Japan — while not a massive DC hub — is still on deck for February 8.
The Top 10 markets are led by China ($275.5M) and rounded out by Korea ($30M), Brazil ($24.3M), Mexico ($23.5M), the UK ($19.6M), France ($16.7M), Indonesia ($16.3M), Russia ($15.4M), Germany ($13.4M) and Australia ($13.3M).” />
China's Tuesday was worth $7.3M which lifts Aquaman to $275.5M locally (RMB 1.9B) and ranks it as the 2nd highest-grossing superhero movie ever (behind Avengers: Infinity War) and the No. The run there is extended into early February, and with the underperformance of new local titles this past weekend should continue to (Arthur) Curry favor. Bumblebee, however, will buzz in on Friday to take over a load of screens and win the weekend. 5 import film of all time.
Italy was the newcomer on Tuesday, grossing $1.8M from 526 screens. This is the biggest opening of all time for a DC title.

Alexandra Shipp & Nicholas Hamilton Set For Drama ‘Endless’ With DeRon Horton Co-starring

EXCLUSIVE: Alexandra Shipp (Love, Simon, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Nicholas Hamilton (It, Captain Fantastic) will take on the starring roles in the Scott Speer-directed romantic drama Endless written by Rohit Kumar (13 Reasons Why). Dear White People star DeRon Horton is set to co-star in the film.
Horton is represented by ICM and Gallant Management. Hamilton is represented by WME, 3 Arts and Catherine Poulton in Australia. Shipp is represented by WME and LINK Entertainment. Speer is represented by UTA and Artists First.” />
Reminiscent of the 1998 Robin Williams pic What Dreams May Come, Endless also features  Ian Tracey (Man of Steel), Patrick Gilmore (Travelers), Zoe Belkin (The Latest Buzz), Eddie Ramos (Incorporated), Catherine Haggquist (Fifty Shades Freed), BJ Harrison (Tooth Fairy), and Barbara Meier (The Aspern Papers).
Gabriela Bacher of Film House Germany’s Summerstorm Entertainment is producing alongside Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee of Thunder Road Pictures and Sean Finegan of Hyper Media Ventures. Invico Capital’s Jason Brooks and Allison Taylor serve as executive producers alongside Cutting Edge’s Tara Finegan; Thunder Road Pictures’ Jonathan Fuhrman; Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer, Klemens Hallmann and Marc Hansell; Sophia Productions’ Marcel LeBlanc; and Alexandra Shipp. Mimi Steinbauer will executive produce under her Radiant Films International banner, which will also handle foreign sales. They are joined by Canadian producing partner Kevin DeWalt of Mind’s Eye Entertainment.
Currently in production in British Columbia, Endless follows madly in love 19-year-olds Chris (Hamilton) and Riley (Shipp) who are separated when a fatal accident leaves Chris stranded in limbo between life and death. In agony, Chris watches Riley grieve until they find a way to connect and share exhilarating, deeply emotional moments that transcend life and death. A story of love and loss, both Chris and Riley must ultimately accept the hardest lesson of all – letting go.

‘Pose’s Evan Peters Is Helen Reddy’s Dealmaker Husband Jeff Wald In ‘I Am Woman’

I Am Woman is being produced by Goalpost Pictures' Rosemary Blight.
Danielle Macdonald is also reportedly attached to play Lillian Roxon, a rock journalist who shows Reddy around town after she moves from Australia to New York hoping to make it as a singer. Shortly after, she meets Wald, who convinces her to move to Los Angeles and marry him. There, he implored Capitol Records chief Artie Mogull to record an album galvanized by Reddy's feminist anthem "I Am Woman."
Peters comes to the job after starring in the indie American Animals, and in Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series Pose. He can currently be seen in American Horror Story: Apocalypse and next stars in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Wald long since has cleaned up his act. Along with a list of clients that included Donna Summer, George Carlin, Sylvester Stallone and Crosby Stills and Nash, Wald also reportedly had a raging drug problem that was considered a major contributing factor to his divorce with Reddy and contentious custody battle for their kids. Tilda Cobham-Hervey had already been set to play Reddy, and Peters has just signed to play Jeff Wald, who married Reddy and helped build her career as her manager.
Peters is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.” />
EXCLUSIVE: Evan Peters is set to star in I Am Woman, the film about the rise of empowering '70s female singing star Helen Reddy that's about to get underway in Australia. Unjoo Moon (The Zen of Bennett) is directing a script by Emma Jensen.

‘Venom’ Licks $461M Global; ‘Star Is Born’ Strums Past $200M; ‘Halloween’ Takes $92M WW Bow – International Box Office

