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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger whimpered back into domestic theaters this weekend with Terminator: Genisys, but he and Paramount could be saved by international fans who were much more kind giving the reboot $74 million across 46 territories. After last weekend’s early start in 10 smaller markets, Genisys is up to $85.5 million overseas and $129.66 million worldwide. 

 

Genisys took the top spot in 28 of the 36 territories it opened this weekend with UK/Ireland, France, Brazil, the Philippines and Venezuela taking second. Top performing markets include Russia ($12.5 million from 1,150 locations), South Korea ($11.1 million from 1,275 locations), Mexico ($6.2 million from 670 cinemas), UK/Ireland ($5.6 million from 536 cinemas), Australia ($4.7 million from 258 cinemas), Brazil ($4.0 million from 549 locations), France ($3.8 million from 680 screens), India ($2.8 million from 600 cinemas), Venezuela ($2.4 million at 75 cinemas), Malaysia ($2.3 million at 131 sites), Taiwan ($2.1 million from 80 locations), Hong Kong ($1.9 million from 44 locations), the Philippines ($1.4 million at 149 locations), and Ukraine ($666K from 235 locations). Among holdovers Singapore dropped 54%, but retained the top position with $625K and $2.3 million total. Colombia grossed $840K for a third place finish and a $3.0 million cume while Peru earned $474K for a #1 ranking and $1.7 million total. 

 

Terminator: Genisys opens July 9 in Germany and Italy, and July 10 in Spain and Japan.

 

Ahead of its North American release next weekend, Minions took in an estimated $54.3 million this weekend (+44%) from 26 markets for an early international total of $124.2 million

 

The animated franchise film opened on top in all 15 new territories it was released this weekend and retained the top spot in Australia, UK/Ireland, and Brazil for a second weekend. It also scored the biggest opening day of all-time for an animated film in Germany, Spain, Argentina, and Colombia. Germany opened with $9.0 million, 70% higher than Despicable Me 2's opening weekend. Spain and Colombia both doubled DM2's opening with $5.9 million and $3.4 million respectively, while Argentina tripled DM2's opening weekend with $5.5 million. Minions has grossed $16.2 million in Brazil, $31.4 million in UK/Ireland, and $15.1 million in Australia. 

 

Next weekend sees 25 territories including France, Mexico, and Russia open day-and-date with the U.S. and Canada.

 

Roaring to another $42.0 million (-50%) from 66 overseas territories this weekend for an international cume of $826.9 million, Jurassic World stampeded past Avengers: Age of Ultron to become the world’s 5th highest grossing film of all-time with $1.385 billion. China held very strong in the face of local competition, dropping just 40% for $9.4 million this frame and $222 million overall. It also passed Avatar to become the fourth highest-grossing movie of all-time in the Middle Kingdom. Jurassic World opens in its final territory Japan on August 5.

 

Opening in China this weekend, director Chen Kaige’s martial arts epic Monk Comes Down The Mountain opened to a strong $37.5 million including Thursday night previews. Premium format screenings took the bulk of this weekend’s gross as average ticket prices for Monk exceeded Jurassic World’s. 

 

Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out conjured up another $18.6 million (-30%) from 43 overseas territories this weekend, lifting the international cume to $117.3 million and the global total to $363.46 million. The film’s only new territory this weekend was Poland. 

 

Inside Out posted strong mid-week numbers in Australia and France thanks to holidays and held well throughout the weekend. The family film was up 38% this weekend Down Under for a $13 million total, while France fell just 34% for a $12.2 million cume. In Russia, where the film has grossed $17.2 million so far, Inside Out is now the second highest grossing Disney/Pixar animated release ever behind Frozen. Other top markets include Mexico ($24.9M), Argentina ($9.4M), Brazil ($8.1M), and Colombia ($5.5M).

 

Inside Out has only opened in ~45% of its intended overseas markets and will come to South Korea next weekend. Key future openings are Spain (July 17), Japan (July 18), UK/Ireland (July 24), Italy (Sep 16), and Germany (Oct 1).

