‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Jumps Higher With Record $156M Global Bow – International Box Office

The Equalizer 2 (SNY): $1.9M intl weekend (11 markets); $6.1M intl cume; key majors throughout August/into September
*Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (WB): $1.1M intl weekend (8 markets led by Argentina); first majors come throughout August
There's joy on the Melrose lot as Paramount’s President of International Theatrical Distribution, Mark Viane, tells me, “Word of mouth has been a key driver on this and when we saw our Saturday jump from Friday, it was just incredible.” He also notes that the different formats the film is playing in, from IMAX — which has select scenes expanded exclusively for its screens — to 3D and 4DX, make the film “one of those must-see movies” in a theater.
Germany gave the size-shifting insects a No. 1 welcome at $2.5M ($2.8M with previews) to open ahead of the first movie. Strong holds include Norway (-23%), Sweden (-23%), Denmark (-26%), Belgium (-30%), Chile (-31%), South Africa (-32%), the Netherlands (-33%), France (-42%) and Australia (-46%).
1 opening with $1.7M at 389. Russia’s $3.8M at 1,300 is the best start to the franchise and same goes for Ukraine with $641K at 176. Spain was the only major that came in below the comps, although this was a No.
Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands had strong holds in the 2nd frame with $4.6M, $5.3M and $3.28M, respectively.
LOCAL-LANGUAGE
Chinese comedy Hello Mr Billionaire, a remake of Universal’s 1985 Richard Pryor-starrer Brewster’s Millions, is reaping dough at the local box office. The Mr Billionaire property was licensed from Universal which also helped develop the script for the Chinese version and is written and directed by Fei Yan and Damo Peng who made 2015 hit Goodbye Mr Loser. Afterwards, he receives a very strange challenge from a Taiwanese consortium: Spend up to one billion RMB in a month. Expecting it to be the start of joy and happiness, Duoyu Wang for the first time experiences the difficulty of spending money. In the current film, Duoyu Wang, a goalkeeper in a level C football league, is fired for the loss of a game. With Middle Kingdom estimates at $132M, it’s on a par with the debut of last summer’s mega-blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2 which went on to become the biggest movie ever in China. The movie stars Teng Shgeng, Vivian Sung, Yiming Zhang, Chenguang Zhang, Yuan Chang, Xiang Wei, Chengsi Wang and Liang Tao.
The cume there is $35.38M. Australia also held No. Germany has now grossed $8.25M. the first by 19%. 1 with a 34% dip for $9.49M through Sunday. The top holdover market was the UK which beat Fallout with $9.29 at 718 sites to continue tracking ahead of Mamma Mia!
Ocean’s 8 (WB): $2.7M intl weekend (57 markets); $132.4M intl cume
SKYSCRAPER
Beyond that, Korea, Russia, Mexico, Japan and Italy join the chorus throughout August and into early September. Up next this coming weekend are notably Brazil and China where there’s still big local competition and the first movie never released. were the UK, Germany, Japan, Korea and Sweden. In 2008, the top hubs on Mamma Mia!
1 for the weekend; 31 had the biggest start for the M:I franchise; and 18 are the best for a Cruise movie. IMAX delivered $5M from 276 overseas locations — 22 markets saw the top start ever in the format for the franchise including Russia, the UAE, Korea, India, Hong Kong, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. In total, 29 offshore markets bowed at No.
2 (behind Mamma Mia 2, but No. India had a supercharged start at $8.2M in 1,304 locations for 129% above MIGP and 38% above MIRN. 1 including previews and benefiting from inclement weather at the weekend) for $9.5M at 585 cinemas; 101% above Ghost Protocol and 26% above Rogue Nation. The UK debuted at No. This is the biggest Cruise opening in the market, the biggest opening in the franchise and the biggest Paramount launch of all time.