2 with $3.6M at 530. It’s tracking in line with The Conjuring 2 and above Split, The Conjuring, Annabelle: Creation, Annabelle, Jigsaw, Lights Out, Don't Breathe and Happy Death Day. The UK saw Halloween face off with a strong hold for A Star Is Born, coming in No.
The Happytime Murders (STX): $805K intl weekend (50 markets); $5.8M intl cume
At $14.3M, the David Gordon Green-helmed pic that brings Jamie Lee Curtis back to her iconic Laurie Strode character is tracking above such comps as Split (+11%), A Quiet Place (+43%), The Conjuring (+46%) and Jigsaw (+127%). Universal, Miramax and Blumhouse have a domestic opening to crow about this frame with the reboot-sequel of the classic horror franchise, and despite some overly-bullish pre-weekend projections from outside sources, the international debut is in line with where the studio always saw this one coming in offshore.
The Predator (FOX): $1.7M intl weekend (40 markets); $77.2M intl cume (China opens October 26)
Bad Times At The El Royale (FOX): $2.5M intl weekend (49 markets); $8.1M intl cume
The Ari Sandel-directed pic is in staggered release, notably opening in the UK this frame with $3.1M including previews and on 678 screens. Sony’s family movie Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween put $6.2M in the treat bag this weekend. On 3,300+ screens in 24 markets, the international cume is now $11.1M. Coming next are France, Australia, Germany and Spain this week.
Peppermint (STX): $950K intl weekend (54 markets); $11.1M intl cume
The overseas finals (non-adjusted) on some of the comps goes like this: Split ($140.2M), The Conjuring ($182.1M), Don't Breathe ($68M) Happy Death Day ($67M), Jigsaw ($65M) and Poltergeist ($48M).
Adding 25 markets this session, Universal’s critically lauded First Man boosted its offshore cume by $13.4M to take the international tally to $25.5M and global to $55.5M.
1 with $32.3 million this weekend for an offshore cume of $290.7M and a global total to date of $461.2M — and that's with China and Japan still on deck. In second, Warner Bros' A Star Is Born rocked out to $22.8M to push the offshore total to $74.7M and the worldwide tally past the $200M mark. UPDATED, Sunday writethru: Sony's Venom continues to lead the international box office, scoring a hat trick at No.
In like-for-likes, Halloween's total $14.3M opening weekend is comping well to a host of horror. It's above Split (+8%), Insidious: The Last Key (+23%), A Quiet Place (+43%), The Conjuring (+46%), Insidious 2 & 3 (+55%), Lights Out (+72%), Rings (+83%), Jigsaw (127%), Don't Breathe (147%), Happy Death Day (+151%) and below Annabelle (-14%).
For comps sake, that’s 38% above The Peanuts Movie which ended its run at $5.7M. In the Middle Kingdom, the take was $3.9M on 4,900 screens. Warner Bros’ animated yeti movie opened in China this weekend where it didn’t have a giant footprint thanks to a lot of local competition, but did rank No. 2 on Sunday there despite being No. 5 for the overall frame.
With a $9.8M weekend in 57 markets, the total offshore is now $96M. Universal’s spy spoof is closing in on $100M at the international box office, just as it closes in on its domestic release next week. Brazil and Japan are the overseas majors still to come.
The majority of markets come online next weekend, moving closer to the actual Halloween holiday. There are no major wide releases on deck overseas until the very tail end of the month and heading into November.
The overseas Halloween numbers are in line with where Universal had the pic as we headed into the weekend, though they are lower than projections of some industry sources who were over-bullish on the offshore start — expecting IT and The Nun-style scores amid all that domestic anticipation. Even in horror-loving markets, slasher movies have a tougher time.
Nevertheless, the only majors to go this session were Mexico, the UK and Russia as the majority of the remaining 46 markets go next weekend and should see curiosity piqued by the outsize domestic performance. 1. This gives Blumhouse its best debut ever and the fifth all-time highest for a horror film. The UK came in with $3.6M for Blumhouse's fouth best opening weekend and the biggest of the past five years. Mexico had a great start to lead the David Gordon Green-helmed pic's overseas play with $5M at No.
For the 3rd weekend in a row, Sony’s Venom kept its fangs into the No. 1 spot internationally, this session adding $32.3M in 65 markets. Outside China, Venom is looking at a finish in the $350M range for overseas and upwards of $600M global. This is before key releases in Japan on November 2 and China on November 9. That lifts the offshore cume to $290.7M and the global total to $461.2M.
France was a new hub with $1.85M on 544 screens, ranking No. 4 and coming in 19% over Mr Peabody And Sherman, 42% ahead of The Lorax and Storks, 95% bigger than The Emoji Movie and more than triple Captain Underpants.
1 with $271K at 79 to top all comps. Other markets of note include Indonesia where Michael Meyers was the top draw with $1.1M from 220 locations, and Finland at No.
Fox is also taking the UK stage with Bohemian Rhapsody on Wednesday, after premiering the Queen biopic at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night. There are no major wide releases this week, Lionsgate's Hunter Killer will stalk some markets, and the rest are holdovers and expansions while Fox's The Predator goes to China.
That brings the overseas cume to $70.8M thus far. The full weekend was good for $14M on approximately 12,425 screens in 71 markets.
2 in China this weekend, Lionsgate’s buddy comedy grossed $5.7M in the Middle Kingdom to lift the overseas total to $38.4M. China instantly becomes the film’s best market overseas, followed by the UK at $3M and Australia with just $2.6M. Debuting at No.
BlackKklansman (UNI): $400K intl weekend (25 markets); $37.5M intl cume” />
And, here’s something we haven’t had in a while: Disney has no material global box office results to report this weekend. Regular reporting recommences in early November with its opening of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Breakdowns on this week's films have been updated below.
The Top 5 hubs to date are Korea ($28.4M), Russia ($28.1M), the UK ($21.8M), Mexico ($21.3M) and Brazil ($15.3M).
The House With A Clock In Its Walls (UNI): $1.2M intl weekend (21 UPI markets); $44.4M intl cume (includes Amblin markets)
A Simple Favor (LG): $1.1M intl weekend (58 markets); $32.9M intl cume (Germany, Korea to come)
Coupled with the movie's scary good domestic opening, that lifts the worldwide bow to $91.8M. Behind those overseas is Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse's Halloween. The reboot-sequel slashed away at $14.3M in its debut. The pic's offshore rollout is staggered with Jamie Lee Curtis' badass Laurie Strode striding into 23 markets this session, including only three majors.
Night School (UNI): $1.5M intl weekend (22 markets); $17.5M intl cume
The Netherlands has also seen a strong performance with a 14% drop in the 5th frame for $3.72M to date. The UK leads all play with $14.4M to date and a drop of 42% in the 3rd session.
The cume there is now $19.5M. 1 with a cume of $4.3M; France on weekend three slid just 22% and has cumed $6.6M; Germany also in its 3rd frame fell just 2% and has tallied $5.4M so far; Taiwan zoomed upwards by 28% from opening and has cumed $2.5M. Italy dipped 25% and held No. Major holds were led by the UK with $3.9M on 846 screens, dropping a scant 4% and ranking No.1.
The Mexico weekend is above The Conjuring, Lights Out, Poltergeist, Don’t Breathe, Happy Death Day and Jigsaw. As we’ve noted, Latin America leans into horror, but slasher pics have a tougher time. 3 overall internationally and had a top bow in Mexico with $5M at 845 locations to score No.1 and Blumhouse’s best launch ever, as well as the 5th best for a horror film period. Out in 23 markets this session, Halloween ranked No. That makes comps to recent smashes like The Nun and IT a bit tougher.
1. In the UK, Halloween was in a knife fight with Star Is Born which dipped just 4% locally to take No. The Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga-starrer further debuted in Australia with the top WB opening of 2018 at $4.7M.
France opened to No. Brazil got off to a No. 3 with $1.8M, above Captain Phillips and in line with Arrival and The Imitation Game. 3 with $455K at 50 hubs. 3 launch with $683K at 372 and the UAE opened to No.
The current session was worth $22.8M in 75 markets and on about 8,620 screens. Warner Bros’ A Star Is Born is holding tight overseas with a slight 20% drop from its sophomore frame last week. The international cume is now $74.7M with global surpassing $200M at $201.1M to date.
Australia chimed into the musical romance with $4.7M including sneaks and on 536 screens to score the biggest opening weekend of 2018 for WB. 1, it topped comps Ocean’s 8 (+9%), Silver Linings Playbook (+108%) and La La Land (+232%). A clear No. Hong Kong was also a fresh market with $629K on 58 screens.
Elsewhere, Universal’s First Man had a decent second weekend, opening No. The studio’s Johnny English Strikes Again, which is out in 57 offshore markets before getting to North America next session, is within striking distance of $100M. 1 in Korea to top comps including Arrival, Sully, The Wolf of Wall Street, Everest and Captain Phillips.
The last key market to open is Japan on December 21.
That was at 444 locations. 1 and tracking above Arrival, Sully, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Everest and Captain Phillips. Korea was a solid start for the Damien Chazelle-helmed Neil Armstrong biopic with $3.5M at No.
Mile 22 (STX): $565K intl weekend (63 markets); $28.6M intl cume
1 slot in 30 markets and saw very good regional holds. Western Europe was down 47%, Middle East/Africa off 52%, and Latin America -53%. The Tom Hardy-starrer this session maintained the No. Notable country drops include: Denmark (-22%), Germany (-29%), Netherlands (-31%), Peru (-34%), Israel (-42%), Argentina (-45%), the UK (-47%), Australia (-53%) and the Philippines (-53%).
Next weekend’s notable adds for tricks and/or treats include France, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Spain.
Australia leads the Top 5 with $8.9M followed by Mexico ($8.4M), the UK ($5.7M), Brazil ($4.7M) and China ($3.9M). Russia is on deck October 25. Holds were good in the UK (-37%/$5.7M cume), Spain (-34%/$2.8M cume) and Germany (-2%/$1.6M cume).
As with the UK, Russia gave Blumhouse its 4th best opening ever, slashing up $1.8M at 1145 sites. This is above Lights Out, The Conjuring, Happy Death Day and Annabelle.
Next session sees the Ryan Gosling-starrer in a handful of smaller markets while Italy goes October 31, followed by Germany and Mexico the first week of November.
It’s tracking above Central Intelligence and Kingsman: The Secret Service in the market. 1 in its four openings this session, including a $2.4M start in Germany at 645 sites. Rowan Atkinson’s bumbling anti-007 was No.

