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