Cruise also declared the movie a “love letter” to Paris. The team also traveled to London, Seoul and Tokyo. He and McQuarrie were joined there by co-stars Henry Cavill, Michelle Monaghan, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby and Simon Pegg. At the world premiere in Paris, Cruise wished France luck in the final which was to be played (and won by Les Bleus) just a few days later.
4.” /> In other new local action, Warner Bros’ Illang: The Wolf Brigade made $5.2M in Korea for No. 3 and Fox International Productions’ Mas Sabe El Diablo Por Viejo grossed $1.19M in Mexico at No.
Solid individual market drops include Belgium (-1%), Sweden (-12%), Denmark (-21%), Brazil (-23%), Argentina (-33%), Spain (-37%) and Germany (-41%).
Up next weekend are Japan and Spain with Italy and Germany to come in September.
Argentina opened in 2nd place with $945K at 202 cinemas (+514% GP/+119% RN). 1 (+360% on Ghost Protocol/+29% on Rogue Nation) and the best Cruise/franchise openings. Colombia came in No. 1 with $4.9M at 815 cinemas and the biggest franchise start at 177% above Ghost Protocol and 13% above Rogue Nation. 1 at $946K from 200 (+272% GP/+ 15% RN). Mexico was No. Brazil delivered $4M at 624 cinemas for No. The latter is the best for Cruise and the series.
The last two films in the series made 70% of their box office from overseas, aided by growth in emerging markets, and this one is teed up to continue the trend with a fair bit of runway ahead. The Mission movies have increased in popularity internationally with faraway locales serving as key to the narrative and Cruise a globe-trotting force whose death-defying stunts continue to up the ante.
Upcoming major markets include Korea on August 8 and Italy on August 22.
There were four markets added this weekend including Israel with $111K at 24 sites. After becoming the biggest of the franchise overseas this week, Universal/Blumhouse’s fourthquel added $4.6M in the session for $45.6M to date in 34 markets. France in its 4th frame dropped 40% for a $6.27M cume. The global cume is $111.1M. The top hold is Mexico where the total is now $7.83M. Hubs still to open include Russia next weekend and Brazil in December.
THE FIRST PURGE

Japan, the lead market on the first three M:Is and No. 2 behind China on the past two, also goes this coming weekend. France has figured in the Top 5 markets on all the previous Mission installments and will open August 1. The Top 5 markets overall on Rogue Nation were China, Japan, Korea, the UK and France.
The international locales provide valuable backdrop to set pieces and there's much to be said for Eddie Hamilton's editing here, particularly in the chase scene through Paris which is woven with great continuity. Cruise and the team were also tireless in their promotional efforts, traveling to key cities. Rogue Nation did 71% of its business overseas as the franchise has grown incrementally with audiences (and as markets emerge) abroad. Cruise and the Mission: Impossible franchise have increasingly proved a perfect match to light a bright fuse offshore.
4 and 5 Pixar release of all time in Korea and Hong Kong in less than two weeks of release. In Australia, it’s the 3rd highest grossing animated movie ever, behind only Shrek 2 and Finding Dory. The Brad Bird-helmed film has become the Nos.
Out in just 36 markets for 40% of the offshore footprint, Fallout is currently 23% ahead of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation's 2015 overseas start on a like-for-like basis. MONDAY UPDATE, writethru with actuals: Paramount Pictures/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout lit the fuse this weekend with an action-packed $155.83M worldwide opening to rep the best start ever for the Tom Cruise franchise. Of that, $94.6M — up $2.6M from the Sunday estimate — comes from the international box office where it's also the top launch for the spy series ($61.23M is from domestic, another franchise record).
It’s incredible that the film delivers to this level and with audiences loving it worldwide, it’s obvious that this movie is a home run.” “The stunts and dedication and tireless work when he’s touring on the premieres and on the promotional side, it’s amazing. Viane calls this the “quintessential” movie for Cruise. He gives it his all and this is where we end up, with an incredible film with him and McQuarrie. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION
HERE WE GO AGAIN MAMMA MIA!