 

Ted 2 is struggling both domestically and overseas where it grossed just $8.8 million (-56%) this weekend from 31 territories for an early international total of $36 million. Combined with NA’s disappointing total, Universal’s foul mouthed teddy bear has grossed $94.3 million worldwide. Australia was Ted’s top holdover where it fell 3 spots and 45% for $1.8 million and an 11-day total of $6.4 million. Germany dropped 63% for $1.2 million and an 11-day total of $5.6 million. Ted 2 will open in 33 more territories over the next few months including the UK/Ireland, Poland, Turkey, and Peru next weekend.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron finally blasted into its last overseas territory Japan this weekend and posted a very strong estimated two-day total of $6.5 million. That makes it the biggest opening weekend for a Marvel Cinematic Universe release in Japan, beating the Avengers opening by 60% in local currency. Its opening has also already exceeded the total runs of both Captain America films and both Thor films in local currency. In addition, Ultron scored the biggest opening weekend for an imported film this year beating out fellow Disney titles Big Hero 6 and Cinderella. Though its off to a strong start, Ultron’s legs will be tested over the next several weeks as Genisys, Inside Out, Minions, Jurassic World, and MI5 are released in quick succession. Ultron has grossed $929.3 million overseas and $1.383499 billion globally since its release in late April. 

 

Hollywood Adventures couldn’t stave off very poor word of mouth and grossed just $6.3 million (-77%) in its second weekend of release in China. The adventure/comedy produced by Furious director Justin Lin has underperformed with a 10-day total of $46.7 million

 

Magic Mike XXL grossed $6.2 million from 2,572 screens across 15 markets. Combined with NA's opening, the Warner Bros' sequel has earned $33.27 million. Top markets include UK/Ireland ($2.5 million), Norway, Denmark, and Finland (combined $1.03 million), Holland ($857K), Russia ($683K), Taiwan ($252K). South Africa ($191K), and Portugal ($116K). Australia, France, and Spain open next weekend. 

 

Director Paul Feig and versatile funny woman Melissa McCarthy’s Spy netted $3.4 million from 45 territories this weekend (-44%), lifting the international cume to $112.8 million and the global tally to $210 million after seven frames. Top markets this weekend were UK/Ireland ($680K/$14.5M cume), France ($643K/$3.75M cume), Spain ($373K/$1.29M cume), Russia ($161K/$8.1M cume), Australia ($149K/$10.9M cume), Holland ($115K/$1.76M cume), and Venezuela ($100K/$3.02M cume). 

 

Poltergeist grossed $2.73 million (-57%) from 28 territories this weekend, giving the horror remake $45.08 million overseas and $92.15 million worldwide. Four additional Asian Pacific markets have yet to open.

 

Insidious: Chapter 3 spooked $2.7 million (-32%) out of international moviegoers in 51 territories this weekend, bringing its overseas cume to $42.1 million and its global haul to $93.3 million. Germany opened to $720K while Austria bowed with $110K amidst the European heatwave. Future openings include France (July 8), South Korea (July 9), Australia (July 16), and Brazil (July 30). 

 

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

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F - $1.75 million/$49.05 million/$49.05 million
Far From the Madding Crowd - $728K/$13.97 million/$25.8 million 

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By Alex Edghill

Saturday Morning Update: The all-out blitz that the Minions have been performing on social media over the past few weeks again continued this past week on Twitter as it led all upcoming films in overall mentions. No other animated film has ever dominated social media such as this pre-release. Not Toy Story 3, not Frozen, not Despicable Me 2. Now I'm not suggesting that this will necessarily be bigger than those films, but in terms of social media footprint it has carved out a new high water mark. Since being first introduced in Despicable Me, the Minions have become a pop culture highlight in recent years and with merchandising already in top gear before release this indeed is a perfect storm. I just can't wait for it to open already as its made Facebook and Twitter commentary boring this year having it come in on top week after week. Bananas won't be a problem for all involved with this film's production.

