‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Decks $700M+ At Global Box Office, Rocks Records For ‘F&F’ Franchise

One of those is China where the movie is now at $175M, though only 25% of that flows back. It is also the only major studio release on the calendar for the rest of its run. Nevertheless, it is the biggest August release for Hollywood of all time (after scoring the biggest August opening weekend ever). The film may top out at just under $200M locally, and has helped push the F&F franchise past $1B in the market. (Paramount's Crawl has a September 12 date, but the month overall in the market is curious as China heads into the October 1 anniversary of the founding of the Republic; much is TBD.)
Further, H&S boasts the biggest cume in the franchise in the Middle East and Ukraine.
The Top 5 markets through Thursday are: China ($175M), Japan ($27.7M), Korea ($25.6M), UK ($23M) and Russia ($18.9M).” />
Also as previously noted, H&S had the biggest global opening of 2019 for a non-Disney/non-superhero film; the 3rd biggest global opening in the F&F series, at current exchange rates; and the top start outside of the main F&F franchise for Johnson and Statham.
H&S records elsewhere include the biggest F&F franchise opening in Korea, as we previously reported. 3 play on this film. This is particularly notable since Korea has never before figured in the Top 5 of F&F hubs; it’s now the No. Since then, H&S has become the top F&F film ever there.
Being a spinoff, H&S never was expected to reach the heights of the most recent Fast & Furious movies, but its success and staying power are a testament to the draw of the franchise, great release dates against family fare and the stars who are notably a draw in key markets.
Overall, H&S held the No. 1 slot worldwide across four weekends (not consecutive) which, as we noted last Sunday, makes it the only movie this year to do so.
The H&S muscle has pushed the Fast & Furious franchise to over $4.1B internationally and more than $5.8B globally. A $725M-$750M finish is expected globally. Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw has shot past the $700M mark worldwide, rocking a $700.53M gross through Thursday. The split on the Dwayne Johnson-Jason Statham action spinoff currently sits at $160.53M domestic and $540M at the international box office.
It is the highest-grossing non-Disney/non-superhero movie of 2019. H&S, directed by David Leitch, is headed into its sixth weekend of global release.

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Hustles Past $500M Overseas, Nears $700M Global; ‘Hollywood’ Closing In On $300M WW – International Box Office

Angel Has Fallen raised another $12.8M in 44 markets for an offshore cume to date of $28.7M.
It will soon pass the $300M milestone and with Italy and Korea to come this month, will overtake Inglourious Basterds worldwide. Quentin Tarantino’s summer of 69 saga added a groovy $21.6M in 60 markets this session. The offshore total is $152.7M for $284M global.
Breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below (we are slightly abridged today owing to the Venice Film Festival).
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The Top 5 markets so far are the UK ($20.1M), Russia ($17M), France ($15.6M), Germany ($12.7M) and Australia ($10.9M). No. 1s were notably held in Germany, Australia, Spain and Poland.
Crawl (PAR): $2M intl weekend (30 markets); $35.6M intl cume ($74.6M global)
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Universal’s spinoff is now at $525.3M internationally and $684.2M globally, expected to pass $700M this week after a $39.1M frame in 69 markets overseas. The final should land in the $725M-$750M range worldwide.
 
Korea had a good -55% hold for a cume of $25M. The UK dipped just 2% for a running total of $22.8M and France was off 28% for $17.9M to date.
1 for a 4th weekend (though not consecutively), that would make it the only movie this year to have the honor. It is also the highest-grossing non-Disney and non-superhero movie of 2019 worldwide. Globally, H&S is estimated at No.
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The Angry Birds Movie 2 (SNY): $5.5M intl weekend (48 markets); $58.5M intl cume ($93.7M global)
In Hollywood, meanwhile, added $21.6M in the frame, off a healthy Japan start that’s three times bigger than Django Unchained and 70% more than Inglourious Basterds. Sony’s Once Upon A Time… Europe is quite keen on the Quentin Tarantino pic with a drop of just 29%. The overseas cume is now $152.7M with $284M worldwide.
The current worldwide cume is $684.2M through Sunday. UPDATE, writethru: Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw continued to flex its muscles at the top of the international box office this weekend, smack-talking its way to another $39.1M in 69 markets. The overseas cume topped $500M in the session, hitting $525.3M as it approaches $700M global.
Japan opened to $2.7M, triple the start of Django Unchained and 70% bigger than Basterds.
Greece was the final market to join the party this session, starting at No. 3 with $323K. Elsewhere, China led the session at $27.9M for a $166M cume on its way near $200M.
The Lion King now has a global gross of $1.562B and offshore is at $1.041B. 7 on the all-time overseas charts, having passed both The Fate Of The Furious and Jurassic World. The latter puts it at No.
The Sony/Bona pic had strong holds in Europe with the UK down 9%, Germany off 26%, France down 28% and Spain dipping 30%.
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Abroad, it is also the No. Globally, the movie is now at $1.562B. Disney’s puss in loot added $20.6M in 53 overseas markets, down 37%, for a $1.041B total. 7 release ever. It has passed both Furious 7 and The Avengers worldwide and is the No. 7 pic.
The Top 5 markets are China ($120.4M), UK ($88.1M), France ($74M), Brazil ($67.5M) and Mexico ($51.7M).
Now that we've had a couple weekends of mostly holdover play, WB's It Chapter Two will be the s*it next session, opening in most overseas markets September 4-6.
this weekend). 2 behind H&S and has now cumed an estimated $686M (it also released in the U.S. Warner Bros’ Clint Eastwood drama The Mule rolled into the market under the arthouse film quota and grossed $975K on 1,870 screens. In China, Ne Zha was again No. That lifts the offshore cume to $69.8M.
Overall, the Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-starrer should top out in the $725M-$750M global range. 1 in the market and now with a running cume of $166M, on track for a $200M finish. The holdover markets are tracking above Fast 6 (+33%) and below Fast 7 (-38%) and F8 (-41%), as expected. China was responsible for the bulk of Hobbs & Shaw’s overseas weekend, holding No.
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Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (PAR): $4.4M intl weekend (33 markets); $24.1M intl cume ($75.3M global)
Good Boys (UNI): $2.7M intl weekend (26 markets); $11.7M intl cume ($70.3M global)
Strong holds include UK (+8%), Belgium (-6%), France (-7%), Netherlands (-21%), Chile (-21%), Germany (-23%), Switzerland (-23%), Spain (-25%), Australia (-27%), Sweden (-32%), Russia (-35%), Japan (-35%) and Brazil (-35%).
Yesterday (UNI): $2.4M intl weekend (25 markets); $61.2M intl cume ($134.3M global)
Toy Story 4 (DIS): $4.9M intl weekend (24 markets); $613.8M intl cume ($1,043.5M global)
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (EONE/SIERRA): $2.5M intl weekend (59 markets); $26.7M intl cume ($85.5M global)
The Kitchen (WB): $511K intl weekend (21 markets); $2.7M intl cume ($14.5M global)” />
4 highest grossing Disney release ever in Italy, the 10th highest grossing release of all-time in the UK and the 2nd biggest movie ever in South Africa In Europe, TLK is now the No.
The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (UNI); $3.9M intl weekend (43 markets); $263.3M intl cume ($420.9M global)

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Tops $100M In China Bow, Nears $600M Global; ‘Lion King’ Roars Past $1.5B WW – International Box Office

The rush from China, which includes an August-best IMAX bow of $8.6M, also helps pump the F&F franchise across the $4B mark at the international box office, and $5.6B globally.
The Top 5 markets are: China ($120.4M), UK ($84.8M), France ($71.3M), Brazil ($66.2M) and Mexico ($51.4M).
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When it opened earlier this month, H&S was No. 1 at the domestic and global box office for two consecutive weekends and is now on track for a No. The film is eyeing a $106M (RMB 750M) three-day launch session. The Middle Kingdom debuted with muscle on Friday (see below) and is estimated at $75M (RMB 529M) through today per Universal, and a bit higher per local reporting. 1 bow in China this frame.
In Korea last weekend, H&S topped the opening of any of the Toretto family-led core pics, snagging the best debut in the franchise.
Yesterday (UNI): $800K intl weekend (25 markets); $58.4M intl cume ($130.8M global)
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (eOne/SA): $4.3M intl weekend (8 markets); $21.5M intl cume ($71.7M global)
Winging to another $10.2M this weekend from 10,200+ screens in 43 markets, Sony/Rovio’s sequel now has an overseas cume of $47.6M. China has now cumed an estimated $16.4M amid stiff competition, and is on track for a $21M finish, sharply down from the previous entry and despite overall positive reviews. New openings included: India ($870K), Spain ($560K) and Peru ($380K). There are many markets still to come including Mexico, Australia, Italy, Germany, Brazil and France.
1 over local smash, Ne Zha, which found itself at No. The social scores on H&S were lower than recent F&F movies, but that didn’t hamper the start which came in above the $100M some were predicting pre-launch. H&S played at 10,655 locations in China and was a clear No. In China, where the series, Johnson and Statham excel, the film is outpacing Fast 6, The Meg, Rampage and Skyscraper. 2 for the first time in its month-long run (and now at $650M in the market).
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Crawl (PAR): $4.1M intl weekend (35 markets); $31.4M intl cume ($70.2M)
The Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham brawn-and-banter spinoff will also have bragging rights to pushing the international F&F franchise total past $4B, while the worldwide gross tops $5.6B through this weekend. SATURDAY UPDATE: After taking the act to China on Friday, Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is crossing $500M worldwide today, and will close in on $600M through the end of Sunday, landing just south of that next milestone. With Saturday estimates, the split through today is expected to hit $144.5M domestic and $408M at the international box office for a running global tally of $552.5M.
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In Latin America, The Lion King is the 4th biggest industry film by admissions, behind only Endgame, Toy Story 4 and Infinity War.
Taking into account the overseas (excluding China) drops of some recent spinoffs versus the previous franchise film, H&S is off F8 by about 46% while Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them ended 45% below the final Harry Potter movie and Bumblebee was down 32% from the Transformers installment before it. The recent F&F titles are not an apples-to-apples comp, and the overall performance on the pricey pic is strong, particularly for a spinoff.
The Top 5 markets through Sunday are Japan ($86.7M), UK ($78.3M), Mexico ($71.9M), Brazil ($32.5M) and China ($29.1M). The current weekend was $4.3M in 32 markets for an offshore cume of $604.2M.
Upcoming key markets include Japan next weekend, followed by Italy and Korea in September.
 
8 highest grossing movie overall across the region. 12 highest grossing release of all time in the UK and the No. Elsewhere in Europe, TLK is now the top Disney release ever in Spain (surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens), the No.
When it passes $1B offshore, more than likely tomorrow, it will be only the 9th film ever to do so. 9 movie of all time worldwide (and will keep moving up the chart). The Jon Favreau directed pic is now the No. Hakuna Matata indeed. Disney’s The Lion King put its paw print on another $30M from 56 material markets this session, lifting the overseas cume to just shy of $1B ($997.9M) and global to $1,508.5M.
France led play this session, adding $3.1M at No. In the UK, Hollywood was also tops again and has now tallied up $14.8M. Same goes for Germany ($10.1M cume) and Spain ($7.3M cume). Europe is leaning into the film that first debuted at Cannes in May. 1 for a $12.3M cume. The Russia and Australia totals are also strong at $15.7M and $8.5M, respectively.
The Top 5 markets to date are China ($102M), Japan ($25.5M), Korea ($22M), the UK ($21.4M) and Russia ($18M).
The Kitchen (WB): $550K intl weekend (26 markets); $2.05M intl cume ($15.6M global)
1 this session in 23 holdover markets, including France, the UK, Germany and Spain. The overseas cume is now $116.6M for $239.8M globally. In Hollywood added $28M from 55 markets. Quentin Tarantino’s celebration of 1969 LA was No. After a sensational debut last weekend, Sony/Bona's Once Upon A Time… It was also tops in five new hubs that include Mexico for QT's best-ever start there, at $2.4M.
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Good Boys (UNI): $3.5M intl weekend (22 markets); $6.9M intl cume ($49M global)
SUNDAY UPDATE, writethru: Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw hit the ground running in China this weekend, muscling in on an estimated $102M (RMB 721M) three-day debut. That sets a new all-time August opening record for the market and is the 2nd best bow of 2019 on a studio movie there. Overall, the Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham spinoff this weekend grossed another $120.4M from 68 markets for an offshore cume of $441.2M and a worldwide tally of $588.9M.
H&S is expected to do over $700M globally; finance sources suggest a nice profit to come.
In IMAX, H&S opened to $8.6M on 623 China screens, setting a new August record and topping Mission: Impossible – Fallout’s $7.1M. Worldwide, H&S has put $30.5M in the IMAX tank to date. The debut is also the 2nd biggest IMAX China bow for the F&F franchise.
Italy is the final market to release and this weekend welcomed the pride with open wallets, spending $15.9M across five days. This is the 2nd best Disney opening ever there (behind only Endgame) and the highest ever August bow of all time.
7 best opening day ever for a foreign film in the Middle Kingdom (in local currency terms). Overall, this is the No. PREVIOUS, FRIDAY: Universal's Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw muscled into China on Friday, grossing an estimated $34.5M (RMB 245M). The figures do not include Thursday midnights and rep the 2nd best debut of 2019 for an imported movie, behind only Avengers: Endgame.
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Through Thursday, and not counting China's Friday, the international box office cume is $322.9 for $462.5M global.
The Top 5 markets through Thursday (again, not including China's Friday) are Japan ($24.1M), UK ($20.4M), Korea ($18.2M), Russia ($17.6M) and Mexico ($16.1M).
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Furious 7 ultimately did $391M while F8 revved to $393M. However, comps to the last two F&F movies versus this spinoff in the market, as with elsewhere, are not apples-to-apples. Both Johnson and Statham were in Beijing earlier this month to promote the pic. The Fast & Furious franchise and its stars, who excel individually outside the series, are big business in China.
Directed by David Leitch from a story by longtime F&F narrative architect Chris Morgan and a screenplay by Morgan and Drew Pearce, H&S is produced by Johnson, Statham, Morgan and Hiram Garcia. Executive producers are Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Ethan Smith, Ainsley Davies and Steven Chasman.
(F7 opened on a Sunday.) The projected Middle Kingdom bow also gives the Fast & Furious franchise its 2nd best FSS launch there ever, coming in behind just The Fate Of The Furious which still holds the record as biggest FSS opening weekend of all time in China at RMB 1.3B.
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (PAR): $3.2M intl weekend (28 markets); $17.4M intl cume ($60.5M global)
The Douban score on H&S is lower than its brothers at 6.4, and while its Maoyan score is also lower, it has increased throughout the day to an 8.6. Maoyan, which can be fickle, is currently predicting a finish above $220M.
TLK is currently the No. 9 movie of all time globally and will soon pass both Furious 7 and The Avengers to bump further up the chart. The multi-quad Disney pic, which added a total $30M this session, has now crossed $1.5B in global box office. Also setting an August record this weekend, The Lion King roared into Italy with a $15.9M mouthful. The pride’s overseas cume is estimated at $997.9M for $1,508.5M worldwide through Sunday.
Johnson and Statham also nabbed their best bows outside the main F&F franchise. Both are sizable overseas draws, and each excels in China where the series runs high on octane.
The social scores weren't stellar, with an 8.6 on Maoyan and a 6.4 on Douban. However, some recent pics with similar notes have done upwards of 2x opening business. Hobbs & Shaw is currently tracking ahead of Fast 6, The Meg, Rampage and Skyscraper in China and has clear runway ahead. The franchise is a big draw in the Middle Kingdom while Johnson and Statham also have keen bases. The China debut was slightly lower than running estimates throughout the frame (see below), but is nevertheless a brawny performance.
Breakdowns on this week's films above and more have been updated below (NB: we are waiting on Angel Has Fallen figures although comScore puts it at $8.4M this weekend).
Further updates on Sunday.
The Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-starrer is the first action film in the market since Spider-Man: Far From Home debuted in late June ($35.5M opening day with previews included). With the $4.96M (RMB 35.2M) from Thursday's midnights, the running come is $39.5M.
Mexico was the key new hub with a No. The film is tracking 207% ahead of The Wolf Of Wall Street. 1 bow at $2.4M to give QT his best-ever launch in the market.
Pre-weekend estimates we were hearing were in the $80M-$100M range, and H&S now looks on track to beat those with a $112M+ start.
Rounding out the Top 5 markets after China through Saturday are: Japan ($24.9M), UK ($21.2M), Korea ($20.7M) and Russia ($17.9M)
In the meantime, next weekend includes anticipated Indian pic Saaho and the debut of Chinese smash Ne Zha in the UK (as well as North America). While play-through continues, the Venice Film Festival gets underway this week and folks will be holding their collective breath for It: Chapter Two beginning September 4 overseas.
This would see TLK become only the 9th movie ever to cross that threshold, and the 4th from the Mouse. Through Monday, the international tally on the Jon Favreau-directed return to Simba should top $1B.
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When it debuted in early August, H&S became Universal’s 5th highest global opening ever (behind F8, Jurassic World, F7 and Fifty Shades Of Grey). It was also the biggest 2019 worldwide debut outside the Disney or superhero realm, and the 3rd best global start for the F&F series, behind the two previous titles.
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1 slot on this frame's international and global charts. Overall this weekend, the take was $120.4M in 68 markets for a $441.2M overseas cume and $588.9M worldwide to give H&S the No.
This is all before Scandinavia opens. Next in Forky’s sights is Despicable Me 3 ($1.035B). Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 has now grossed $1.031B globally, hopping past Zootopia ($1.024B) and Finding Dory ($1.029B) to become the No. 6 animated release of all time.
Strong holds this weekend included Finland (-20%), Israel (-31%), Japan (-36%), Australia (-37%), Spain (-38%), India (-39%), Brazil (-39%), Taiwan (-46%) and Argentina (-48%).
(F7 opened on a Sunday.) The David Leitch-directed spinoff shot to an estimated $102M debut in China, setting records for the best August opening of all time; the 2nd biggest Hollywood start in 2019 (behind Avengers: Endgame); the 3rd highest FSS opening of 2019; and the 2nd best FSS launch in the franchise, coming in behind just The Fate Of The Furious which still holds the record as biggest FSS opening weekend of all time in China at RMB 1.3B.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (SNY): $1.5M intl weekend (60 markets); $736M intl cume ($1.116B global)
The full China debut projection is slightly lower than where we saw it yesterday, but would still set market benchmarks as the biggest August opening weekend ever; the 2nd best start of 2019, behind only Avengers: Endgame; and the 3rd highest FSS opening of 2019 — behind local smash The Wandering Earth (RMB 1.2B) and Endgame (RMB 1.18B), but ahead of current local hit Ne Zha (RMB 625M).
It has topped Pulp Fiction globally, now sitting behind Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds, and with more play ahead. The offshore cume on the Sony/Bona title is now $116.6M for $239.8M worldwide. Quentin Tarantino’s hot August nights continued this weekend as his love letter to 1969 LA added another $28M from 12,000+ screens in 55 markets.
Rocketman (PAR): $1.7M intl weekend (Japan only); $93.5M intl cume ($189.7M global)
The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (UNI): $4.9M intl weekend (41 markets); $255.7M intl cume ($413.2M global)
1 in the market (that movie has now grossed an estimated $633M, overtaking Endgame locally, and will be released domestically by WellGo USA on August 29). H&S, which comes to China weeks after it debuted elsewhere, also has bragging rights to ending local animated powerhouse Ne Zha’s 28-day run at No.
 
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Exhibition Giant AMC Lays Off 35 Workers As “Profit Improvement Plan” Begins

During a conference call with Wall Street analysts earlier this month, AMC chief Adam Aron said the company was launching what he called a "formal profit improvement plan." While the plan is expected to have only "modest impact" this year, Aron said the company sees it adding $50 million or more in operating income.
Top exhibitor AMC Entertainment, following through on previously announced cost-cutting plans, has laid off 35 office staffers and will not fill 15 more positions.
"Because of AMC’s leadership position in the operation of cinemas and its proactive desire to operate more efficiently, AMC is confident that its future is a bright one," the statement concluded.
Aron said the company has identified ideas for about $50 million in cost savings and $25 million in revenue enhancement. "While most of the ideas will be realized, some will not," Aron mused.
Financial results were strong in the second quarter ending in June, thanks to Avengers: Endgame and other blockbusters, but exhibition is facing several challenges to its traditional business model. Streaming of big-budget films by Netflix, Amazon and others has not yet blown up the theatrical release window but the threat is a serious one.
Anticipating analysts' questions about the timing of the restructuring, Aron said, "Any time and all the time is a good time for a company to think creatively about its revenues and its costs." He added, "Think of us as a leaner, but not a meaner AMC."” />
The company noted that since its current headquarters building opened in 2013, the workforce there has gone from fewer than 400 associates to "well over 600." Even after the cuts, there will still be more than 600 workers in Leawood. The exhibitor, which is partly owned by private equity and China's Wanda Group, employs several thousand workers around the world. In a statement furnished to Deadline, AMC acknowledged the "difficult but necessary organizational changes" at its headquarters in Leawood, KS.

Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Has Bountiful $54M Overseas Weekend, Tops ‘Django’ In Debuts; ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Muscles In On $437M WW – International Box Office

The Sony/Bona film is rolling out through September and is coming off a terrific world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, while strong reviews and the marquee pairing of stars and director are resonating. There were No. 1s in 28 markets for Hollywood this frame, led by the UK’s 5-day opening of $8.9M (+76% on Django).
Spider-Man: Far From Home (SNY): $3.1M intl weekend (64 markets); $733M intl cume ($1.109B global)
2 highest grossing film of all time, behind Avengers: Endgame. In Europe and Latin America, the Jon Favreau-directed redo of the animated classic is the highest grossing Disney Live Action film ever. In Brazil, TLK is now the No.
Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight’s horror pic Ready Or Not will hit some smaller hubs while Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen hits the UK and a smattering of other hubs. Next weekend’s big curiosity will be the debut of Hobbs & Shaw in China; depending on how the market goes, the spinoff is eyeing a potential $700M+ global finish.
Italy joins the pride next weekend and will be the final market to release.
Japan saw just a 4% drop and has $15.6M in the food bowl. France had a 36% drop and has grossed $10.6M to date. Germany is the top market in this week’s reporting at $19M. There were no new hubs in the frame which was led by Mexico; the market jumped 48% to cume $10.3M so far. Another $9.7M to the dogs this session lifts Illumination/Universal’s sequel to $243.6M overseas and $400.7M globally.
Late last week, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 put a Forky in the $1B worldwide box office milestone. The current session was good for $8.6M in 36 markets with international now at $592.2M and global reaching $1,016.6M.
The drop from last session was 38% with $33.8M more in the offshore coffers which currently total $939.1M. Disney’s The Lion King moved up the charts to become the No. It is also the No. 2 release of 2019 domestically, overseas and worldwide. 9 movie of all time globally with $1,435.2M through Sunday. The $1B international milestone should hit soon.
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The Top 5 markets so fare are Japan ($22.8M), UK ($19.6M), Russia ($16.8M), Mexico ($15.6M) and Korea ($15M).
The Top 5 are currently Japan ($81.8M), UK ($76.7M), Mexico ($71.9M), Brazil ($32.5M) and China ($29.1M).
6 with $1.2M at 490. The latter landed No. The UK and France were the majors to go digging this weekend with the former bowing to No. The international cume is now $10.7M. Mexico is on September 13 and Brazil on November 7. 4 with $1.4M at 550 locations. There are several majors to come, with Latin America expected to see the best performances. After a small early rollout last weekend, Paramount’s Dora added $6.6M in 24 markets this session.
Yesterday (UNI): $1.2M intl weekend (27 markets); $56.9M intl cume ($128.6M global)
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In other news, Disney’s The Lion King is now the No. An additional $33.8M came from 54 offshore markets (-38%) where the cume is now $939.1M for $1,435.2M global. 9 movie of all time worldwide, having passed Avengers: Age Of Ultron this weekend.
2 local movie of 2019 in the market)” /> Padre No Hay Más Que Uno (SNY): $900K intl weekend (Spain only); $7.6M intl cume (No.
The Top 5 markets to date are: China ($120.3M), UK ($81.1M), France ($67.7M), Brazil ($64M) and Mexico ($50.5M).
1 with $2.8M. CBS Films’ Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark had a solid Mexico opening at No. Elsewhere, Universal’s domestic champ Good Boys debuted in 13 international markets for $2.1M. The UK was the only major to release this session.
It was No. 2 in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. In Latin America, TLK is the biggest industry film by admissions, holding the No. 1 position in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela this session.
This weekend was worth $19.2M, led by China’s $10M and where local movies are currently dominating. 1 for $4.1M. After early rollout, the Sony Pictures Animation title is now nesting with $30M from 29 offshore markets. Fast-burn Russia opened at No. The well-reviewed sequel is flapping its wings, however, versus the last picture.
Breakdowns on this week's films above and more have been updated below.
Overall, notable drops were seen in Belgium (-1%), Netherlands (-11%), Japan (-15%), Chile (-19%), Israel (-20%), Germany (-23%), Switzerland (-29%), France (-32%), Sweden (-35%) and Brazil (-35%)
Also a major pairing at the box office, the Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-fronted Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw continued to strut its stuff this weekend, pumping up another $45.7M. That lifts the offshore cume for Universal's spinoff to $303.3M and global to $437M. This is before they bring the brawn to China on August 23.
The cume is now $1.109B. Sony’s having a mighty fine weekend overall, however. Along with the record Hollywood bows, Spider-Man: Far From Home tops Skyfall today to become the studio’s biggest film ever worldwide.
As we noted on Friday, Korea is the new standout here with a $15M opening. The drop in holdovers was 48%, besting those of the three previous F&F movies. Korea doesn’t typically index at the high end on an F&F title, but with this weekend the market jumps into the Top 5 so far. Despite competition from two strong local holdovers, H&S secured the biggest screen count of the F&F series and, with a holiday in the mix, came in above all previous entries.
1 in Belgium (where it is the 2nd biggest movie ever) as well as No. In the Netherlands, The Lion King is now the highest grossing film ever (when excluding the re-release of Titanic). 2s in the UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Regionally in the Middle East, the film is now the 3rd biggest grosser of all time. This means that Disney has the Top 3 all-time releases, along with Aladdin and Endgame. Lion King’s European weekend saw it maintain No.
Crawl (PAR): $3.2M intl weekend (28 markets); $25.1M intl cume ($63.7M global)
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1s in 28 opening markets this session, led by the UK’s 5-day total of $8.9M (+76% on Django). Anecdotally, in the southern town of Aix-en-Provence, the movie is playing in two of the three main cinemas — one is hosting the dubbed version, and the other has the English-language original, with French subtitles. There were No. France started with $6.9M which is on par with Django. Tarantino excels here, particularly as he has such strong ties to the Cannes Film Festival where Hollywood world premiered. On Thursday this week (a holiday that typically draws folks to other pastimes) the subtitled seances were SRO from early evening.
The full weekend was $45.7M in 67 markets. With a franchise record in Korea this weekend, Universal spinoff Hobbs & Shaw pumped up its international cume to $303.3M for $437M global. That’s a 48% drop from the holdover hubs, besting the dips of The Fate Of The Furious (-56%), Furious 7 (-49%) and Fast & Furious 6 (-56%) in comparable markets and at the same stage of play.
Hong Kong and Taiwan, where Bona is releasing the Sony title, are at $1.2M and $1.1M, respectively. Russia’s cume rose to $13.3M after another $3M weekend. Australia grossed $4.4M (68% over Django), and Spain bowed to $3.6M. In Germany, the weekend (including previews) was $5.6M.
In top holds, Netherlands led with 10% down, followed by Japan (-23%), Colombia (-23%), Belgium (-25%) and France (-28%).
At historic rates, that means Hollywood is already Tarantino's 5th biggest grosser worldwide. The debut hubs landed 30% higher than Django Unchained at today’s rates. Offshore markets to come include Mexico, Japan, Italy and Korea. Russia had bowed to a record QT score while the 46 new markets this session combined to give the director the best launch of his career. They also topped Leonardo DiCaprio/Margot Robbie-starrer The Wolf Of Wall Street by 19%. No confirmation yet on China. Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to 1969 came in tops at the international box office this weekend, enjoying a $53.7M second frame. The international cume is now $66.2M for a global running tally of $180.5M. This, in effect, was the official opening as last week’s Russia, Taiwan and Hong Kong acted as a teaser.
Word of mouth and mid-week business has been better there with 4.5 stars on Kids UK PostTrak, and 4 stars on Parents UK PostTrak. In the UK, where the birds first took flight, the local cume is $4.3M.
Korea instantly leap-frogged into the Top 5 markets so far. Depending on how things go, H&S is looking at a $700M+ global final. This is all before China gets in on the action/banter fest next Friday (August 23). 1 launch was above The Fate Of The Furious (+51%), Furious 7 (+89%) and Fast 6 (+193%). This is the best start for the series which doesn’t typically overindex in the market. Benefiting from a holiday in Korea, the opening there was a terrific $15M. The No. The Middle Kingdom loves the franchise, and Johnson and Statham, but it’s a fickle place in a fickle time; we'll know more later this week.
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Germany was the last market to go, opening this weekend with $2.2M in the No. 3 slot. This was not expected to be an overindexing market, but does have three weeks of school holidays ahead.
*Good Boys (UNI): $2.1M intl weekend (13 markets); $2.1M intl cume ($23.1M global)
There are more markets to come on the game-to-big screen transfer including Spain, Mexico, Australia, Italy, Germany, Brazil and France — all through mid-October.
Overall, the $19.4M this weekend lifts the sequel’s overseas cume to $30.2M. Homegrown juggernaut Ne Zha is still leading play in the Middle Kingdom, now with an estimated cume of $594M as it looks to knock Avengers: Endgame out of the No. In China, the late-summer local additions continue to rule the roost, not leaving too much room for Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie 2 which did $10M there. 2 slot for the year.
That includes 46 new hubs where the Leonardo DiCaprio/Brad Pitt-starrer came in 30% higher than Django Unchained to log the director's best offshore opening ever, at current rates. UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is having some hot August nights at the international box office with $53.7M from 49 markets this session. Added to the QT record debut in Russia last weekend, the overseas cume on the ode to 1969 is now $66.2M for $180.5M global.
In local titles, Akshay Kumar-starrer Mission Mangal made about $10.6M through Saturday after kicking off with the star's career-best first day, according to reports out of India. We will update with a full weekend estimate when the numbers become available.
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Stock Market Ends Week On Upswing As Media And Tech Firms Stop Bleeding

"We believe the average viewer will take 3-4 OTT services," he reasoned in a research note. "Netflix and Disney will likely be the top two choices for most consumers, but we believe CBS All Access and its compelling products to be the third or fourth choice and expect Pluto to continue to grow quickly as a free service."” /> Alan Gould of Loop Capital cited the combined company's streaming assets as a key reason for his upbeat view.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its second straight day of gains, rising 309 points to finish at 25,889.33, after an alarming 800-point dive Wednesday, the worst drop of 2019. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 also returned to the black.
The media and tech sectors showed strength that were modest but spread across almost every stock.
Anxiety over the "yield curve" — a measure of short- and long-term interest rates that has shown signs of recession — as well as the trade war with China have spooked investors in recent days.
Two analysts offered bullish takes on ViacomCBS on Thursday and Friday to counter some of the pessimistic views on Wall Street. In a note to clients, Jessica Reif Ehrlich of Bank of America Merrill Lynch said, "While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact sources of investor concern, we remain confident in the upside case.'
The stock market finished a volatile week on the upswing Friday as virtually all media and tech issues managed to reverse their recent slides.
All of the market gyrations and uncertainty came on the week that Viacom and CBS finally announced their long-expected merger. The deal, unveiled Tuesday, is a $30 billion, all-stock transaction. The two trading days after the announcement, though, shaved about 11% off the value of both stocks.
The downturn in four of the previous five sessions ended Friday, with a 1% uptick in CBS and a fractional gain for Viacom not erasing the 11% downturn since the companies merger announcement — a $3 billion hit on paper.

Viacom And CBS Get Battered As Stock Market Shows Signs Of Recession – Update

BMO Capital Markets downgraded CBS stock to "market perform," with a new price target of $51.
Credit ratings agency Moody's said it was putting CBS on review for a downgrade, and Viacom on review for an upgrade. The flag on the CBS side, Moody's said, is due to "the decision by CBS to merge with a lower-rated and more weakly positioned Viacom. Viacom relies heavily on advertising and affiliate revenue from its large group of cable networks, which face mounting structural headwinds from accelerating pay-TV subscriber losses." Moody's did acknowledge improvement at Viacom as well as its streaming prospects, both as an ad-supported VOD operator and as a supplier of programming to subscription services, including CBS All Access.
Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson maintains a "buy" rating on CBS stock and rates Viacom's "neutral." Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded CBS to "buy" from "neutral," and raised its price target to $63 from $58.
"That ugly portmanteau of a moniker," he wrote in a research note. CBS-Paramount, or Paramount-CBS, would have been a far better choice."” /> "Viacom is a name without a brand. Worst of all, per Creutz?
CBS stock closed at $44.62, 8% lower, and Viacom at $26.72, down 8.5%. Worries about weak economic data from China and Germany, as well as movement of Treasury bond yields, a key metric that can signal a potential recession, sent the Dow 30, Nasdaq and S&P 500 down sharply, with the Dow losing more than 800 points.
In the media and tech sectors, Viacom and CBS took some of the biggest hits. The only other stocks as much in the red were Discovery, AMC Entertainment, Nexstar Media Group and Sinclair Broadcast Group, all down between 7%-9%.
President Donald Trump returned to his Twitter battle station, assailing "clueless" Federal Reserve policy as the root cause of the "CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE" (capitals his).
Michael Morris of Guggenheim upped his 12-month price target for CBS, to $59 from $57. He also upgraded Viacom shares to "buy" from "neutral." In a note to clients, Morris wrote, "We see the combined company as more strongly positioned to leverage its content pipeline to pursue incremental growth opportunities while maintaining a leadership position in linear video media."
Even so, he cautioned that integration challenges await, and he confessed to finding that after years of buildup, the strategic rationale struck him as "not terribly compelling." Cowen & Co.'s Doug Creutz issued a "modestly positive" reaction to the deal, preserving his "market perform" rating on CBS.
Bundled into this grim macroeconomic portrait was the day-after verdict of the market on the Viacom-CBS merger, which was formally unveiled Tuesday. The main issue nagging at some analysts is the perceived risk of the merger tying an established, cash-generating larger player like CBS to the smaller and still-rebounding Viacom. A day after the big reveal, though, the $30 billion, all-stock transaction has drawn some downbeat assessments from analysts, mostly on the CBS side. The long-awaited deal had long ago been priced in by most Wall Streeters.
UPDATED with closing prices and additional details: Shares in Viacom and CBS both declined more than 8% Wednesday as investors absorbed the details of the companies' long-awaited merger during a broader stock market retreat.
While building out DTC platforms takes both time and money to prove, we think the biggest near-term opportunity is to reclaim the lost economics from the foolish decision to separate these assets out." Nevertheless, he wrote, "judging by the tepid and languid [investor] reaction, the new company will have to work extra hard to prove the financial merits of this combination. In a research note to clients, Nathanson highlighted what he called the "striking similarities" between the combined ViacomCBS and NBCUniversal.

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Pumps Up $333M Global; ‘Toy Story 4’ Nears $1B WW; Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Stars In Russia – International Box Office

In the Top 5, the UK is followed by Mexico ($71.8M), Japan ($71.1M), Brazil ($32.4M) and China ($29.1M).
Europe saw some of the lead holds overall. Rounding out the Top 5 cumes behind the UK are Russia ($14M), Japan ($13.9M), India ($13.8M) and Mexico ($13M). The best holdover hub was the UK where the gross is now $15.6M after a 40% drop.
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It is the No. 2 release of 2019 domestically ($473.1M), internationally ($861.5M) and globally. 12 film ever on the overall worldwide chart and the No. The Lion King, meanwhile, has now surpassed Beauty And The Beast as the highest-grossing Disney live-action release of all time with $1.335B globally.
Italy was also new at $2.6M from 411, at No. 1 and on par with Fallout. 1 start in line with Mission: Impossible – Fallout. As for this current session, France led with $6.9M at 809 sites for a No.
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*The Art Of Racing In The Rain (DIS/FOX): $1.1M intl weekend (12 markets); $1.1M intl cume ($9.2M global)
By way of comparison, although it was coming off a record opening during Easter 2017, the latter film dipped by 60% in its second offshore frame. Overall, H&S is tracking in line with Fast & Furious 6 and about 40% off of Furious 7 and The Fate Of The Furious.
Next weekend adds another 12 hubs including Mexico. CBS Films’ Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark began spinning its tale in 30 overseas markets including a mix of South East Asia, Latin America and Europe, for $4M. Taiwan led play with $600K.
Korea bows on Wednesday.
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Holds were good in France (-27%/$7.3M cume), Japan (-24%/$10.8M cume), Germany (-20%/$17.9M cume) Netherlands (+5%/$5M cume).
Breakdowns on the films above and more are being updated below.
Mexico had a good start of $5.1M from 906 locations to come in 18% ahead of Zootopia. Also new was Spain with $2.45M from 403 and in line with Ralph Breaks The Internet. Illumination/Universal’s sequel purred for another $15.4M in 49 markets this session, taking offshore kibbles to $221.2M and global to $377.8M.
Coverage on the film is wide here where Tarantino excels. Later in the month will see Mexico and Japan, followed by Italy and Korea in September. Hollywood world premiered to great acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May and the rest of France gets its first look at the movie beginning this Wednesday (and with a national holiday on Thursday). Also on deck this week are the UK, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Spain. It is expected that OUATIH will get a China date, although this has not yet been confirmed.
Crawl (PAR): $2.3M intl weekend (28 markets); $20.6M intl cume ($58.7M global)
1. Despite a big holiday travel weekend, France was the best opener at $6.9M for No. H&S added five new markets this session, which are tracking about 30% ahead of Mission: Impossible – Fallout combined. The UK is currently the lead H&S hub at $15.6M with a good 40% drop from the debut.
Padre No Hay Mas Que Uno (SNY): $1.3M intl weekend (Spain only); $5.1M Spain cume
There are still markets to come including Germany and Scandinavia. That’s after a $9.7M international frame in 36 markets for a $570.4M overseas tally so far. Forky and pals are getting ever closer to the $1B worldwide mark, coming out of this weekend with $990M accumulated at the global box office.
Sony/Bona’s Once Upon A Time… Russia is the first overseas major to debut and did so in a big way with a $7.7M No. This is the best opening of all time for director Quentin Tarantino, doing three times Django Unchained as well as 22% above Sony’s Spectre and 154% over Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer The Wolf Of Wall Street. In Hollywood crossed the $100M mark domestically this weekend as offshore rollout begins. 1 start.
Aladdin (DIS): $2.8M intl weekend (25 markets); $682.5M intl cume ($1,035.3M global)
The film is tracking in line with Fast & Furious 6 and, as expected, is running behind the last two movies in the main franchise. After rocking its debut last session, Universal’s spinoff dropped by 43% for a $60.8M sophomore frame in 66 markets. There is open play ahead, and China on deck for August 23. The series of films, as well as Johnson and Statham, are powerhouses in the market where the duo traveled last week. The international total is now $224.1M with $332.6M worldwide.
Still to come is Italy on August 21. The Top 5 markets are China ($120M), UK ($73.9M), France ($61.4M), Brazil ($60.4M) and Mexico ($49M).
The Asia Pacific cume is now an estimated $287M, led by China’s $120M; the movie has received an extension there. Within APAC, strong holds included Singapore (-9%), Taiwan (-26%) and Australia (-35%).
2 start of $9.3M to set it up nicely for the local Obon holiday. This frame brought Japan to the pride with a No. That takes the offshore cume to $861.5M and global to $1,334.6M. Disney’s The Lion King continues to roar overseas with a $51.4M 5th weekend.
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It opens in Germany this week and also has Scandinavia to come. 8 animated movie ever worldwide. TS4 has become the No. The studio’s Toy Story 4 is nearing the $1B global threshold with a cume through Sunday of $990M.
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If that holds, Ne Zha would overtake Avengers: Endgame to become the No. 1 slot at the international box office for the weekend. The local estimated gross is $512M with Maoyan predicting a $671M finish. In the latter, juggernaut animated title Ne Zha did an estimated $68M this session to score the No. Still to come on the David Leitch-helmed Hobbs & Shaw are Korea on August 14 and China on August 23. 2 movie of the year in the Middle Kingdom.
Paramount’s Dora And The Lost City Of Gold traveled to its first 11 markets for a $2.5M start that was led by Russia’s $878K. Rollout will continue through October.
The European region fell by just 31% with strong holds in several markets including Sweden (+5%), Netherlands (-11%), UK (-15%), Germany (-25%), France (-37%), Israel (-42%) and Spain (-43%). Overall, the drop from last weekend for the big cat was just 40%. The UK, Germany and Netherlands were among No. The estimated regional cume is now $400M, making The Lion King the 3rd highest grossing Disney-branded live action film ever in Europe. 1 holds in the session.
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Also new, Disney/Fox’s The Art Of Racing In The Rain padded into 12 markets for $1.1M, led by Brazil at $300K. This one also rolls out throughout the next few months.
Yesterday (UNI): $1.9M intl weekend (26 markets); $54.4M intl cume ($124.9M global)
Refresh for latest…: Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw put another $60.8M in the tank during its second frame at the international box office. The Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-starrer pumped up its overseas cume to $224.1M in 66 markets through Sunday, and global to $332.6M. The drop in markets that opened last weekend was a solid 43%.
*Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (PAR): $2.5M intl weekend (11 markets); $2.5M intl cume ($19.5M global)
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Spider-Man: Far From Home (SNY): $5.3M intl weekend (67 markets); $726M intl cume ($1.09B global)
In Latin America, TS4 is the No. 8 globally) with a local total of $73.8M. 2 animated title of all time (overall it is No. The weekend dipped by just 27%, even rising by 20% in the UK where TS4 has become the No. 1 animated release ever with a regional $196M.
The Sony/Bona title is Tarantino’s biggest launch of all time in the market, tripling Django Unchained. 1 opening in Russia. In Hollywood which scored a $7.7M No. Rollout continues through the next several weeks. A handful of new titles made staggered debuts overseas this weekend, including Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time…
It is also the 5th highest grossing film in Mexico. In Brazil, Peru and Colombia, TLK is the 3rd highest grossing film ever. 1s in Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Venezuela. As for Latin America, the total there is now $174M with continuing No.
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Global Stock Markets Crater On China Angst As U.S. Sees Sharp One-Day Drops

