Highlights: Maleficent (DIS) crosses $500M global led by China bow; How To Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX) scores No. 1s in 30+ markets; Edge Of Tomorrow (WB) adds $21.3M; The Fault In Our Stars (FOX) shines bright with $19.9M; Godzilla (WB) cumes $67.7M in China; 22 Jump Street (SONY) shows muscle in World Cup markets; Jersey Boys (WB) plays to upscale crowds for $1.6M.
FINAL UPDATE, MONDAY, 6:03 PM: All final numbers in for Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, Disney’s Maleficent, Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 and X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Sony’s 22 Jump Street and Heaven Is For Real, the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow and Godzilla from Warner Bros., Fox’s tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars, the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the female-centric comedy The Other Woman and the billion-dollar grosser Frozen, which is still at No. 1 for a 15th week in a row in Japan and Paramount’s final grosses for Noah (which debuted in Japan last weekend). Transcendence added on Tuesday at 10:45 AM.
UPDATE, SUNDAY, 7:04 PM PT: This weekend was ultimately pretty stable against last with just a 5% drop across the top 10 titles internationally. That’s not altogether surprising given last weekend was largely a Hollywood holdover frame with some new market plays and only one major new entry in How To Train Your Dragon 2. That movie rolled into a further 28 markets this weekend, but with Maleficent hitting China in its 4th frame, HTTYD2 missed the top overseas spot by a scant $1.2M in the estimates. Disney’s fairy tale spin starring Angelina Jolie earned $21.8M in China and an overall $47.9M extra this weekend. HTTYD2 grossed $43.5M, notably scoring the second-biggest animated opening ever in Brazil with $6.8M and the No. 1 spot. Given that Fox also has the No. 2 film in that market, teen romance The Fault In Our Stars, the World Cup counterprogramming strategy there is paying off. The latter was even up 6% this weekend with a local cume of $18.26M after three frames. See the original post below for the other pics still running notable plays.
The weekend was down 28% versus the same frame last year, however. At the time, Man Of Steel, Monsters University and World War Z were the top movers around the globe. The downward trend is likely to be transformed in the coming week as Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction rolls out in 37 international markets. Korea, Australia and Russia will be among the first territories to get the Paramount picture ahead of Friday when the U.S., China, and more join the fray. It’ll hit the UK on July 5, and most of Western Europe and Latin America as the World Cup wanes. Latin America along with Asia (especially given the presence of Li Bingbing and Hong Kong and Mainland locales) are expected to be huge for the movie with the franchise growing in leaps and bounds over the past few years. The last one, Dark Of The Moon, made over $1.1B worldwide.
Territory round-ups are below the original post.
PREVIOUS, 11:09 AM PT: With World Cup fever in full swing, studios have laid the international terrain with counter-programming titles eyeing family, female, and older audiences while there are still holdover tentpoles firmly planted. An example this week of a movie aiming for the perhaps not-so-soccer-crazed crowd is Warner Bros‘ Jersey Boys, the only major new studio release across several territories. It bowed in 9 markets including the UK, France and Italy with a final weekend cume of $1.6M from 1,104 screens. While the adult-skewing Broadway transfer about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons wasn’t expected to blow the roof off the place, it did upmarket business in the UK with a final $706K from about 449 screens. Warner says the results are very close to Ray, and a bit ahead of Eastwood’s own J. Edgar and Gran Torino.
Leading the holdovers, Disney’s Maleficent cast its spell over the Middle Kingdom this weekend, its 4th in international release. The first outing in China was $21.8M final, good for a No. 1 spot and catapulting the territory to the 5th slot on Maleficent’s list of biggest overseas box office outposts. It was also the 4th biggest opening weekend in the market for a Disney release, and helped push the Angelina Jolie-starrer over $500M worldwide for an estimated global box office total of $526.6M. The international portion of that is an estimated $340.8M. It’s also made this Jolie’s highest-grossing live-action movie of her career. Overall, the weekend was worth $47.9M across 54 territories. The Sleeping Beauty spinoff goes to Japan on July 4.
Fox expanded DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 into 28 more markets in its 2nd frame after the animated sequel earned $24.4M in 25 markets last weekend. This frame’s take was a little under double that with a final $43.2M from 10,132 screens. Notably, in Brazil, where audience share for football matches on television has been sky high, HTTYD2 bowed as the 2nd biggest animated opening ever with a final $6.7M. Fox says that’s more than three times bigger than the original film and 10% over Despicable Me 2. In Mexico, another big World Cup country, HTTYD2 kicked off at No. 1 with a final $6.8M from 2,437 screens. In all, the Dean DeBlois-directed sequel took No. 1s in more than 30 markets and now has an international weekend cume of $76.9M. It still has the majority of top European markets to come.
