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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

 

Updated 7.28.15 w/ studio actuals

 

The #1 film overseas for the second consecutive weekend was China’s Monster Hunt which grossed an additional $51.78 million (-37%) to become the highest-grossing local film of all-time in China with $221.13 million. The previous record holder was buddy comedy Lost In Thailand which earned $201 million in 2012. The live action/CGI hybrid from Shrek’s animation supervisor Raman Hui now sits at #5 on China’s all-time list inching closer to Jurassic World ($228.7 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($235.8 million). 

 

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s global hit Minions grossed $45.3 million (-32%) from 59 overseas markets this weekend, lifting its international total to $499.4 million and its worldwide total to $761.8 million. Minions opened at #1 in Peru with $1.9 million which is 72% bigger than Despicable Me 2 and at #1 in Portugal with $1.2 million which is the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated film there. Minions has held onto the top spot for three consecutive weeks in France, Venezuela, Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, and Romania and for four consecutive weeks in Germany, Austria, Argentina, Chile, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands. The film has 7 more territories to release over the next two months: South Korea (July 29), Japan (July 31), Slovenia (August 13), Italy (August 27), Turkey (September 4), China (September 13), and Greece (September 24). 

 

Ant-Man burrowed into 11 additional overseas markets this weekend and hauled off $35.4 million (-37%) from 49 total territories, bringing its international total to $120.4 million and its global tally to $226.47 million after two weeks of release. Among new territories, Germany and Spain opened poorly with the Marvel/Disney flick taking third place in both markets behind Inside Out and newcomer Pixels in Spain and trailing Minions and Magic Mike XXL in Germany. Strong holdovers include the UK/Ireland — down 42% with an estimated $14.7 million total, Taiwan — down just 17% for $8.1 million total, and Hong Kong — off 31% for $5.1 million. Ant-Man has outgrossed Guardians of the Galaxy in both Taiwan and Hong Kong in just 11 days of release. 

 

Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man has opened in ~61% of its total international footprint and will open in Lebanon and South Africa next weekend.

 

Inside Out posted an estimated $28.3 million (+33%) in its sixth weekend of release from 51 overseas territories.  It has now earned $229.8 million overseas and $550.135 million worldwide with 28% of its international marketplace still to open. The film had the widest release in history in the UK/Ireland, opening in 608 locations and grossing $10.9 million for the top spot in the market which is 36% ahead of Monsters University and 4% ahead of Brave. Other top grossing markets include Mexico ($30.0M), Australia ($22.0M), South Korea ($21.8) where Inside Out is the second biggest Disney release ever behind Frozen, France ($20.0M), Russia ($18.8M), Argentina ($16.8M), Brazil ($12.6M), and Japan ($10.4M). Additionally, the Latin American and Middle East regions had strong holds of -35% and -28% respectively. 

 

China’s superhero spoof Jianbing Man (Pancake Man) grossed an additional $27.16 million (-60%) this weekend in the Middle Kingdom, bringing its 10-day total to $139.35 million

 

Pixels began its global rollout along with its North American release this weekend and took in $21 million from 56 international territories on 7,100 screens. The early international cume is up to $25.14 million (South Korea opened last weekend with $4 million) and the worldwide total is $49.1 million. Pixels’ international opening is 39% ahead of The Lego Movie across the same markets. In Latin America, the film opened at #1 in Brazil ($3.1 million), Mexico ($3.7 million), Argentina ($2.3 million), Bolivia, Colombia, and Uruguay. Pixels also opened at #1 ahead of Ant-Man and Minions in Russia ($2.7 million) and ahead of Ant-Man in Spain ($1.3 million). Key future releases are Italy (July 29), Germany (July 30), the UK/Ireland (August 12), Australia (September 10), Japan (September 12), and China (September 15).

 

Monkey King: Hero Is Back earned $15.57 million (-40%) in China this weekend. After 17 days of release, the 3D animated family film has grossed $108 million and is the highest-grossing animated film of all-time in China.