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Now Sony’s Biggest Animated Pic WW; Franchise Tops $1.3B

In mid-July, it went day-and-date with domestic in another 40+ hubs, setting a record as Sony’s biggest animated opening ever in like-for-likes. HT3 then opened in its first offshore markets beginning with Australia on June 28 to capitalize on school breaks. Within the first 16 days, the movie surpassed both HT2 and Cars 3 in the market.
The studio followed up the Cannes event with strong localized promotions in markets like Australia, Brazil, Mexico, France and Spain and took advantage of such summer sporting events as the World Cup and the Tour de France.
Domestically, it's tallied $160.3M, about 6% off the previous movie. Through Friday, HT3 cruised to $316M at the international box office, topping HT2.
The Top 5 markets through Friday are China ($28.7M), Mexico ($26.6M), the UK ($22.2M), Brazil ($19.2M) and France ($18.8M).
At $476.3M worldwide, it sailed past Hotel Transylvania 2 ($474.8M) on Friday. Combined, the three HT movies have now grossed in excess of $1.3B global. EXCLUSIVE: The Drac Pack has reached a new milestone as Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation becomes Sony’s biggest animated film of all time globally.
The first two installments were released in the fall, so HT3 (efficiently budgeted at a reported $80M before P&A) was the first summer tryout for the series.
At the same time it opened No. The movie has a better RT score than those (at 59%) and a A- from CinemaScore.” /> 1 in North America, and passed $100M domestically on its 12th day of release, faster than the previous two installments.
That’s part of a savvy marketing strategy devised on the Culver City lot to stake out prime media real estate in a space where the press is eager for opportunities. Again directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and with Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez atop the voice cast, the family animated feature got a global push when it hit the Carlton Hotel’s dock a day ahead of the Cannes Film Festival last May.
In Latin America, notably, HT3 is Sony’s 2nd biggest title of all time for the region behind Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. It is also the studio's biggest grosser ever in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Slovakia, Lithuania and Ethiopia.

Cruise Control: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Revs To $330M WW – International Box Office