Ant-Man picked up steam over the last week as well as it came in just shy of 100,000 tweets. I've given the film's buzz some criticism in recent weeks but perhaps I was too quick to judge as 93k two weeks before release does put it ahead of many successful Marvel-adapted first film franchises including Thor, Captain America and even The Amazing Spider-Man.

Paper Towns continued to do well also as its 87k tweets was good enough for 3rd spot on the week. Now Fault In Our Stars had some single days three weeks before release that had more than 87k tweets so this is on a different playing field altogether. Expectations are much lower here in general but with a tiny budget likely similar to Fault ($12 million) really anything in teen millions and up on opening weekend would allow it to be profitable by the end of its run.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to amaze, with it having seen more than 10,000 tweets every day since April 16th. That's the longest streak ever pre-release for a film. Yes its true Star Wars is just about at the pinnacle of all franchises in terms of their impact on pop culture but still...its hard to ignore this run which is a full six months before the film even opens. The trailers and news surrounding the film have just created an ongoing buzz storm which I've never seen before. Its sure going to be an interesting holiday season when this opens.

Last up, the debut trailer of Creed was a big hit on Twitter where it accounted for almost 32k tweets on Wednesday. Simply huge start for a film which was largely off the radar up until this point. The Rocky franchise is going to be 40 next year so many of its die hard fans are hardly Twitter cornerstones, but this big trailer reception is an indication that the film is making a leap into the modern era. With its core demographics revitalized by the focus on Michael B. Jordan, a star in his own right, who is about to become a much more recognizable face to the everyman audience after his starring role in August's Fantastic Four.  Stallone might have stumbled onto something lasting here which will allow Rocky to live on in a ringside role.

Twitter Top 10 Movies for the week of June 26th to July 2nd

Date Movie Tweets Rank Change
7/10/15 Minions 140,364 1 (-) 35.14%
7/17/15 Ant-Man 93,020 2 (+3) 119.80%
7/24/15 Paper Towns 87,121 3 (-) 60.35%
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 85,066 4 (-2) -16.55%
11/25/15 Creed 61,688 5 (+29) 1846.61%

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Sunday Update: It was a very close race this weekend between fellow blockbusters Jurassic World and Inside Out. Based on studio estimates, Universal's Jurassic World has the edge with an estimated $30.94 million. That places it $0.84 million ahead of Disney's Inside Out for the weekend, which took in an estimated $30.11 million. It's obviously close enough between the two films that positioning could still change when actuals are released on Monday.

Jurassic World decreased 43 percent from last weekend's performance. If its positioning holds, the film has now led the weekend box office for four consecutive frames (a feat which Universal also achieved with Furious 7 earlier this year). Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Jurassic World registered the third largest fourth weekend performance of all-time (behind only 2009's Avatar and 2012's Marvel's The Avengers). Jurassic World has grossed a massive $558.20 million through 24 days of release. This weekend the film surpassed the $534.86 million final gross of 2008's The Dark Knight to move into fourth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list. Jurassic World is now just $65.16 million away from passing the $623.36 million final domestic gross of The Avengers to move into third place on the list. Jurassic World is currently running $44.83 million and 9 percent ahead of the $513.37 million 24-day take of The Avengers.

Inside Out was down a solid 42.5 percent from last weekend. Holdovers in general were noticeably affected by Independence Day falling on Saturday this year (the first time that has occurred since back in 2009). Inside Out continues to exceed its lofty expectations with a strong 17-day start of $246.16 million. That already makes the film the fourth highest grossing release of 2015 thus far (behind only Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7). Compared to other previous blockbusters from Pixar, Inside Out is running an impressive 14 percent ahead of the $216.25 million 17-day take of 2013's Monsters University and 15 percent behind the $289.11 million 17-day gross of 2010's Toy Story 3. Competition for family audiences will soon be getting much tougher with the release of Universal's highly anticipated Minions this coming Friday.