Traditional media players fared a bit better but were still dinged, mostly falling by a couple of percentage points.
President Donald Trump has vowed to implement more tariffs on China. The nations are several months into a clash over trade.
Stock markets in the U.S. slumped badly Monday, notching some of their worst single-day declines of 2019, during a global market correction spurred by increasing anxiety about U.S.-China trade relations.
companies faced a bigger challenge operating in China as the net effect of the currency drop is that prices for U.S. As the yuan fell to less than seven per dollar, U.S. goods increase.
Big tech was hit hard in the pullback. As a hardware leader, Apple has been seen as one of the most vulnerable U.S. companies in the new China-U.S. Netflix, Alphabet and Apple all shed between 4% and 5%, with social media firms Twitter, Facebook and Snap Inc. in slightly worse shape. environment.
The Nasdaq fell 3.5% to finish at 7,726.04, while the S&P 500 marked its sixth straight down day, wrapping up at 2,844.74, down 3%. The Dow 30 dropped about 3% to end at 25,717.74.
Prior to the rough day on Wall Street, several stock markets across the world had also registered declines.” />
The yuan, China’s unit of currency, reached its lowest level in more than a decade. With the OK from the government, the People’s Bank of China allowed the yuan to fall. Trump blasted the move on Twitter as a "major violation" and "currency manipulation."

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Clocking $90M Through Saturday At Offshore Box Office; Eyes $181M Global Weekend

Brazil opened at No. Elsewhere, Australia and Germany were also No. 2. 1 debuts as was the UK.
The movie has garnered a 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and was given an A- from CinemaScore as well as having positive feedback overseas, but this is a crowded summer around the world. The offshore and global H&S estimates through Sunday are coming in slightly under where we had them pre-opening, but close to the range we'd heard.
While the Fast & Furious movies are not a direct comp given their scale and recent Easter openings, Hobbs & Shaw has nevertheless exceeded the previous films in some South East Asian markets. More will be gleaned as the full weekend takes shape. The early numbers point to an offshore opening in line with pre-weekend projections at around $125M.
What makes this somewhat skewed is that none of those films featured major (non-robot) characters from their core pictures. Comping to spinoffs of major franchises, it’s estimated that if H&S’s international opening is $120.7M, it would be 3% off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, 1% down on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 130% above Bumblebee and 164% over Men In Black: International.
With no direct competition from new releases in the marketplace in the month of August, H&S is positioned for playability and perhaps a higher multiple than its recent stablemates which opened somewhat frontloaded during the Easter corridor.
In the Middle Kingdom, where the F&F series excels and where both Johnson and Statham have a strong foothold, there is not expected to be competition. The guys are both headed to China next week to pump up excitement. There are key markets to come including France, Korea and China during August.
Abroad, the film is skewing to young males who may show up tonight to increase the projection. The David Leitch-directed film looks poised for a $120.7M overseas opening weekend which would put the global launch at about $180.7M including domestic. These are early numbers which could have some upside. SATURDAY UPDATE: Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw has now been unleashed in 63 offshore markets, clocking another $27.3M on Friday, and estimated to ramp up to $90M through today at the international box office.
There will be further key offshore rollouts through the month of August including Italy, France, Korea and China to come.
It is, however, on track for the 3rd best start of the series in like-for-like markets and at today’s exchange rates. As we noted in our global preview, the movie is not a direct comp to the Fast & Furious franchise and doesn’t inherently have the same draw of a massive multi-cultural cast fronted by the Dominic Toretto gang. The estimated Sunday final of $120.7M would be 2% ahead of F6, 42% below F7 and 43% under F8. Versus last year’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, a decent comp given the summer date, recurring characters and amped-up action, H&S is revving higher in like-for-likes.
We’ll have a full weekend report tomorrow.
If the global estimates hold, H&S will be Universal’s 5th highest worldwide opening ever, behind F8, Jurassic World, F7 and Fifty Shades Of Grey. It would also be the biggest global bow of 2019 outside of Disney and Marvel. And, Johnson and Statham would also claim their best openers outside the main F&F movies.
We'll have international updates through the weekend.” />

1 with $1.5M, including the best opening day in the nascent Saudi Arabia market — ahead of Avengers: Endgame. Ukraine was also a No. In the Middle East the rev-up was No. 1 launch with a Universal record of $300K.
Vietnam previewed at No. 1 launch was the highest bow ever for the studio at $1.2M. In Indonesia, the No. 1 for a 2-day total of $1.1M and the biggest full day of sneaks ever (the film opens officially today).
And yet, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are expected to banter to No. 1s in 53 of the 63 debut markets. 1s in some of the big European markets. In the UK, TLK is expected to reign. South East Asia, as anticipated, is the strongest region for H&S and is close to the debuts of Fast & Furious 7 and The Fate Of The Furious, even beating them in some cases. H&S is currently behind holdover The Lion King in Mexico and Brazil, and running close for No.
1 bow is Universal's 2nd biggest summer opening day of all time behind Minions. The top start was Russia where the $2.2M No.
1s in the majority of debuts. PREVIOUS, FRIDAY: Universal spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw rocked up to the international box office in 54 markets combined across Wednesday and Thursday. With $24.9M, including select previews, the Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-starrer set a handful of benchmarks for a Universal movie in its various bows, and landed No.
Looking at Friday openings, H&S was led by India with $2.3M, followed by Mexico with $2.2M. Leading cumes through Friday are Russia’s $4M and the UK’s $3.7M.
Domestically, H&S got the motor running with $5.8M in its Thursday previews. Overseas, it will be in 63 markets through today, including Friday bows in Mexico and Japan.

Apple Q3 Results Beat Wall Street Expectations, But IPhone Sales Fall Short

Key blanks to fill in include price, content, launch date and distribution. While Apple TV+ will go live in just a few short months, and earlier this year the company hosted a talent-heavy curtain-raising, major aspects of the subscription service have not been confirmed. Hollywood has been looking closely at Cupertino for any indications about its streaming video strategy.
The stock shed a fraction Tuesday to close at $208.78. Despite clouds on the horizon, Apple shares have risen 31% this year, best of any FAANG company besides Facebook.
The results follow two quarters of weakness, including the first decline in iPhone sales since the launch of the device a decade ago. The company's services unit, including the iTunes, Apple Pay and newer initiatives in gaming, news and credit cards, has become the focus of the tech giant as hardware sales erode and consumers keep devices for longer.
Revenue from the iPhone hit $26 billion, short of the estimate for $26.5 billion.
The durability of the trade friction has escalated investor worry about the road ahead. As overall iPhone sales fell 17% last quarter compared with the same period last year, iPhone sales in China fell 22%. The U.S.-China trade war has hit Apple, with sales declining in China.
Total revenue came in at $53.8 billion, better than the forecast for $53.4 billion and ahead of the $53.3 million in the year-ago period. Earnings came in at $2.18 a share, well ahead of analysts' consensus for $2.10 a share, though the profit still slipped from $2.34 in the same quarter a year ago.
Dealmakers, talent and suppliers have all said Apple is promising to have more details in the coming weeks.” />
Apple beat Wall Street estimates for its third-quarter earnings and revenue, but sales of the iPhone — which still accounts for roughly half of all company revenue — came in lower than expected.

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Takes Off With $111M Overseas; ‘Toy Story 4’ Nears $500M WW – International Box Office

The overall drop was just 30%. Through the 6th weekend of play, Disney's Aladdin has now grossed $568.3M internationally and $874.2M globally. The surprise of the summer so far, the Will Smith-starrer filled its lamp with another $24.5M this session in 55 material offshore markets.
In its sophomore session, Disney/Pixar’s fourquel packed another $80.6M into the toy chest, bringing the offshore cume to $259.6M and global to $496.5M after just 11 days. Nevertheless, Forky was top toy in each. This weekend added 7 international markets including some of those hit hardest by the heatwave.
A Dog’s Journey (UNI): $1.3M intl weekend (6 markets); $10.1M intl cume ($42.9M including non-Uni markets/$66.2M global)
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In the Netherlands, which has been suffering from the heatwave, the film was No. 3 with $419K from 149 locations, also tracking above La La Land and Curtis’ About Time.
China was robust at $98M for the No. 4 all-time superhero bow behind Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War, and Sony/Marvel’s Venom. Currently, FFH is above Homecoming by 46% and Captain Marvel by 17% in the market where the webbed wonder excels. Social scores are strong in the Middle Kingdom and next weekend sees little in the way of competition with local movie The Eight Hundred off the release schedule.
Danny Boyle’s Beatles-inspired fantasy opened in 30 overseas markets this session, grossing $7.7M for a global debut of $24.7M. On a like-for-like basis, the start is in line with Me Before You and above The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (+18%), The Intern (+31%) and About Time (+67%).
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Lionsgate’s super-assassin crossed the three-century mark at the global box office this weekend, now clocking $306.3M through Sunday. The offshore weekend in 77 markets this frame was $6.6M including a strong start in Korea that bested John Wick 2’s lifetime by 251%. The Top 5 markets to date are the UK ($13.2M), Germany ($10.9M), Australia ($10.7M), Russia ($7.5M) and Mexico ($7.3M). The current split is $161.3M domestic and $142.3M at the international box office.
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The opening result is slightly higher than what the industry was seeing pre-weekend, which then increased as the markets saw strong play-through. UPDATE, writethru: Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home came swinging into China, Japan and Hong Kong this weekend to nab an early $111M at the international box office. The launch sets the webslinger 45% over Spider-Man: Homecoming and 21% above Captain Marvel in the like-for-likes.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
There was some early concern that Homecoming had less resonance with local audiences because the U.S. high school experience doesn’t fully translate, but Far From Home is bucking that. The Middle Kingdom final was $116.3M (unadjusted) and Far From Home will well exceed that. Homecoming debuted in China in 2017, about two months after the majority of the world, and made $67M in its first weekend at today’s rates.
1s in 22 of the debuts while there are still 17 markets to come in the next weeks. The Warner Bros/New Line doll landed No. Including the domestic debut, the global launch is $76.2M. Gary Dauberman’s feature directorial debut sent shivers to 63 overseas markets this weekend, collecting $45M on about 15,520 screens.
2 with $6.9M on 2,660 screens for 6% over Annabelle. 1 debut of $5M on 1,095 screens to best all Conjuring titles save The Nun. India follows with $2.6M on $1,650 screens to more than double Annabelle. Russia came in at a No. 1 bow of $2.2M from 480 screens and on par with Creation. Rounding out the Top 5 is Malaysia and a No. Indonesia scored a No. Mexico was the top launch this weekend at No. 1 start of $2.5M on 1,880 to beat all Conjuring pics outside Nun.
Italy is still on deck July 25 and the news is much rosier for Sony in the coming weeks with Spider-Man: Far From Home. The offshore cume is now $154M and the global total through three frames is $219M. Men In Black: International saw a 62% drop this session, adding $11.5M.
Avengers: Endgame (DIS): $2.3M intl weekend (40 markets); $1.92B intl cume ($2.76B global)
ANNABELLE COMES HOME
While a heatwave gripped France and other parts of Europe this weekend, TS4’s regional drop was 37%. In its sophomore frame, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 added $80.6M from overseas for a $259.6M cume in 45 material markets repping 76% of the offshore footprint. The global cume, after just 11 days, is closing in on $500M and with several majors still to release.
ALADDDIN
The Dead Don’t Die (UNI): $300K intl weekend (9 markets); $4.4M intl cume ($10.3M global)” />
The Hustle (UNI): $1.8M intl weekend (24 markets); $40.6M intl cume ($50.2M including non-Uni markets/$85.4M global)
Australia was the next best bow with $2.52M at No. 2 and from 276 sites. This is the biggest opening for Boyle and tracking in line with Bridget Jones’s Baby and above La La Land.
The top holdover hub was Australia with a 28% drop in the sophomore frame for a $5.5M cume to date. Russia continues to lead all play with $23.3M so far, followed by the UK at $22.6M.
1 spot in the latter while overall, the international drop was just 30%. Japan ($66.6M) and Korea ($60.2M) have been major standouts on the Will Smith-starrer. This weekend it reclaimed the No. Also from Disney, Aladdin’s surprising performance continues with a cume now of $568.3M overseas and $874.M globally.
In milestones, Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum shot past $300M worldwide with a strong start in Korea that came in 251% above the lifetime of John Wick: Chapter 2.
The fact that the movie will land in Europe when the weather has returned to regular summer temperatures after a stifling heatwave, is also a bonus. The Hong Kong bow offers a taste of how South East Asia is expected to respond when Spidey gets there later this week, and the current percentage increases over Homecoming and Captain Marvel are encouraging. There’s joy on the Culver City lot today as the early dates rep a strong start for Far From Home, which picks up after the events of Endgame.
Currently, FFH is above Homecoming by 46% and Captain Marvel by 17%. 4 all-time superhero launch behind Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War, and Sony/Marvel’s Venom. The three-day China debut this weekend was $98M for the 7th best studio bow and the No. This is Sony’s 2nd best start ever in the market.
Signs point to Far From Home being in the $500M neighborhood through next Sunday when it will have the benefit of all other global markets save Italy which releases July 10.
Annabelle: Creation is the highest grossing in the scary doll series overseas with $204.4M unadjusted while The Nun leads the overall Conjuring universe at $248M. So far, Annabelle Comes Home is running above the original Annabelle by 6% and over the original The Conjuring by 55%.
Australia goes tomorrow followed by a week-long rollout pattern that includes domestic. The Jon Watts-directed Far From Home is primed for release throughout the rest of the world in the next frame. There is every possibility that FFH is in the $500M global neighborhood through next Sunday.
Dark Phoenix (DIS/FOX): $3.4M intl weekend (43 markets); $181.1M intl cume ($244.7M global)
HOLDOVERS/EXPANSIONS
In Hong Kong, the film earned $300K from 5 screens, also a franchise and Sony best. In Japan FFH snared $1.1M from 31 screens for the top franchise opening, Sony’s best and the all-time 5th best for the format.
The $10.8M from 620 China screens set a new record for the franchise and for Sony as well as being the 4th best bow in the MCU. In IMAX, FFH grossed $12.3M across the three debut markets.
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (WB): $2.4M intl weekend (73 markets); $270.4M intl cume ($376.9M global)
The Top 5 are Japan ($66.6M), Korea ($60.2M), China ($53.3M), UK ($42.8M) and Mexico ($32.1M).
The film fared well versus its comps in Europe, though all play was affected this weekend by the sky-high mercury. Korea, where Curtis’ movies over-index, will be one to keep an eye on in September. There are many markets still on deck for the counterprogrammer to summer’s mega-tentpoles. They include France, Spain, Germany, China, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Korea, Italy and Japan.
Rocketman (PAR): $2.6M intl weekend (47 markets); $81.4M intl cume ($165.6M global)
It maintained the No. 1 spot across the region. Latin America, which saw a huge opening last frame dropped by 46% in the current session.
Danny Boyle’s Beatles-inspired fantasy music romance Yesterday opened in 30 overseas markets this session, grossing $7.7M for a global debut of $24.7M. On a like-for-like basis, the Universal/Working Title pic is in line with Me Before You and above The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (+18%), The Intern (+31%) and About Time (+67%).
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
The overseas cume is now $91.8M for $223M worldwide. 1 from 720 locations and tracking in line with Coco. 1 from 239 sites to track above Coco and Despicable Me 2. Poland (amid heatwave temperatures) grossed $1.29M at No. As the long rollout continues on Illunimation/Universal’s sequel, 11 new markets joined the menagerie this weekend for an additional $11.8M. Brazil, where competition is fierce, bowed to No. Among the new hubs Germany was tops with $2.2M for No. 3 with $1.83M at 676, also in line with Coco.
TOY STORY 4
Beyond that, Disney's The Lion King is poised to roar into China early on July 12, one week ahead of domestic and other international markets. The next frame will be dominated by Far From Home, with ongoing rollout throughout the week.
Scriped by Richard Curtis and starring Himesh Patel and Lily James, the Universal/Working Title music romance was No. 2 in the UK where Toy Story 4 is dominating. The film bowed to $2.8M at 642 locations to land Boyle’s 3rd best start ever and track in line with Marigold Hotel and James-starrer Baby Driver. The actors and Boyle recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show while a London premiere was held the same week that European exhibitors got a sneak of the movie at CineEurope.
Holland, Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal also visited Beijing pre-bow and were sporting in their promotional efforts. That this is also the first MCU title after Endgame in the Marvel-loving market is also a clear factor. Working in Far From Home’s favor, beyond the built-in Middle Kingdom love there is for the character, are the social scores and word of mouth, as well as the fact that Better Days, a local movie that was expected to have great potential, was pulled off its June 28 date at the last minute last week.
China was nevertheless the biggest overseas market on Homecoming as well as the previous two Spider-Man movies. Zendaya, Samuel L Jackson, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Cobie Smulders also star. It is also the top MCU hub with Endgame having taken in a staggering $629M there to become the highest-grossing import ever. Far From Home picks up following the events of Endgame as Spidey must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Endgame is now at $1.92B internationally for a global total of $2.76B which includes this weekend's Bring Back event at domestic and select offshore cinemas.
In the meantime, breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
In France, the No. 1 start was $7M for the5th best Pixar start and the best of the TS franchise. Russia and Spain dipped 26% each and the UK saw a 46% drop from a record-setting debut. Overall, Europe dipped 37% from opening.
Japan, Korea, France, Spain and Mexico are still to come in July and August. The coming weekend adds China (the first Pets did about $58M — unadjusted — in its full run there in 2016) as well as some Euro and Latin American markets.
Still on deck for Toy Story 4, which should continue to see good holds over the next few weeks, are Japan in July and Germany in August.
Currently, the Top 5 markets are Mexico ($49.5M), UK ($33M), China ($24.3M), Korea ($16.7M) and Brazil ($15.9M).
Along with China, Japan took in an amazing $9.4M, making it the 2nd biggest superhero movie launch in the last decade behind only Endgame. There is another week of clear play ahead in Japan. Hong Kong kicked off its run with a 3-day total of $3.8M, which represents the 5th biggest FSS opening of all time, the best-ever for a standalone superhero film, and the best-ever for Sony.
Asia Pacific fell by 38% with strong holds in Philippines (-15%), Australia (-19%), Taiwan (-21%), Malaysia (-22%), Korea (-29%), Indonesia (-34%), Vietnam (-42%) and Thailand (-48%).
1 spot from stablemate Toy Story 4 there and has now grossed over $60M. In Europe, there were increases and soft drops in some markets including Finland (+106%), France (-9%), Israel (-20%), Spain (-28%), Russia (-31%) and UK (-49%). Japan also saw a light slip (-14%) and is nearing $67M. Latin America’s regional gross is $86M. Asia overall dipped by 18% with Korea unable to get enough of the genie. Aladdin retook the No.
But first numbers out of the Middle Kingdom on Friday, along with strong social scores, propelled the webbed wonder to a promising debut that is 45% above Spider-Man: Homecoming and 21% over Captain Marvel, the standalone superhero movie that acts as the other bookend to Avengers: Endgame. Spider-Mania kicked off this weekend in three early markets with China, Japan and Hong Kong grossing $111M on 33,900+ screens. The start for the Sony/Marvel pic is above where the industry had it ahead of the weekend in what has been a challenging time at the box office, particularly in China.
In Asia, the opening weekend is tracking on par with The Conjuring 2, 31% over Annabelle and 80% over the original Conjuring. And, in Europe/Middle East/Africa, the homecoming is about on par with Annabelle: Creation and above the other comps. In Latin America, it’s boasting the best opening of a horror title this year.
Globally, the start is $76.2M. 1s in 22. In other new play this session, Warner Bros/New Line's Annabelle Comes Home scared up $45M from 63 markets including No. The latest in the doll series is tracking ahead of Annabelle (+6%) and The Conjuring (+55%) in like-for-likes.
In Hong Kong, European vacation Spider-Man flew in with the 5th biggest FSS opening of all time and the best ever for a standalone superhero movie as well as Sony’s top launch ever. Japan is also a big hub for the character and welcomed the Tom Holland follow-up with the 2nd best superhero debut of the last decade (behind Endgame).
Further market totals to date include Vietnam ($1.9M), Brazil ($1.8M), Thailand ($1.6M), Taiwan ($1.5M), Colombia ($1.4M) and Australia ($1.4M). Italy and Germany are next to bow in the coming frame.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Snares $71M In China Through Saturday; Full Offshore Weekend Eyeing $110M+