Central America’s $447K at 140 sites is also the best of the franchise and has topped the lifetime of the first movie. And in Malaysia, $350K bought TFP a start that’s in line with Election Year. Openings included Russia with $851K at 806 locations and more than doubling the previous titles in the series. In Peru, The First Purge exceeded the cumes of all the previous films with $436K at 99.
China has now reached $94M via Legendary East, adding $3M in the session. The movie has topped Johnson-starrers San Andreas and Rampage in 22 and 30 markets, respectively. In 65 Universal markets, Dwayne Johnson’s action title added $5.2M for a $123.2M international gross and $187.7M worldwide. Together, that’s $281.7M global. Japan is still on deck September 21.
Next weekend will see wide rollout, minus some majors, on Warner Bros/Gravity Pictures’ prehistoric shark tale The Meg. Starring China catnip Jason Statham, it goes to the Middle Kingdom on Friday including on 550 IMAX screens there.
Also new this weekend will be Japan which opens today. 2 behind China on the last two. It's a sizable Mission hub having been the lead offshore market on the first three movies in the series, and No. China has an August 31 release date.
Its big addition this session was Japan with $7.7M in a 5-day opening, to come in No. I2 is now the No. 2 behind Mission. Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 joined JWFK in the billion-dollar club earlier this week and has through Sunday grossed $1.047B worldwide with markets still to come. 4 highest-grossing animated release ever, topping Zootopia, Finding Dory and Despicable Me 3.
The Top 5 markets overseas on Rogue Nation were China, Japan, Korea, the UK and France.
Among the top grossing markets are Mexico ($9.48M), the UK ($7.2M), France ($7M) and Germany ($5.4M). Colombia bows next weekend followed by Brazil on September 27.
Overseas, Tom Cruise’s latest turn as Ethan Hunt is now running 22% above Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation at the same stage of play and in like-for-like markets. The global total through yesterday is $231.4M. The movie will cross the $200M mark offshore and $300M worldwide this weekend. PREVIOUS FRIDAY: Mission: Impossible – Fallout kept the action going during the midweeks to rise to $141.9M at the international box office through Thursday.
Denmark hit the same milestones with $1M at 101 and Sweden bowed to $956K in 122 cinemas, also the best for the series and Cruise. With 57% of the market, it started at $1.6M from 127. That’s 156% over GP and 108% above Rogue. As noted above, Norway’s leap was the best for the franchise, Cruise and Paramount.
Korea leads all play, holding with an $8.6M weekend despite the mega-arrival of sequel Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days, and has now cumed $41.5M. The UK is next with a 50% drop for $18.7M to date.
In their 5th weekend Ant-Man And The Wasp scurried to another $11.2M in 47 markets. The movie also got its China date this week which is teed up for August 24. The international cume is now $230.8M for $426.3M worldwide.
Italy is the next major on August 29, followed by China on August 31.
The Netherlands jumped in with $1.8M at 127 for the best M:I and Cruise bows. Australia was also new, with $5M from 304 and 45% of the market share. Japan, the lead market on the first three movies and the 2nd hub on the last two, got off to an $8M start as well, from 367 cinemas. Germany’s $3.8M from 600 was good for 31% of the market and +7% on GP, +9% on Rogue. It’s the best start for the franchise and is well above the last two movies. That’s +24% on GP and +19% on Rogue.
In 13 of Fallout’s 20 new markets, it set an opening record for the franchise as well as setting the biggest Tom Cruise start in nine. France is in the throes of a devastating heatwave which likely had a role in the movie not topping Rogue by a bigger percentage. France, where a large part of the film was shot, opened to $8M from 705 locations to log a debut that’s 57% bigger than Ghost Protocol and 1% over Rogue.
The next, and final, major openings come in September with Italy and Germany. The Top 5 markets are China ($53.5M), the UK ($52.2M), Mexico ($37.2M), Brazil ($35M) and Australia ($33.1M).
The Equalizer 2 (SNY): $940K intl weekend (11 markets); $7.7M intl cume
There are stil 16 markets to come including Korea, Russia, Mexico, Japan and Italy.
The global tally through this weekend is $1,260.1M. In 63 markets, the dinosaurs thrashed out another $5.9M for $854.5M at the international box office. Overall, JWFK will top Transformers: Age Of Extinction ($858.6M) next week to become 13th biggest title ever offshore. Japan is eating up Universal/Amblin’s sequel with a cume that has now reached $51.7M after four frames. In Mexico, JWFK has surpassed the lifetime of the previous movie.
1 position for the 3rd consecutive frame. The UK is at $51.7M (+50% on the original at the same stage) through Sunday and kept the ABBA musical playing in the No. Australia has grossed $12.3M to date to stay in line with the previous movie, as is Germany at $11.3M so far.
Breakdowns on this week's films have been updated below.
Also notable in China, Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters lifted $7.1M in its opening, according to local estimates. Overall, it’s reached about $294M after just two weekends. IMAX also has screens in China on Hello Mr Billionaire which has now grossed $5M in the format.
Still to come are Korea this week followed by China on August 17 and Italy on August 22. Mexico leads all play at $24.1M, followed by Brazil ($16.8M), Russia ($16.5M), Australia ($13.3M) and Spain $11.7M).
After hitting the $1B mark earlier this week, Incredibles 2 has powered to $1.047B globally, including $583.1M domestic and $463.9M international. Worldwide, it’s the 4th biggest animated film ever and the 27th overall.
Sophomore weekends were strong in France ($8.5M cume) and the UK ($10.2M° while Germany dipped only 14% in the third frame for a cume of $11M. Latin America continues to deliver new lifetime records for the franchise with Mexico, in its 4th week, the latest market to join the club.  
Elsewhere, Paramount Pictures/Skydance’s sixquel is adding 20 markets this session, including Japan, France and Australia. Notably on Wednesday, Fallout traveled to France where a large part of the film was shot. The total through two days is $3.7M. Including previews, it’s the best start for the franchise in the Hexagon.
The weekend also propelled the Parr family to become the top Disney Animation/Pixar release of all time in New Zealand and the highest grossing Pixar release ever in Taiwan.
Korea continues to lead all play at $41.5M (holding well against local opener Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days). Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. All were No. 1s and above Rogue Nation and its predecessor, Ghost Protocol. Sticking with this frame, however, there were 20 additional markets getting in on the action including France, Japan. Japan was the lead hub on the first three films in the series (it slid to 2nd place as China took over on the last two) and this weekend grossed $8M from 367 cinemas to outpace Rogue Nation by 19%.
Overall, however, the drop was 36% with the top markets holding well including the UK (-40%), Germany (-22%), Australia (-37%), France (-43%), the Netherlands (-25%) and Spain (-45%).
1. In Spain, Incredibles 2 opened to an estimated $4.5M and No. Holds were strong in Belgium (-22%), France (-34%), Israel (-36%) and Australia (-41%). Boding well, the Saturday gross was the 2nd biggest opening Saturday ever for an animated film there.
Paramount/Skydance’s sixquel revved the engines to a $76M sophomore frame internationally to take the offshore cume to $205M and the global tally to $329.5M. That film finaled at $683M worldwide. In 56 total markets, Fallout is gunning 21% ahead of Rogue Nation at the same stage of play.
Korea's Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days, the sequel to last year’s smash fantasy that is the 2nd highest-grossing movie ever at the local box office, opened to a lofty $45.8M. Directed by Kim Yong-hwa, it follows the journey of three Afterlife Guardians and Su-hong as they work through their 49th trial in order to win reincarnation and slowly recover forgotten memories through the Household God in the living world. In IMAX, the movie had a $65K per-screen average for $1.1M on 17.
Before China buzzes aboard, Italy opens August 14. Korea leads play with $42.4M to date, followed by Mexico ($14.8M), Australia ($13.9M), Russia ($12.7M) and Brazil ($12.5M). Japan goes August 31.
It follows last week’s hiking/screening stunt atop Pulpit Rock which features during the movie’s last section (see below). Also of particular note, Norway’s $1.6M at 127 launch is the best for the franchise, for Cruise and for Paramount.
SUNDAY UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Tom Cruise ruled the international box office this weekend as Paramount Pictures/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout took the No. That hikes the overseas total to an estimated $205M through Sunday, and the global cume to $329.5M. At the same stage of play and in like-for-like markets, Fallout is 21% ahead of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. 1 spot with $76M in 56 markets.
As it did with Rogue Nation, Alibaba Pictures has a stake here and that last film set China records during its release. The drop from the record-breaking opening last session — when China’s Hello Mr Billionaire was nevertheless the top film internationally — was 53%. The Middle Kingdom will welcome Fallout on August 31, and is expected to play a sizable role in just how high the global gross goes with $800M worldwide not out of the question.
Among overall Fallout records for the weekend, 13 new markets had the top M:I franchise opening; 9 were the best ever for Cruise; and 8 set IMAX records for the series. In the format, M:I6 has seen audiences accept their mission to the tune of $10.6M overseas and $25.1M globally.
Other major cumes include India (-75%/$12.9M cume), Taiwan (-36%/$9.9M cume), Indonesia (-54%/$9.4M), Mexico (-52%/$9.1M) and Brazil (-35%/$7.5M).
One of the new ones was China which didn’t exactly dance down the aisles. The gross there was $323K in only 700 locations, a very low number of sites in a corridor that is predominantly focused on local fare. did not open in China. Universal’s singing sequel is now running 28% ahead of the original film with $139.2M overseas for $230.5M worldwide. The first Mamma Mia! The weekend added $19.3M in 53 markets.
Ocean’s 8 (WB): $1.5M intl weekend (47 markets); $135.7M intl cume
In new openings, Brazil bowed with $1.2M at 448 locations for the biggest opening day and weekend of a musical — and 225% better than Mamma Mia! India’s opening doubled the first movie at $133K in 171 locations. 1.
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (WB): $1.1M intl weekend (13 markets); $2.4M intl cume
Meanwhile, the studio's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has topped $50M in Japan and next week will surpass Transformers: Age Of Extinction to become the lucky No. Here We Go Again dropped just 36% across 53 markets and is 28% above the previous film at current rates and in like-for-likes. 13 film ever at the international box office. To wit: Universal's Mamma Mia! In new entries, Disney's Christopher Robin ($4.8M/18 markets) and Fox's The Darkest Minds ($4.1M/37 markets) started staggered release in a frame that was more about the holdovers.
The action-packed Fallout, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had a record-breaking start last weekend for the franchise domestically, internationally and globally and with runway ahead is expected to top $700M worldwide.” />
In Korea, the total through Thursday is $34.7M. Fallout is holding well against the arrival of local title Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days, a sequel to last year’s action fantasy Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds which is the 2nd highest grossing movie in Korea’s box office history.
Cruise couldn't attend, but he sent a pre-taped message and posted the below on his Instagram afterwards. In a rather spectacular event this week, 2,000 moviegoers hiked two hours up and two hours down to attend a screening atop Pulpit Rock in Forsand, Norway — the location used for the film's final stretch. The screening was held at 11PM on August 1 after tickets sold out in 20 minutes in mid-July.
Opening on a non-traditional Wednesday in Japan, the 5-day was $7.7M ($3.5M for just Sat/Sun). 2 slot for a Western film behind Mission. That gave it the No. The weekend was good for $19M in 42 markets including new entries Japan and Spain. In the slow-burn market, it’s set up to play through the lucrative Obon holiday period.
The offshore total is $53.2M for $120.9M worldwide where it is the biggest movie in the franchise. From Universal and Blumhouse, The First Purge slayed another $4.7M in 39 markets this session. It is also the best of the series in 27 individual markets.
Australia opened to $1.1M, 30% above Rogue Nation.
The UK gave the insects a No.   Notable holds include Israel (-10%), South Africa (-29%), Belgium (-31%), Denmark (-32%), Sweden (-33%), Germany (-44%), Singapore (-44%), Czech Republic (-45%), Australia (-45%), France (-46%) and Austria (-46%). 1 with previews) at $6.5M to debut ahead of the original film. 2 welcome (No.
Drac and the pack were down just 42% in 57 markets overall. Internationally, the total is now $202.3M for $338.8M worldwide. Sony’s monsters scared up $18M this session to sail past the double and triple century marks.
And, in other mile-markers, Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation sailed past $200M in offshore waters, and breezed across $300M globally.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Roars To $151M Offshore Bow; ‘Infinity War’ A Stone’s Throw From $2B WW – International Box Office

After retaking the top spot at the international box office last weekend, the Merc with the mouth comes in 2nd this session, and again ahead of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Wade Wilson tracked down an additional $18.5M on 10,646 screens in 79 markets with some solid holds. The offshore cume is now $376M.

