UPDATE, writethru: Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum took out a hit on its predecessors at the international box office, opening to $35.2M in 66 markets. In each of those, the starts were higher than John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2. Coupled with the terrific domestic launch, the global cume through Sunday is $92.23M for a franchise-best debut.
The Keanu Reeves-starrer landed at No. 1 in 53 of its bows, led by the UK at 62% over John Wick 2. Last time around, that film’s best offshore play was ultimately in Germany, the UK and Russia with solid numbers throughout Asia. That’s the case again here so far — although Germany, France and Spain are among the markets still to release on JW3.
Lionsgate’s Joe Drake is confident “word-of-mouth will continue to drive strong business” worldwide on the well-reviewed actioner.
Ahead of the assassin, Warner Bros’ Pokémon Detective Pikachu sleuthed his way to the No. 1 spot at the international box office this weekend with $53.8M in 72 offshore markets. The overseas total is now $193.4M for $287.4M worldwide after a 50% dip in the offshore session versus last week’s opening. China leads with a total $70.3M after two frames where it held No. 1 despite some middling social scores.
Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is of course still saving the world, adding $46.8M in 55 offshore markets. The drop was 55% versus last weekend, a better hold ultimately. Internationally, the total is $1.844B for $2.615B globally. That puts about $173M between Tony Stark and Avatar, though it would appear the Avengers, Guardians & Co will land in the $2.75B range once all is said and done. Disney has a major release on deck next weekend with Aladdin.
Play is still strong in Asia where China has now grossed $625M; in the UK and Korea it has crossed $100M. In the latter, Endgame is now the biggest Western movie of all time in terms of admissions.
In IMAX, Endgame has hit $207M global, including $145M overseas and $81.2M in China alone. The result in China is now double the IMAX box office of Avengers: Infinity War. John Wick 3 also saw some IMAX play this weekend, opening to $4.4M on 318 screens globally.
Debuting in 14 Universal markets, A Dog’s Journey traveled to $3M and has a $15.5M overseas cume including $12M from non-Uni territories. Also of note, Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum is approaching the $50M mark in China, just a stunning run there.
Breakdowns on the titles above and more are have been updated below (box office will be slightly abridged today due to the ongoing Cannes Film Festival).
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM
Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum did better than expected with a $92.23M global opening, $35.2M of which came from overseas. This is a series best start and all offshore markets that bowed came in bigger than the two previous installments. The film received an A- CinemaScore domestically and has racked up nice reviews at Rotten Tomatoes.
The assassin was No. 1 in 53 of the 66 opening markets, led by the UK at $4.6M (+62% on JW2) and ranking No. 1. Russia grossed $3.8M (+52%), Australia was $2.8M (+107%), Mexico scored $2.1M (+147%) and Thailand came in at $1.9M (+118%) to tie Taiwan (+114%).
France, Belgium and Germany are the next key hubs to open this week on the
Chad Stahelski-directed actioner that stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn, Jason Mantzoukas, Tobias Segal, Boban Marjanovic, Anjelica Huston and Ian McShane.
The following markets surpassed the lifetime of the first John Wick: UK, Australia, Brazil, Russia/CIS, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU
The furry little sleuth is now out in 72 markets where he pocketed $53.8M this weekend for a 50% drop (-44% when excluding China). The overseas running cume is now $193.4M for $287.4M globally.
The Ryan Reynolds-starrer was No. 1 overseas and in the European region. In Asia, outside China, it’s surpassed the lifetime of The Angry Birds Movie.
The Top 5 markets are currently China ($70.3M), Japan ($16.8M), UK ($11.6M), Mexico ($8.8M) and Germany ($7.6M) with all majors now released.
Russia was new this session, taking No. 1 at $4.3M.
Disney/Marvel’s marvel has now grossed $2.615B at the worldwide box office, with $1.844B from international. The offshore take this session was down 55% on last weekend, to $46.8M in 55 material markets. Will it catch Avatar as the No. 1 global film of all time? It will be close, but the ultimate tally now looks to be in the $2.75B range which would just miss the Na’vi.
China, where Disney has Aladdin next session, is far and away the top offshore play now at $625M. Both the UK and Korea have also crossed the $100M mark. This weekend saw Endgame become the highest grossing all-time industry release in Bolivia and Korea (Western/admissions).
It is also the highest grossing movie ever in Latin America ($257M) and Asia-Pacific ($1.094B) as well as the No. 7 biggest in Europe ($493M). During the 4th overseas frame, Endgame held No. 1 in several Latin American markets, as well as five in Europe.
Strong holds came from Japan (-33%), Peru (-36%), Denmark (-41%), Spain (-43%), Chile (-43%), Colombia (-43%), Australia (-46%), Poland (-48%), Ecuador (-48%), Singapore (-49%), UK (-50%), Norway (-50%) and South Africa (-50%).
After China, the rest of the Top 5 overall includes UK ($109M), Korea ($101.5M), Brazil ($79.2M) and Mexico ($73.9M).
MGM’s Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson-starrer, which Universal has in many offshore markets, continues doing nice business for a comedy with a $7.7M weekend in 32 markets to lift the cume to $24.7M. Including non-Uni markets, the full offshore total is $28.1M.
The Netherlands was new this session at $400K from 75 locations to track ahead of The Heat and on par with Spy. The top holds were in Russia ($4.65M cume to date), Germany (-21%/$3.4M), the UK (-19%/$3M) and Australia (-36%/3.22M). The next markets to go are Mexico, France and Brazil in June and July.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLES
A Dog’s Journey (UNI): $3M intl weekend (14 markets); $15.5M intl cume (including non-Uni markets)
The Curse Of La Llorona (WB): $1.3M intl weekend (71 markets); $64.8M intl cume
The Dead Don’t Die (UNI): $1.2M intl weekend (2 markets); $1.2M intl cume
Shiny Shrimps (UNI): $598K intl weekend (France only); $3M France cume
The Sun Is Also A Star (WB): $484K intl weekend (25 markets); $484K intl cume