The Middle Kingdom final was $116.3M (unadjusted) and all signs point to Far From Home well exceeding that. high school experience doesn’t fully translate, but Far From Home appears to be bucking that. There was some early concern that Homecoming had less resonance with local audiences because the U.S. Homecoming debuted in China in 2017, about two months after the majority of the world, and made $67M in its first weekend at today’s rates.
1 start of $604K on 1,880 screens Thursday and bested all of the Conjuring universe titles except The Nun. Russia had a No. In Vietnam, Annabelle coming home gave WB the studio’s 3rd best debut ever at $442K on Wednesday. In Korea, the 2-day come is $733K. The running tally through yesterday is $1M.
SATURDAY UPDATE: Sony/Marvel's Spider-Man: Far From Home has caught an estimated $71M in its China web through Saturday, putting it on track for an opening in the high $90Ms there. Japan and Hong Kong are also launching this weekend with strong debuts that will push FFH to a $110M+ overseas launch in just three markets. This is slightly lower than where we saw it yesterday as the increase from Friday (not including Thursday midnights) was about 8%, but $100M is still possible.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 then nearly doubled its predecessor with an over $94M cume (non-restated), and Homecoming topped that. The five-year gap between Sam Raimi’s 2007 entry and Marc Webb’s 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man made for exponential increases. All of the Spider-Man films have released in China, going back to 2002 with the subsequent sequels growing apace with the market.
Along with China, there are only two other overseas markets going on FFH this weekend, Japan and Hong Kong. Italy goes on July 10. The rest of international starts Monday in Australia and carries on throughout the week to cover 98% of the offshore footprint.
As Anthony and I reported separately, FFH could be nearing $500M worldwide through next Sunday including the new offshore bows, the holdovers in Asia and the domestic debut. Looking towards overseas play-through, and with an early projected $165M +/- opening through the rest of international next week, Captain Marvel will be a comp to keep an eye on.
In Japan, FFH is on track to be the top superhero opening of the last decade outside of Endgame. In both markets, FFH is coming in higher than Homecoming and Captain Marvel. Hong Kong is eyeing Sony's best debut ever as well as the biggest superhero standalone and 5th best industry start of all time.
However, ticketing platform Maoyan has given the Jon Watts-directed Far From Home a 9.2 while reviews aggregator Douban is at 8.3. Both are higher than CM while the latter is over Infinity War, but slightly lower than Endgame. (NB: these ratings do sometimes shift up and down in the first days.)
In wider release this weekend, Warner Bros/New Line's Annabelle Comes Home added $8.8M on Friday to bring the offshore cume to $21.1M. 1s in 25 of 63 markets now in play, the franchise entry is led by Mexico at $3M, followed by Indonesia with $2.6M, Russia at $1.2M, and Korea and India tied with $1.1M. With No.
Japan goes in September. Elsewhere, Warner Bros has debuted Annabelle Comes Home in 50 overseas markets this week to gross $12.5M through Thursday. 1s in 30 of the 50 openings. There are 13 more markets coming online today with some majors, including Germany, Italy, UK, France and Spain getting dolled up in July. The latest in New Line’s horror franchise bowed to No.
Including previews, the running cume is now $1.5M. 2. The launch is on par with Annabelle and 55% ahead of The Conjuring. In highlights, Mexico opened on a non-traditional Thursday, grossing an estimated $1.1M on 2,359 screens, ranking No.
China has been ornery of late and even if FFH does not swing to the century mark in its launch, it still will have bragging rights to the 3rd best 3-day MCU debut in the market, behind Endgame and Infinity War. It would be the 4th best superhero launch behind the pics listed above and Sony's own Venom. Given Venom may still be higher than FFH, the webbed wonder would notch the 2nd best start in China ever for Sony. What's more, the estimated 3-day final would be above Captain Marvel and well higher than Spider-Man: Homecoming.
But with terrific social scores, an Avengers: Endgame halo and a lack of competition, Spidey’s off to a swinging start. That would land it above pre-debut projections which we noted yesterday were conservative based on lower than expected pre-sales. This well outperforms previous entry Spider-Man: Homecoming and sets FFH on track for a $100M+ opening weekend in the Middle Kingdom. PREVIOUS, FRIDAY: Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home swooped into China today with an estimated $35.5M Friday which includes $3.2M in Thursday midnights.
Further cumes through Thursday include UAE at $376K, Brazil at $327K, Malaysia at $326K and Australia with $227K.
And, it's bigger than what the industry was projecting ahead of the weekend. All-in this is a win for the Jon Watts-directed sequel that picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
That this is also the first MCU title after Endgame in the Marvel-loving market is also a clear factor. Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal and Watts also visited Beijing pre-bow and were sporting in their promotional efforts. Working in Far From Home’s favor, beyond the built-in Middle Kingdom love there is for the character, are the social scores and word of mouth, as well as the fact that Better Days, a local movie that was expected to have great potential, was pulled off its June 28 date at the last minute this week.
Far From Home picks up following the events of Endgame as Spidey must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. Zendaya, Samuel L Jackson, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Cobie Smulders also star. China was nevertheless the biggest overseas market on Homecoming as well as the previous two Spider-Man movies. It is also the top MCU hub with Endgame having taken in a staggering $629M there to become the highest-grossing import ever.
1 standalone superhero debut and the 3rd best superhero launch behind Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War. The opening day (with midnights rolled in) is Sony’s best ever in China, topping last year’s Venom. While the opening weekend certainly looks poised to pass $100M, there is some caution over the three-day multiple in the wake of another standalone breakout, Captain Marvel, which did a 2.6. This is also the No.
We’ll have updates on the above titles throughout the weekend.” />
This is the 2nd best opening day ever for a WB horror film, only behind The Nun. 1. The 2-day running cume is $1.7M. Indonesia debuted on Wednesday to an estimated $807K from 989 screens at a dominant No.
Full international update to come on Sunday.
 

Chinese Censors Crank Heat & Wreak Havoc On Local Summer Movies; Upside To Hollywood?

Instead, and as we’ve previously noted, the big troubles in China are coming from the inside. This is particularly notable given the upcoming frame would typically kick off the Middle Kingdom’s (unofficial) July blackout on Hollywood movies. Heading into the traditionally lucrative summer period, China’s censors are in overdrive as two local films with big potential have been yanked from schedules at the 11th hour, while the fate of at least one other hangs in the balance. But winds are now blowing in the opposite direction — and despite the fears of some that Donald Trump’s trade war with China would impact the studios.
The July 5 change was expected, and there is currently no word on what the $80M Huayi Brothers pic’s future will be. Apart from putting Huayi in a potentially dangerous position after it took a $100M loan from Alibaba earlier this year, it also means that the home market will not get a boost from what was built to be a blockbuster. Just today, it was confirmed that war epic The Eight Hundred has stepped off of its July 5 date, after being pulled as the opening night showcase of the Shanghai Film Festival earlier this month.
Industry people I’ve spoken with wonder why and how films get made if they are ultimately too risky for the government to approve in the final stages. I’m told that even if OKs are given when a production begins, it takes only one high-ranking official to stop plans in their tracks. Says Rosen, “Even when a script is approved and the film is completed, that is not the end of the process. As we’ve seen on numerous occasions, all it takes is for one senior official to derail the process, even when the costs are high.”
This, coupled with the Fan Bingbing tax scandal of last year, which led to a production slowdown and caution on the part of Chinese companies and investors, is seen as the main culprit. Even with a box office downturn in China this year, and despite the market’s goal to overtake North America at the biggest in the world as soon as 2020, there is a perceived desire on the part of the government to maintain a positive image at home before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on October 1.
Also this week, another highly-anticipated film, Better Days, was taken off its June 28 debut. I hear that among the vast number of ministries required to approve its release, there was reticence from the education authorities because the movie is too realistic in its depiction of sexual assault and bullying.
It is thought, however, that the film was sending a political message that was not acceptable to key members of the Chinese military regarding revolutionary history. Today’s announcement provided no reasoning for the cancelling of the release date. Says USC professor Stanley Rosen, “Current and future generations would come away from this film with the wrong understanding of the roles of the (Communist Party of China) CCP and the (military arm of Kuomintang) KMT in fighting the Japanese.” Typically, China doesn’t say why it strikes release plans, though the usual response is “technical reasons.” That was the case when The Eight Hundred was pulled from Shanghai.
It’s still The Last Wish in English, but its Chinese title went from the equivalent of The Great Wish to The Little Wish. Still on deck for China this summer in terms of local films are two titles that could also benefit from a lack of other homegrown fare. Looking Up screened to positive reaction at the Shanghai Film Festival. I’m told that’s because the designation “great” can only be used to describe the Communist Party, the nation’s leader or the nation itself. But even The Last Wish, another anticipated offering, today went through a local name change. It releases July 26. It may or may not release on July 18.” />
In the case of The Eight Hundred, Rosen adds, “China is trying to do many things at the same time with its film industry, but they are often contradictory, particularly when politics enters the picture. Major goals, a number of which would have been met by this film, can be sacrificed quite arbitrarily in a country ruled by individuals, not by law.”
And, it’s possible other Hollywood movies continue to be welcomed throughout the summer. Perhaps benefiting from the politics of it all are such films as Spider-Man: Far From Home which no longer has Better Days in its path (see below), as well as The Secret Life Of Pets 2 which won’t have The Eight Hundred to contend with. Further, Disney’s The Lion King is going a week early in China, on July 12. As I’ve previously written, the most likely scenario is that September will be closed to outside titles as precedence is given to such movies as The Climbers starring Wu Jing and Jackie Chan.
Recall that China keeps 75% of turnstiles and gets the downstream revenue as well. Studios, on the other hand, are said to be pleased with day-and-date (or earlier) releases as they soften risks of piracy (although an early China date can throw a wrench into record global opening proclamations). China is still believed to be very focused on being the biggest global market as soon as possible, and despite earlier concerns about market share is, reluctantly perhaps, ok to forfeit that.
There’s potential upside for Hollywood in the machinations of the Middle Kingdom powers-that-be as the Central Propaganda Department has rubber stamped studio movies at an unprecedented level for the month of July, de facto kiboshing the annual blackout and freeing up screens.
He sounds an optimistic note, of sorts, “Ironically, as a result of this fiasco, it’s at least possible that there will be enough pushback for censorship in other film genres to ease a bit, to restore some morale in the industry since they still have goals to meet.”
That includes having local releases get at least 50%+ share each year and to surpass North America as the world’s biggest market by 2020 or 2021.

‘Toy Story 4’ Buzzes To $38M Overseas Through Friday; Has Eyes On $110M+ Opening Weekend

2, but they have again switched places today. On Friday, Disney’s Aladdin moved back up the chart to No. As for Asia, Korea put TS4 in the top spot on Thursday with the best opening day ever for Disney/Pixar. The running estimated cume in Korea is $5.5M through Saturday (today’s figures are not included in the international cume above). Indonesia on Friday delivered the biggest opening day ever for Disney/Pixar and the 2nd best ever for animation behind Despicable Me 3. 1 with TS4 at No.
2 in terms of box office, behind only Avengers: Endgame. The fourquel is out in 49 markets repping 64% of the overseas footprint. Mexico is leading all play at $6.4M through yesterday with Brazil next at $5M and the UK at $3.9M. Mexico on Friday grabbed the biggest opening day ever for animation and the No. To get a sense of how well Latin America is leaning in, Brazil welcomed a new record on Thursday with Toy Story 4 roping $2.7M for the best opening day ever on an animated movie. In Argentina, TS4 drew the industry’s all-time biggest opening day in admissions, and was No. 4 industry start of all time.
That would land it slightly above pre-weekend industry projections, with great starts in Latin America and despite soft — if not unexpected — results out of China (more on China below). Through Friday, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 put $38.3M in the piggy bank, for a likely $110M+ opening frame at the international box office.
The China cume through Saturday (not reflected in the international total above) is estimated at around $8.4M. Woody and Forky are in 2nd place in the Middle Kingdom, as we expected would be the case since they have competition from Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning 2001 film Spirited Away which is just getting its first theatrical release there. However, TS4 jumped by over 100% on Saturday over Friday with matinees kicking in and as Spirited Away skews to an older demo. Pixar movies in China, outside Coco, have been slower to gain traction versus Disney’s other brands. The social scores in China are high with a 9.2 on Maoyan and Tao Piao Piao and a 9 on Douban.
More recent overseas comparisons include Incredibles 2, likewise a fresh entry many years following the previous title, with a key difference being that TS4 is a 4th film rather than a second installment. Incredibles 2 in like-for-like markets and at today’s rates opened last summer to $115M. Finding Dory in summer 2016 opened to $90M abroad in like-for-like markets and at today’s exchanges. This Toy Story is still unfolding overseas with Italy, France, Japan and Germany on deck in the coming weeks. Franchise-wise, it trends big in both Japan and the UK with the last one clearing well above $100M at final in each of those.
The Top 10 markets through Friday are Mexico ($6.4M), Brazil ($5M), UK, ($3.9M), Argentina ($3.1M), China ($2.7M), Korea ($2.4M), Australia ($1.8M), Colombia ($1.3M) and Peru ($1.2M).
(Also of note in the UK, Paramount's Rocketman has surpassed £20M, becoming the only non-Disney title to do so this year as well as the highest-grossing British film of 2019.) In Europe, Spain scored the biggest animation opening day of 2019 yesterday and the UK saw the best non-holiday Friday ever for animation.
We'll have a full update on Sunday.” />

‘Toy Story 4’ Will Cure Summer Sequelitis With $260M Global Infinity And Beyond

Pic stars Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, and Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky. The film we understand is comping closely to Universal/Blumhouse's Ma and could earn $16M-$18M. Polaroid's Lars Klevberg directs from a screenplay by Tyler Burton Smith and produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions. Also opening is Orion/United Artists Releasing's re-imagination of the late '80s series Child's Play will open at 3,007 theaters. Some think it could go lower. Sweet spot for this pic are multi-cultural moviegoers and the under 25 set.
The pic stars Russian supermodel Sasha Luss in a La Femme Nikita like story about a beautiful woman who becomes a government assassin. Pic was made reportedly for $30M.” /> Lionsgate has the Luc Besson directed EuropaCorp movie Anna which isn't expected to do much in the low single digits. Thursday previews for both Child's Play and Anna start at 7PM.
Disney begins rolling out Toy Story 4 on Thursday in  Australia, Brazil, Korea, Russia as well as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Slovenia, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay. Friday's markets include China, Mexico, Spain, UK as well as Ecuador, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Venezuela and Vietnam. Italy and France come a week later while Japan goes July 12 and Germany August 15 as some other smaller markets trickle in along the same timeline.
China is only expected to bring $15M-$20M as the film series doesn't have a huge track record there. There is also competition in that market from Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning 2001 film Spirited Away which is just getting its first theatrical release in the Middle Kingdom. Pixar movies in China outside Coco have been slower to gain traction versus Disney’s other brands.
The pic is already going bonkers on domestic tracking and stamped with a 98% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Well, this weekend, there's one sequel that apt to be considered 'good' and which will moviegoers will 'buy', and that's Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4.
Its top overseas homes were the UK, China, Japan, France and Brazil. The sequel in like-for-like markets and at today’s rates opened last summer to $115M. The Toy Story series trends big in both Japan and the UK with the last one clearing well above $100M at final in each country. Finding Dory in summer 2016 opened to $90M abroad in like-for-like markets and at today’s exchanges. More recent overseas comparisons include Incredibles 2, likewise a fresh entry many years following the original. The $1B+ global grosser did $542M unadjusted overseas at final led by Japan, the UK, China, Australia and Germany. The overseas total cume was $634M unadjusted.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Dark Phoenix and Men in Black: International, one film finance source snarked to us recently, “I don’t think this current trend at the box office is ‘sequelitis.’ Perhaps with this latest string of misfires at the box office they’re just simply bad pictures. Make bad product and no one buys, make good product and they buy.” When it comes to the recent avalanche of lackluster summer sequels, i.e.
Of Toy Story 4's theater count,  400 are Imax, 750 premium large format venues, 2,900 are 3D, and 240 are D-box/4D screens. By Friday, Toy Story 4 will count over 4,500 theaters in U.S./Canada (one of the top four wide openers of all-time after Endgame's 4,662; The Secret Life of Pets's 4,561; and Despicable Me's 4,529 theaters. Here in the U.S., Toy Story 4 opens its chest on Thursday night with select fans events at 5pm at 22 theaters which will run four-film marathons from the franchise, with full nationwide previews starting at 6PM.
Toy Story 3 ultimately made over $1B worldwide and sources see the same eventuality on the latest installment (39% of that from stateside ticket sales $415M).
We hear the movie directed by Josh Cooley (who helmed such Pixar shorts such as the Inside Out one Riley's First Date) could do around $160M in U.S./Canada, and, yes, enormously more (some believing $200M). As typical with these animation sequels, Disney has a gravitational pull on everyone from three to 80 years old. By comparison, and note animated films are often rolled out slowly overseas, Toy Story 3 opened to $145.3M (unadjusted) and 76% of that was boosted by domestic's first weekend. Tack that on to the overseas $100M+ debut projection in 37 territories (64% of the pic's foreign rollout), and we're looking at a global blast off of $260M (maybe $300M if domestic overperforms, and Disney has certainly been able to beat their forecasts with Avengers: Endgame and Aladdin this season) — a brand new record for an animation pic's worldwide opening weekend set to beat Incredibles 2's WW debut of $235.8M ($182.6M of that came from domestic). Right now on domestic tracking we here Toy Story 4 is ahead of Finding Dory ($135M) but below the record opener of all-time, Incredibles 2 ($182.6M). These Pixar sequels of late play deeply to generations, and feasibly find news fans. With everyone holding their dollars back over the last two weekends at the B.O., they're ready to blow their cash now.