Paramount's Terminator Genisys wasn't far behind with an estimated third place debut of $28.7 million. The Arnold Schwarzenegger led 3D sci-fi action sequel has grossed $44.16 million through five days of release. Terminator Genisys is performing on the very low end of scaled back expectations and in the bigger picture is performing softly with both its cost and the previous history of The Terminator franchise in mind. Terminator Genisys is running 32 percent behind the $65.32 million five-day start of 2009's Terminator Salvation (which opened on a Thursday) and percent 39 behind the $72.39 million five-day take of 2003's Terminator 3 (which opened on a Wednesday). The film is performing much more in line with the $40.14 million five-day Independence Day weekend start of 2009's Public Enemies.

One positive aspect of the holiday start for Terminator Genisys is that the film was relatively back-loaded with a five-day to three-day weekend ratio of 1.54 to 1. That stat, along with the film's B+ rating on CinemaScore suggests that Terminator Genisys is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics. On the other hand, Terminator Genisys will be facing new direct competition from the likes of Disney's Ant-Man, Sony's Pixels and fellow Paramount release Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation throughout the month of July.

Terminator Genisys took in an estimated $5.5 million from IMAX locations over the five-day frame. That represented 12.5 percent of the film's overall five-day start.

After getting off to a solid start on Wednesday (when the film took first place for the day) and Thursday, Warner's Magic Mike XXL lost major momentum over the weekend and had to settle for a distant estimated fourth place take of $12.04 million. That places the five-day start for the Channing Tatum led sequel at a significantly softer than expected $27.07 million and gives the film a 5-day to 3-day weekend ratio of 2.25 to 1. The film's early front-loading is obviously a troubling sign going forward, though some of the front-loading is clearly due to the film being greatly affected by Independence Day falling on Saturday (the film was down 60 percent from Friday on Saturday). Magic Mike XXL is running 45 percent below the $49.62 million five-day take of 2012's Magic Mike (which opened on a Friday) and 30 percent behind the $38.51 million five-day start of 2003's Legally Blonde 2 (which opened a Wednesday).

The audience breakdown for Magic Mike XXL skewed towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (73 percent) and extremely towards female moviegoers (96 percent). In comparison, the film's predecessor skewed 73 percent towards female moviegoers. Magic Mike XXL will be helped out by its very modest production budget and the film did receive a promising A- rating on CinemaScore, so it may be able to stabilize a bit after this weekend, especially on weekdays.

Universal's Ted 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $11.02 million. On the heels of last weekend's already softer than expected start, the Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel was down a very sharp 67 percent. Ted 2 has grossed a much softer than expected $58.33 million in ten days. That places the film a very disappointing 51 percent behind the $119.85 million ten-day take of 2012's Ted (which fell just 41 percent in its second weekend to gross $32.20 million). Given its far poorer second weekend hold and its nature as a sequel, Ted 2 is set to fall further and further behind the pace of its predecessor going forward. Ted and Magic Mike broke out at the same time three years ago during the summer of 2012, but in hindsight audiences clearly weren't all that hungry for a sequel to either film.

Max held up far better this weekend with an estimated sixth place take of $7.0 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was down 42 percent from last weekend. Max continues to perform in line with expectations with a solid ten-day take of $25.75 million. That places the film 23 percent ahead of the $20.87 million ten-day gross of last year's Earth to Echo.

On the platform front, A24's Amy was off to a nice start with an estimated $222,015 from 6 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the critically acclaimed documentary on the late Amy Winehouse a per-location average of $37,003 for the frame. Amy will be expanding into additional locations on Friday.

Saturday Update: Disney reports that Inside Out held onto first place Friday with an estimated gross of $12.51 million. That brings the hugely successful animated pic's domestic tally up to $228.56 million through 15 days of release, 38 percent ahead of the pace of Up and 15 percent behind Toy Story 3. BoxOffice is projecting the film will finish out the holiday weekend in the top spot with a projected $30 million third frame.