On Saturday, the return to, and escape from, Isla Nublar was estimated to be coming in with $145.9M for the launch weekend. It also exceeds the international cume of Solo: A Star Wars Story which is at $136.1M after three frames. Today’s $151.1M estimate now exceeds the high-end of the range that industry sources were seeing ahead of the bow.
Overall, the Top 10 markets behind Korea and the UK are France ($10M), Spain ($9.5M), Germany ($9.1M), Taiwan ($8.4M), Russia ($8M), India ($7.9M), Indonesia ($5.2M) and Thailand ($4.7M).
There, it scored the biggest opening day in industry history and came out of the frame with an estimated $27.2M at 450 locations (including previews). The lead hub for this Chris Pratt/Bryce Dallas Howard-starrer was Korea which was aided by the Memorial Day holiday on Wednesday June 6.
We’ll have a better outlook when we see holds next weekend, as well as the China opening which is tracking well. Bayona, launched with $151.1M and No. 1s in all markets. There have been doldrums in some of the European majors in the first half of the year, while Asia has been throwing off bigger numbers. JWFK, directed by J.A. The debut is slightly above what the industry was projecting ahead of the session and lands these dinos 5% below the previous film’s opening in the same markets and at today’s rates.
The pent-up demand for the 2015 movie, which came 14 years after the previous Jurassic installment, led the industry to be cautious about predictions on Fallen Kingdom, and rightly so given recent surprises on tentpole titles. The dinos have many relieved after the disappointment of Solo. They also this weekend helped push Universal across the $1B mark at the international box office for the 12th consecutive year.
The latter was down just 42% in the 4th frame. The cume there is now $10.2M. 2 behind Jurassic World. Japan, which is in the sophomore frame, led play for the weekend with another $2.22M to hold as the No. 1 Hollywood movie. 2 after four weekends with $24.8M to date, as did Brazil with $17.38M so far. Australia also held at No. The UK ($40M cume) and France ($19.9M cume) retained No.
Peter Rabbit (SNY): $1.2M intl weekend (41 markets); $231.9M intl cume
The current frame was worth $10.9M in 51 material overseas markets for an offshore cume of $1,343.3M. But watch out, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom heads to the Middle Kingdom on Friday. China continues its mega-run with $368.4M to date, and a 30-day extension in hand.
Blockers (UNI): $300K intl weekend (20 markets); $32.5M intl cume
The Top 10 markets are China ($368.4M), the UK ($95M), Korea ($92.9M), Brazil ($65.8M), Mexico ($59.9M), Australia ($46.2M), France ($45.3M), India ($43.6M), Germany ($43.4M) and Russia ($34.4M).
Adrift (STX): $242K intl weekend (12 markets); $799K intl cume” />
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and the rest of the gang further dominated Mexico with $2.6M on 1,630 screens and 47% of the Top 5. The numbers again top the boy Ocean’s movies as well as Focus (+37%) and Now You See Me (+33%).
We’ve looked at what happened here over the past few weeks and noted there were some decent holds last session on what is a fun movie. But the failure to launch à la a Star Wars title coupled with the arrival of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continue to clip the Millennium Falcon’s wings.
The release pattern here differs from the day-and-date global blowout on 2015’s Jurassic World which rebooted the franchise. That film opened to $158.6M in like-for-like markets and at today’s exchange rates, and JWFK’s bow is 5% below that.
Across the franchise, JWFK now has the best opening weekend in Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
At the end of its 7th weekend, Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is on the cusp of crossing the $2B worldwide mark, becoming only the 4th movie to ever achieve the milestone. The current global box office is $1.998B (its global IMAX cume is now $142.5M).
As with domestic, the opening result is the best for the Ocean’s franchise. It's also more than double of Now You See Me 2. Australia, however, led individual play with $4.7M on 487 screens, ranking a clear No. 1 with 49% of the Top 5 films in the market.
Brazil likewise bested the previous installments with $1.7M on 653 screens and is 88% ahead of NYSM and 29% bigger than Focus.
It crossed $300M global with this weekend’s $26.5M worldwide take, but was outperformed again by Fox's Deadpool 2 overseas. Conversely, Disney/Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story has grossed just $16.3M in China.
Among the standout averages were Sweden ($83K), Korea ($75K), Taiwan ($65K), Hong Kong ($61K), the Netherlands ($56K), Norway ($52K), the UAE ($50K) and France ($44K). The per-screen average was $29K with particular strength from Asian markets which averaged $50K per screen. In IMAX results, JWFK grossed $8M for the overseas opening on 277 screens.
There are certain distractions afoot including the World Cup, but a big title like a JW can typically weather the soccer storm. China is up next weekend where JW2 is looking at a $100M+ debut. Latin America and North America hop on board the following week.
Sherlock Gnomes (PAR): $1.3M intl weekend (13 markets); $42M intl cume
Ocean's 8 expands some next weekend while Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles 2 powers up in Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Australia.
Book Club (PAR): $1.1M intl weekend (2 markets); $3.1M intl cume
A Quiet Place (PAR): $826K intl weekend (26 markets); $138.8M intl cume
1 at $21.8M, followed by China ($16.3M), Germany ($12M), Australia ($11M) and France ($9.3M). In the Top 5 markets, the UK is No. Japan is still on the flight deck June 29.
Audiences gravitate to the nostalgia, storytelling and spectacle, and from this outstanding foundation we are set for a lengthy international playout with major markets — including China, Australia, Latin America and North America — still to open.” Says Duncan Clark, President, International Distribution, Universal Pictures, “Jurassic World is really a genre of one, and each film within this franchise is engineered as a global event.
Newcomer Ocean's 8 also topped Solo this frame, debuting with $12.2M in a handful of markets to kick off the Warner Bros' pic's staggered international run after its $41.5M domestic opening in a franchise best.
There’s room for the raptors ahead as this is the key high-profile new release in the majority of international markets for a good few weeks. (The Incredibles 2 begins a staggered rollout next weekend.) The early offshore debut was partly down to targeting the similar frame from 2015, but it also helps to get the movie in theaters a week before kick-off on the World Cup soccer tournament — and it gives folks something to chew on after Solo: A Star Wars Story failed to ignite.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
The UK, with $19.9M at 662 dates, is in line with The Fate Of The Furious while Spain, Bayona’s home turf, hosted a Saturday that was worth $3.6M for Uni’s best Saturday ever and the biggest in the market since November 2012. The full weekend is tracking above the first JW, although that film opened over two days and had no previews. India is also running ahead of JW, as are Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, reflecting the continued growth there.
The sequel to Universal’s 2015 reboot of the classic franchise opened in 48 markets this weekend as part of a staggered rollout that still has China and Latin America to come. China is handily looking like a $100M+ three-day bow. The latter will fall day-and-date with North America in two weeks while the Middle Kingdom cozies up to T-Rex next weekend.
In Chile, DP2 is now Fox’s biggest superhero movie ever and has been No. 1 for four weekends with a running cume of $5.67M. Kuwait and Qatar releases are ahead this week.
Holds were strong this session in Australia (-30%), Japan (-32%), Argentina (-32%), Panama (-34%), Sweden (-38%), Chile (-41%), Mexico (-41%) and Austria (-44%).
Elsewhere, Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is closing right in on $2B worldwide and will pass that giant milestone early this week — it's currently at $1.998B — and was recently granted a 30-day extended run in China where the cume after this session is $368.4M.
The current frame was worth $11.3M in 54 material markets repping 87% of the offshore footprint. The international cume on the pic is $136.1M with the global $300M milestone now surpassed at $312.2M. In the 3rd overseas session, Disney/Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story saw a 63% drop from last weekend.
For the weekend, JWFK is the biggest for Universal ever in both Korea and Hong Kong. It chomped on the top June launch weekend in Iceland, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, India, Mongolia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Truth Or Dare (UNI): $1.1M intl weekend (30 markets); $46.8M intl cume
Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s all-female reboot of the George Clooney & crew reboot of the original Rat Pack pic began international rollout in 16 markets with a strong $12.2M on 4,267 screens. 1 across the region. Mostly targeting Latin America a week before the World Cup kicks off — and before Jurassic World 2 stomps into the markets — this counterprogrammer caper was No.
Bayona-directed JWFK No. UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has come in above yesterday’s estimates with $151.1M in its international box office opening. 1 in each, including some record debuts. T-Rex banged a gong in 48 markets this weekend with the J.A.
The JWFK opening is the 5th best start of the year overseas behind Avengers: Infinity War, Monster Hunt 2, Deadpool 2 and Black Panther (each of those opened in over 60 territories in their launch weekends, excluding MH2).
Spain and Italy are in July and the ladies swipe Japan screens on August 10. The next openings will come in France and Korea this week with Germany, Russia and the UK bowing throughout June.