‘Men In Black: International’ Zaps $74M Overseas; ‘Aladdin’ Tops $700M WW – International Box Office

Overall holds in Europe are solid. Russia has grossed $20.4M. The UK is still the lead market with $21M after a 31% drop in weekend 4 and with Aladdin still providing stiff competition.
GODZILLA II: KING OF THE MONSTERS 
1 with $3.5M and 15% bigger than X-Men: Apocalypse, so there's that. Indonesia opened to No. Dropping 74% in like-for-like markets this session, the flameout X-Men title added $24.2M overseas for a $152.5M cume. Globally, the Disney/Fox movie is at $204.3M.
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1, grossing $1.8M. Latin America chimed in with $8.3M. Mexico was a No. 1 start at $3.9M, while Brazil also opened at No.
The Dead Don’t Die (UNI): $700K intl weekend (5 markets); $3.1M intl cume
As noted above, Sony’s responsibly-budgeted fourthquel was within the pre-opening range seen by the industry, though falling at the low end with $73.7M in 56 overseas markets.
Last weekend’s dud Dark Phoenix dropped by over 70% to cume $152.5M offshore and $204.3M worldwide.
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Avengers: Endgame (DIS): $2.1M intl weekend (45 markets); $1.912B intl cume
China added just $10M through the week and weekend to come $55.4M thus far. Japan is on deck next weekend. Behind it are Mexico ($8.3M), France ($7.7M), UK ($7.5M) and Korea ($6.3M) to round out the Top 5.
Lionsgate’s threequel now has an international cume of $127.5M, contracting a further $6.2M in 87 offshore markets this session. The global tally is $276.1M.
2 bow. Japan had a $3.5M No. South East Asian hubs were solid with the full Asia region totaling $45.5M which is 25% above Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and on par with MIB3. China ($26.3M) and Korea ($4.9M and distributed by Lotte) underperformed off poor word of mouth.
The overseas cume is now $67M for a global total of $133.1M. Paramount’s Elton John pic roped and tied $8.5M in 55 markets this weekend including six new openings. Australia has now grossed $9.9M with France at $4.4M, Germany at $4M and Brazil $2.7M to round out the Top 5. The last major to open will be Japan on August 23. The Dexter Fletcher-helmed musical fantasy added the UAE for $140K at 50 locations while Taiwan delivered $116K from 85 in the debut session. The best hold was in the UK with another $1.9M for $24.3M to date after four weekends.
DARK PHOENIX
A Dog’s Journey (UNI): $300K intl weekend (11 markets); $8.5M intl cume ($40.2M incl non-Uni markets)
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Overall, the past few weeks haven’t been much to write home about from overseas for studio tentpole sequels, and audiences are agreeing with critics for the most part. Part of the idea with this fourthquel was that it would stir nostalgia for some while bringing in new audiences to the franchise who wouldn't have seen one of the original trio on the big screen. Folks are likely saving up for their playdate with Toy Story 4 next weekend while Sony will come swinging back with Spider-Man: Far From Home the following frame. Awareness was high, but the movie wasn't overwhelmingly a first-choice.
The Top 5 markets are China ($51.7M), UK ($38.3M), Korea ($38.1M), Japan ($32.6M) and Mexico ($29.6M).
Korea bows this week. The Top 5 so far are UK ($12.5M), Germany ($9.8M), Australia ($9.7M), Russia ($7.5M) and Mexico ($7.2M).

Global P&A was an estimated $120M with luxury promo partners bringing in $75M. As Anthony has detailed, Sony’s exposure on what it says is a $110M budgeted pic is 50%. In some markets, the F Gary Gray-helmed Chris Hemsworth/Tessa Thompson-starrer is drawing family audiences with pick-up on Saturday. Industry finance sources tell us a final worldwide box office of about $300M will trigger ancillaries for a break-even result. That number could be on the cards, but will be close.
1 for now). Latin America saw a 32% slide (Brazil is another market where both Dis and Sony are calling No. Across the region, Aladdin has overtaken the lifetimes of Oz, Cinderella, Jungle Book and Dumbo.
Still to come over the summer are Belgium, Netherlands and Italy.
ALADDIN
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
Avengers: Endgame has now grossed $2.743B globally.
Breakdowns on the films above and more are being updated below.
In the meantime, erstwhile Men In Black star Will Smith’s genie continues granting wishes for Disney. Another $47.5M in 55 markets this weekend lifts the offshore cume to $461.4M and the global total to $724.8M through Sunday. It held No. 1s in 20 markets and has already grossed $33M in Japan through the second frame.
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Refresh for latest…: Sony’s Men In Black: International performed in line with pre-weekend industry projections, landing $73.7M at the international box office. Added to domestic’s fizzle, the global launch crossed the century mark with $102.2M. Offshore tracking is on par with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 19% behind Men In Black 3 in like-for-likes and at current exchange rates.
Illumination/Universal’s animated animals woofed down $8.5M in 34 markets this session as the film continues its slow rollout. The offshore cume is $62.5M for $154.6M to date. The top starts among new hubs this frame were Indonesia ($451K/250 screens) and India ($372K/756/No. 2).
Aladdin has topped the lifetimes of the above cited films as well as Maleficent in the region. Asia Pacific dipped 31% regionally with notable holds in Japan (-7%), Korea (-9%), Vietnam (-29%) and India (-31%).
 
Those appearances helped. Members of the new-look MIB team did significant globetrotting, with stops in London, Paris, Russia and Beijing.
China has now grossed $123.2M to lead all markets while Japan has made $20M. Rounding out the Top 5 are Mexico ($9.3M), UK ($8.1M) and Indonesia ($7.8M).
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM
That lifts the offshore come to $461.4M for a $724.8M global take so far. This frame, the genie dropped just 34% and was No. 1 in the UK which should shake out tomorrow). 1 in 20 markets (both Sony and Dis are calling No. Overseas audiences are still along for the magic carpet ride as Disney’s Aladdin posted $47.5M in 55 markets this (4th) weekend.
Next weekend notably adds Australia while China goes to the dogs on July 5 with a possible easing of competition if local title The Eight Hundred sees its release postponed.
In IMAX, MIB4 rounded up $8.3M globally, of which $5.6M is from 960 offshore screens.
Ma (UNI): $2.3M intl weekend (36 markets); $11.4M intl cume
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There were No. Reviews aggregator Douban gave it a 5.8 while ticketing platform Maoyan chimed in with a 7.4. Poor word of mouth and social scores led to a $26.3M three-day bow. MIB4 is presented by Columbia Pictures with co-financing from Middle Kingdom behemoth Tencent and previous MIB partner Hemisphere Media Capital. The start there, however, is below the $30M most were seeing pre-release. 1s in 36 out of 56 markets, including China which led all play.
1 bows were in Russia ($5.1M), the UK ($3.4M, though we hear this may be close for the top spot), Australia ($2.6M) and France ($2.5M). Other notable No.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu (WB): $3.4M intl weekend (72 markets); $279.5M intl cume
Europe as a region dipped by 40% with great holds in Finland (-2%), Denmark (-27%), Netherlands (-31%), UK (-32%), Germany (-35%), Poland (-36%) and Israel (-38%) Aladdin has already surpassed the lifetime cumes of Oz: The Great And Powerful, Cinderella and Dumbo in Europe.
Spain is still to open, bowing this coming weekend.
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Warner Bros/Legendary’s monsters scared up another $14.1M in 79 offshore markets for a running come of $254.8M internationally. Worldwide, they are at $339.5M.

Can ‘Men In Black: International’ Travel To $100M+ Worldwide Opening?

($89.5M opening in like-for-like markets) and Pokémon Detective Pikachu ($98.6M). Think recent titles like Shazam! Previous MIB pics aren’t the best comps given the years in between and the cast change-up. Better are those that resonate tonally, towards the fun.
Through Friday, the film will be in 56 markets repping 92% of its offshore footprint and excluding Indonesia, Netherlands, Italy and some smaller hubs will go later. The big question being: Will the comedy translate abroad? Sony releases MIB 4 around the world beginning today, notably in France and Korea.
 
Focus Features' Cannes Film Festival opener, Jim Jarmusch's Dead Don't Die, is expected to bring in $2M at 550 locations. Pic currently has a 52% RT Score.
She is joined by her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth. There’s a nostalgia factor here for the Men In Black franchise, while MIB4 is looking to bring in a younger generation that never saw the originals in a theater. Some of the better reviews have recognized that the film should have been called 'Woman in Black' as new lead Tessa Thompson is the most winning factor in the movie per positive reviews. Men in Black: International is a popcorn movie, definitely not one for reviewers who are wishing that their minds were erased from seeing the movie at 32% Rotten. The attempt here of course is that Men in Black: International can work off their Ragnarok chemistry, duh. The new-adventure MIB looks to marry the things we’re used to from the series, like aliens hiding in plain sight on Earth, with the chemistry of two new leads. Despite hunk Hemsworth in the movie, we hear stateside tracking is skewing heavily male.
Currently, industry estimates are now at $30M in U.S. at 3,500 sites. Total global launch is between $100M-$115M. China should match the U.S. doesn't fall lower as tracking for fanboy IP has been greatly over-inflated in recent weeks. Previews start at 4PM in the U.S. MIB 4 will also play in Imax. opening and hopefully U.S. With sequelitis in full swing at the domestic box office before Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 changes that course, Sony is plotting for its responsibly-budgeted reboot of Men in Black: International to carry the load exactly there — overseas. Canada at 4,200 theaters and $70M-$85M overseas.
Despite the $110M-production cost being floated out there, we hear the net before P&A cost on Men in Black: International is actually under $100M (per those with knowledge of the budget, not studio sources). Already working in the pic's P&A favor is $75M through a number of largely high-end promotional partners like Lexus cars and Paul Smith suits. We hear co-finance partners Hemisphere and Tencent are each in for just under 18% each, helping with limiting Sony's risk.
For one of its TV spots, Sony went meta, including a scene of Hemsworth’s Agent H fighting an alien with a tiny hammer. The main duo were further in Paris and Russia, and this past Sunday hit Beijing, grabbing lots of local press coverage. Also in London with him were Thompson, Gray, Nanjiani, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. And he’s not above leaning into that. Overseas promotion for the movie included a Sony junket in Bali and an appearance by Hemsworth on the UK’s Graham Norton Show. Hemsworth is so well-known for playing Thor that in China, fans call him “Chuige” or Hammer Man, per local reports. Thompson went to Brazil for ComicCon.
It could do more in over-indexing to African American audiences. The last movie, starring Samuel L. Jackson (who here reprises his role as John Shaft), opened to $21.7M and legged out to $70.3M stateside. Previews start at 6pm at 2,800 locations. Warners sold overseas to Netflix on this $35M estimated production which brings together all the Shafts from the 1971 and 2000 versions. New Line's Shaft is expected to do between $17M-$18M at 2,950 theaters.
Other key hubs on the threequel included Japan, Russia, the UK and Germany. The markets have shifted greatly in the intervening years with only MIB 3 releasing in China where it did over $77M just as the box office was beginning its upward trend. The growing Asian markets should lean in on this one.
Amazon's Late Night after notching the best specialty theater average of the year to date last weekend of $61,5K is eyeing $4M-$5M at 2.050 theaters.
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Of course, because of Smith, the Men In Black movies have historically been solid grossers overseas with the first making $338.7M (to domestic's $250.6M) and the third, MIB 3, doing $445M in 2012 (to U.S./Canda's $179M). Because Men in Black: International does not star the original franchise's Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, grosses, will of course be lower with the latest's 3-day opening well below the previous MIB 3 3-day high of $54.6M (that pic launched over Memorial Day). The middle film, 2002’s Men In Black II, was the lowest of the trio abroad $251.4M (but $190.4M domestic) (all figures unadjusted). Men in Black 1 and 2 opened over 5-day Independence Day holidays in 1997 and 2002.

‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ ’$130M Overseas Bow Is #1, But Not Royal; ‘Aladdin’ Still A Prince & ‘Rocketman’ A Madman Across The Water – International Box Office

*Ma (UNI): $2.8M intl weekend (31 markets)
"Seeing a giant sea monster fight other giant creatures as the key moments in a picture lacks the audience's ability to have an emotional journey tied to the central character," notes another source. The "who-is-this-film-for?" question indeed has some folks scratching their heads.
In Europe, the UK has grossed $2.5M in three days while France is at $1.8M also after three. Germany in two days has made $1.3M and Russia $1.1M.
The UK in its second weekend grabbed another $3.2M from 720 to cume a captain fantastic $15.3M.
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2. On Friday, Mexico opened to $1.2M from 2,668 screens, ranking No. The opening day is over Godzilla by 25% and on par with Kong: Skull Island.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
The Top 5 so far are China ($39.4M), the UK ($24.2M), Mexico ($19.2M), Korea ($15.2M) and Italy ($12.7M).
Japan took in an estimated $8.4M on over 600 screens, ranking No. 1 and surpassing all comps including Godzilla and Skull Island.
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
A Dog’s Journey (UNI/var): $700K intl weekend (16 UNI markets); $36.8M intl cume (including non-UNI hubs)
Europe is not crushing on the creature feature in early play, however, and the revised projected weekend at the international box office now looks closer to $150M than the $170M-$190M the industry saw ahead of the session. Latin America is still to weigh in. 1s in several. Openings in Asia (outside Korea) are so far, and predictably, the best results with No. In like-for-like markets, but unadjusted for exchange rate fluctuation, 2014's Godzilla bowed to $140M. PREVIOUS, FRIDAY UPDATE: Warner Bros/Legendary’s Godzilla: King Of The Monsters started thrashing about overseas on Wednesday, taking $12.7M from approximately 16,500 screens in 51 markets through Thursday.
 
A total 75 markets will be open through today. The latter should lean in, but Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah have stiff competition in the family-friendly market from holdover Aladdin. An additional 24 markets open today, that includes China and Japan, as well as Latin America.
 
 
The full weekend estimate there is $70M, the low end of the pre-opening range. China led, but while it looked critic-proof at the beginning with a 9 on Maoyan, the social scores dropped throughout the weekend and that figure is now an 8.5. The growing SE Asia hubs certainly performed the best, and I hear WB is happy with those. Some had this one at potentially upwards of $200M if the emerging markets and China had really popped — our early estimate, based on a combination of industry sources, was $170M-$190M before we downgraded to $150M and then $130M yesterday.
 
But there was a wrench thrown in the works by the Cannes Film Festival which last week gave Bong Joon-ho the country’s first Palme d’Or with Parasite. The movie was made for Asia, including majors China and Japan as well as the emerging hubs. Although Korea isn’t a big monster consumer, it is a key market. Godzilla did $2.2M there. The win was followed by a hero’s welcome for Bong and a simply massive turnout at local turnstiles, which resulted in $24.5M through Sunday per Kobiz estimates.
1. India opened to an estimated $2.5M from 1,721 screens, ranking No. There’s not much space left in this market which has a Salman Khan movie opening for the Eid-al-fitr holiday this week.
UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
The mash made $31.4M on Friday in 75 markets for an offshore cume through yesterday of $48.2M. SATURDAY UPDATE: Much as it is domestically, Warner Bros/Legendary’s Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is sinking overseas versus earlier industry estimates with an opening weekend now on either side of $130M at the international box office. The 2014 Godzilla bowed to $140M in like-for-like overseas markets at unadjusted rates.
New Zealand notably delivered a huge No. 1 at $911K from 111 sites.
That’s better by 116% on the 2014 Godzilla, but just on par with Skull Island. Predictably, the top result was in China with an estimated $70M (RMB 480M).
Last time around, with the 2014 Godzilla, the UK bowed to nearly $11M and France was at $5.7M. Latin America couldn’t really be bothered by the King what with a big family movie out in the form of Aladdin, and Europe was meh on the monsters. They are sharply down this time around (UK $4.4M/France $2.6M). Some of the extra contributing factors here include the wonderful weather, distractions from the Champions League football final and hot competition from Aladdin and Rocketman (see below).
In Vietnam, the gross was $401K on 710 screens for No. India debuted to an estimated $543K from 1,721 screens, ranking No. That’s ahead of nearly all comps, including Godzilla but not Kong: Skull Island which had special status in the market as it partially shot there. 1 and 66% of the Top 5 titles on Friday. 1.
Avengers: Endgame has now risen to $2.713B, and with Aladdin helped push Disney past the $5B worldwide mark with $5.147B to date. Including Fox’s 2019 grosses to date, those totals rise to $1.841B domestic, $4.284B international and $6.125M global. Of that, $1.638B is from domestic and $3.509B is from overseas.
New to the household was Russia with $11.6M from 1,863 locations and including previews. 2 and has now grossed $14.4M. The Chris Renaud-helmed sequel had 52% of the market. During a holiday week, the UK came in a No.
Brightburn (SNY): $1.4M intl weekend (51 markets); $10.5M intl cume
On a like-for-like basis for all markets in release, this weekend's result is on par with the similarly R-rated A Star Is Born, and just 6% below The Greatest Showman and 28% below La La Land. That brings the total to $31.2M in 40 offhshore markets. After his early UK bow last weekend, the madman across the water has made $19.2M this session.
Parasite is at $8.7M through Friday and is still topping the local box office by a mile (also over Aladdin at No. 2). One market where Godzilla is perhaps more irate than usual has to be Korea in which he’s being pummeled by Cannes Palme d’Or winner Parasite. The running cume for the monsters is $752K through the first two days (Wednesday and Thursday) there. This is a market that doesn’t typically overindex on Hollywood creature features, however, and the Parasite phenomenon was not foreseeable. 4 on Friday with an estimated cume of about $1M. Per Kobiz today, the movie was No.
 
Taiwan on Wednesday was the next best start at $704K from 320 screens with a 73% share of the Top 5 films and surpassing Skull Island by 22%. In two days, Godzilla has grasped $1.2M.
 
ALADDIN
Australia was the top grosser this weekend for this Dexter Fletcher-helmed musical fantasy with $3.9M from 310 locations. France came in next with $1.8M at 472. Germany was worth $1.5M from 523.
1. Malaysia made $2.2M from 653 screens to rank No. 1 and coming in 7% ahead of the previous Godzilla movie. 2 with $3.5M from 727 screens. 1 by a large margin and topping all comps. Indonesia ended up with the monster movie at No. Taiwan fared better at $4.1M to land No. Thailand posted $2.3M on 705 screens, ranking a dominant No.
The IMAX China network delivered $9.4M of the offshore total. There was $22.7M from 1,400 screens worldwide for the 5th highest global IMAX bow ever. Of that, $14.6M is from overseas for the 2nd highest WB international IMAX opening weekend ever. In IMAX, the news appears rosier.
Elsewhere, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is closing in on $100M overseas.
The UK was just dismal at $4.4M from 981 screens. It’s only on par with The Meg. 2 per WB that’s way lower than Godzilla. Even at No.
 
The Hustle (UNI/var): $1.8M intl weekend (32 UNI markets); $40.8M intl cume (including non-UNI hubs)
Overall, the Lionsgate movie added $12.7M offshore for an international cume of $95.9M and a global tally of $221.7M.
Legendary contends King Of The Monsters’ net cost before P&A is $170M, but as Anthony has reported, we’ve heard from others the number is just under $185M. Second unit work was done in Mexico. King Of The Monsters was largely shot between 2017 and 2018 in Atlanta with tax credits. The 2014 Godzilla made an estimated $52M-plus in profit on $529M global box office and after all post theatrical streams off combined global P&A and production costs just under$300M. Warner Bros. is on the hook for 25% as they wanted to share in any potential spoils of the franchise. Toho has Japan. Legendary East is handling China, where we understand the movie does not have co-pro status so the return is about 25%.
HOLDOVERS/EXPANSIONS
Thailand on Thursday gave the monsters a No. 1 start with $550K from 705 for 8% ahead of the previous Godzilla and 15% over Skull Island.
There is extra competition in the UK, not only from Aladdin, but also Rocketman and The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (plus fantastic weather and a major football match tonight). Another issue is the staying power of Disney's Aladdin which is expected to be No. That’s not a major surprise since the region leans into family fare, but Europe is also meh on the monsters. 4 bow. Regardless, Godzilla is anything but king there with a No. 1 throughout Latin America when full-weekend estimates are tallied on Sunday.
 
The questions surrounding the movie are: who is it for? In like-for-like markets it did not meet 2014’s Godzilla. Despite fan fervor, it isn’t pulling in general audiences, however, to be fair, it also suffered from a lot of competing factors. There's time before Godzilla Vs Kong thunders in next March — and maybe more global audiences will be goosed by the big ape — but this movie's start was ignominious. The lowdown is that this is the No. 1 movie overseas, but met with difficulty caused by factors that we outlined above. and how does the IP ignite a fresh audience?
The UK bowed on a non-traditional Wednesday where he generated an estimated $837K on 490 screens (two-day cume is $1.5M). The launch score is 8% above Kong: Skull Island but still relegates the movie to No. 4 amid strong competition (Aladdin, Rocketman, Secret Life Of Pets 2) and under sunny skies. Elsewhere, the King is beating its main comps of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island in some markets.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM
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1 after two days; Thailand is still dominating at No. Elsewhere in Asia, Indonesia has a $2.2M cume after three days and is running a close No. 1 with $1M, also after two days; and Hong Kong is at $523K from Thursday and Friday. 1; Malaysia has $1.1M at No. 2; Taiwan has cumed $1.9M after three days at No.
Breakdowns on the above films and more have been updated below.
Including previews, the running cume is $806K. The beast ranked No. 3 in Germany on Thursday with an estimated $569K from 852 screens for 33% over Skull Island.
More to come on Sunday…
Illumination/Universal’s menagerie made a further $17.2M overseas in what is a slow rollout for the sequel. The international cume is now $28.4M after two frames that include only the UK and Russia as majors.
We’ll have a full update on Sunday. Below is a look at the individual markets that opened on Friday as well as the cumes in those that bowed Wednesday and Thursday.
Smaller markets were strong against comps as the pic is poised to wag its tail through many more overseas hubs through the summer.
3 after two days. 2) and in New Zealand where it is expected to be the No. Australia has taken $696K at No. 1 film this weekend. Rocketman has blasted off both there (at No.
The international cume is now $260.9M. Disney's Aladdin showed great staying power, holding No. Globally, the Genie is at $446M to surpass the lifetime of Dumbo. 1 in 32 markets and grossing $78.3M across 54 (and before Japan hops on the magic carpet). It's doing better than the industry expected. Looking at that competitive landscape and how the rest of this week's other movies fared.
 