Universal's Jurassic World also stayed put in second place yesterday, tacking on another $11.8 million and bringing its overall domestic tally up to a staggering $539.04 million in just 22 days. That puts it 11 percent ahead of where Marvel's The Avengers stood at the same point in release, while also moving World ahead of The Dark Knight ($534.9 million) for fourth place on the all-time chart. Universal's official projection for this weekend is $28.9 million.

Paramount's Terminator Genisys grossed $10.8 million in third place yesterday, giving it a disappointing three-day start of $26.255 million. By comparison, that's 38.5 percent behind the pace of the franchise's previous installment, 2009's Terminator Salvation. Although the reboot/sequel posted a 65.5 percent increase from Thursday, word of mouth and reviews are working against the pic in the long game. BoxOffice is projecting a $26.5 million three-day weekend, giving it an overall five-day launch of $41.955 million.

Magic Mike XXL held steady in fourth place with $6.3 million on Friday, giving it a three-day start of $21.33 million since opening on Wednesday. The sequel is performing below expectations and is proving to have been even more front-loaded than expected, although it's still a financial success for Warner Bros. thanks to a modest budget. The film is pacing 45.5 percent behind the three-day gross of its predecessor and is projected to earn $15.1 million over the Friday-Saturday-Sunday frame. That would give it an overall five-day start of $30.18 million (Wednesday through Sunday).

Filling out the top five, Ted 2 posted $4.4 million yesterday, off 67 percent from opening day last week. That's a sharp drop considering yesterday's grosses across the board were somewhat inflated due to Friday serving as the benefactor of the Independence Day holiday with many people busy with festivities come Saturday. The comedy sequel's eight-day total stands at $51.734 million, 47 percent behind where the first pic stood. Universal projects an $11.1 million sophomore frame.

Last week's other new release, Max, added $2.65 million yesterday to give it a healthy eight-day sum of $21.4 million. BoxOffice projects a $6.3 million second weekend.

Expanding into 870 locations this weekend, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl grabbed $488,000 yesterday for a $561 per-theater average. The much-buzzed-about indie flick has earned $3.17 million in all so far domestically. The pic should tally around $1.2 million this weekend.

Meanwhile, Faith of Our Fathers took in $179,063 from 344 theaters yesterday for a $521 per-theater average. The faith-based film's three-day haul is $367,854. BoxOffice projects a $420,000 weekend, giving it an estimated $609,000 five-day opening.

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By Daniel Garris

Please note that because of the holiday weekend most of today's reported grosses are studio estimates.

After falling to third place on Wednesday, Inside Out returned to first place on Thursday with an estimated $7.72 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar was up a slim 3 percent over Wednesday and down only 21 percent from last Thursday. Inside Out was the week's top film with a weekly take of $83.24 million. That represented a 37 percent decline from the film's opening week performance. Inside Out continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a two week total of $216.06 million. The film is currently running 10 percent ahead of the $196.54 million two-week take of 2013's Monsters University and 16.5 percent behind the $258.83 million two-week gross of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World was up 15 percent and two spots over Wednesday to move into third with an estimated $6.9 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary decreased 22.5 percent from last Thursday. Jurassic World placed in a close second for the week with $81.42 million. The film was down 46 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a massive $527.26 million through three weeks of release. Jurassic World is currently the fifth highest grossing film of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation and is now on the verge of passing the $534.86 million final gross of 2008's The Dark Knight to move into fourth place.

Paramount's Terminator Genisys fell one spot and 27 percent from its opening day performance to land in third with an estimated $6.5 million. The fifth installment of the Arnold Schwarzenegger led sci-fi action franchise has grossed $15.43 million in its first two days. That is below the film's already scaled back expectations and is soft with the film's price tag in mind. The film's two-day start is 46 percent below the $28.35 million two-day take of Terminator 3 way back in 2003 and 4 percent ahead of the $14.87 million two-day launch of 2009's Public Enemies. At its current pace, Terminator Genisys looks to be on pace for a five-day start just below $40 million.