Tom Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow sold 2.9M tickets worth a final tally of $21.3M on over 9,490 screens in 65 markets. The overseas cume to date is $218.2M. In China, it fell to No. 3 behind Maleficent and Godzilla with an estimated weekend haul of $4.8M from 2,130 screens – a little more than 1,000 dates fewer than last week. The cume there is $60.2M. Russia added an estimated $2.6M from 1,111 dates. It is jockeying for the No. 2 spot with Warner Bros’ new entry in the market, Blended, which is also reported as opening at $2.6M. EOT‘s Russian cume to date is $19.3M. Korea continued to live, die and repeat with a 16% drop from last frame and still holding the No. 1 slot. It added an estimated $5.4M on 638 screens and has a total in the market of $32M. EOT heads into Japan on July 4, the same date as Maleficent.
Counterprogrammer The Fault in Our Stars tearjerked its way to a further final tally of $19.9M from 4,311 screens in 46 markets. The teen romance bowed at No. 1 in the UK with $5.78M on 507 screens. Fox says that’s bigger than Twilight in the same market — a milestone it also recently achieved in Brazil. Speaking of Brazil, the movie rose 4% this frame with $4.28M. It’s No. 2 there. Other nations with skin in the World Cup like Mexico and Germany had strong holds with $2M and $1.59M, respectively. The TFIOS cume is now $64.9M with several top markets still to go.
Godzilla grossed another $14.9M this frame in 58 markets for an international cume of $282.2M. The weekend was led by China where the film bowed last weekend to monster results. The additional take this weekend is $13.8M from roughly 6,200 screens. It’s No. 2 for the frame behind Maleficent and has a local cume of $68.1M.
Sony comedy 22 Jump Street collared an estimated $14.2M this weekend from 30 territories and 2,100 screens. The overseas cume is now $38.5M. The Channing Tatum-Jonah Hill laffer grossed $29.2M in North America this frame for a No. 2 slot, as my colleague Anita Busch reports here. Australia opened this weekend at No. 1 with $6.6M on 359 screens. That bested the opening of the franchise’s original film by 63%, and also gave it the top spot this week ahead of HTTYD2. Oz was the 2nd biggest market for the first film, topping out at $15.6M. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the comedy also bowed in the Philippines, at No. 2, with $752K on 118 screens — almost seven times bigger than the original and over eight times Ted, per Sony. Also in new bows, the sequel outperformed the first film in Singapore, Sweden, and Denmark. It opened in the latter at No. 1 with $465K on 56 screens, almost three times the opening of 21 Jump Street. In holdovers, the UK dropped 32% in its 3rd weekend, grossing $2.6M and raising its market cume to $21.5M. The Netherlands increased 36% in its 3rd frame, sticking at No. 1 with an added $544K for a cume of $2.2M. Those last two markets are notable given the success the movie is having as an alternative to football. The English team fell out of the World Cup on Thursday night with the biggest UK TV audience watching at home since the 2012 Olympics. The Dutch side, meanwhile, has been playing extremely well, besting Spain and Australia in its first two matches. The UK was the biggest overseas market for 21 Jump Street with $15.9M, and the Netherlands was No. 6 with $1.9M — both of those scores have now been beaten.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past in its 5th overseas frame added $11.99M from 6,531 dates in 70 markets. Venezuela was the only new ground this weekend where it took $1.6M and the No. 1 spot at 123 dates. Brazil was a strong hold with $1.26M. The UK dropped just 37% for $951K on 420 screens and a local cume of $43.46M. The total international cume to date is $478M.
Frozen, meanwhile, is still the No. 1 movie at the Japan box office for the 15th consecutive weekend. The decrease was 12% from the June 13-15 frame while that frame had been off 31% from the weekend prior. The Japanese cume is now $232.3M. In total, the animated pic directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, picked up $3.9M in Japan this frame, taking its overseas total to $858.9M and its worldwide cume to $1,259.6M.
