Refresh for latest…: Arriving just a bit ahead of pre-weekend projections, Sony High-speed train attracted to 57 foreign markets for a $32.4M international box office launch. Including the national start, the world start is $62.5M.
The Brad Pitt star traveled to the biggest offshore opening for a non-IP studio film since Principleand performs a follow-up similar to Murder on the Orient Express and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
As in the United States, public reactions are beating critical ratings overseas, and there are still several key markets to come as the holidays continue.
It’s an important weekend given High-speed train is the last major studio hub of the summer. Since May, we’ve been spoiled with near-weekly milestones across multiple titles, including like Top Gun: Maverick continued to defy the laws of gravity.
Before delving deeper High-speed train‘s scores abroad, let’s take a beat and note that Jurassic World Dominion became the world’s grossest No. 2 of 2022 (helped by China where few others had access). JWD is the second to Top Gun: Maverick which crossed $1.35 billion (excluding China). Thor: Love and Thunder (too without China) is basically at $700 million.
Come now High-speed train, which has a decent chance of coming out. We’re hearing that some of the individual characters are helping propel certain markets away from the older demo (think Bad Bunny in Latin America). Let’s see what happens as there are still markets to come in the next quiet weeks of the latter part of the summer – which is devoid of any major new studio releases (Uni/Focus’ Nope will be off again next week, though). Outside of the studios, homegrown titles have helped keep the general movie buzz going, though some of that is happening in China, where U.S. relations soured further in the past week.
For High-speed trainoverseas play was run by the UK with a $3.5 million start, followed by France at $3.1 million, Mexico delivering $3 million, Australia rising to $2.2 million and Saudi Arabia with $1.9 million.
Other market debuts include the United Arab Emiratesis $1.3 million. Germanyis $1.5 million, Spainis $1.4 million and Taiwanis $1.3 million. The IMAX portion of the worldwide arc is $4.1 million.
Key markets yet to be published: South Korea (August 24), Italy (August 25) and Japan (September 1).
Elsewhere, Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru had a solid grip, down 42% in its 7th offshore frame for a $15.9M weekend in 80 markets. The total abroad is now $423.3M for $757.9 overall. Internationally, the origin story unfolds in accordance with Minions and Despicable Me 3 at the same exit point.
The best holding market for this session was Korea where there are a host of big local competitions. Cumulative to date is $14.6 million to exceed the life of the first Minions as good as Soul, making it the biggest Hollywood animation of the market pandemic (in restated dollars). In Australiawhere Gru released early, it’s now the franchise’s top-grossing film with a cumulative $28.3 million.
Other notable markets include the UK ($44M), Brazil ($28.3M), Germany ($26.1 million) and Japan and France each at $20 million. Italy is still due out later this month.
Warner Bros. DC League of Super Pets created another $11.4M this weekend in 67 markets (-41% hold). The offshore cume is now $38.3M with the world tally at $83.4M. Germany (-23%), Colombia (-27%), France (-29%), Poland (-30%) and Mexico (-39%).
Netherlands debuted with $575,000 across 192 screens, leading Light year by 40% and Encanto by 33%. The main markets to date are the UK ($7.6M), Mexico ($4.3M), France ($3M), Spain ($2.1M) and Germany ($1.8M). Korea and Taiwan dropped the pooches next weekend.
Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder is on its way to $700 million worldwide with an estimate $699 million until Sunday. The last session, he had already exceeded Thor: Ragnarok as the first picture of the four-title franchise (based on current rates and excluding Russia and China). Internationally, crude is $382.8M in 48 materials markets, including this weekend’s $11.1Ma 50% drop from the previous image.
Among major markets, the entry led by Taika Waititi is still No. 1 in Italy and No. 2 in France and Australia.
The top 5 markets are the UK ($40.3M), Australia ($28.6M), Mexico ($27.5M), Korea ($22.6M) and Brazil ($21.2 million).
Paramount/Skydance Top Gun: Maverick still has heat in these engines with a 28% drop internationally for a $10.3M weekend (the 11th) in 64 markets. The offshore cume is now $690 million for $1,352.5 million overall.
Catches are still strong overseas for Tom Cruise’s juggernaut. The UK reached the stratospheric sum of $96.2 million with Japan (by just 12% from last session) now at $78.7 million and Korea at $61 million. Australia accumulated $60.9 million and France $51.6 million. Especially in Australia, TGM is the No. 3 highest-grossing film of all time, behind Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens to spill Avengers: Endgame who had held the position since 2019.
Universal/Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion this weekend has passed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to become the 2nd biggest Hollywood release of 2022 worldwide. The overall cumulation until Sunday is $960.1 million including $588.2M abroad. This last number puts it roughly in line with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the same point and excluding China and Russia. The international weekend was $6.2M in 86 markets.
The largest markets to date are China ($157.4 million), UK ($41.7M), France ($28.4M), Germany ($23.3M) and Japan ($20.2 million).