Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
Updated 6.1.15 w/ actuals from studios
Led by Dwayne Johnson's star power, San Andreas sent tectonic plates rocking across the world, registering an initial $63.9 million on the overseas Richter scale from 60 markets and $118.5 million worldwide. It opened at #1 in 55 markets. Mexico grossed an estimated $10.1 million on 3,150 screens grabbing 75% of the weekend B.O. total. The UK/Ireland shook up $7.2 million from 840 screens. Russia dominated with $5.3 million on 2,256 screen. San Andreas also took the top spot in Brazil ($3.2 million), France ($3.1 million), Australia ($2.5 million), Germany ($2.2 million), Italy ($1.1 million), Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia (All Asian markets = $11 million). San Andreas opens on Tuesday in China on Wednesday in South Korea, and in 7 additional markets this upcoming weekend.
Doraemon Stand By Me had a massive opening weekend in China with $33.74 million and a 4-day total of $38.22 million. Doraemon's Saturday and Sunday grosses both surpassed the previous record for a single-day total by an animated feature held by Kung Fu Panda 2's opening day $10.8 million in 2011. Doraemon is China's first Japanese import in 3 years after relations between the two neighboring countries soured in 2012 over territory in the East China Sea. It follows a geeky and lazy 10 year old and the time-traveling robotic cat sent from the future to help him navigate the pitfalls of adolescence.
Tomorrowland continued its slow orbit this weekend, absorbing only $23.7 million from 88% of its final international footprint. The Disney sci-fi adventure flick has made $70 million overseas after two weekends and $133.2 million globally. Tomorrowland sputtered upon launch in China on Tuesday and has only managed an estimated $14.09 million in 6 days which is far below expectations, but still easily the film's top performing overseas territory. Other territories: Russia ($6.4 million), UK ($6.2 million), Mexico ($4.5 million), France ($4.1 million), Italy ($2.4 million), Germany ($2.2 million), Thailand ($1.9 million), Taiwan ($1.9 million), South Korea ($1.6 million), Spain ($1.2 million), Austria ($1.2 million). Tomorrowland opens in Brazil and Japan next weekend, its final international markets.
Mad Max: Fury Road rolled to $21.6 million from 10,220 screens in 70 markets this weekend, lifting its overseas total to $165 million and its global total to $280.92 million through a third frame. South Korea is going mad for Max, bestowing the film with its third box office crown in a row ($5.1M/$23.5M cume) after falling off just 16% from last weekend. Other key territories include UK/Ireland ($2.7M/$21.3M cume), France ($2.0M/$14.0M cume), Australia ($2.0M/$12.9M cume), Brazil ($1.3M/$9.0M cume), Russia ($1.0M/12.1M cume), Germany ($1.0M/$7.2M cume), Mexico ($508K/$7.1M cume), Spain ($379K/$3.3M cume), and Italy ($302K/$3.0M cume). Max opens in Japan on June 20. There is still no official confirmation on a China release date.
Avengers: Age of Ultron swept up another $17.6 million in its 6th frame overseas, raising its international box office to $894.2 million and its global box office to $1.3213 billion. Ultron passed another Disney film, Frozen, to become the 6th highest grossing film of all-time worldwide. Ultron slipped another 65% in China this weekend, but its 20-day total of $226.74 million is good enough for #3 all-time behind Transformers 4 ($319 million) and Furious 7 ($390.8 million). Other key territories: South Korea ($82.1 million), UK/Ireland ($71.7 million), Mexico ($39.9 million), Brazil ($46.8 million), Russia ($33.3 million), France ($33.0 million), Germany ($32.0 million), and Australia ($30.8 million). Ultron will try to pass Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.3415 billion) for the 5th highest grossing film of all-time when it opens on July 4th in Japan.
The Barden Bellas helped Pitch Perfect 2 sing to the tune of an additional $10.1 million from 46 territories this frame, bringing the overseas total to $80.68 million and the global haul to $228.2 million. Universal's sequel opened at #5 in Italy with $319K at 261 dates (2x PP1's opening), #9 in South Korea with $401K at 246 dates (7x), and #5 in Hong Kong with $234K at 25 dates (PP1 didn't play in HK). Strong holdovers include the UK/Ireland, down only 33% from last weekend with $2.9 million and a 17-day total of $22.8 million, Australia, dropping 49% with an estimated $1.4 million and a 24-day cume of $19.7 million, and Germany, falling just 23% for $1.3 million and a $9.1 million total. Pitch Perfect 2 will perform in 12 more territories on its worldwide tour. Next stop is Chile on June 25.
Director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy's Spy netted $8.99 million from 1,633 screens in just ten Asia-Pacific markets for an impressive $27.75 million after its second pre-NA release frame. Great holds in South Korea (-18%/$3.85M/$11.41M cume), Australia (-33%/$1.93M/$5.7M cume), Taiwan (-30%/$953K/$3.17M cume), Hong Kong (-29%/$583K/$1.98M cume), Malaysia (-41%$448K/$1.52M cume), Singapore (-24%/$285K/$753K cume), and New Zealand (-27%/$285K/$753K cume). Spy opens in 53 markets next weekend along with North America.
Poltergeist scared up $6.65 million from 47 markets this weekend, raising its overseas total to $18.43 million and its global total to $56.67 million after two frames. The 20th Century Fox horror remake opened at #2 in Germany with $1.52 million, 34% ahead of Insidious 2, and in the top spot in Austria with $213K, double Insidious' opening. The film also held well in Brazil (-38%/$1.27M/$3.94M cume) and the UK/Ireland (-49%/$1.13M/$5.15M cume). Poltergeist will expand to 20 additional markets throughout the Summer including Russia, France, Mexico, and Italy.
Home is on its last legs overseas, but still managed to squeeze out $3.82 million from 2,877 screens in 45 markets. Venezuela held well with $1.43M in its third weekend for a $5.59M cume. Home has cozied up to $199.5M overseas and $369.91M globally.
PK, India's highest grossing film of all-time, held well in China this weekend, dropping only 28% for $3.72 million and $12.04 million after 10 days of release. Strong word of mouth for PK and the fact it retained screens this week could foretell a healthy run for the Bollywood flick which has already become the highest grossing Indian film of all-time in China.
Films with less than $2 million overseas this weekend (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)
Shinjuku Swan (#1 in Japan) - $2.01 million/$2.01 million/$2.01 million
Furious 7 - $1.8 million/$1.157 billion/$1.507 billion
Cinderella - $1.6 million/$333.4 million/$531.8 million
The Maze Runner - $893K/$243.12 million/$345.5 million
The Longest Ride - $570K/$20.86 million/$57.93 million
Unfriended - $251K/$11.65 million/$44.13 million
Ex Machina - $138K/$10.63 million/$34.23 million