Spain was the new opener for the assassin this weekend with a No. 2 debut at $769K for +195% on John Wick 2.
2 position. Indonesia had a $585K start on Wednesday from 727 screens for the No. The launch doubled Godzilla and Skull Island, as well as San Andreas. The running two-day tally is $1.5M.
SUNDAY UPDATE, writethru: Warner Bros/Legendary's Godzilla: King Of The Monsters has come in with a $130M opening weekend launch at the international box office. As we noted yesterday, this is far lower than what the industry was seeing ahead of the debut. The 2014 Godzilla opened to $140M in like-for-like markets (unadjusted) and that brings up a host of questions. The continuation of Legendary's modern monster series is the No. 1 movie overseas, but the King's bow is not royal.
 
Japan has risen to $23.7M. China has kept up apace with the movie at No. 4 amid a lot of competition this weekend, and with a cume of $90.4M.
But, perhaps this film played too much to the folks who wanted to see three-headed monsters thrashing about. The question becomes how to draw in the general audiences. This was indeed a competitive weekend, fair enough. Marrying Godzilla to King Kong next year may be a better sell. The budgets are high, but there is a school of thought that suggests if you're going to deliver to the core audience, you need those costly VFX. Still, is it worth revisiting this IP quite so soon?
The midweeks were strong with Monday-Thursday conjuring $66M for 61% of the initial weekend.
France launched at No. 2 with $507K from 613 screens (including previews) and has a two-day total of $1.3M.
That lifts the international cume to $1.898B and global to $2.713B Still in the game, Disney/Marvel’s series-ender added $8.6M this weekend offshore.
 
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1 start that’s over Incredibles 2 by 41%. The full weekend was worth $17.2M in nine markets. Illumination/Universal's The Secret Life Of Pets 2, after bowing in the UK last weekend, added eight markets this frame, including Russia where it kicked off at $11.6M for a No.
Legs will be an issue for the beast as we are fully in the summer season. Next weekend sees Fox/Disney’s Dark Phoenix release day-and-date everywhere save Japan, while The Secret Life Of Pets 2 expands somewhat in Europe and Latin America and Bollywood icon Salman Khan has his latest, Bharat, on Wednesday. Warners has Annabelle Comes Home in late June then will really get going again with It: Chapter 2 and Joker in the fall. Then comes Sony’s Men In Black: International, followed by Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 and Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home — all before Dis’ The Lion King roars into action mid-July.
Not included in the above total is the early China flash from today which Legendary East has coming in at an estimated $18M (RMB 124.5M). The movie is a solid No. China has the Children’s Day holiday on Saturday which could help boost play. 1 in the Middle Kingdom and has a combined $21.8M (RMB 150.9M) including sneaks through Friday. The figures are above 2014's Godzilla (+94%). Nevertheless, the opening weekend now looks closer to $70M for the three-day.
The Warner Bros release, which also depends on its partners in China (Legendary East) and Japan (Toho) and which is produced by Legendary, tumbled off initial projections to land a $130M international opening. That’s a big number either way, but we watched as those estimates fell through the weekend.
Either way, it’s the No. But the budget and expectations, as well as how it sets up Godzilla Vs Kong, have left some industry insiders scratching their heads. 1 movie internationally this weekend, and with $130M overall, including $70M in China, it’s nothing to sniff at. Let’s look at the individual markets.
The Top 5 at this point are those two, followed by the UK ($16.1M), Mexico ($11.2M) and Germany ($11M).
Paramount's Elton John biopic Rocketman added 39 markets this session to tune up $19.2M. The musical fantasy that blasted off in Cannes a few weeks ago is currently running on par with the similarly-rated A Star Is Born. 1, 2 and 3 spots depending on the market. That brings the overseas cume to $31.2M. Openings were mostly in the Nos.
The little yellow sleuth is still pulling in overseas markets with an extra $14.6M on 10,319 screens in 73 markets. The overseas running cume is now $261.5M and the worldwide total is $392.1M.
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Russia bowed Thursday to $574K from 2,982 screens, ranking No. That's on par with Skull Island. 2.
Dated for March 2020, the movie is the fourth chapter of Legendary’s modern monster series. Certainly core fans are looking forward to it, but some of the criticism surrounding the current film is a lack of connection to the human characters in favor of epic fight scenes. But even Kong: Skull Island was a well-reviewed pic with major stars that didn’t crack $600M worldwide on a reported $185M production budget. So what happens to Godzilla Vs Kong? Here’s hoping the story appeals to more general audiences.
Asia Pacific dipped overall by 35%, with strong holds in Korea (-11%), Indonesia (-16%), Hong Kong (-17%), New Zealand (-21%), Philippines (-23%), Australia (-26%), Taiwan (-32%), Singapore (-32%), Malaysia (-35%), Vietnam (-38%), Thailand (-43%) and China (-49%).
While it appears that creature feature fans — and those who have warmed to this particular giant beast in the past — are keen on the film, general moviegoers aren’t making a beeline. One international distribution source suggests folks may feel like this is a rehash. Posits this person, “What’s the difference between this one and the 2014 movie in people’s minds?” So what’s happening here and why were the pre-weekend estimates so off?
 
The Top 5 cumes so far are the UK ($10.2M), Australia ($7.5M), Russia ($7M), Germany ($6.7M) and Mexico ($5.9M).
ROCKETMAN
Aladdin is No. Latin America remained keen on the Genie with a 26% overall drop. 1 again in each of the region’s markets.
 
POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU 
1 debut with $255K from 76; and Italy is a No. Malaysia has cumed $630K through two days at No. 3 start on Thursday with $307K from 378; Hong Kong also had a No. 2 Thursday launch with $190K on 486 — the latter bested Skull Island by 14% and has a cume with previews of $216K. 1; Australia gave the pic a No.
Elsewhere in Asia, and although it is not a major monster market, Korea is just head-over-heels for Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Parasite with over $17M through Saturday versus Godzilla’s $1.67M, per local reporting outfit Kobiz. The monsters are in 3rd position behind that film and Aladdin's hold.
Not included in the total above is the Saturday flash estimate from Legendary East which is an estimated $30M (RMB 210M). We are seeing a potential $67M-$70M launch for the three-day. As noted yesterday, China is coming in softer than projected. Today was the Children's Day holiday, and the Sunday drop is expected to be steep. That lifts the Middle Kingdom’s running cume to $48M through Saturday.
The Michael Dougherty-directed mash kicked off in the Middle Kingdom with a solid 9 score on ticketing platform Maoyan, but has dipped to an 8.8 today. The swing on this movie was always about China, although we understand the recoup in the market will be the standard 25%. Japan, which has a discount ticket day tomorrow, will also be key to play.
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Russia, which went largely to the dogs of Pets 2, made $2.5M for a No. 3 start.
France’s cume is $2.6M from 613 screens at No. Mexico’s opening ranked No. 2. 2 with $4.6M.
Globally, the Genie is at $446M to surpass the lifetime of Dumbo. The international cume is now $260.9M. 1 in 32 markets overseas and grossing $78.3M across 54 this weekend (and before Japan hops on the magic carpet). To some surprise, Disney’s Aladdin has had great staying power, holding to No.
Impressive holds were in such markets as Poland (+21%), Denmark (+17%), Belgium (+7%), France (+2%), Germany (+2%), Netherlands (-8%), Austria (-13%), South Africa (-17%), Portugal (-20%), UK (-26%), Switzerland (-27%) and Sweden (-28%). 1 in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and UK. Regionally, Europe dipped 34% and was still No.
The film was built for the Asian markets, and the bulk of international promotion was done in China and Japan. 1s, as expected. Japan, Godzilla's home market, bowed to $2.2M on Friday on over 600 screens (via WB’s partners at Toho) to rank No. 1 and outperform all comps including +37% over the previous Godzilla. Many of the smaller and more emerging SE Asia hubs are giving off No.
 

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Hits $92M Global Bow For Franchise Best; ‘Endgame’ Tops $2.6B WW – International Box Office

HOLDOVERS/EXPANSIONS
Disney has a major release on deck next weekend with Aladdin. That puts about $173M between Tony Stark and Avatar, though it would appear the Avengers, Guardians & Co will land in the $2.75B range once all is said and done. The drop was 55% versus last weekend, a better hold ultimately. Internationally, the total is $1.844B for $2.615B globally. Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is of course still saving the world, adding $46.8M in 55 offshore markets.

The Sun Is Also A Star (WB): $484K intl weekend (25 markets); $484K intl cume” />
In the latter, Endgame is now the biggest Western movie of all time in terms of admissions. Play is still strong in Asia where China has now grossed $625M; in the UK and Korea it has crossed $100M.
The Curse Of La Llorona (WB): $1.3M intl weekend (71 markets); $64.8M intl cume
Strong holds came from Japan (-33%), Peru (-36%), Denmark (-41%), Spain (-43%), Chile (-43%), Colombia (-43%), Australia (-46%), Poland (-48%), Ecuador (-48%), Singapore (-49%), UK (-50%), Norway (-50%) and South Africa (-50%).
After China, the rest of the Top 5 overall includes UK ($109M), Korea ($101.5M), Brazil ($79.2M) and Mexico ($73.9M).
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
That’s the case again here so far — although Germany, France and Spain are among the markets still to release on JW3. The Keanu Reeves-starrer landed at No. Last time around, that film’s best offshore play was ultimately in Germany, the UK and Russia with solid numbers throughout Asia. 1 in 53 of its bows, led by the UK at 62% over John Wick 2.
THE HUSTLE
China leads with a total $70.3M after two frames where it held No. Ahead of the assassin, Warner Bros’ Pokémon Detective Pikachu sleuthed his way to the No. The overseas total is now $193.4M for $287.4M worldwide after a 50% dip in the offshore session versus last week’s opening. 1 despite some middling social scores. 1 spot at the international box office this weekend with $53.8M in 72 offshore markets.
The top holds were in Russia ($4.65M cume to date), Germany (-21%/$3.4M), the UK (-19%/$3M) and Australia (-36%/3.22M). The Netherlands was new this session at $400K from 75 locations to track ahead of The Heat and on par with Spy. The next markets to go are Mexico, France and Brazil in June and July.
A Dog’s Journey (UNI): $3M intl weekend (14 markets); $15.5M intl cume (including non-Uni markets)
The Dead Don’t Die (UNI): $1.2M intl weekend (2 markets); $1.2M intl cume
POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU
The following markets surpassed the lifetime of the first John Wick: UK, Australia, Brazil, Russia/CIS, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
Coupled with the terrific domestic launch, the global cume through Sunday is $92.23M for a franchise-best debut. UPDATE, writethru: Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum took out a hit on its predecessors at the international box office, opening to $35.2M in 66 markets. In each of those, the starts were higher than John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2.
Lionsgate’s Joe Drake is confident “word-of-mouth will continue to drive strong business” worldwide on the well-reviewed actioner.
The Top 5 markets are currently China ($70.3M), Japan ($16.8M), UK ($11.6M), Mexico ($8.8M) and Germany ($7.6M) with all majors now released.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM
It will be close, but the ultimate tally now looks to be in the $2.75B range which would just miss the Na'vi. 1 global film of all time? Will it catch Avatar as the No. The offshore take this session was down 55% on last weekend, to $46.8M in 55 material markets. Disney/Marvel’s marvel has now grossed $2.615B at the worldwide box office, with $1.844B from international.
This weekend saw Endgame become the highest grossing all-time industry release in Bolivia and Korea (Western/admissions). Both the UK and Korea have also crossed the $100M mark. China, where Disney has Aladdin next session, is far and away the top offshore play now at $625M.
The furry little sleuth is now out in 72 markets where he pocketed $53.8M this weekend for a 50% drop (-44% when excluding China). The overseas running cume is now $193.4M for $287.4M globally.
The film received an A- CinemaScore domestically and has racked up nice reviews at Rotten Tomatoes. This is a series best start and all offshore markets that bowed came in bigger than the two previous installments. Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum did better than expected with a $92.23M global opening, $35.2M of which came from overseas.
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France, Belgium and Germany are the next key hubs to open this week on the
Breakdowns on the titles above and more are have been updated below (box office will be slightly abridged today due to the ongoing Cannes Film Festival).

1 at $4.3M. Russia was new this session, taking No.
Chad Stahelski-directed actioner that stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn, Jason Mantzoukas, Tobias Segal, Boban Marjanovic, Anjelica Huston and Ian McShane.
7 biggest in Europe ($493M). During the 4th overseas frame, Endgame held No. 1 in several Latin American markets, as well as five in Europe. It is also the highest grossing movie ever in Latin America ($257M) and Asia-Pacific ($1.094B) as well as the No.
Debuting in 14 Universal markets, A Dog’s Journey traveled to $3M and has a $15.5M overseas cume including $12M from non-Uni territories. Also of note, Nadine Labaki's Capernaum is approaching the $50M mark in China, just a stunning run there.
John Wick 3 also saw some IMAX play this weekend, opening to $4.4M on 318 screens globally. In IMAX, Endgame has hit $207M global, including $145M overseas and $81.2M in China alone. The result in China is now double the IMAX box office of Avengers: Infinity War.
Including non-Uni markets, the full offshore total is $28.1M. MGM’s Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson-starrer, which Universal has in many offshore markets, continues doing nice business for a comedy with a $7.7M weekend in 32 markets to lift the cume to $24.7M.
Russia grossed $3.8M (+52%), Australia was $2.8M (+107%), Mexico scored $2.1M (+147%) and Thailand came in at $1.9M (+118%) to tie Taiwan (+114%). The assassin was No. 1 in 53 of the 66 opening markets, led by the UK at $4.6M (+62% on JW2) and ranking No. 1.
Shiny Shrimps (UNI): $598K intl weekend (France only); $3M France cume
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The Ryan Reynolds-starrer was No. 1 overseas and in the European region. In Asia, outside China, it’s surpassed the lifetime of The Angry Birds Movie.

Why ‘UglyDolls’ Wasn’t Beautiful At The B.O. With $8.5M Opening

While the pic has yet to lock down a release date there, box office history for family pics in China is against UglyDolls: family fare under-indexes there, with even Pixar films challenged. STX eventually got ahold of UglyDolls and believed that the property would resonate over in China. Based on this weekend's box office results, it's clear that the doll line isn't as universal as originally perceived by STX.
 
STX jumped the gun on UglyDolls before the movie even hit the screens, developing a 26-episode 2020 series for Hulu (hmm, maybe that should have aired first before the movie?), and taking all rights to the UglyDolls property, including worldwide merchandising and licensing rights for toys and consumer products. While Hasbro is the global licensee for UglyDolls merchandise, industry experts believe that those ancillaries will be hurt based on the result of this movie's stateside performance. STX was likely counting on higher returns in these sectors.
Barbie built the House of Mattel, and the last thing that toy company will do is make a film that screws up its legacy bread and butter. No wonder why Mattel is so slow to develop their toylines into films, i.e. when Barbie wasn't working at Sony over several years with versions starring Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway, they jettisoned the IP to Warner Bros.
Even though UglyDolls had a huge social media universe across Facebook, YouTube views, Twitter and Instagram of 345.7M, the viral rate of videos of 9:1 EOR was half that of the average animated pic's 18:1. The studio sought to tap pop artists with high social media wattage: RelishMix alone estimates the total Twitter/Facebook/Instagram following between Clarkson, Pittbull and Nick Jonas at over 184M. Speaking of top clips, the movie’s average daily views for its best YouTube videos are 10.7K, once again short of the 28.5K genre benchmark." Says RelishMix, " It’s also worth noting the many of the movie’s top-viewed clips are owned in nature (paid by the studio).
US animation struggles in China, and a $60M projection would be hard to meet for UglyDolls in the Middle Kingdom. on UglyDolls. The film only released in a few territories this weekend, and as of yesterday it wasn't doing so hot in South Korea. We understand that STX would be happy with a $150M global B.O. Pixar's Coco overindexed in the Middle Kingdom with $189.2M, because China has a Tomb Sweeping Day holiday that's similar to Mexico's Dia de Los Muertos. But Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory, respectively, struggled with $51M and $38M, particularly when you compare them to the live-action titles like Fate of the Furious and recent Marvel movies.
The reason why UglyDolls went in the wake of the Marvel beast was because the animated pic was vying for young girls (who, under 12, showed up at 63% per PostTrak). Further hurting UglyDolls was its release date. "It was always about Avengers: Endgame this weekend," says one rival studio executive about the last three days, which saw the Disney/Marvel movie crossing $600M in a record 10 days stateside.
 
Animation is a high-performing genre at the box office, but the pics have to be good and parents and kids can tell the difference (Despite a B+ CinemaScore, Screen Engine/ComScore PostTrak exits show parents gave the pic two stars and kids under 12, three stars): A day at the movies for a family is quite expensive. Critics were immediately turned off, thinking they were watching a toy commercial. "Every aspect of this computer-animated movie directed by Kelly Asbury seems equally overdetermined and tossed-off, as if it were a caffeinated weekend project for everyone involved," slams The New York Times Glenn Kenny.
What went wrong here from our numerous interviews is that STX rushed this feature into production over the last year, despite the fact that they've been talking this up over the last five years, first with director Robert Rodriguez, then with Kelly Asbury taking over.
Clarkson plays Moxy and her gang of lovably imperfect characters as they embark on a hilarious journey through UglyVille, where they embrace what it means to be unique and discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing. Based on the 2001 doll line from husband-wife artist team David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, STX's take stars a number of prolific recording artists, including Pitbull, Janelle Monae, and Kelly Clarkson (altogether who made an estimated $3.3M on the movie).
In the case of STXfilms and Alibaba's UglyDolls, it was the first two points making for a disastrous start at the box office of $8.5M for this reported $45M-$53M net production, intended to launch the mini-major's foray into the feature animation space. As the old saying goes, you can make it fast, you can make it cheap, and you can make it good, but you can't have all three.
STX, given their motto of trying to make movies more efficiently for core demos than the majors, and profiting off them, literally vied to one-up the Illumination Entertainment cost-efficiency model of making feature toons for less than $100M. The trade media was dumb-founded by the low production cost for a CGI pic, but it's apparently true.
STX co-owns all the songs with Atlantic Records from the pop artists they cast in the film (all music for the pic, all-in, reportedly cost $3.67M). STX partnered with Alibaba and reportedly has a Chinese co-production with a 40% box office rental (more on this in a minute), and they put together a long list of 100 global promotional partners (including McDonalds, Walmart, Carl's Jr/Hardee's, Pinkberry, the list goes on), so that they could achieve a lower P&A spend (reportedly $40M overall, with the TV spot spend portion of that number in the high single digits). An estimated $20M in foreign sales, apart from China's contribution, apparently went toward the production cost. In lieu of spending excessively on TV spots, STX leaned on such stunts as Clarkson performing the movie's single "Broken and Beautiful" on The Voice and The Billboard Music Awards.
UglyDolls is a case of you get what you paid for. STX took one road and went for it. Typically, an animated feature will go through several different versions before production decides on an ultimate path. But the fact of the matter is that successful animated movies require an investment of time, artistry and money.
Yet, based on domestic results this weekend for UglyDolls, one rival studio executive with knowledge of the breadth of animated franchises says, "This type of performance puts the whole franchise at risk."
They saw the brand as a small cottage industry with a cult following quite reminiscent of The Simpsons, and had initial intentions for a wider range of media opportunities. UglyDolls came to STX after initially being set up at Universal with Illumination Entertainment  in 2011, when they acquired rights to the 2001 doll line.
 
