‘West Side Story’ Goes South In Offshore Debut, But Is There A Place For It Over Time?; ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Nears $500M Global- International Box Office

The overseas total is $281.3M to date. After debuting last session, Japan was down 45% for a market cume of $9.3M and Australia is now at $9.4M. That’s following a $4.7M international weekend in 60 markets. Meanwhile, Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage is expected to pass a new milestone this week as the symbiote has now cumed $493.3M global.
There have been a lot of queries as to for whom this movie was intended, and I think that’s thorny. Maybe the timing is not opportune for the available audience, but this is not obscure property; ie, it’s well-known globally.For Disney, this is a movie that has awards momentum and which should have holiday momentum behind it. The hope is that, as with other Spielberg movies, there is a leg-out from this launch. There are many markets to come throughout the holiday period. Still, given the competitive landscape ahead — which includes the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Matrix Resurrections — there was not much else place to land in terms of a release date in the major European markets; and it was important to secure and be able to hold screens for a certain period.
In other studio news, Disney’s Encanto dropped by 37% in its third weekend and has become the highest grossing animated title of the pandemic era across Latin America. France is the top market at $9M, followed by Colombia ($7.9M), UK ($5.6M), Spain ($5.5M) and Russia ($4.8M). The weekend was good for $13.6M from 47 markets for an offshore cume of $80.5M and a global total of $151.2M.
In 37 material markets, which include six majors, WSS grossed $4.4M — far under the low end of the projected range coming into the session. Refresh for latest…: With stellar critical and audience scores, there is certainly a place for Disney/20th Century Studios’ take on West Side Story — and the hope is that it will grow through the coming weeks. The global total through Sunday is $15M. In its debut session at the international box office, however, the Steven Spielberg-directed version of the classic musical landed well below expectations.
Russia is loving the Lady Gaga-starrer with a 19% drop and a $6.3M cume; Germany dipped just 5% from open to top A Star Is Born at the same point with $4.1M. MGM/Universal’s House Of Gucci added $10.1M from 63 combined markets. Several key markets are still on deck. In lead market, the UK, House Of Gucci has topped Ford V Ferrari at a running $9.8M. That lifts the offshore cume to $52M and global to $93M.
Russia and Germany were expected to be soft, and Netherlands has a 5PM curfew in place. In terms of individual markets, the UK leads at $1.7M (No. There are increased Covid fears in Europe and older audiences are not rushing out to see a film they know they can catch during the down time after holiday preparations are through. 2 opening), followed by France with $1.1M (the soft market is led by a local fourquel which saw a bigger drop from Wednesday-Thursday than WSS). Anthony has the domestic rundown here — and offshore is a somewhat similar situation. After that, we cast downwards to Germany’s $300K start and Russia and Netherlands’ $200K debuts. So what happened?
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