UPDATE, writethru: With an amazing $1.69B worldwide cume through Sunday, Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home has become the No. 6 film ever globally, passing Jurassic World ($1.67B) and The Lion King ($1.662B) to get there. This includes a running $970.1M from the international box office, which should portend an eventual $1B overseas gross — and without a China bump. Domestic is at $721M+.
The current offshore session for the indefatigable webslinger added $27.7M in 63 markets, a drop of just 31% in the holdovers. Norway opened to $2.6M, besting the debuts of Spider-Man: Far From Home by 267% and Spider-Man: Homecoming by 259%. Slovakia bowed with $600K, beating Far From Home by 10% and Homecoming by 133%.
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The top No Way Home markets to date are the UK ($116.9M), Mexico ($73.4M), Korea ($60.6M), France ($59.9M) and Australia ($53.2M).
In IMAX, Spider-Man: No Way Home has swung into the Top 10 of the format’s all-time releases. Adding $2.7M worldwide this weekend, the Jon Watts-directed phenom is now the No. 9 highest-grossing IMAX release ever globally.
In further milestones, Universal/Illumination’s Sing 2 has become the biggest animated release of the pandemic era worldwide, reaching $241.2M global. At the overseas box office, the charmer hit $112.8M through this session including strong starts in Germany ($3M), Poland ($2.4M) and Austria ($500K).
In each of those, reviews/word of mouth are strong and long play is expected. The openings were the best of the pandemic for an animated title. Holds were outstanding with business down just 26% versus last frame. France leads with $17.3M, while Russia is at $12M followed by Mexico with $12.7M, Australia’s $11.4M and Spain’s $7.3M. Still to come are the UK and Japan.
Last weekend’s opener, Scream, added $10.2M in 54 markets this frame. That takes the Paramount/Spyglass Media title to $33.6M internationally after a solid 43% drop. Globally, the re-quel is at $85M. The UK is the top offshore market with $6.5M, followed by France ($2.9M), Australia ($2.8M), Mexico $2.3M and Germany ($1.8M).
Disney/20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man continues to hold well, grossing $6.2M this session in 45 markets and dropping 42% in its 44 that were already in play. The Ralph Fiennes-starrer is now in 45 (adding Philippines this frame at No. 2) with a $73.8M overseas cume and $105.3M global. The Top 5 are the UK ($9.7M), Korea ($8.5M), Japan ($7.6M), France ($6M) and Taiwan ($5M). The Netherlands is on deck next weekend.
Elsewhere, from Universal/Focus Kenneth Branagh’s awards season contender Belfast kicked up its heels for a fantastic $3.1M in the UK and Ireland this session.
Uni is positively thrilled with this start, which is essentially neck-and-neck with Spider-Man for the top spot this weekend. The film is playing at 705 locations and seeing strong uptake across multiplexes and arthouse theaters — it ranks No. 1 in all Curzon locations and the majority of Picturehouse and Everyman sites.
Says President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, “It is enormously gratifying to see Belfast mark another milestone in the recovery of the UK/Irish film industry. Kenneth Branagh made an exceptional film, and it is thanks to the incredible support of our cast and filmmakers, our partners in exhibition and the tireless work of our team, that we were able to deliver these phenomenal numbers.”
The result so far has Belfast tracking marginally ahead of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, 8% down on Stan & Ollie and 15% off of The Imitation Game. The film is No. 1 on the island of Ireland, with the region as a whole contributing over 20% of the box office from 102 sites. Of that, Northern Ireland accounts for nearly 60% of the total. At Omniplex’s Dundonald location in Belfast, the movie is the No. 2 opener of the pandemic, behind just No Time To Die. Rollout on Belfast continues across the next few months.
Overall, the landscape ahead is still fairly quiet until Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall begins offshore rollout. However, Chinese New Year is around the corner with local titles expected to do huge numbers in that market beginning February 1 when Water Gate Bridge, the sequel to The Battle At Lake Changjin, launches along with Nice View, Only Fools Rush In and others. Something to keep an eye on this week will be whether France‘s box office is impacted by the introduction of the vaccine pass which is now required for entry to cinemas.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
The Matrix Resurrections (WB): $3.5M intl weekend (73 markets); $111.7M intl cume/$148.3M global
House Of Gucci (UNI): $2.8M intl weekend (51 markets); $76.8M intl cume/$129M global
Clifford The Big Red Dog (PAR): $2.2M intl weekend (38 markets); $46M intl cume/$95M global
Paw Patrol: The Movie (PAR): $2.1M intl weekend (China only); $99M intl cume/$139.1 global
Licorice Pizza (UNI): $808K intl weekend (12 markets); $5.6M intl cume/$16.4M global
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