Warner's Magic Mike XXL held up even softer yesterday as it was down three spots and a sharp 38.5 percent from Wednesday to fall to fourth with an estimated $5.73 million. Magic Mike XXL has grossed $15.03 million in two days. While the Channing Tatum led sequel is performing well with its modest cost in mind, yesterday's daily percentage hold was a troubling early sign going forward. Magic Mike XXL is running 8 percent behind the $16.29 million two-day start of 2003's Legally Blonde 2 and 28 percent ahead of the $11.73 million two-day take of last year's Tammy. Unless it is able to build up momentum today, Magic Mike XXL appears headed for a five-day start in the area of $35 million.

Ted 2 held steady in fifth place with an estimated $3.25 million. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC was up a modest 6 percent over Wednesday. Ted 2 placed in third for the week with a much softer than expected seven-day start of $47.31 million. The film is running a very disappointing 46 percent behind the $87.65 million seven-day take of 2012's Ted and will likely continue to fall further and further behind in the comparison due to its nature as a sequel.

Max rounded out its first week of release with an estimated sixth place take of $1.67 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was up 11 percent over Wednesday. Max placed in fourth for the week with a seven-day gross of $18.75 million. That was in line with expectations and was 13 percent ahead of the $16.54 million seven-day start of last year's Earth to Echo (which opened on a Wednesday).

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jul1-2.pngWarner Bros. reports Magic Mike XXL posted a healthy $9.31 million opening day in first place yesterday, which includes $2.4 million from early shows on Tuesday night. By comparison, that figure is 52 percent off its predecessor's first day back in June 2012 (a Friday), but the modest $15 million production budget voids any cause for alarm at the (mostly expected) drop-off by the sequel. Magic Mike XXL's first day was also 73 percent ahead of Entourage's opening day, 50 percent stronger than fellow July 4 weekend release Tammy's last year, and 19 percent ahead of This Is the End (all three were Wednesday openers). While critics haven't been as thrilled with the sequel (59 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the film has a modest 75 percent Flixster score and received an encouraging "A-" CinemaScore, according to the studio.

Paramount reports that Terminator Genisys opened to $8.93 million in second place on Wednesday, including Tuesday night's $2.3 million start. Unfortunately, this falls considerably short (more than 33 percent) of the previous film in the franchise, Terminator Salvation, which pulled a $13.4 million opening day on the Thursday before Memorial Day in 2009. Considering more schools are out of session for Genisys' debut, the reboot needed to pull a much stronger launch than this. The first-day take was also just 9 percent stronger than Public Enemies, which released on the same exact Wednesday in 2009 ahead of Independence Day. With critics' reviews in the cellar (25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and early word of mouth heading south very fast (a 70 percent Flixster score just one day after release is alarming), the reboot will have to rely on overseas markets going forward as the chances of reaching $100 million domestically by the end of its run appear very slim.

Moving down to third place (for now), Disney/Pixar's Inside Out added $7.5 million yesterday, down just 20 percent from last Wednesday. With $208.34 million in the bank through 13 days of release, the strongly-received animated pic is pacing 37.5 percent ahead of Up and 17 percent behind Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World took in another $5.99 million on Wednesday for a 36.5 percent decline from last week. The mega-blockbuster's domestic tally now stands at $520.36 million, putting it 10 percent ahead of where Marvel's The Avengers was at the same point in release.

Filling out the top five, Ted 2 grossed $3.03 million yesterday, giving it a six-day domestic haul of $44.06 million. The comedy sequel is pacing 45 percent behind its predecessor.

Meanwhile, Max added $1.5 million yesterday, giving it $17.08 million through six days of play. That's a respectable 15 percent stronger performance than last summer's Earth to Echo through the same point.

Please note: grosses for Faith of Our Fathers were not reported in time for publishing.

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