Eric Bogle – Aussie Barbeque lyrics

The Scots eat lots of haggis, the French eat snails and frogs
The Greeks throw kakis on their mousakis, and the Chinese love hot dogs
The Welshmen love to have a leek, the Irish like thier stew
But you just can’t beat that half-cooked meat at an Aussie barbeque
When the steaks are burning fiercely, when the smoke gets in your eyes
When the snacks all taste like fried toothpaste and your mouth is full of flies
It’s a national institution, it’s Australian through and through
So come on mate and grab your plate, let’s have a barbeque
There’s flies stuck to the margarine, the bread has gone rock hard
The kids are fighting and the mossies are biting, who forgot the aeroguard? When the steaks are burning fiercely, when the smoke gets in your eyes
When the snacks all taste like fried toothpaste and your mouth is full of flies
It’s a national institution, it’s Australian through and through
So come on mate and grab your plate, let’s have a barbeque When the summer sun is shining on Australia’s happy land
Round countless fires, in strange attire in many solemn bands
Of glum Australians watching as the lunch goes up in flames
By the smoke and the smell you can plainly tell, that it’s barby time again
When the steaks are burning fiercely, when the smoke gets in your eyes
When the snacks all taste like fried toothpaste and your mouth is full of flies
It’s a national institution, it’s Australian through and through
So come on mate and grab your plate, let’s have a barbeque! There’s bull ants in the eskie, and the beer is running out
And what you saw in Mom’s cole slaw, you just don’t think about
When the steaks are burning fiercely, when the smoke gets in your eyes
When the snacks all taste like fried toothpaste and your mouth is full of flies
It’s a national institution, it’s Australian through and through
So come on mate and grab your plate, let’s have a barbeque
And when the barby’s over and your homeward way you wend
With a queezy tummy on the family dummy, many lonely hours you’ll spend
You might find yourself reflecting, like many often do
Come rain or shine that’s the bloody last time that you’ll have a barbeque!

‘Pitch Perfect’ Franchise Crosses Half Billion At Global B.O. For Universal

The first Pitch Perfect earned $115M global in 2012, with $65M made domestically. Pitch Perfect 3 opens this week in eight additional markets including Australia and Italy. Pitch Perfect 2 was a huge surprise, stealing No. After all ancillaries, Deadline figured that Pitch Perfect 2 made close to $140M in profit. The trilogy's total to date is $500.9M off combined budgets for the pics of $91M. 1 stateside away from Warner Bros.' event title Mad Max: Fury Road in May 2015 ($69.2M to $45.4M) and ultimately accumulating $184.3M stateside, $287.4M worldwide.
The third installment in the series will cross $100 million at the global box office today in its first 12 days of release, with 70% of that coming from U.S./Canada. With Monday’s grosses, Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Entertainment’s Pitch Perfect franchise crossed $500 million at the worldwide box office.
What started as a little film with a ton of online buzz became a breakaway hit when Pitch Perfect grossed $115M worldwide and became one of the top-performing DVD, VOD and pay-cable titles of 2013. The film’s soundtrack went platinum with more than 1 million units sold, and the single “Cups,” sung by Anna Kendrick, achieved triple-platinum status with combined sales of more than 3M units.” />

‘The Last Jedi’ Rises To $750M Global; ‘Jumanji’ Swings In With $50M Overseas Bow – International Box Office

