‘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.
 
FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW

‘Aquaman’ Heading For $200M+; ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Flying To $100M+; 2018 Domestic B.O. Hits $11.8B Record: Sunday Final

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But get this: Domestic 2018 box office is at $11.8 billion, which beat 2016's all-time high of $11.38B last weekend. All-in, the pre-New Year's weekend grossed an estimated $185M per ComScore, -5% from the same frame a year ago.
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Aquaman drew $10M globally on Imax screens, for a $65M running total. In U.S./Canada, the large format exhibitor made $6.2M off Aquaman, for a running total of $25M, or 13% of the domestic total. On Screen Engine/ComScore's PostTrak, which continues to poll into a film's second weekend, found that women over 25 at 21% are still Jason Momoa's biggest fans, giving Aquaman its best gender score of 84%. Moms are out-numbering dads in attendance, 52% to 48%, and they're smitten with this DC superhero by a wide gap, 82% to 60%. Families are repping close to a third of the crowd, and guys under 25 make-up the biggest portion of moviegoers at 31%.
Studio-reported figures:
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On the limited side, Annapurna's Destroyer is up to $56K at three NY/LA sites over three days while Focus Features' On the Basis of Sex is at $776K over the same period at 33 theaters after a Thursday of $160K, -8%.
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$175.7M
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One film finance source believes Poppins is in fine shape and will profit; it won't be a money-loser like Solo, Wrinkle in Time, or Nutcracker.
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Nicole Kidman appearance at Q&As last night drove sold-out sales. Other notables: Focus Features' On the Basis of Sex is looking at a FSS of $689K, for a six-day of $1.5M. The Felicity Jones-Armie Hammer drama can boast the best screen average of the weekend of $20,8K from 33 locations. Destroyer is just beginning its run and over six days, the pic boasts a screen average of $38.6K. Sony Pictures Classics is opening Stan & Ollie at five NYC and LA locations, with a projected 3-day of $79.6K, or $15.9K screen average. Annapurna's Nicole Kidman LA cop noir Destroyer at the Arclight Hollywood and New York's Landmark 57 and Angelika grossed $58K over FSS for a $19.4K screen average and a running six-day cume of $116K.
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The animated Marvel superhero property (not part of Disney's MCU) counts $85.5M and is bound for a third weekend of $16M, with a running total of $101.5M. Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had a great hold, nearly even, between Thursday and Wednesday with yesterday taking in close to $5.9M for third place.
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STX's Jennifer Lopez comedy Second Act ranked 10th on Thursday with $1.95M, -5% from Wednesday for a first week of $14.55M. As we wrote previously, the Robert Zemeckis-directed film will lose around $60M. Universal/DreamWorks' Welcome to Marwen still unwelcome in 14th place with a $655K Thursday, -11% and a first week of $5.5M.
The doc ranked 5th yesterday coming in ahead of this week's openers Holmes & Watson from Sony ($2.4M yesterday in 7th, -29% from Wednesday for a 3-day cume of $12.4M) and Vice from Annapurna (8th place with $2.2M, -22% for a near $10M over 3-days). Warners also had success last night with Peter Jackson's WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old which broke another Fathom Events record with $3.375M from around 1,000 theaters off two showtimes yesterday to become the company's best single-day ever for a documentary, and one of the top-grossing single-night presentations of any kind for Fathom. The pic will be released in limited engagement on Jan. 11 in New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC with a further expansion on Feb. 17 showing. Both Christmas Day wide entries are looking at FSS of $9M. 1. Yesterday's tally for They Shall Not Grow Old breaks the $2.3M Fathom record earned from the doc's Dec.
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1st Update Friday 8:09AM: Warner Bros./DC's Aquaman finally swam past Justice League with a first week of $137.2M (that includes previews) after a Thursday of $14.6M, -13% from Wednesday.
He is expected to take in $21M in weekend two for a 10-day north of $67M. Paramount's Bumblebee was fourth yesterday with $5.7M and a first week with previews of $46.2M.
