It was a varied offering at the international box office this weekend with new arrivals from Hollywood and overseas markets, as well as some notable takes, as we edge closer to full action later in October.
Paramount landed the best offshore debut for studios Smile with $14.5M of 58 markets, and $36.5M globally. Horror audiences smiled across the board with good word of mouth for the Parker Finn-directed film which also topped domestically.
Reinforcing the public’s desire to return to the cinema for something new, at constant scope, the offshore start on Smile is 18% higher Truth or Dare55% ahead Hereditary and equal with The black phone. Smilewhose first images intrigued the exhibition at CineEurope earlier this year, was directed by the UK with $2 million from 520 pitches at No. 2. France also debuted #2 with $1.4M from 303 locations. In the inclination of horror Mexico, the film scored a No. 1 debut of $1.1 million from 855 locations. Rounding out the Top 5 were Germany ($1M out of 316) and Australia ($800,000 on 206).
Still to come are Korea, South Africa and Vietnam next week.
The champion of the last image, the reissue of James Cameron Avatartook the Na’vi to Spain where they had a #1 opening of $1 million while the remainders were down 45%. The second session of the remastered version, which serves as a table-setter for the sequel The way of the water in December, was $12.3M in 51 markets. The re-release has now added $58.1 million worldwide, including $39.5 million from overseas. As a harbinger, 3D represents 81% of ticket sales in Asia, 76% in Europe and 70% in Latin America.
France held the No. 1 spot in weekend two and leads all games at $5.8 million. It is followed by Germany ($2.9M), UK ($2.6M), Italy ($2.6M) and Korea ($2.3M).
In IMAX, re-release volume is $10.7 million worldwide, bringing the sci-fi epic’s lifetime to $268.6 million in the format.
Now let’s talk about universal/working titles Ticket to Paradisee and the “older” female audience who have been among the most difficult to return to the cinema. In Eddie Money’s apt words, they’ve “waited so long” for a new rom-com to keep that momentum going (at least since The lost citybut generally on pandemic years).
This is one of the highlights of recent weeks. Long before its domestic arc on October 21, the Julia Roberts/George Clooney romantic comedy added $9.4M this session and has already raised $45.3M in 59 offshore markets, giving it a 16% lead over The lost city at the same point.
The Ol Parker-led island adventure helps bring back this underserved demo, who, yes, still wants to hit the movies when the chemistry is there. The film is heading for an international gross of over $90 million (which, given the exchange rates, would have seemed much higher several months ago). And, again, North America has yet to release.
Then for the studios, New Line/Warner Bros’ don’t worry darlingg added $6.4M for a 40% decline in residual markets after its debut in the last session. The international cume is now $21.9M in 63 markets for $54.7 million worldwide. This sophomore executive had a continued No. 1 in the UK where the gross is $6.9 million to date. There were strong holds in some markets including Germany (-11%), Switzerland (-15%), Denmark (-29%), Austria (-30%), Poland (-31 %), the United Kingdom (-33%), Holland (-33%), Brazil (-35%), France (-36%), Norway (-36%) and Mexico (-39%).
Like-for-like, don’t worry darling runs 41% above A simple favor and 69% ahead Where the Crawdads sing.
Huzah for DC League of Super Pets which crossed $100 million internationally. Added Warner Bros title $3.4M than 70 overseas markets this session to reach $101.6 million. World consumption to date is now $193.3M.
Now, let’s look at what was happening outside of overseas studios: Indiain Tamil language Ponniyin Selvan: I by Lyca Productions and starring Aishwarya Rai, bowed as the biggest international IMAX opening ever for an Indian title, including the biggest IMAX local title opening ever in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore , and the 4th highest in India.
As I have noted many times before, it is extremely difficult to get accurate numbers from India as the reporting system varies. We hear that psi made meaningful numbers and will update accordingly. We know it grossed $2.1 million from 121 IMAX screens, becoming the 3rd the highest ever global IMAX opening weekend for an Indian title.
This brings us to China who had the biggest film of the weekend with the nationalist of Rao Xiaozhi To come home break away from the peloton to lead all newcomers. At around 430 million RMB ($60 million) through Sunday and 9.6 on Maoyan, it was the clear favorite. Filmed for IMAX and starring veteran actor Zhang Yi and idol Wang Junkai, originator of boy band TFBoys, the Huace Pictures title follows two unarmed Chinese diplomats who lead 125 Chinese citizens on an exodus to return to China from a fictional country in North Africa. It is inspired by a real evacuation event in Libya in 2011, when the Chinese Embassy evacuated more than 30,000 nationals in 12 days.
There are echoes of wolf warrior 2the second-biggest Chinese local film at over $850 million, as well as Operation Red Seahowever Rao recently noted that diplomats in To come home “are also ordinary people; they are fathers, husbands and sons, but they must go to the front line because their professional ethics and their responsibilities demand it,” according to local media. The Wandering Earth director Frant Gwo served as executive producer.
IMAX screens accounted for more than 5% of the weekend’s domestic box office for the film, despite IMAX screens accounting for less than 2% of all showings of the film.
Other newcomers to China, including Will of Steel, Ordinary Hero and New Happy Dad and Son 5: My Alien Friend had very dull openings. To complicate matters, tomorrow will see the release of a rescue thriller Come back home which revolves around attempts to rescue a young boy after he is lost on a family trip to the Changbai Mountains in northeast China’s Jilin Province. Donnie Yen stars in the pic which started production before Covid.
But let’s be honest, these movies don’t tend to travel. The market recently suspended the release of Born to Fly, which could have been its local stab at Superior gunand yeah, it’s good to see the market rebound during the national holiday, nevertheless