UPDATE, writethru: A wild weekend was had at the global and international box office with major milestones for Paramount/Skydance’s Top Gun: Maverick and Universal/Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion, as well as a $50.5M worldwide result from Warner Bros’ newcomer, Elvis.
As reported earlier, TGM crossed $1B globally in just 31 days, marking only the second time a movie has hit such heights during the pandemic; and setting by far Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing move ever.
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Meanwhile Universal/Amblin’s third Jurassic pic is doing dino-mite business with a $43M international box office weekend propelling it to $747M global. JWD crossing $700M makes it only the 7th film to do so during the pandemic. The offshore total through Sunday is estimated at $443.8M. And that’s with a drop of just 45%. Will it cross $1B? Signs point to yes.
In new entries, Warner Bros’ Elvis is off to a rocking start with $20M from 50 overseas markets for a $50.5M global debut.
Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise Of Gru also began its international rollout, in Australia only, this weekend with $3.7M to land ahead of Despicable Me 2 and very close to DM3 and Minions as well as above of last week’s opening of Lightyear.
There’s a lot to unpack here — and isn’t it nice to have such an embarrassment of riches.
WB’s Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic strutted to $20M in 50 markets. The movie had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and this past week played for European exhibitors at the CineEurope conference in Barcelona. The IMAX total was $560K.
In like for like markets, using today’s exchange rates, Elvis is pacing 8% above Rocketman and 24% ahead of both Moulin Rouge and House Of Gucci. There are a number of markets to come with Japan this week, followed by Korea on July 13th and all of Latin America on July 14th.
Australia and the UK led with No.1 starts of $4.7M each. In Oz, this is Luhrmann’s 2nd highest opening behind The Great Gatsby while the UK debut is roughly on par with Rocketman, 12% above Great Gatsby and 25% above Warner’s A Star Is Born.
France also had a good start at $2M, roughly on par with Star Is Born, 13% over House Of Gucci and 18% above Rocketman. The film received a strong Allociné score of 4.3 out of 5. In comparison Bohemian Rhapsody received 4.4, Star Is Born 4.1 and Rocketman a 4.
Germany grossed $1M, with a very strong customer rating at UCI Odeon of 8.3 out of 10 which is above Tenet and Joker. Italy rocked a No. 1 start with $915K, 22% ahead of Rocketman.
Holland ($802K) and New Zealand ($667K) had the biggest opening ever for a Luhrmann film
THE BLACK PHONE
In 45 markets this Universal/Blumhouse scarer grossed $12.5M, in line with Ouija, ahead of Don’t Breathe and just below Get Out. The global total is $35.8M.
Mexico led play with $3.4M, making this the industry’s 12th biggest horror opening of all time and the 2nd best opening for a horror/thriller during the pandemic era, only beaten by The Conjuring 3. It ranked No.2 in the market behind Lightyear.
The UK opened with $1.7M, almost in line with Don’t Breathe. Saturday’s gross had a solid increase from Friday, bucking the trend of many pandemic horrors which dipped at the same point. Teenage audiences are expected to come out in force with the end of exams and start of school holidays.
France opened with $800K, in line with Halloween Kills and Don’t Breathe and ranking No. 3. Saudi Arabia opened with $700K at No.2, ahead of the Scream reboot and beating all other pandemic horrors except The Conjuring 3 and A Quiet Place II.
In the rest of the Middle East, the start was the biggest horror opening of the pandemic at $700K, well ahead of pre-pandemic horror titles Split and Halloween.
Spain rang up the biggest opening day for a horror film since Old in July 2021 and cumed $600K this weekend, in line with Halloween Kills and ahead of Quiet Place II (excluding previews).
Japan, Australia, Brazil and Korea are still ahead.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
The total on this soaring adventure through Sunday is estimated at $1.006B worldwide, including domestic’s estimated $521.7M and $484.7M from the international box office.
With just a 26% drop, Maverick added $44.5M across 65 markets this session, including a new No. 1 opening in Korea ($12.9M) and continued No. 1 holds in several hubs.
For a deeper dive, check out our previous story, here.
JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION
A $43M international box office weekend in 72 markets propelled the dinos to $443.8M overseas, with a drop of just 45%. The global cume is $747M global.
Ukraine opened this weekend with $285k, in line with recent opener Doctor Strange 2 and ahead of Top Gun: Maverick. There will be a public holiday on the 28th which should help boost box office following the weekend.
Notably, JWD is already at $114.3M in China, a market that has not been very welcoming of late for Hollywood. It is by far the top studio title in the PRC to date during 2022.
Rounding out the Top 5 behind China so far are Mexico ($39.7M), UK ($33.4M), Australia ($18.5M) and France ($19M). Holds have been strong and Japan is still to come on July 29.
The second frame of Disney/Pixar’s underperformed added $19.3M in 44 material offshore markets for a $63.6M overseas cume and $152.4M global. The international hold was decent at -49% with Latin America continuing strong play.
Newcomer France put Lightyear in a tight race for No. 1 with an estimated $2.6M ($3.1M including previews), posting the best opening for an animated title in 2022 to date. This is before the upcoming Fete Du Cinema and school holidays.
There were No. 1s in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Ecuador (and across the region as a whole). No.2s were seen in France, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, Uruguay and Bolivia.
In Europe, the spin-off is the No. 1 family pic, save for Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. In Asia, it is the top family film in Korea, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Overall, the strongest holds were in Belgium (+1%), Netherlands (-8%), Germany (-23%), Spain (-28%), Israel (-28%), Vietnam (-38%), Taiwan (-39%), UK (-41%), Chile (-41%), Colombia (-43%), Poland (-43%), Italy (-45%), Peru (-45%), Mexico (-47%) and Hong Kong (-50%).
The Top 5 markets to date are Mexico ($14.2M), UK ($8.4M), Argentina ($4.7M), Brazil ($3.7M) and Australia ($3.4M).
Japan bows next weekend.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
The Lost City (PAR): $944K intl weekend (22 markets); $84.4M intl cume/$189.7M global
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (PAR): $570K intl weekend (44 markets): $210.2M intl cume/$400.9M global
China’s Lighting Up The Stars got off to a good $36.8M start for a local title since restrictions have eased while Korea’s The Roundup is nearing $100M in 10 markets, now at $97.5M through Sunday.
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