How much money will UglyDolls lose? "A decent amount," predicts one film finance executive this morning, but it's still too soon to determine an exact number. China hasn't set a release date for UglyDolls yet, which means Alibaba hasn't begun promoting the movie through its massive tentacles.
In some respects, there was an earnest attempt by STX to get UglyDolls right within their efficiency model, besting the production spends on such original toon IP like Paramount's $100M disaster Wonder Park. Canadian rebates were received for outsourced work by the pic's animation studio Reel FX.
Weeks out, the thinking was that young girls wouldn't be stolen away by Endgame. But PostTrak reports this weekend that they were at 49% under-12 girls. Also, STX was trying to stay away from Toy Story 4 (but then there's Legendary/Warner Bros. Pokemon Detective Pikachu, which is supposed to be a surprise with $50M+ opening in U.S./Canada).
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Great stories beget great movies, and for every TLC taken with Hasbro's multi-billion grossing The Transformers franchise, and Warner Bros.' first Lego Movie, there's the thrifty and hasty executions of Bratz (final domestic $10M, global $26M) and 2017's My Little Pony ($21.9M domestic, $60.3M WW), which never took off at the box office. Still, we can't hastily say the feature adaptation of toylines are simply destined to fail.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ To Near Rare Breakeven Point With $1.1B Global Opening

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Of that latter figure, $300M-plus is from China (which delivers a 25% to 27% rental between $75M-$81M). This weekend, Endgame's domestic start is estimated between $350M-$356M and its overseas B.O. close to $800M.
is poised to lie at greater than $750M. Endgame's domestic B.O. Only four films have cleared that mark: Avatar ($2.79B), Titanic ($2.19B), Star Wars: Force Awakens ($2.07B), and Infinity War ($2.05B). While it's still early, our sources believe that a final worldwide endgame well north of $2B, closer to $2.5B for Endgame isn't out of the question.
 
range, a $600M-$650M profit is within the realm of possibility off the sequel's estimated $356M net negative costs and a global $150M P&A spend. Talent participations and residuals amounted to a combined $170M on Infinity War per our finance insiders, and we hear they will increase slightly on Endgame. Star Wars: The Force Awakens walked away with $780.1M in profit after total theatrical and ancillary revenues of $1.55B and total costs of $776.6M. Infinity War off combined theatrical expenses of $475M plus ancillary costs saw a half billion profit and won Deadline's Profit Tournament. At the upper end of Endgame's final B.O.
At this level, film finance experts tell Deadline that the Anthony and Joe Russo-directed sequel will near cash breakeven tomorrow on Sunday, which is unheard of for a major studio tentpole during its opening weekend. EXCLUSIVE: With an estimated global opening weekend on course for $1.1 billion, Disney Avengers: Endgame will make what most successful superhero movies earn in a theatrical lifetime. Last year, the duo's Avengers: Infinity War clicked into profitability after ten days.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Crushes $169M On Day One Overseas, Shatters Records

The series-ender is poised to be an all-time international and global record-breaker and we'll have a clearer picture of just where it's headed when more markets come online. Right now, the international opening estimates are trending well upwards, into the $700M+ range. Domestic has previews starting tonight local time while overseas today adds the UK and Brazil with Friday recruiting Japan and Mexico to the team.
3 opening grosser after China and Korea so far is Australia with $7M for +17% on IW. ComScore's PostTrak locally reports that the film has five out of five stars in Oz and an 88 Total Positive score from audiences with a 68% "definitely recommend." The No.
UPDATE, writethru: Along with its record-breaking first day in China, Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Endgame is crushing into the all-time books with a cumulative $169M through Wednesday at the international box office. That one-day gross includes the $107.5M start in the Middle Kingdom yesterday as well as debuts in 24 other material markets. Each of the openings on Wednesday was bigger than Avengers: Infinity War, putting Endgame, from directors Anthony and Joe Russo, ahead of the previous installment in all markets.
Among records for opening days are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands and a handful more. Overall through Wednesday, eight markets have logged the biggest industry single-day record, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Philippines and Korea (the latter in terms of admissions).
(Early estimates today have Korea adding another $6M.) On Wednesday, Iron Man and the crew came in 40% higher than Infinity War there. Turning back to Wednesday numbers, the next best launch after China was in Korea at $8.4M, which as well as being the top all-time industry single day in admissions, is the best non-holiday opening day ever. Some markets had even bigger increases over Infinity War with Hong Kong up 98%, Germany 95% ahead and France over by 64%.
In the UK, early indications point to record-setting numbers for midnights and the rest of the session. Applaudience reports that as of midday local time today, about 1.2M tickets have been sold for the FSS.
Rounding out the Top 10 Wednesday openers are France ($6M/+64%), Italy ($5.8M/+66%), Germany ($5.6M/+95%), Philippines ($3.9M/+45%), Hong Kong ($2.7M/+98%), Taiwan ($2.6M/+50%) and Indonesia ($2.5M/+42%).
Endgame set a new IMAX opening day benchmark (including midnights) with RMB 93M ($13.8M) from 608 screens, surpassing Infinity War by 82%. (For more on the China opening, see here.) IMAX repped about 13% of the Middle Kingdom launch gross, as well as the Top 10 locations and 88 of the 100 best-performing sites. The 22nd MCU entry is only the second film in history to be shot entirely with IMAX cameras.
The assembled Avengers also hit the highest superhero opening day of all time in Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.” />
The full weekend, which is a 5-day frame that includes just one non-workday, is looking towards the $300M+ zone. This reflects a $45.5M Thursday which is a roughly 42% drop from Wednesday (sans midnights). That's an expected dip given the hyper-anticipation for opening day. In China, the running cume estimate through Thursday (ie today, and still an early number which is not fully included in the total above), is $153M (RMB 1.03B).

‘La Llorona’ Conjures $30M Overseas Bow; ‘Shazam!’ & ‘Dumbo’ cross $300M WW – International Box Office

SHAZAM!
France grossed $2.1M on 254 screens to rank No. 2, on par with a number of comps and over Lights Out (+20%) and A Quiet Pladce (%39%). Colombia was the next best start at $2.4M and ahead of all comps except Annabelle.
added another $22M to cross the $200M mark overseas and $300M globally. Widely for non horror fans, this weekend was all about holdovers. Notably, WB/New Line/DC’s Shazam! Families also leant an ear to Disney’s Dumbo, pushing the expensive little pachyderm above both those same milestones.
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Korea also got a bump, up 70% as anticipation for Endgame swells. Europe dropped 37% regionally with a great +25% hold in Spain and slight eases elsewhere. Latin America had a 12% drop, increasing in Chile by 2% and dipping just 14% in Brazil.
In Lat Am, Dumbo dropped just 12% with strong holds in Colombia (+28%), Argentina (+20%), Peru (+5%), Chile (-3%), Brazil (-19%) and Mexico (-35%).
WONDER PARK
3 with $3M at 8,992 locations. The international cume is now $48.5M. Paramount’s animated amusement admitted another $10.9M worth of visitors in 56 markets. That includes a debut in China where the start was No.
Mexico leads all play at $5.3M while Europe and parts of Asia had decent starts; Brazil was slightly soft with the market dominated by family fare (Shazam!, Dumbo) and the faith-based Breakthrough. In many countries, the Easter weekend is bracketed by days off on the Friday and/or Monday, and Llorona, with its Catholic iconography, tapped into that. 1 in the region where it is tracking above The Conjuring (+11%), Halloween (+30%), A Quiet Place (+60%) and Lights Out (+95%). Latin America leans into horror and this film, with Mexican folklore at its center, was No.
Little (UNI): $1.4M intl weekend (13 markets); $4.8M intl cume
The Top 5 markets are the UK ($27.9M), China ($21.8M), Mexico ($20.2M), Spain ($14M) and France ($12.2M).
Breakdowns on this week's films have been updated below.
Within the rest of Europe, holds were good for the holiday including in Denmark (-5%), Spain (-12%), Portugal (-24%) and France (-46%). Also in the family sphere, Disney’s Dumbo added $13.7M from 55 material markets. Belgium is a big fan of the pachyderm, maintaining No. The offshore cume is now $206.6M for $307.9M worldwide. 1 for the fourth straight weekend.
DUMBO
THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
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France led the weekend play and has now grossed $6.1M. Korea is the final market to release, way down the line in August.
1 spot while Mexico dipped to No. 3. The UK took back the No. Brazil in the 3rd frame dropped just 21% to stay No. Australia held the No. 1 slot on a very quiet weekend and Spain increased 2% in the 3rd session. Colombia also saw a sizable increase, up 34%. 1 and gross $11.4M to date.
Spain brought in $1.7M on 330 screens, ranking No. 1, also topping most comps. 3, but above most comps including 34% over Annabelle. Indonesia scared up $1.6M on 654 screens at No.
8 all-time superhero movie, passing The Dark Knight Rises. With a global cume of $1.09B through Sunday, Carol Danvers now fronts the No. Ahead of the worldwide reckoning with Thanos that begins Wednesday offshore, Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel put a couple new notches on her belt.
Of that, $9.5M was from India where the movie is No. Foxstar’s Indian pic Kalank, a romance drama set during the 1940s partition and from Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, opened to $10.4M in two markets offshore. Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Aditya Roy Kapoor star in the title by director Abhishek Varman.” /> 1 this weekend.
HOLDOVERS/EXPANSIONS
CAPTAIN MARVEL
Here are the Top 5 grossers: China ($153.6M), the UK ($49.7M), Korea ($45.1M), Brazil ($37.9M) and Mexico ($33.2M).
UPDATE, writethru: Warner Bros/New Line’s James Wan-produced horror pic The Curse Of La Llorona haunted cinemas in 71 overseas markets this frame, opening to $30M at the international box office. Along with domestic, the global bow is $56.5M.
Too bad it didn’t release in the latter this weekend which could have used the jolt. The thriftily-priced $9M La Llorona still has Japan and the UK to come. There’s been lovely weather there, but the lack of a major opener also is showing impact. Right now, it looks like the current session in Britain could be the first four-day Easter weekend this century to gross under £10M.
Of course, next weekend will be a different story amid the thunderous arrival of Avengers: Endgame. Cinemas in London, Leicester, the Midlands, Bristol and many more are already selling out shows. Highlighting the anticipation for Endgame, even China was quiet this frame, led by the continuing play of P Storm ($113M cume), and as pre-sales on the MCU pic have surged past $60M.
8 biggest superhero of all time. In the 7th weekend, Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel picked up $6.5M from 49 material markets. The offshore total is now $689.5M with $1,089.5M worldwide where Carol Danvers is the No.
The UK and Japan are still to come along with a handful of markets as the movie looks to act as counterprogramming to Thanos and crew.
Pet Sematary (PAR): $5.5M intl weekend (58 markets); $46.1M intl cume
The best overall play was Mexico at $5.3M on 2,600 screens with a 32% share of the Top 5 titles. It outperformed nearly all comps there including Insidious: The Last Key (+36%), The Conjuring (+61%), A Quiet Place (+101%), Pet Sematary (+158%) and Lights Out (+185%).
Bohemian Rhapsody (FOX): $500K intl weekend (20 markets); $685.6M intl cume
Breakthrough (FOX/DIS): $2.8M intl weekend (20 markets/+28% in Brazil); $5.9M cume
Elsewhere, Voltage’s teen drama After had another good weekend, grossing $9.5M in 38 markets for a $25.4M overseas cume, per comScore. Lionsgate/Millennium's Hellboy meanwhile picked up just $3.4M in 40 hubs, also per comScore.
Also new this session were the Netherlands ($328K/135 sites) and Hong Kong ($264K/40).
 
In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, it’s on par with The Conjuring, A Quiet Place and Lights Out. In Asia, it’s the No. 1 movie, coming in more than double Pet Sematary and Halloween.
Across Asia-Pacific, strong holds include New Zealand (+30%), Singapore (+19%), Hong Kong (-4%) and Australia (-9%).
The release topped Ant-Man by 9% and is on par with Guardians Of The Galaxy. 4, but No. Japan opened this session with $2M on 723 screens at No. 1 for a U.S. movie.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (UNI): $700K intl weekend (37 markets); $355.4M intl cume
Playing on about 16,000 screens in 80 markets, the Zachary Levi-starrer has now grossed $201.5M abroad and $322.8M globally. Warner’s family friendly superhero added another $22M with school breaks and the Easter holiday helping fuel the box office.
Us (UNI): $1.7M intl weekend (58 markets); $75.3M intl cume
The Top 10 markets are China ($43.5M), the UK ($15.4M), Mexico ($14.2M), Brazil ($11.4M) and Australia ($9.8M).
1 in the Latin American region, tapping into the Easter holiday and Mexican folklore. The Michael Chaves-directed horror pic, which is not directly connected to the Conjuring universe as it doesn’t involve paranormal investigators, the Warrens, opened in 71 overseas markets to $30M on 13,262 screens. The top film internationally in a largely holdover weekend ahead of next frame’s Avengers: Endgame was No. As noted above, it bested a handful of comps in the region.
Greta (UNI): $500K intl weekend (2 markets); $3M intl cume ($1.5M Universal)
 
Boy Erased (UNI): $200K intl weekend (8 markets); $4.6M intl cume
2), India ($1.1M/1,032/No. Korea ($1.3M/620 screens/No. 3), Italy ($863K/314 screens/No. movie), Russia ($1.1M/1,758/No. 4) round out the Top 10. 3) and Brazil ($796K/350/No. 1 U.S.

‘Shazam!’ Striking Lightning With $49M; ‘Pet Sematary’ Digging Up $23M+ – Midday Box Office

 
star Zachary Levi recently traveled to China to promote the movie. He’s known locally for the Thor movies, and also has a following in the market. A premiere was also held in London on March 20 and Sandberg, who is Swedish, did some local promotion in his native country. Shazam!
Henson as Civil Rights activist Ann Atwater who faces off with C.P. The pic, which will widen to 1,705 locations tomorrow, is estimated to open in the mid single digits. Critics are hard on the pic at 57% Rotten.” /> Ellis (Sam Rockwell), Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. Previews started tonight at 7PM. STX has the $10M-bio drama The Best of Enemies starring Taraji P.
Par is hoping for a $20M-plus start for the Kevin Kolsch-Dennis Widmyer-directed horror pic. Currently those figures for the R-rated film are close to Sony's 2013 remake of Evil Dead ($1.9M Thursday, $11.9M Friday, $25.7M opening). Early buzz is that Thursday night showtimes which kicked off at 7PM are earning $2M+ per industry estimates. Again those numbers could fluctuate. Also opening on Friday is Paramount's closing night film from SXSW, the latest rendition of Stephen King's Pet Sematary. Pet Sematary plays at 3,585 tomorrow.  Pet Sematary will be present in 48 off shore markets this weekend (73% of ultimate) including:  Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Others Middle East, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland – G, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela. RT is at 74% fresh.
Nonetheless, this was a means by New Line/DC to expand the comic book brand on screen with a more comedic, family-skewing superhero, much like Marvel did for its universe with 2015's Ant-Man (which posted $6.4M in previews). Beck-created superhero will over-index in its 3-day start. We've heard that the social media heat on this David F. Theater count is at 4,217 for tomorrow. String all these factors together and there's a lot of momentum that the Bill Parker and C. Sandberg-directed movie has been rising. C. Pic's Rotten Tomatoes score is at a great 93% positive, and then there were those paid previews which reached a record $3.3M (Warners will add those to whatever is made here tonight, so figure around $7.7M by tomorrow AM).
April 5 kicks off the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, which was an extra boon for WB’s Ready Player One last year. A lack of familiarity with the character abroad is not expected to have a major impact. Sources are seeing the international opening in the $100M range with some more aggressive figures up as high as $120M. Anticipation is high in China, in the $50M zone, and with the benefit of a major holiday on Friday. All in a global blast-off between $145M-$170M.
bowed abroad yesterday in France, Korea, Italy and Sweden and by tomorrow will be in all offshore markets, including China, but save Japan which goes April 19. Shazam!
Disney's Captain Marvel takes 5th with $14.2M, -31% in weekend 5, for a running total by end of Sunday of $375.6M.
PostTrak was 83% positive with males turning up big. Imax and premium large format drove 31% of Shazam!'s business last night.
Paramount's Pet Sematary is drawing in $9.5M today and a 3-day opening of $23.1M.
STX's opener The Best of Enemies is seeing $2M today, for a 3-day of $5.9M.
Next to horror comps, that's higher than the $1.8M which Get Out pulled in, the $2M made by Split and the $1.9M made by Sony's remake of Evil Dead. The pic carries a low net production cost of $20M. Paramount's Pet Sematary drew $2.3M in previews at 2,942 locations.
As we always note, these estimates come from Deadline sources, not Warner Bros. is shooting toward an estimated $4M-$4.4M tonight from U.S./Canada shows starting at 4PM, a result that's around what Captain America: First Avenger made ($4M off shows starting at midnight back in 2011, $25.7M Friday, $65M opening) and higher than Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse ($3.5M from 5PM shows, $12.7M Friday, $35.3M opening) in Thursday night previews. EXCLUSIVE: New Line/DC's Shazam!
The thinking is that there’s a lot of good will built up worldwide after the outsize success of WB/DC’s Aquaman ($335M domestic, $812.1M overseas, $1.1 billino WW) and that folks are seeking something new. The family elements should also work to hook markets that lean into this type of fare. What’s more, as this film skews younger, the soft performance of last weekend’s Dumbo should open up some space for this well-reviewed Big-meets-Superman story.
is currently at this point in time looking at a $18.9M Friday, a 3-day of $49M and including previews a running total of $52.3M. Note late night business yesterday pushed its Thursday higher, so we might see the same again tonight, plus Saturday matinees, natch. FRIDAY MIDDAY: New Line/DC's Shazam!
All Friday figures above include last night's previews.
While Shazam! While Superman has continually been kept alive by DC, Shazam goes in fits and starts. isn't deep-deep DC universe, he arguably doesn't have the massive popularity of Superman who has been kept alive through movies and cartoons. While there was the 2010 DC direct to DVD toon Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam, anyone over 45 will certainly remember watching Shazam! as a kid in the mid '70s on TV with Jackson Bostwick in the title role. Tracking has suggested that the film will open between $45M-$50M in U.S./Canada.
However, those films had different release patterns so the debuts are not apples-to-apples. The best comps for Shazam overseas look to be the original Ant-Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy. At unadjusted rates, Ant-Man finaled with $339M internationally and GOTG was $440M.
 
Universal's Us owns fourth with a third Friday of $4.75M, -53%, a third 3-day of $15.6M, -53% –a solid hold– and a running total of $154.1M.
 
Disney's Dumbo is looking at a $4.6M second Friday, -70% for a second weekend of $17M, -63%, steep for a family film. 10-day by EOD Sunday will be $75M.
2016. The Robin Bissell directed and scripted movie adapted from Osha Gray Davidson. Focus went wider with Race at 2,369 and opened to $7.3M, That result is a tad higher than what Focus Features' Race did making $205K at 1,800 locations in Feb. STX reports that its Civil Rights drama The Best of Enemies drew $265K at 1,440 theaters.
FRIDAY AM UPDATE following Thursday PM exclusive: New Line/DC's Shazam! to higher figures last night from the early $4M+ we first spotted. Add in those paid Fandango sneaks and the DC guy has $9.2M already at the domestic B.O. Lots of late night business pushed Shazam! is higher than what we saw soaring to $5.9M in U.S./Canada Thursday previews. Nancy will be getting an overseas update in a bit.
Shazam! also knocks down the $3.75M made by Ready Player One's Wednesday night preview during last year's Holy Week. carries a net production cost of around $100M, and after its global launch, the current expectation is that it should fare quite well in the long run. Shazam! Today there's 16% K-12 schools off, and 12% colleges, so spring break still has a pulse, but all that changes by Monday when K-12 simmers down to 3% and college is fully in session. K-12 will go back on spring break at around a 20%-tile during the April 15 Holy week reaching 74% off on Good Friday. Shazam!'s Thursday is just under the $6.4M that Disney/Marvel's Ant-Man did which repped 28% of its $22.6M first day Friday, yielding a $57.2M opening.