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As we wrote before, film finance sources say that this $200M DC movie will profit in its theatrical window. Overall, we hear that Aquaman will beat the the global take of Justice League this weekend ($657.9M); Nancy Tartaglione will have more details soon. after Furious 7 ($353M). Second weekend projections for the James Wan-directed film are at $54M which will bring the superhero to $191.2M stateside by Sunday. Today, Aquaman will beat Wan's The Conjuring ($137.4M) to become his second-highest grossing film of all-time at the domestic B.O.
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Will Ferrell and John C. Both stars' appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live drew 3.8M views. Reilly don't have any social media handles, but they took advantage of the late night talk show circuit, which, in turn, raised their social media profile in promoting this last-minute comedy of the year. The clip hit 6.1M views on YouTube. For example, Ferrell participated in a 'Spill Your Guts' bit on The Late Late Show, where he had to answer embarrassing questions or eat disgusting foods.
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Bumblebee should be able to drive past $100M-plus, but the bigger question is whether he makes more than the last Transformers movie, The Last Knight, which is the lowest-grossing performer of the franchise at the domestic B.O. Meanwhile, Spider-Verse hit $103.6M. with $130.1M. Paramount's Bumblebee beat Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for 3rd place, each respectively grossing $20.5M and $18.3M. The VW bug is being stalled by too much fanboy clutter and needs to breath. Bumblebee through 10 days should total $66.8M, which, versus the first 10 days of Last Knight, is 26% behind. But remember, with Transformers movies, it's all about China in the end. Rivals say that a film like Bumblebee, which has a great 4 1/2 stars among general audiences on PostTrak and fantastic reviews with a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, should be elsewhere on the calendar, especially if Paramount was trying to revamp this brand.
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Justice League made $130.8M in its first week which included the Thanksgiving holiday in November last year.
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Aquaman propels Warner Bros. worldwide for 2018 past $5.3 billion. The DC's fish man hit $748.8M WW, eclipsing the entire global life of Justice League ($657.9M) and Marvel's Doctor Strange ($677.7M). Yes, it's true: Warners has resuscitated DC.
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Exits are great for the Barry Jenkins-directed movie with 84% positive in the top two boxes and a huge 72% definite recommend. Annapurna's If Beale Street Could Talk jumped 60 screens to 65 for a $760K third weekend and the biggest surge for any title in the top 25 with +595%. Female are leading at 66% and the movie is drawing a 53% African American audience, which is bigger than the share for Jenkins' best picture Oscar winner Moonlight. Beale Street will next expand to the top 70 markets in roughly 325 theaters or more.
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The studio says the pic cost a $42M net before P&A, and it's highly unlikely that this movie breaks even down the road. than the lifetime cume of Alcon/Warner Bros.' disastrous comedy from last holiday season, Father Figures ($17.5M). Since Holmes & Watson is a comedy, it relies on stateside ticket sales. Sony's Holmes & Watson is battling with a first FSS of $7.3M, in 7th place with a six-day take of $19.7M. However, Sony is trying to make the most money it can by booking it in this money-making period (we heard that the studio tried to unload the feature to Netflix, but the Bird Box streaming service didn't bite). The film, unfortunately, was destined to fail. The only nice thing to say here is that Holmes & Watson has already made more at the domestic B.O. We heard test scores were quite poor, and that's not a surprise, since the movie earned one star and a 30% recommend in its PostTrak exits, and a D+ CinemaScore.
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is calling the pre-New Year's weekend of Aquaman at $51.6M, -24%, for a 10-day running of $188.8M. The DC superhero is expected to hit $200M by EOD tomorrow, and $215M by New Year's Day at the domestic B.O. 4th Update Sunday 9:35AM final after Sunday 8AM and previous weekend posts w/chart: Warner Bros. $232.6M), and 7% ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy (final B.O. Unlike Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve day isn't a downer day at the B.O.; some people include the movies as part of their year-end festivities. That's 10% ahead of Justice League at the same point in time (which ended its run at $229M), 24% ahead of the ten-day cume of Doctor Strange (final B.O. $333.1M).