 

Paramount Pictures’ reboot Terminator: Genisys earned $10.7 million (-50%) this weekend from 64 overseas territories, lifting its international total to $219.3 million and its global haul to $305.3 million. Top territories this week were Japan ($1.7M/$16.6M cume), Germany ($1.1M/$7.7M cume), UK/Ireland ($761K/$16.1 cume), France ($665K/$9.8M cume), and Argentina ($609K/$5.2M cume). The struggling fifth chapter in the Terminator franchise will try to win over Chinese audiences when it opens on the Mainland August 23.

 

Jurassic World took in $8.3 million (-35%) from 63 territories this weekend. Its global record-breaking run continues with a total of $918.5 million overseas and $1.543 billion worldwide. Universal’s dino blockbuster now sits at #3 all-time worldwide behind Titanic and Avatar. Jurassic releases in its final territory Japan on August 5.

 

Paper Towns opened to $7.5 million from 35 new markets this weekend in addition to Australia, Brazil, and Argentina and New Zealand. Its early international cume is $15.6 million and after this weekend’s NA release, Paper Towns has earned $30.0 million worldwide. Top openings were Mexico ($1.54 million on 880 screens, #4 in market), Venezuela ($624K on 36 screens, #6 in market), the Philippines ($566K on 137 screens, #2 in market), and Russia ($504K on 685 screens, #6 in market). Paper Towns comes to 18 additional territories next weekend including Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. 

 

Magic Mike XXL danced to an excellent $2.8 million on its opening weekend in Germany to take #2 ahead of fellow opener Ant-Man. The sequel grossed $6.2 million (+16%) from 42 total overseas markets, bringing its international cume to $39.9 million and its global total to $103.3 million. Mike undresses next in Brazil on July 30. 

 

Southpaw stepped into the ring in 11 territories this weekend and scored $4.4 million from 230K admissions. Top grossing territories were the UK/Ireland ($2.6 million on 401 screens) and France ($1.3 million on 199 screens). Combined with the film's solid NA opening, Southpaw earned $21.1 million worldwide on opening weekend. Southpaw opens in India next weekend.

 

Foul-mouthed teddy Ted 2 grossed just $3.8 million (-47%) from 43 overseas territories this weekend. Seth McFarlane’s underwhelming sequel has grossed $73.8 million internationally and $153.5 million globally. It still has 20 territories to release, but will end up with far less than Ted’s overseas take of $330.94 million. 

 

The Gallows scared up $3.65 million (+68%) from 31 markets and has grossed $9.8 million overseas and $31.3 million worldwide. Russia opened in fourth place with $859K on 777 screens and Brazil opened to $346K from 155 screens.

 

Films with $2 million or less overseas this weekend (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)

Unfriended - $1.8 million/$21.58 million/$54.06 million

Insidious: Chapter 3 - $1.44 million/$63.92 million/$115.86 million

Pitch Perfect 2 - $1.2 million/$98.2 million/$282 million

Avengers: Age of Ultron - $1.2 million/$939.3 million/$1.39593 billion

Spy - $1.2M/$122.5 million/$230.7 million

Woman in Gold - $659K/$20.2 million/$53.47 million

Poltergeist - $300K/$48.4 million/$95.83 million

Now or Never - $250K/$8.1 million/$8.1 million

Trainwreck - $223K/$223K/$63.91 million

Love & Mercy - $47K/$1.89 million/$13.81 million

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - $36K/$36.1 million/$107 million

Annie - $6K/$53.93 million/$139.84 million

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Sunday Update: Disney's Ant-Man took in an estimated $24.77 million this weekend, which was good enough to lead the weekend box office for a second consecutive frame. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel was down a sharp 57 percent from last weekend, but was able to remain in first place this weekend thanks in part to the disappointing debut of Pixels and the soft third weekend hold of Minions. Ant-Man surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has grossed a solid $106.08 million in ten days. The film continues to perform in line with the lower end of pre-release expectations. Ant-Man is currently running 9 percent ahead of the $97.06 million ten-day take of 2008's The Incredible Hulk (which fell 57 percent in its second weekend to gross $22.14 million) and 10 percent behind the $117.42 million ten-day gross of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger (which declined 61 percent to gross $25.55 million).