Universal’s Neighbors grossed an estimated $3.1M at 1,609 dates in 38 territories this weekend. The international total is now $92.4M. Combined with the U.S. total of $145.7M, its worldwide total is … get this … is $238.2M. Star Seth Rogen was warmly embraced by European exhibitors at CineEurope this past week when he came to tubthump upcoming comedy The Interview with co-director/co-writer Evan Goldberg. Exhibs have reason to smile. Neighbors has been a hit overseas despite the unfamiliarity international audiences have with the Greek system at American universities. It’s also far outgrossed such Rogen comps as Knocked Up ($70.2M) and 2013’s This Is The End ($24.8M). It has also bested Zac Efron’s 17 Again ($72.1M). Opening as a counterprogrammer in Argentina ($434K at 65 dates), Brazil ($883K at 198 dates) and Colombia ($207K at 90 dates) this weekend, Neighbors still has 13 markets to go over the next few months with Chile opening this Thursday.
Fox’s The Other Woman crossed the $100M mark with a $3.1M weekend in 38 markets. It was No. 1 in France, grossing $1.37M on 387 screens. In Italy, the Cameron Diaz-starrer bowed at No. 2 with $528K on 316 screens. The international tally is now $102M. Diaz was one of the big draws at CineEurope last week where she was a surprise guest, escorted by Rob Lowe and Jason Segel, to promote their upcoming Sex Tape.
Working off of a strong hold in Japan, Paramount’s Noah floated to another $2M from 15 territories. The international cume is now $255M. In Japan, where it was No. 1 among new openers last weekend, it added $1.8M at 337 locations. The total there is now $7.9M.
Finally, art house favorite Boyhood is in its 3rd frame in Germany and just enjoyed its highest-grossing session to date with $339K at 129 locations. The 18-day total for the Universal release is $1.2M. In all, Richard Linklater’s experimental film grossed an estimated $396K at 171 dates in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland this weekend for a cume of $1.45M. It bows the U.S. on July 11th and will rollout to the UK and Ireland on the same day.
Transcendence opened in Mexico, Brazil, the Netherlands and will open in France tomorrow and Japan this weekend. The Johnny Depp-starring film that bombed in the U.S. is fairing better in international markets, but that isn’t saying much, given that this $100M film made only $23M in the states. Its international cume is $59.9M which brings its ww to $82.9M to date. Its best markets are China ($22.3M) and after that it dips considerably to Korea ($5.2M) and Germany ($4.4M). It opened to No. 2 this weekend in the Netherlands (where it grossed $305K on 58 screens – and that included previews). and in Spain (see below).
Key territory round-ups
Transformers: Age Of Extinction closed the Shanghai International Film festival tonight, a day after news emerged that one of the film’s sponsors wants out. It was interesting timing, but I’m told there’s no reason it should affect the official release of the Age Of Extinction next Friday. The last movie, Dark Of The Moon, made upwards of $165M in China and this one could handily outperform it given the growth the franchise has seen in Asia and the close ties this installment has to the Middle Kingdom. Meanwhile, Maleficent was No. 1 this weekend with $21.8M. That fast made it the movie’s 5th overseas box office territory. Godzilla, after thrashing in last weekend, was 2nd in the market with an added $13.8M for an estimated total of $67.7M. In its 3rd frame, Edge Of Tomorrow earned $4.8M from 2,130 screens for the No. 3 spot with a $60.2M estimated cume. In other news, FilmBizAsia reported this week that a sequel to local hit Dad, Where Are We Going? is gearing up for release next year. The original earned over $111M after its January release and was based on a popular reality TV show. The cast is coming back for Emperor Holidays which will not re-employ the reality show format of the first film, FBA says. The family comedy is set for release in China on February 19, 2015 at the start of the Lunar New Year holiday. That’s a crowded day with Jackie Chan-John Cusack starrer Dragon Blade, and Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal with Li Bingbing, also bowing.
Noah is having a good run in Japan where it grossed another $2M from 337 locations, down 28% after opening first amongst newcomers last weekend. The cume there is an estimated $8.1M. Helmer Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan previously made $27.4M in the market in 2011, the 20th best performance that year. Frozen is still No. 1 overall at the box office with $231.8M after 15 weeks with Noah No. 2 in its second frame. Rounding out the Top Five currently there are 300: Rise Of An Empire in its first week of release (with a $1.14M cume), local title Monsterz, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. July 4 will be a date to watch when both Edge Of Tomorrow and Maleficent enter the market.