The Foreigner (STX): $145K intl weekend; $106M intl cume
Here are some stats on this weekend’s lightsaber duels:
Midweek overseas play was strong and we should have a clearer picture of a $1B global mark in the next week. There’s also China to consider on January 5 which will be one to watch, particularly given the Star Wars franchise has been angling to build its base there. Overall, the porgs are at an estimated 30% below Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the same point of offshore play, and about 40% above Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Those films had different holiday configurations surrounding them in the sophomore session so, as noted above, drop-off comps don’t quite square.
New to the session was Italy where Wonder debuted at No. 2 behind the hold of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, taking $1.1M on 409 screens. Family-friendly Brazil still leads at $12.6M, followed by Australia ($7.7M) and the UK ($5.4M). The next markets to release are Korea and Belgium on Wednesday this week. Continuing its overseas run, Lionsgate’s Wonder grossed a further $7.3M from 66 markets this session. The Julia Roberts-starrer now has an international cume of $58.4M.
While Star Wars' X-wings were clipped by Jumanji in some overseas play including Russia, Mexico and eight Asia openings where the latter landed No. 1, Jedi maintained No. 1s in such key markets as the UK, France, Spain, Australia and Japan.
Daddy’s Home 2 (PAR): $3.1M intl weekend (55 markets); $68.3M intl cume
Happy Death Day (UNI): $300K intl weekend (10 markets); $59.2M intl cume
Darkest Hour (UNI): $100K intl weekend (China only); $5.4M China cume
3. The major bow this frame was the UK where the Bellas were No. 3 and are tracking slightly behind PP2 at $6M from 525 locations. Germany tuned up $1.8M at 483 sites, also No. Both markets are expected to see solid holiday-season play. When it opened in 2015, PP2 had a weekday holiday in Germany as it did in the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland where PP3 is trailing that film.
Here’s Anthony D’Alessandro’s look at how Sony and producer Matt Tolmach finally pulled off a second Jumanji movie after the studio tried to make one for the past 22 years.
A Bad Mom’s Christmas (STX): $1.4M intl weekend (8 openings); $54.1M intl cume
The softest spot among majors is Korea ($7.1M). — Overall, the UK leads the Top 5 at $67.4M, followed by Germany ($40M), France ($29.3M), Japan ($28.5M) and Australia ($26.9M).
5 with $4.8M, followed by France ($2.1M) and Russia ($1.9M). Drops on the Carlos Saldanha-helmed pic were good in Australia (-25%/$4.1M cume), Germany (-30%/$1.8M cume) and Denmark (-25%/$938K cume). The international cume is now $30.7M. From Fox’s Blue Sky Studios, the story of the gentle giant bull snouted out $21.5M from 10,635 screens in 62 markets this weekend. Ferdinand moves into 21 new markets throughout January, including China, Brazil and Korea. The biggest start was in the UK at No.
Perfectos Desconocidos (UNI): $1.1M intl weekend (Spain only); $12.2M intl cume
Other notable starts include France ($3.4M, including previews), Germany ($2.5M, including previews), the UAE ($1.7M), Spain ($1.4M), and the Netherlands ($1.2M, including previews).
Jackie Chan’s Bleeding Steel, meanwhile, picked up $27M in its debut. The combination of director, lavish production, an animal and the afterlife was catnip in China with an estimated $33.5M at the weekend. At the same time, he feels a special connection to the young woman, as if they met in a different life. From Chinese master Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, The Emperor And The Assassin), Demon Cat is based on the novel Samana Kukai by Japanese writer Yumemakura Baku. Coming in behind it was new arrival Legend Of The Demon Cat. The sci-fi thriller is a China/Oz co-production from Heyi Pictures and Village Roadshow. Together, they follow the trail of the titular demon cat who causes a series of strange events. It’s set during the Tang Dynasty and sees a Chinese poet and a Japanese monk join to investigate the mysterious death of the most beautiful concubine in Chinese history. Feng Xiaogang’s Youth faced off newcomers this session in China, to lead for the 2nd weekend in a row at a locally-estimated $34.4M for a $121.6M cume to date. Leo Zhang directs Chan as a hardened special forces agent who fights to protect a young woman from a sinister criminal gang.
The P.T. Barnum-inspired musical and showbiz origins story is directed by Michael Gracey and also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle and Zendaya.
1 bows in 28 of the markets where it faced off with the Resistance. The Jake Kasdan-directed movie that stars Dwayne Johnson is at $100M worldwide in its first session with several big markets to go. Jumanji, meanwhile, swung to No.
There, he must pass seven trials over 49 days to prove his innocence and reincarnate with the guardians by his side to defend him at trial In a crowded Korea frame, Lotte’s Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds had a strong start beginning December 20 and taking in $26.6M for the debut. The fantasy/drama from Kim Yong-hwa sees a firefighter taken to the afterlife by three guardians.
It will take a few days before the red dust settles. Those films had different holiday configurations surrounding them in the sophomore session, meaning relative drop-off comps are ornery: Christmas Eve (today) is traditionally weak in many overseas markets, whereas tomorrow will see pick-up (though notably not in the UK, where most cinemas will be closed). Overall, Jedi's crystal foxes are now running an estimated 30% below Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the same point of offshore play, and about 40% above Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Next weekend includes France and Spain; Australia goes January 1.
The movie is currently at play in 44% of its international footprint. The regional total is $14.8M. Malaysia led with $7.1M through Sunday, including last weekend’s paid preview program which set a territory record with $2.3M. It dominated in the smaller Asian markets, taking the top spot in eight where it opened. Other regional openings include Indonesia ($3.4M), Singapore ($1.8M, including previews), Hong Kong ($1.4M, including previews) and Vietnam ($790K, including previews).
— In Europe overall, Jedi is the 4th highest grossing film of 2017 after just two weekends, and will pass The Fate Of The Furious this week to take the No. 3 spot, giving The Walt Disney Studios 3 of the top 5 films of 2017.
Sony’s continuation of the 1995 classic welcomed $49.5M worth of moviegoers in 53 international markets this weekend. Taking advantage of the holiday season, the Jake Kasdan-directed pic was No. 1 in 28 markets where it faced off with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Including domestic 5-day play (and the $2M from Amazon Prime screenings earlier this month), the global total is $100M through Sunday.
The first film did about 44% of its business abroad with a total $50.4M in fall 2012. PP2 ultimately did $103M overseas for 36% of its gross led by the UK, Australia and Germany.
Justice League (WB): $1.7M intl weekend (65 markets); $424M intl cume ($646.7M WW)
After debuting in early November in Mexico, Disney/Pixar’s latest is still looking lively overseas with an added $13.6M this session to bring the offshore cume to $324.6M and the global total to $486.1M. There are still six majors to come, including Australia and Italy this week, followed by Brazil, Korea and the UK in January — and then Japan in March.
Italy, Korea and Brazil head to the Jungle in the first week of January, followed by China on January 12. Australia is next to bow, on Tuesday this week.
1. The sophomore session fell amid a flurry of activity at offshore turnstiles, with new entries including Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and its muscular $49.5M start in 53 markets — 28 of them at No. Factoring in the domestic FSS, the global total is $749.5M through Sunday. UPDATE, Tuesday AM writethru with Disney actuals: Disney/Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi knighted another $76.1 million at the international box office this weekend, coming in slightly ahead of Sunday projections and raising the overseas cume to $381.2M.
Because of the Christmas Day holiday on Monday, the only actuals in thus far are for Disney titles. Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
1s this weekend were maintained in: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. — No.
When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into its jungle setting, and the bodies of their avatars. Major international draw Dwayne Johnson stars with Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale in the new adventure that sees four teenagers sucked into the world of Jumanji.
— In Australia, TWDS now accounts for the Top 4 releases of 2017 — Beauty And The Beast, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 — just wait til the Mouse swallows the Fox.
Also showing its continued force, Disney/Pixar’s Coco is approaching $500M at the global box office with six major markets still to release. The China cume is $165.5M to secure the No. 2 ranking ever for an animated movie behind Zootopia. China will continue to add local titles through next weekend, ahead of the January 5 bow of Last Jedi. The worldwide cume through Sunday is $486.1M with $324.6M from international.
Also new was Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3 with a $9.8M start in 14 markets, mostly tuning up third-place bows behind Jedi and Jumanji. Fox’s The Greatest Showman kicked off with $4.1M in three overseas hubs, taking a great bow in Korea where the market is crowded with local pics.
This film sees the a cappella Bellas reunite for a USO competition in Europe. Joining the returnees are John Lithgow and Ruby Rose. Returning are Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins.
The Resistance continued to fight against the Dark Side in 54 material markets this weekend, lighting up $76.1M for the three-day in offshore waters. The international total is $381.2M through Sunday with $749.5M global on the latest sci-fi saga installment.
The Christmas holiday will have had some impact here — particularly with the typically weaker Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday. Tomorrow, the UK, which leads Jedi’s overseas hubs, will feel a tremor in the Force as most cinemas there are closed. But school holidays are now in full swing as compared to last weekend.
— Jedi is already the top grossing film of 2017 in both Denmark ($6.4M) and Sweden ($8.5M), as well as the 2nd highest grossing film of 2017 in Australia ($26.9M) and 3rd highest grossing film of 2017 in the UK ($67.4M).
— The best hold was in Japan where it fell 37%.
Elsewhere, the next international session will consist largely of holds and expansions as TLJ continues the fight for the light and with Jumanji and Coco adding Australia. Hugh Jackman’s Greatest Showman also has its Oz bow this coming frame.
The Chernin Entertainment pic also opened No. 1 in Taiwan this session with $698K and takes its show on the road in 60 new markets this coming weekend.
Internationally, it added $8.4M for a $30.3M cume. — In IMAX play, Jedi added $19.7M global for a 13-day total of $75M.
ComScore reports $3.64M in 10 overseas markets outside India for the sequel’s opening. 3 biggest Bollywood title ever at the time. It also reteams him with Ali Abbas Zafar, who directed Khan’s Sultan last year to an $88M worldwide gross, making it the No. Inspired by real events, Tiger Zinda Hai follows a daring rescue mission in Iraq which sees Indian agent Tiger and Pakistani agent Zoya join forces against the militant messiah Abu Usman.” /> India grosses take some time to collect, so we’ll update when they become clearer but word from box office analyst Taran Adarsh is that Friday and Saturday business was worth 69.4 crore ($10.4M) with a big Sunday and Monday expected. This is good news after a year that saw some soft results out of Bollywood. In India, Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai roared into play with the sequel expected to pass 100 crore ($15M) today at home. The spy actioner from Yash Raj Films is the follow-up to the star’s 2012 smash Ek Tha Tiger and reunites him with leading lady Katrina Kaif.
In Europe, the Rian Johnson-helmed entry is already the fourth highest-grossing film of 2017. Through Sunday, the UK continues to lead Jedi play with $67.4M to date while Germany has hit $40M.
1 with $4.8M, ahead of this year’s installment of local Christmas series Yolki; and Mexico’s $2.9M dominated the market. In the UK, Jumanji bowed at a strong No. 2 with $10.1M (including previews); Russia opened at No.
The cume there is $12.3M, topped by Italy’s $12.6M after four weeks. Germany’s 7th frame fell 33%. The hold in Japan was -20% for a local cume of $8.6M while France dipped 43% in the 2nd session to track down a running total of $4.1M. Rolling in with another $6.4M, Fox’s all-star Agatha Christie adaptation has now grossed $212.3M internationally.
In India, Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai got off to a roaring start, looking to cross 100 crore ($15M) at home today. 1, while Jackie Chan-starrer Bleeding Steel landed in third place. In China, Feng Xiaogang’s Youth and Chen Kaige’s Legend of the Demon Cat clawed it out for No.
3 in a crowded local field (No. Fox’s big holiday offering, The Greatest Showman, unwrapped in just three overseas markets this session, debuting to $4.1M from 922 screens. 1 MPA movie in the market) with $2.8M and fantastic word of mouth. The Hugh Jackman-starrer notably played ringmaster in Korea where the musical was No.
Two years after the sequel to Universal’s female-driven comedy opened during the summer corridor, Pitch Perfect 3 unwrapped $9.8M in 14 offshore markets. In most cases, the Trish Sie-helmed threequel took the 3rd slot below Jedi and Jumanji.
4 offshore market on La La Land with over $25M at the box office there last year. The Greatest Showman features original songs by that film’s Oscar winning lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. It’s notable that Korea was ultimately the No.
2 highest-grossing animated movie ever there behind Disney’s Zootopia, having overtaken Despicable Me 3 this week. After China, the Top 5 is rounded out by Mexico ($57.6M), France ($17.7M), Spain ($12.2M) and Russia ($9.2M). The extended China run has lifted Coco’s cume to $165.5M. A win for Pixar in this market, it’s the No.