Sony's Pixels debuted in a very close second place with an estimated $24.00 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy was off to a disappointing start and even with scaled back expectations had been widely expected to lead the box office heading into the weekend. Ultimately the film's high-profile retro video game concept and the high levels of buzz generated by its initial trailer weren't enough to overcome poor critical reviews and Sandler's declining popularity. Pixels opened a lackluster 42 percent below the $41.51 million debut of 2013's Grown Ups 2. The film performed much more in line with the $23.76 million debut of the Kevin James led Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 earlier this year (James also stars in Pixels). That comparison is especially underwhelming given the added presence of Sandler, the film's retro video game characters (including PAC-MAN and Donkey Kong) and its advantage of higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions.

Pixels opened with $9.15 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.5 million from Thursday evening shows), declined 8 percent on Saturday to gross $8.44 million and is estimated to fall 24 percent on Sunday to gross $6.42 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.62 to 1. Pixels received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore, which isn't a great sign, but does suggest that audiences are responding to the film better than critics have. On the brighter side of things, the reported $88 million production budget for Pixels is modest by high-profile summer release standards and the film was off to a relatively stronger start overseas.

Minions wasn't far behind with an estimated third place take of $22.06 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was down a sharp 55 percent from last weekend. After a terrific opening weekend performance, Minions has displayed lackluster holding power due in part to mixed word of mouth (especially among adults) and to the massive initial rush out of the film's fanbase during the film's first week of release. With that said, Minions has already grossed $261.58 million in 17 days. That places the film just ahead of the $258.57 million 17-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2, though it should be reminded that Minions does have an advantage in the comparison as a result of Despicable Me 2 opening on a Wednesday.

Fellow Universal release Trainwreck followed in fourth with an estimated $17.28 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow was down a solid 43 percent from last weekend. The film's hold this weekend does indicate that the rush out of Schumer's fanbase has led to relatively more initial front-loading than usual for a film from Apatow; but the film is still highly likely to hold up much better going forward thanks to its strong word of mouth and critical reviews. Trainwreck has grossed a very promising $61.53 million in ten days. The film is currently running an impressive 42 percent ahead of the $43.34 million ten-day take of 2009's Julie & Julia (which fell 40 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.06 million) and 7 percent behind the $65.87 million ten-day gross of 2007's Knocked Up (which declined 36 percent to take in $19.64 million).

The Weinstein Company's Southpaw rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $16.5 million debut. The Antoine Fuqua directed sports drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal opened slightly ahead of expectations and surprisingly ahead of Paper Towns in this weekend's rankings. Despite mixed critical reviews, Southpaw was off to a nice start this weekend thanks in part to an effective marketing campaign that was aided by the film's soundtrack and buzz surrounding Gyllenhaal's performance. Southpaw opened 25.5 percent ahead of the $13.15 million debut of 2012's End of Watch and 10 percent behind the $18.32 million start of 2005's Cinderella Man.

Southpaw started out with $6.20 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.2 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 8 percent on Saturday to gross $5.71 million and is estimated to decrease 20 percent on Sunday to gross $4.59 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.66 to 1. Southpaw received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which is a strong early sign for the film going forward.

Meanwhile, Fox's Paper Towns was off to a disappointing sixth place start with an estimated $12.5 million. The young adult adaptation starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne opened well below expectations. The goodwill from the success of last year's The Fault in Our Stars (which like Paper Towns, was also adapted from a John Green novel) helped generate high levels of online buzz for Paper Towns in the weeks leading up to its release, but that buzz ultimately failed to transfer over to the box office. In addition to opening 74 percent below the $48.00 million debut of The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns opened 20 percent below the $15.68 million start of last year's If I Stay.