Korea remains a big market for Edge Of Tomorrow where the film is No. 1 for the 3rd consecutive week. The fast burn market saw only a 16% drop for the Tom Cruise pic with an estimated $5.4M on 638 screens. The cume there is now $32M. Also still playing is local action thriller A Hard Day which added $3.4M for a $21M cume and the No. 2 spot. Rounding out the Top Five are three other local titles.
The UK saw just two big studio releases this week with Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars and Warner’s Jersey Boys. TFIOS opened at No. 1 with $5.7M on 507 screens for a debut bigger than Twilight, according to the studio. Warner Bros says Jersey Boys, on 449 screens, performed particularly well in upmarket areas in London and the south. It took $706K. Sony’s 22 Jump Street, which has been having a strong run here, dropped 31% in its 3rd frame for a $2.6M weekend and a cume of $21.5M. It ranked No. 2. As noted above, the UK was the top overseas territory for the first film in the franchise and this one has already beaten its total of $15.9M. Next week, the big-screen adaptation of popular sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys goes out locally via Universal. Rounding out the Top Five are Maleficent (four weeks in release), X-Men: Days of Future Past (in its 5th week) and Edge of Tomorrow (in four weeks of release).
In World Cup host country Brazil, How To Train Your Dragon 2 opened a strong No. 1 with $6.7M on 905 screens for the 2nd biggest animated opening of all time. The Fault In Our Stars is still going strong in the market where the John Green source book is very popular. The movie was up 6% over last weekend and now has a cume of $18.2M after three weeks. Maleficent is also still playing in Brazil with a cume there of $24M. It’s the film’s 4th biggest overseas market. In Mexico, HTTYD2 outperformed the original by a multiple of 2.7+ with $6.8M on 2,437 screens. The other opener this weekend in Mexico was Johnny Depp movie that bombed in the U.S. It opened to No. 4 and $1.66M on 380 screens. It also opened to No. 7 in Brazil on 250 screens for a measly take of $607K. X-Men: Days Of Future Past landed in Venezuela for the first time with $1.6M on 123 screens and a No. 1 debut.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 in its 2nd frame held the No. 1 spot with $5.1M at 2,048 locations. The total there is now $21.3M. The No. 2 slot is being duked out by two Warner Bros movies. Edge Of Tomorrow, in its 3rd frame, earned an estimated $2.1M on 1,111 screens with a cume of $19.3M. EOT is facing off with comedy Blended which also opened to an estimated $2.4M, from 1,004 screens.
Oz saw the new releases of 22 Jump Street and How To Train Your Dragon 2 this week. The Sony sequel opened at a big $6.6M on 359 screens, beating the openings of 21 Jump Street by 63%. HTTYD2 good for $8.1M, although that includes previews. It was released on 501 screens and took the top spot. How to Train Your Dragon 2 came in No. 2 with a strong $16,167 per screen. Rounding out the Top Five Down Under is The Fault in Our Stars (week three), Maleficent (week four) and Edge of Tomorrow (week three).
After being eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday night, the country has been in a state of depression over what’s being referred to as the end of the “época màs gloriosa de La Roja.” So, did the locals seek solace in Heaven Is For Real, or look for Transcendence? Not really. The Johnny Depp-starring Transcendence debuted on 281 screens with $745K and took No. 2 behind Maleficent in its fourth week of release in this market. Heaven is For Real only took in 123K on 88 screens. The film about life after death is in 15 territories and has a total international cume of $3.47M. Meanwhile, X-Men: Days Of Future Past held the No. 2 spot with $730K in its 3rd frame. The market also saw a mix of local and foreign indies open including the well-received French comedy La Cage D’Orée. Disney’s Maleficent is still No. 1 in this market after four weeks in release. The Other Woman took No. 5 after two weeks in release.
The Other Woman was the top movie in France this week as it debuted to $1.3M on 387 screens. Along with its bow in Italy ($528K in 316 runs) and continued performance elsewhere, the comedy crossed the $100M mark internationally for a cume of $102M. Jersey Boys, whose director Clint Eastwood is revered by the French, had the 3rd best opening day this week and ultimately took $455K from 270 screens but didn’t break the Top Five. Apart from doing really well in the World Cup, we’ve been having something of a heatwave of late. Contrary to places like the States where folks seek out the air-conditioned comfort of movie theaters during the summer, the French tend to stay outdoors, so the double whammy is affecting box office. Maleficent was No. 3 (in four weeks of release), local title Homosapiennes took the fourth spot and Edge of Tomorrow took No. 5 in its third week of release.