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
The comedy is based on Universal’s 1985 Richard Pryor movie Brewster’s Millions (more below in the local-language section). Meanwhile, although Fallout is the biggest movie domestically and worldwide, it did not take the international crown this weekend owing to a massive title in China where Hello Mr Billionaire took a locally estimated $132M to rival the opening of last year’s phenomenon Wolf Warrior 2 (comScore has it at $129.5M).
Lat Am has not traditionally been a big region for the M:I movies, but as overall business has increased since Ghost Protocol, it perked up with Rogue Nation and got another bump from Fallout — notably embracing 3D. Latin America and the Middle East also posted great starts.
That lifts the international total past $200M to $212.2M, and the global gross to $394.2M. Buzzing through its 4th overseas session, Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp collected $12.5M in 50 markets.
Early on, opening projections for the Christopher McQuarrie-helmed Fallout (estimated production cost $180M) were in the $75M-$80M range overseas, with some going as high as $90M. As of Friday, we knew this one was cruising past $80M abroad. And then Saturday revved the engines beyond expectation.
When China circles around to Fallout on August 31, it should be boosted by the participation of Alibaba Pictures which made its first Hollywood investment on Rogue Nation. Adjusted, and including China, Rogue Nation finaled at $473.2M internationally. That film set records in its Middle Kingdom run, grossing $136M at historic rates.
It’s the top Cruise, franchise and Paramount opening ever in the market. The Middle East region did $6.1M. In the UAE, where the publicity from the HALO jump having been performed there will have helped, the gross was $3M at 53 for 28% above Ghost Protocol and 21% above Rogue Nation.
The UK was new this weekend with $4.2M to top the previous film by 12%. France also bested HT2 (+31%) at $4.1M including previews.
Breakdowns and actuals on the films above and more have been updated below.
NEW
Key offshore partners included BMW, Karcher and Airbus with Shell in the UK, LG in Korea and M&M’s in France and the UK. Paramount's Mary Daily, President of International Theatrical Marketing, and David Sameth, President of Worldwide Marketing, led a global effort on Fallout with the overseas campaign positioning it as a summer movie event that delivered story and action — and a new level of real stunts. The iconic music (Fallout's score is by Lorne Balfe) was embraced with stunts and influencers through festivals including, MTV’s Isle of Malta, Rock in Rio and I-Days Milano. Smartly leaning into the World Cup, there were major game media buys and customized creative to engage in the conversation around the football. Digital played a key role with unprecedented Viacom integration overseas.
Tag (WB): $1.4M intl weekend (38 markets); $19.3M intl cume
Adrift (STX): $1.2M intl weekend (60 markets); $17.6M intl cume
sequel added $27.2M to the international songbook for $97.4M overseas. As it approaches the $100M mark internationally, Universal’s Mamma Mia! The global cume is $167.9M. There are 46 markets now open including launches in France, Poland, Switzerland and Croatia. Offshore, the drop from opening weekend was 37%.
Next weekend sees no new openings. 3 in its 2nd session behind two major new local entries. Dwayne Johnson’s Die Hard redux crossed $100M internationally (excluding China) on Thursday with $111.3M to date for Universal. In China, the film was No. That takes the full overseas weekend to an estimated $17.9M including $10.9M from 67 Universal markets. The total there is a locally-reported $86M with an estimated $7M this weekend. The worldwide total, excluding China, is $170.4M for $256.4M with the Middle Kingdom where the movie is handled by Legendary East. Japan is on deck for September 21.
The Top 5 markets are China ($53.4M), the UK ($42.8M), Mexico ($37.1M), Brazil ($32.8M) and Australia ($32.6M).
The South East Asian hubs are also heavily on board here. Taiwan ($5.4M/94 sites), Hong Kong ($2.8M/54), Thailand ($2.1M/66), the Philippines ($2.3M/208) and Vietnam ($1.2M/157) were all No. 1 and the best for Cruise and the franchise.
Next weekend adds the UK with Italy and Japan to come later in August.