On top of the soft opening, Paper Towns was extremely front-loaded this weekend. The film was off to a respectable $6.33 million start on Friday (which included a significant $2.0 million from Thursday night shows), but fell a massive 45 percent on Saturday to gross $3.50 million and is estimated to decline 24 percent on Sunday to take in $2.68 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of only 1.98 to 1, which obviously isn't a good sign going forward. Paper Towns did receive a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore and carried a reported produced budget of just $12 million.

In other box office news, Universal's Jurassic World moved into third place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list after an estimated $6.85 million eighth place take this weekend. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $623.75 million in 45 days, which places it just ahead of the $623.36 million final domestic gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers. 1997's Titanic (with aid from its 2012 re-issue) claims second place on the all-time domestic list with a lifetime unadjusted gross of $658.67 million.

Saturday Update: Sony's Pixels bowed in first place on Friday with $9.2 million. Unfortunately, that falls well short of early summer expectations which had pegged recent nostalgia-driven box office successes to also drive the Adam Sandler-led adaptation of Patrick Jean's innovative short film. Pixels was 37 percent behind the pace of Pacific Rim on opening day, as well as 36 percent below the first Grown Ups' bow and slightly ahead of Battleship's $8.8 million opening day. Word of mouth is heading in the wrong direction as well, claiming a "B" CinemaScore and a 59 percent Flixster user grade this morning (on top of critics' 19 percent Rotten Tomatoes score). The $88 million production budget of the film means a decent overseas performance could carry the pic in the long run, but that remains to be seen. Sony itself is projecting a $25 million opening weekend, which would likely put it in first place.

In second place, Ant-Man was off 68 percent from opening day last week to $7.234 million yesterday. With $88.54 million in the domestic bank through eight days, the pic is trending 8.5 percent ahead of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 11 percent behind 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. BoxOffice projects a $23.5 million sophomore weekend.

Minions claimed third place on Friday with $6.7 million, down 54 percent from the same day last week. The prequel's 15-day domestic total stands at $246.2 million, on par with Despicable Me 2's $246.1 million through the same point. Universal is projecting a $22.2 million third frame.

Debuting in fourth place, Paper Towns earned $6.325 million on Friday (including Thursday's early shows). That's slightly below the $6.83 million first day of last August's young adult drama If I Stay, and represents nearly one-quarter of The Fault In Our Stars' $26.06 million first day. The film's low production budget means this is still a win for Fox. Early word of mouth is moderate with a 72 percent Flixster score (Fault had 93 percent one day after; Stay boasted 75 percent), while critics have awarded it a 60 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. BoxOffice projects a $13.9 million debut weekend.

Filling out the top five, Southpaw debuted stronger than expected with $6.2 million yesterday. Early word of mouth is generally healthy with its 80 percent Flixster user score, despite critics giving it just 58 percent. BoxOffice projects a $16.8 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Trainwreck eased 51 percent from opening day last week to $5.3 million yesterday. That gives the Amy Schumer comedy an eight-day haul of $49.55 million, 10.5 percent ahead of the pace of Bridesmaids and 5.5 percent behind Knocked Up. Universal projects a $16.9 million sophomore frame.

Last but not least, Inside Out added $2.196 million (off 35 percent from last Friday) to bring its domestic take up to $315.2 million as it heads toward a $7.5 million weekend. All the while, Jurassic World tacked on another $2 million on Friday, giving it $618.9 million domestically up to this point as it moves in on surpassing the first Avengers' $623.3 million (likely Sunday, but Monday at the latest). World should take in around $6.7 million this weekend, according to Universal.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: Sources report that Sony's Pixels is trending for an opening day close to $10 million based on matinee and early evening business. If that holds, the Adam Sandler pic will score an opening around $26 million.

That may or may not be enough to give it first place, though, as Marvel's Ant-Man looks to pull a similar weekend total between $25-30 million.

Meanwhile, Paper Towns will probably fall short of $20 million and Southpaw could hit $15-16 million.