‘The Last Jedi’ Approaches $800M Global Box Office With Christmas Coin Counted

The latter is going to be a very busy market this week with Jumanji, Coco and countryman Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman all taking their Oz bows. The UK leads all markets with $67.9M, followed by Germany ($42.6M), France ($31.1M), Japan ($29.6M) and Australia ($27.2M).
This weekend, Episode VIII became the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2017 in Europe and is the top-grossing film of 2017 in both Denmark and Sweden, the second-highest in Australia and the third-biggest in the UK.” /> Overall overseas, Jedi‘s crystal foxes are running about 32% below The Force Awakens at the same point of play and about 40% above Rogue One.
Globally, Monday's figure was 29% of the weekend versus TFA's 25% in 2015. Rogue One's second Monday in 2016, conversely, was quite sizable — falling on December 26 last year and repping 44% of its weekend (which had also been impacted by the holiday).
The overseas cume is $396M through Monday with worldwide at $791.6M. The Rian Johnson-helmed film will cross $800M today. After a weekend that included Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi unwrapped an added $42.3M globally on Monday's Christmas Day. Of that, $14.8M comes from the international box office, repping 19% of the second weekend.
This time, Jedi's Monday was Christmas Day, and that slowed some turnstile action — particularly in the UK, where most cinemas were closed and the film brought in just $100K. Comps to 2015's The Force Awakens are not apples-to-apples given how the calendar played out this year. On its second international Monday, TFA took in 29% of the weekend, which had Christmas Day on the Friday. The Boxing Day holiday today will punch that up.

‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Lead Australian Academy Nominations

Best Screenplay
Hugh Jackman – LOGAN
Margot Robbie – I, TONYA

Best Supporting Actor
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro

Saoirse Ronan – LADY BIRD
DUNKIRK – Christopher Nolan
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
Best Film

Blige – MUDBOUND Mary J.
DUNKIRK – Christopher Nolan
Sally Hawkins – THE SHAPE OF WATER
Daniel Kaluuya – GET OUT
Gary Oldman – DARKEST HOUR
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – Luca Guadagnino
Best Direction
I, TONYA – Craig Gillespie
Best Lead Actor
Here is the full list of AACTA Nominees:
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig

Daniel Day-Lewis – PHANTOM THREAD
GET OUT – Jordan Peele
Ben Mendelsohn – DARKEST HOUR

7. Winners will be announced in Los Angeles on Jan. That ceremony will be telecast in Australia exclusively on Foxtel Arts, Foxtel’s high definition dedicated arts channel two days later on Jan. 5 at The Avalon Hollywood.
Timothée Chalamet – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Best Lead Actress

A total of 15 films have received nominations this year, with three — Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — leading all nominations with five each. The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced the nominees for the 7th AACTA International Awards. Best Film nominations include those three and also Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water and Christopher Nolan's WWII epic Dunkirk.

Laurie Metcalf – LADY BIRD
Best Supporting Actress
Tom Hardy – DUNKIRK
Allison Janney – I, TONYA

Hopsin – Ill Mind Of Hopsin 9

I wasn’t at your birth, ’cause your mother made me miss it
I tried to get a visa, I applied and they denied it
‘Cause your momma told the police that I beat her, she was lyin’
And now I’m banned for something bad I ain’t even do
There’s a lot of land and water separating me and you
You’re far away in Australia and I am in America
So I cannot be there to do all of the things a parent does
This is my attempt at me raising you from a distance
You have Hopson in your blood, you are special and you are gifted
The punishment your mother has given me doesn’t seem fair
Just know I love you son, and I’m wishin’ that I could be there

Our lives could’a been so good
But momma had to fuck it all up (it’s sad)
And now your daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma
(Hell no) Nope, daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma
Now sing it with me, son
Our lives could’a been so good
But momma had to fuck it all up (yeah, that’s it)
And that’s why daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma (that’s why what?)
(Hell no) No, daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma
[Verse 2]
I know you and your mom are staying with her parents, Bill & Kirsten
You’re partially black, I’m confident they’re feeling nervous
They don’t like coloured people, in their eyes you’re still a burden
They assume you’re gonna grow up shooting guns and stealin’ purses
But that’s not true, son, don’t be sad
I know you’re not like that, you know I got your back
Listen, here’s a funny joke that you could tell your grandmother
She looks like the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters
Oh, I forgot, you’re too young to know what that is
But that’s the kinda thing I like to say to plumpy fat chicks
The humps on moms chest are not real, they’re elastic
And if you look closely you can see she’s made of plastic
Like a toy, you my boy, my son, my friend
I promise we gon’ be together somehow in the end
I am very ashamed that you don’t have my last name
Every night I go to bed and I’m feelin’ this wicked pain, because

Our lives could’a been so good
But momma had to fuck it all up
And now your daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma
(Hell no) Nope, daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma
You know what time it is, son
Our lives could’a been so good
But momma had to fuck it all up (that’s right)
And that’s why daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma (daddy doesn’t fuck with who?)
(Hell no) No, daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma
[Verse 3]
Currently my life has hit the floor, I can’t lie to you, shit is hard
I should be building with the Lord, it could be what I’m missin’
Or maybe I should continue to hurt your momma and diss her more
Just to relieve the tension that sits in my heart, ’cause it is sore
When I’m spittin’ bars about all my cash and exquisite cars
This was on my vision and you were the one I did it for
My relationship with your momma is sittin’ in the morgue
After all this hell I can’t lie, I do wish she did abort
Our lives are so unhappy, ’cause this world is cold and nasty
Just know your daddy don’t condone havin’ a broken family
I’m so sad we couldn’t work out our issues ‘fore you arrived
And now you have to suffer, ’cause mom and daddy have stupid lives
You’re way too young to notice it, you don’t deserve to go through this
If I do see your mom again this time I will assault the bitch
At least then I’ll feel like my bannin’ was justified
Look at your momma, thank her for fuckin’ up all our lives, to sing

Our lives could’a been so good
But momma had to fuck it all up
And now your daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma
(Hell no) Nope, daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma
Where’s my choir at? [Chorus]
Our lives could’a been so good
But momma had to fuck it all up (momma had to fuck it all up)
And that’s why daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma (daddy doesn’t fuck your momma)
(Hell no) No, daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma
Oh, son, I’m sorry I can’t be
There with you, but I’ll be there soon
But daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma (no, no)
No, daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma
Just know that
Our lives could’a been so good
But momma had to fuck it all up
And that’s why daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma
(Hell no) No, daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma [Pre-Chorus]
Our lives could’a been so good
But momma had to fuck it all up
And now your daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma
No, daddy doesn’t fuck with your momma
All together, come on
Our lives could’a been so good
But momma had to fuck it all up
And that’s why daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma
(Hell no) No, daddy doesn’t fuck with my momma
[Verse 1]
Oh, hello son, I really wish I knew you
I’m your father you’ll probably never be introduced to
You’ll only see me on TV or maybe YouTube
But now I know your momma is probably dating some new dude
So how you liking Earth? Are you loving your existence?