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Disney's Mary Poppins Returns stayed planted in second with $10.1M, -7% from Wednesday for a running total of $70.9M. Yes, the film is ahead of The Greatest Showman by 112% in its first nine days at the B.O., but the sequel to the 1964 Oscar-winning film also cost more than the original Fox musical, $130M to $84M. United Kingdom numbers weren't stupendous last weekend with $10.3M and industry analysts believe what was intended to be a big Disney IP play will have to rely on stateside results. Industry projections are at $25M for Poppins' second weekend, which will float her close to the century mark.
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Those over 25 are the biggest crowd at 78%, and they're enjoying it with a 74% positive, while Men over 25 at 41% give the pic a 77% positive, its best grade among males and females. Vice is a movie about a notorious Republican power figure, so the fact that it's dividing audiences is to be expected.
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Annapurna's Dick Cheney movie Vice, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Adam McKay, made $7.8M over FSS in 6th place. Downside: The movie cost a reported $60M before P&A, about twice as much as McKay's Oscar-winning star ensemble comedy The Big Short, and that's a big hole for Vice to climb out of.
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The female-skewing musical is filing an estimated second weekend of $28M, which is one of the few films in the top 10 to make huge gains in its second weekend, with +19%. A lot of rivals' animosity stems from the fact that they believed a few months ago that Poppins would be a real threat at the holiday box office. However, Poppins is a Disney double that others can envy. Rivals snipe that the Poppins package is too British, too Caucasian in its draw (on PostTrak, that demo reps 70% of the general audience), and that there was a missed opportunity here by not having Hamilton Tony and Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda pen the songs. with $3 billion-plus). Industry sources do not consider Disney's $130M musical sequel Mary Poppins Returns a home run, but rather a double for the studio of franchise hits (the Burbank lot set an industry record this year at the domestic B.O.
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Essentially, the tagline to the social effort has been, 'It’s Christian Bale with his typical zeal for authenticity, it’s Adam McKay’s comedy, and it’s a host of comedic actors contributing to a great film – enjoy.'  That said, the social media metrics are on-par or above for the movie’s opening. RelishMix notices that Vice is being sold on Christian Bale's sublime transformation into Cheney. "Vice has been pretty straightforward with its social media campaign since its first trailer’s debut in early October. "The movie has that mix of comedy and authentic presentation of historical chapters that have piqued most of the audience’s interest," says Relish Mix. The movie’s viral video rate of 30:1 is far ahead of the typical 14:1 for an indie drama," says the social media agency, adding that "the campaign’s messaging (with a social media universe of 55M) has worked, as Vice has earned positive-skewing discussion," with fans shouting out about Bale and Amy Adams performances.
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On PostTrak, Vice is beating other awards contenders, with 3 1/2 stars and a 49% definite recommend, to Fox Searchlight's The Favourite (2 1/2 stars, 37% definite recommend) and Focus Features' Mary Queen of Scots (2 1/2 stars and 38% definite recommend). The Golden Globe and SAG-nominated movie has been over-indexing on both coasts and performing well in major cities. On the upside, the first six days of Vice at $17.7M is pacing ahead of the first six wide release days of The Big Short, which made $16.4M and Oliver Stone's W. Bush. ($12.8M, $25.5M final) about former President George W.
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Still, TBD on how well this property fares overseas in the end. Should Poppins land key Oscar noms, that's another cloud that will lift her at the B.O. (By the way, that's for original song musicals, not jukebox biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody). Poppins cost $46M more than the Greatest Showman. Greatest Showman earned 60% of its $434M WW total abroad. with $200M, behind Beauty and the Beast ($504M), if not third with $175M. Really, what's to complain about here? Poppins could wind up the second-highest grossing musical at the domestic B.O.
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Poppins will easily cross $100M by tomorrow in its 13th day. Despite all this naysay, it's a musical, which means it's a sleeper, and Poppins, with a $98.9M running cume, remains 102% ahead of The Greatest Showman's $49M at the same point in time. She is also close to even with the first 12 days of Les Miserables ($99.3M, final domestic $148.8M).