HOLDOVERS/EXPANSIONS
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Across all holds, the drop was 43% from last session. The offshore cume is 27% above Hotel Transylvania 2 at the same point in release and at current exchanges. In holdover play, Sony Pictures Animation’s threequel checks in with $31M for an overseas total of $165M in 55 markets and $284.2M global.
The Top 5 hubs to date are Korea ($42.1M), Mexico ($14.5M), Australia ($13.3M), Russia ($12.3M) and Brazil ($11.8M).
Japan was the top hold in its 3rd session to lift the cume to $43.9M off an 18% drop. With Japan still digging the dinos, Universal/Amblin’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stomped out another $11.8M internationally this weekend to log $840.2M at the offshore box office. Strong holds elsewhere include Argentina (-26%/$10.7M cume), France (-27%/$29.4M) and the UK (-44%/$54.1M). The global cume is $1,237.7M.
INCREDIBLES 2
The latter film, directed by Tsui Hark, grossed $2.5M in IMAX on 513 screens and an estimated $43M total. Produced and distributed by Slinky Town Pictures, Starry Entertainments, FunAge Pictures, New Classic Media Corporation and Alibaba Pictures, it was also released in China on IMAX which further had screens for the No. 2 local title, Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings.
Poland was No. 1 with $1.29M and tracking above the previous film. And Croatia had a strong No. France took $1.76M at 593 theaters for No. French-speaking Switzerland warbled to $190K at 30 locations. 1 opening with $160K at 44 to track above the original. 4 as we suffer through a heatwave here.
Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is expected to pass the $1B mark globally Monday. In the meantime, it’s powered up $999.3M worldwide with $426.2M in 41 markets overseas and majors to come. There were no new openings this session which grossed $22.5M. Holds were strong in the Netherlands (+20%), Belgium (-12%), South Africa (-13%), Israel (-19%), Argentina (-25%), Chile (-26%), the UK (-33%), Poland (-37%), Switzerland (-38%), France (-45%) and Hong Kong (-45%).
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT
And there is competitive runway ahead. In like-for-like markets, Fallout is running 23% ahead of Rogue. In his sixth outing as Ethan Hunt, Tom Cruise delivered the Mission: Impossible series’ best start ever internationally, globally and domestically. There are still key majors to come including France — which provides much of the backdrop for Fallout – Australia, Germany, Japan, Italy and China. His reteam with Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie (the 9th time the pair have collaborated) pulls no punches when it comes to stunts and action, and grossed $94.6M at the overseas box office for $155.83M worldwide.
As we noted in our global preview, anything above the $131.5M opening for 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol reps a worldwide record start for Ethan Hunt & Co. With so much of the world to come on Fallout, including France, Japan and China (the latter dated August 31), it's early to put a multiple on it, but $700M+ global is probable and would see the film leap to front of the line in the franchise.
The No. 1 opening is 85% above Ghost Protocol and 22% above Rogue Nation. It was the standout this weekend with $24.9M from 1,937 locations and 67% market share. This is the biggest Cruise opening in the market and the biggest bow for the Mission movies. That certainly paid off in Korea, which is already a big Cruise hub.
The cume there is $9.9M. Argentina, despite new arrival Fallout, held No. Mexico continues to lead all hubs with $21.3M to date after the 3rd frame. Brazil has surpassed the lifetimes of both HT2 and Cars 3 with $14.7M. 1 for the 3rd straight weekend. Latin America is a highlight with a regional cume of $71.3M.
Here We Go Again, which held the top spot in the UK to edge Fallout, is closing in on $100M overseas. And, Disney/Marvel's Ant-Man And The Wasp has crossed $200M offshore and is scurrying to $400M global. In milestone news, Disney/Pixar's Incredibles 2 is thisclose to $1B worldwide. Through Sunday, it has grossed $999.3M, including $426.2M internationally. Universal's Mamma Mia! When it passes, it will be the fourth movie of the year to hit the benchmark and Disney's third.