Netflix, As MPAA Member, Will Benefit From Access To China, Says Charles Rivkin – CinemaCon

Among the terms the studios have been understood to be desirous of are another increase in the number of films officially allowed into the market on an annual basis as well as a hike in the share of turnstiles.
Overall, the MPAA's previous five-year agreement with China (which pre-dates Netflix's membership) went into effect in February 2012, when the number of quota films was increased as was the revenue share, which was upped to 25%.
The deal excluded mainland China where Youku retained dibs. The company in February acquired global SVOD rights to this year's mega-blockbuster The Wandering Earth. In 2017, it entered a licensing deal with iQiyi which has since expired. The streaming giant has been unable to crack the vast market with its online platform. This could potentially be good news for Netflix in China, if indeed it ever intends to go the theatrical route there.
The crackdown in the wake of the Fan Bingbing scandal has led to a production slowdown as local companies scramble to comply with government scrutiny. And with that, China this year is expected to need Hollywood product more than ever to fill its screens. Already in the past two years, it has gone beyond the contractual 34-film quota floor, granting access to a greater number of studio movies in the fourth quarter.” />
A new set of terms has been stalled amid Donald Trump’s on-and-off trade war with the Middle Kingdom, but a "hopeful" Rivkin said today that it is "in the interest of both countries to find a resolution," particularly as China's box office has grown so exponentially.
Netflix, he said, is "plugged into this agreement" given its MPAA status, but Rivkin also noted it would depend on what the streamer's "theatrical policies might be" for the market. As an official member of the MPAA, Netflix "will benefit from Chinese access, if they wish to go into the market," MPAA chief Charles Rivkin told Deadline today. Rivkin was addressing ongoing discussions surrounding a new film agreement with the Middle Kingdom, saying the contract "is being reexamined" and that the USTR is negotiating directly with the Chinese government.

‘Dumbo’ Flies In Low With $71M Overseas; ‘Captain Marvel’ Nears $1B Global – International Box Office

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (UNI): $2.6M intl weekend (58 markets); $348.9M intl cume
9 spot on the all-time charts. Worldwide, the Brie Larson-starrer is now the No. Overseas, she is passing The Dark Knight Rises to land the No. She’ll be rounding the $1B global mark this week, currently flying at $990.6M. In the fourth frame, Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel added another $26.4M from 54 markets, bringing the offshore cume to $636.8M. 10 superhero movie ever.
1 launch and 95% above Get Out, 53% over A Quiet Place, 33% above Halloween and 11% ahead of Split. In Russia, Us took the No. Australia debuted to $2.72M at 245 locations, also a No. 2 slot behind Dumbo with $1.4M at 771 and 153% over Get Out.
Jordan Peele and Universal’s scarer, which is releasing in staggered fashion overseas, had a $22.6M second frame including a strong start in Korea. Now in 60 markets, the international box office total is $46.3M for $174.5M global.
That reps essentially 100% of the global footprint (Turkey and Venezuela open next session). The Tim Burton-directed live-action update on Disney’s 1941 animated classic flapped its way to a $71M start overseas this weekend in 53 material markets. Awareness of the character is not as great there and heading into the session there was also prescient concern over whether the pachyderm would find his feet in the region. As noted above, the bow is below where sources saw the movie ahead of the debut with Asia the main culprit.
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1s across the region. Co-star Danny DeVito had done a press tour there in early March. Latin America leaned in to Dumbo with No. Promotional efforts overseas were in fact wide and varied with Burton and members of the cast hitting several hubs while influencers weighed in and immersive exhibits were set up in large-scale mall takeovers, among other marketing moves. Mexico’s strong start was the 3rd best for a live-action Disney pic (same goes for Colombia).
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Boy Erased (UNI): $300K intl weekend (9 markets); $3.4M intl cume” />
In the meantime, breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.
Mary Queen Of Scots (UNI): $400K intl weekend (17 markets); $28.4M intl cume
There were more significant No. 1s cited above, Dumbo was also tops in Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Sweden and Ukraine. Along with the European No. Germany, notably, did not crack the Top 10 Dumbo hubs. 1s elsewhere with uptick over the weekend versus the midweeks where the movie opened in step with local schedules.
Overall, the Top 5 hubs are China ($151.5M), the UK ($42.7M), Korea ($42.4M), Brazil ($34M) and Mexico ($31.5M).
Bumblebee (PAR): $1M intl weekend (Japan only); $338M intl cume
What Men Want (PAR): $1M intl weekend (15 markets); $15.3M intl cume
Escape Room (SNY): $1.6M intl weekend (29 markets); $94.5M intl cume
The main issue here, which we noted in our preview would be a swing factor, is that Asia didn’t significantly prick up its ears for the little fellow. Liftoff is below pre-opening projections which sources pegged in the $80M-$90M range for the Tim Burton-directed pic. Domestic also flew in lower with $45M for a $116M global start. UPDATE, writethru: Disney’s Dumbo, the live-action adaptation of the beloved 1941 classic, grossed $71M at the international box office this weekend.
The follow-up to Peele’s 2017 Oscar winner Get Out — which ultimately made about 31% of its money internationally — added 14 markets this session and saw great holds in places like Germany and Spain which were down just 9% and 27%, respectively (comparatively, Get Out in those markets had dipped 32% and 43% in its sophomore frame).
That goes for Easter breaks while China has a big holiday coming up next Friday in Tomb Sweeping Day, though that’s expected to notably propel Warner Bros’ Shazam! "We’re encouraged that this is an opportunity for families to go out and enjoy and be entertained as they head into holidays," she says. Still, Cathleen Taff, Disney’s President of Theatrical Distribution, Franchise Management and Business & Audience Insights, is hopeful that word of mouth will help grow Dumbo’s prospects. in the market.
10 superhero movie ever worldwide, and No. She fronts what is now the No. That Brie Larson-starrer is now closing in on $1B globally. The offshore cume on Captain Marvel is $636.8M after a $26.4M session abroad. 9 in the genre internationally. Currently at $990.6M, Ms Marvel will hit the mark this week.
Also, Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World crossed the $500M mark worldwide while Uni’s Us had a strong start in Korea where its first day was the biggest opening ever for a foreign horror title.
Wonder Park (PAR): $2.5M intl weekend (23 markets); $14.4M intl cume
2), Central America ($274K/148/No. In other bows, New Zealand ($281K/72 locations/No. 3), Thailand ($268K/106/No. 2) and Ukraine ($214K/171/No. 2) all are tracking well above Get Out.
Fighting With My Family (UNI only): $800K intl weekend (5 markets); $3.2M intl cume ($13.2M with non-Uni markets included)
With Dumbo’s $116M start worldwide, Disney does get bragging rights to the 2nd best bow for a Hollywood title of 2019, behind its own Captain Marvel. Overall, Dumbo came in lower than pre-weekend comps like the Burton-produced Alice Through The Looking Glass, which bowed to $75M in like-for-likes and at current rates, and the live-action Cinderella which did $89M.
Disney’s combined weekend totals push its international box office across the $1B mark for 2019 at $1.104B to date.
Currently at $895M, the Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic expanded from its arthouse release in China this weekend where it has grossed $11.6M through Sunday. Japan, in what was the 21st frame, was up 17% and has now cumed $114M. In other milestone news, Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody is nearing the $900M threshold globally.
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Overall, the Top 5 openers were China ($10.7M), the UK ($7.4M), Mexico ($7.2M), Russia ($4.4M) and Italy ($3.8M).
China topped the $150M mark this weekend, cuming $151.5M to date. Across Asia, the best holds were in Korea (-26%) and Japan (-32%).
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Five Feet Apart (LG): $6.2M intl weekend (39 markets); $14.8M intl cume
1 spot. The first day was the biggest ever debut for a foreign horror film while the weekend is the 2nd best in the genre for an import, behind Get Out (-15%) and tying with Split. Korea led opening play with $6.9M from 442 locations for the No.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (WB): $1.8M intl weekend (54 markets); $78.7M intl cume
China, the top opening market, landed at $10.7M, though again below where some had it coming into the weekend. Word of mouth is solid, and there’s a holiday ahead, but it appears locals may be more focused on next weekend’s Shazam!.
And, the fact that word of mouth is better than critical notes on this re-telling should help throughout the upcoming holidays in markets like France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Australia and perhaps even the Middle Kingdom.
Bohemian Rhapsody (FOX): $3.5M intl weekend (16 markets); $680.3M intl cume
And, yes, Disney can afford this sort of live-action family box-ticking, particularly with what it’s got lined up in the coming months. A silver lining for this $170M proposition is, as Anthony has noted, that the character has a robust off-screen life which stretches into merchandising and theme parks, having done so already for decades.
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Europe overall dropped by just 44% with solid play continuing in Germany (-35%), Denmark (-37%), France (-39%), the Netherlands(-45%) and the UK (-49%), among others.
Elsewhere in Asia, there were No. However, of those, only Japan ($2.4M) cracked the Top 10 of opening markets. 1s in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Burton typically has success there and made a trip to Tokyo recently for the local premiere. Dumbo was the biggest Hollywood movie in Japan, India, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Alita: Battle Angel (FOX): $747K intl weekend (32 markets); $317.7M intl cume
That’s the 3rd highest Disney Live Action opening frame of all time. Latin America, which leans into family fare, saw No. Mexico was especially strong, with a 65% share and a $7.2M weekend. 1 in such hubs as France, Italy, Spain, Russia, the UK, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico with families providing some nice upticks across Saturday and Sunday. Europe and Latin America will have some runway ahead as kids in many markets move into Easter breaks. 1s across the board. First the more positive news: Across 53 material markets, which rep essentially 100% of the worldwide footprint, Dumbo landed No.
Overall, Asia, which has less traditional awareness of the character, didn’t connect in the hoped for manner. Reviews aggregator Douban gives it a middling 6.8. 9 in the film's Top 10 this session. As for Asia, while Dumbo was No. Japan – typically a big Burton hub — came in with $2.4M, also the market's best of the weekend for a Hollywood movie, but No. China leads all play at $10.7M where Dumbo was the best western pic and has a good social score, indicating some positive word of mouth. 1 in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, none of those markets appears in the Top 10.
Across Latin America, Carol Danvers topped $100M to pass Black Panther and saw strong holds in Chile (-27%), Brazil (-43%), Argentina (-48%) and Peru (-49%).
2 spot. The top holdover hubs were led by the UK which has now grossed $8.2M and stuck the No. France is next in overall cumes at $3.5M, followed by Germany at $3M, Spain with $2.3M, Brazil’s $1.5M and Taiwan’s $1.35M.
Italy releases next weekend with Mexico going in early May and Japan cutting in August 23.
powers up pretty much everywhere, including China. There will be more horror to come next weekend as Pet Sematary starts its offshore rollout in some key markets while Shazam!

‘Avengers: Endgame’ China Release Set On April 24; $800M+ WW Opening In Sight?

The offshore opening on Infinity War was $382.7M with domestic at $257.7M. That set an all-time global opening of $640.4M. Last year, Infinity War began its international box office run on April 25, also a Wednesday, and was in 72% of the overseas marketplace through that weekend, with China and Russia going later (Endgame too will not have Russia in its launch suite with the market joining play on Monday April 29). Two weeks later, Infinity War crushed a $199.3M China bow.
So, it's worth bearing in mind that since the first Sunday is a work day, it could certainly affect the opening. However, to compensate the extra days off, both Sunday April 28 and Sunday May 5 will be work days. Earlier this month, China's State Council said companies and schools will have an extended four-day break from May 1-4.
Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Endgame is already poised to be one of the biggest movies of the year — and perhaps of all time — and its potential global opening looks like it just got a whole lot bigger. Unlike Avengers: Infinity War, this means Endgame opens in the Middle Kingdom in step with the rest of the beginning of international rollout and two days ahead of domestic's launch which falls on Friday April 26. Chinese authorities have now given the superhero fourquel an April 24 release date.
It will also play into holidays the following week. What's more, Infinity War's China debut was over just three days. With Endgame's April 24 Middle Kingdom date, the film, again from directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, is getting extra play in its first frame.
Combined, those opening scores equal $839.7M. However, just the straight math is eye-popping. Before we get ahead of ourselves — and we'll look more closely at Endgame's potential opening in the weeks to come — there are several factors to take into account: There have been overseas exchange rate fluctuations since last year, Endgame is understood to have a longer running time than Infinity War, and it is not yet on tracking domestically. So we'll wait before doing a considered prediction.
Of that, $360M came from China.” /> The domestic total was $678.8M with $1.37B overseas. Infinity War went on to gross over $2B worldwide, becoming only the fourth movie ever to the milestone.
It also means that if Endgame were to perform on par with Infinity War — and note these are unadjusted numbers — it would be looking at an $840M worldwide opening to blast Iron Man and the gang past the all-time record they set in 2018.

‘Captain Marvel’ Zooms To $127M Overseas Through Friday, Eyes $300M Offshore Bow – International Box Office

Four markets there are in the Top 10 through Friday. Per local estimates, Korea saw a 135% hike from Friday to Saturday. The film is working well in Asia, which leans heavily into Marvel.
Although the Middle Kingdom doesn’t open officially until Friday, midnights tonight are understood to have come in at RMB 16.5M ($2.51M), the 4th best start for a superhero film behind Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. Notable that this is a standalone/origins story whereas the movies above it are all ensembles. The Brie Larson-starrer is seeing strong early play in markets like Korea, France and China.
Domestic previews on Captain Marvel begin tonight and there will be lots more news to come as she spreads wings over the next few days, including in Germany, Russia, Brazil and Australia today, and the UK, Spain, Mexico and China on Friday.” />
In the same suite of markets and at today’s exchange rates, Captain Marvel is currently pacing ahead of other MCU origins stories Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man in most markets. Overall, Captain Marvel is opening as the top western release in all markets as well as seeing the highest March debut in many, and is the biggest first day for a stand-alone MCU character in most. Heading into the weekend, estimates on the international debut were ranging from $180M-$210M+. It will go well higher than the latter figure.
In the Middle Kingdom, it is coming in at $34M (including Thursday midnights). PREVIOUS, FRIDAY UPDATE: Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel amassed $44M in its first two days of overseas release. Across all superhero movies, she’s 3rd behind Venom which bowed to $34.9M (including midnights) last November. That gives Carol Danvers bragging rights to the 2nd best MCU launch day ever in the market, behind only Avengers: Infinity War. That Wednesday/Thursday international box office on the Brie Larson-starrer does not include China where the film opened today.
Today adds the UK, Mexico — and China, officially. Captain Marvel is currently playing in 42 markets — notably it hit the 2nd highest opening day in industry history in Brazil. Through today, it will be out everywhere save Japan which goes March 15.
The China three-day will likely land at $90M+ (on par with the lifetime of Wonder Woman at historic rates). That’s on the low side, but as we noted yesterday, the Friday-Saturday bump was not expected to be as high as is typical given that many women in China had a half-day on Friday in honor of International Women’s Day. Saturday’s estimates out of the Middle Kingdom have the day at $33.5M for a roughly 5% increase from Friday (not including Thursday midnights).
It has a 7.2 on Douban which is not stellar, but lands above Black Panther’s 6.5 and Wonder Woman’s 7.1. Pre tonight’s local midnights, the Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck-helmed Captain Marvel had logged the biggest China presales for any superhero film save Infinity War. As we've noted, China will be a swing on the full opening weekend. A score from ticketing platform Maoyan is still to come. Coming into the frame, some had it at a $60M launch while other sources were more bullish in the $90M+ range. We'll know more tomorrow when the first estimates arrive for the official opening day.
Through Friday, the Top 5 markets are China ($34.3M/$67.8M est through Saturday), Korea ($9.3M/$17.2M est through Saturday), Indonesia ($6.4M), Brazil ($5.4M) and Russia $5.4M).
1 western film in all openings and is playing well above pre-weekend projections — looking at a heroic launch frame that could top $300M overseas. 2ND SATURDAY UPDATE, writethru: Carol Danvers has shot to $127M at the international box office. The Disney/Marvel title has now bowed as the No. The figure reps all play through Friday, including the big China debut we saw yesterday which gave Captain Marvel the 2nd highest MCU opening day ever in the market.
Elsewhere, Korea is showing $9.1M through today, after a roughly 38% increase from Thursday. The cume in Korea is not included in the above total for Wednesday/Thursday.
In other markets, Friday saw the UK post the 4th highest ever MCU opening day, Mexico post the 7th highest opening day in industry history and Spain post the 2nd biggest MCU bow behind only Avengers: Infinity War.
Through Thursday, the Top 5 markets (not including the Friday figures we've noted above) are Korea ($5.9M), Indonesia ($4.8M), Brazil ($3M), France ($2.9M) and Australia ($2.5M).
We will have a full international update tomorrow.

And Captain Marvel appears to be playing to both; we'll have more detail when the exits are analyzed after the weekend. As we noted in our preview, after the holiday heft of DC’s Aquaman, nothing has energized fanboys and girls since. This would top Black Panther's $430M worldwide launch which was weighted to North America with $202M during the FSS over President's Day 2018 (so not apples-to-apples given the holiday), and included $228M from overseas in like-for-likes and at today's rates. (Anecdotally, a Saturday matinee in Aix-en-Provence, France, was equally well-attended by young, and older, men and women.) If domestic's $160M three-day estimate holds, CM could land a stratospheric $460M+ global start.
In France, we’re hearing there were over 212K tickets sold on Wednesday. Elsewhere, Carol Danvers is seeing early combined Wednesday/Thursday estimates at about $5.9M in Korea. That would constitute about $1.7M for the 4th best start of the year behind local sequel Qu’Est-Ce Qu’On A Encore Fait Au Bon Dieu?!, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Disney’s own Ralph Breaks The Internet (the latter two playing into school holidays).
In China, it is eyeing a $100M+ weekend. The film has a 7.1 on reviews aggregator Douban and an 8.8 on ticketing platform Maoyan. The caveat here is that a Friday-Saturday bump may not be quite as high as normal given that many women had a half-day today in honor of International Women’s Day.
PREVIOUS, THURSDAY: Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel has begun winging its way around the international box office. While Dis is not providing a full number for Wednesday’s Day One rollout, we have some local results to report.

‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’ Winging To $33M+ China Bow, ‘Green Book’ Logs Strong Start

All pictures will face Captain Marvel next weekend. And in more China box office, Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel crossed the $100M mark on Saturday as it looks at a 60+% drop from opening.

Green Book — which enters China as a flat sale rather than a quota title — is seeing an Oscar halo effect and has also benefited from Alibaba’s promotion which included getting eCommerce tycoon Jack Ma out to a Bejing screening on Monday night to talk up the picture.
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On Saturday, local estimates are seeing a $13.4M haul which we'll update tomorrow when the total should be above $33M for the three-day. Japan will be the final Dragon market, in August. For DWA, it’s the No. 3 best opening day behind the latter two Kung Fu Panda movies. It’s also the 5th biggest studio launch day for an animated film. Comping to other Uni animated titles released in China in the past five years, HTTYD3 scored the 3rd biggest opening day behind Despicable Me 3 and Minions.
This is the first Dragon movie under DWA’s new home at Universal and has strong word of mouth with a 7.8 on reviews aggregator Douban and a 9.3 on ticketing platform Maoyan. 1 start on Friday was $8.4M ($8.8M including limited previews). In China, the No. The opening day was in line with Kung Fu Panda 2 ($91M lifetime) and 60% ahead of How To Train Your Dragon 2 ($59.4M lifetime).
Boosted by the Middle Kingdom, the threequel, which has been rolling out offshore through the past two months to tap into key holidays around the world, is expected to top $275M at the international box office through tomorrow, and will nose right up against $370M global. Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is off to a toothy start in China, eyeing a $33M+ opening weekend.
In other China news, the Middle Kingdom is getting its first look at Best Picture Oscar winner Green Book. The Peter Farrelly-directed film, which Universal handled domestically, has the muscle of Alibaba Pictures behind it via its investment in Amblin Partners and has drummed up strong word of mouth with a great 8.9 on Douban and 9.6 on Maoyan. A $16M weekend is potentially in store after Saturday saw a big jump from Friday with an estimated $6.9M vs $3.8M.
Infinity War, for the record, finished its first 5-day frame at $11.35M in the market. Directed by Pidi Baiq and Fajar Bustomi and starring Iqbaal Ramadhan and Vanesha Prescilla, it’s an adaptation of Baiq’s novel Dilan Bagian Kedua: Dia Adalah Dilanku Tahun 1991 (Dilan Part Two: He’s My Dilan In 1991), the second book in a series. Dilan 1991, the sequel to Dilan 1990, last year’s most-viewed Indonesian title, grossed a reported $2.05M on Thursday, breaking the all-time record previously held by Avengers: Infinity War which opened to $1.79M on a Wednesday last year. Meanwhile, in Indonesia, a local teen romance set a new benchmark for opening day box office.