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Social media monitor RelishMix noticed that the movie had mixed buzz, leaning negative, heading into the weekend: "There are legions of Ferrell and Reilly fans and they don’t care about reviews or 'haters' disparaging comments about the movie, they’re going. Some of the moviegoers who saw the film did enjoy the typical show from Ferrell and Reilly, but these voices are in the minority. However, for the majority of holiday moviegoers and comedy fans, Holmes & Watson looks like a disappointing effort. For example, several note that all the funny parts are in the trailer [Editor's note: Sony took out ads on Facebook showing hysterical bits], and the rest of the film is a slog." And for those who have already seen it, they are taking to social to voice their frustration.
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‘Venom’ Coursing In China With $79M For $100M+ Weekend Bow; Will Lash Past $600M Global Box Office Today

Hitting $100M for the FSS frame would land Venom in the Top 15 China openers ever, besting Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man And The Wasp. China will immediately become the top-grossing offshore market for Ruben Fleischer’s take on this Marvel property.
See below for more detail. We'll have a full update on Sunday.
The estimated overseas portion is $431.6M; domestic is $204.8M and worldwide $636.4M — again, those are what we're hearing through Saturday, meaning $650M global is in sight tomorrow. China is helping to fuel Venom across the $600M global and $400M international box office thresholds through today.
Pre-sales were a terrific $15.5M. It’s got a 9.4 on ticketing platform Maoyan and a 7.4 on Douban. The film, which has a sizable investment from Chinese internet behemoth Tencent — bringing in extra marketing muscle — has been strong on social with great word of mouth.
China is the last market to open — Japan got off to a great start last frame. The weeks ahead, however, will see an influx of Hollywood titles including Fastastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Crazy Rich Asians and Aquaman.
Thursday sneaks came in at $2.37M to give Venom the No. 4 slot on the list of all-time superhero midnights. Infinity War ($9.31M), Age Of Ultron ($4.76M) and Captain America: Civil War ($2.61M) are the Top 3.
While China instantly becomes the No. 1 offshore hub, Venom’s top markets on the other side of the Great Wall are Russia ($32.2M), Korea ($30.2M), the UK ($26M), Mexico ($24M) and France/Brazil (tied at $18.7M).
PREVIOUS, FRIDAY: On its way to thrashing past $600M global this weekend, Sony’s Venom bared its fangs in China today and picked up an estimated $34.7M, including Thursday midnights. That would make it only the second superhero movie ever to hit the century mark on its Middle Kingdom opening weekend, behind Avengers: Infinity War (Avengers: Age Of Ultron also topped $100M in its debut, but had six days to do so back in 2015, and its FSS was $86M after a $34.7M Tuesday bow). The Tom Hardy-starrer's start portends a three-day bow in the $100M+ neighborhood.
This is the second biggest Saturday for an imported film in 2018 (also behind Infinity War). 1 debut ever for Sony in China and the top opening day for any single-character Marvel title there. In milestones, the Tom Hardy-starrer is the No. The opening day Friday in China came in at $34.9M (including midnights) with today’s turnstiles spinning another $43.7M.
SATURDAY UPDATE: Sony's Venom has its jaw firmly clamped on China, taking $78.6M through Saturday in the market. With Sunday’s results, we’ll see a $100M+ opening, making it just the second superhero movie ever to hit the century mark during a 3-day Middle Kingdom bow, behind only Avengers: Infinity War.
Word of mouth and audience embrace is huge with ticketing platforms Maoyan and Taopiaopiao seeing scores of 9.4 and 9.1, respectively.
Through Thursday, the international box office on Venom is $352.9M with worldwide at $554.28M (not including numbers out of China). The top overseas hubs through Thursday are Russia ($32M), Korea ($30.1M), the UK ($25.8M), Mexico ($23.9M) and Brazil ($18.6M).
It’s currently the No. 10 movie of the year worldwide and should leapfrog into 7th position on Sunday, passing Ant-Man And The Wasp.” />
Offshore, it continued to be the lead film for three weekends straight and will handily claim that spot once again this session. Venom set a domestic and global October opening record in its early play, and on its second weekend, pushed Sony across $1B at the North American box office. The movie has defied a critical bashing as audiences have licked it up, enjoying the tone and the character.