Check BoxOffice on Saturday morning for more accurate projections based on Friday's official estimates.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that Paper Towns started off with $2.0 million from Thursday night shows beginning at 9pm in 2,500 theaters, while Pixels earned $1.5 million from 2,776 locations.

Meanwhile, Southpaw earned a strong $1.2 million from last night's shows.

More updates as they come.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Minions took in $4.79 million on Thursday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment has now led the daily box office for 11 of the past 14 days. Minions was down 7.5 percent from Wednesday and down a sizable 49.5 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with a weekly haul of $73.03 million. That represented a 56 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to an impressive $239.52 million. Minions is running just behind the $240.87 million two-week gross of 2013's Despicable Me 2.

Disney's Ant-Man held steady in second place with $4.71 million. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel fell 8 percent from Wednesday's performance. Ant-Man was the week's top film with a solid seven-day start of $81.31 million. The film performed on the low end of expectations this week. Ant-Man is currently running 8.5 percent ahead of the $74.92 million seven-day start of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 11.5 percent behind the $91.87 million seven-day take of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Universal's Trainwreck grossed $3.11 million to remain in third. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow was down 6 percent from Wednesday. Trainwreck took third place for the week with a promising seven-day start of $44.25 million. That places the film 41.5 percent ahead of the $31.28 million seven-day take of 2009's Julie & Julia and just 4 percent behind the $46.22 million seven-day gross of 2007's Knocked Up.

Inside Out continued to claim fourth with $1.51 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar decreased a slim 1.5 percent from Wednesday and a healthy 32.5 percent from last Thursday. Inside Out placed in fourth this week with $18.28 million. That represented a 35 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's five-week total to a very impressive $312.98 million.

Universal's Jurassic World rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.26 million. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel fell 4 percent from Wednesday and a solid 35 percent from last Thursday. Jurassic Work took fifth place for the week with $17.13 million. The film was down 37 percent from last week and has grossed a massive $616.90 million in six weeks. Jurassic World is now just $6.46 million away from surpassing the $623.36 million final gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers to become the third highest grossing film of all-time domestically without adjusting for ticket price inflation.

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jul17wknd.pngUniversal reports that Minions retained first place on Wednesday with another $5.17 million, off 55 percent from the same day last week. The prequel's domestic tally stands at $234.74 million through 13 days of play, putting it on par with the 13-day pace of Despicable Me 2 ($234.0 million).

Holding onto second place was Marvel's Ant-Man, taking in $5.12 million yesterday. The 12th installment of the MCU has brought in $76.6 million in its first six days, 11 percent behind the pace of Captain America: The First Avenger and 8 percent ahead of The Incredible Hulk.

Universal's Trainwreck took third on Wednesday with $3.32 million. The breakout Amy Schumer comedy has earned $41.13 million in its first six days, putting it 4 percent behind the pace of Knocked Up and 15.5 percent ahead of Bridesmaids.

In fourth place, Inside Out eased 41 percent from last Wednesday to $1.53 million yesterday. The latest Pixar blockbuster has banked $311.5 million up to this point, 21 percent more than Up achieved through the same point in release.

Filling out the top five, Jurassic World was off 40.5 percent from last week to $1.31 million yesterday. With $615.64 million in the bank now, the film remains almost 7 percent ahead of the pace of Marvel's The Avengers.

 

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insideoutlongrange.pngDisney's official press release:

Disney•Pixar's Inside Out crossed the $500M mark at the global box office on Tuesday and stands at $510.1M through July 22. This is Pixar's eighth consecutive film to reach this threshold and its 11th overall. It's also Disney's third release of 2015 to do so.

With $311.5M domestically, Inside Out is the third highest grossing Pixar film ever. Internationally, it is open in 61% of the marketplace and has earned $198.6M. Major markets still to come include the UK, opening this weekend, as well as Germany and Italy.

The film debuted in the US and Canada on June 19 with $90.4M, the biggest opening ever for an original property.

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