Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is the #1 film at the international box office this weekend earning $43.3 million (+62%) from 12,303 screens across 66 markets. The sequel from 20th Century Fox has earned $78.0 million overseas and $108.3 million worldwide taking into account its #1 North American opening this weekend.
Top territories include South Korea where Maze Runner opened behind local film The Throne with a 4-day total of $7.4 million, 141% ahead of Maze Runner’s opening, Russia where the film opened #1 with $3.8 million, Brazil with $2.7 million, Venezuela with $2.46 million, Thailand with $1.88 million, Spain with $1.87 million, Holland with $1.2 million and UAE with $1.1 million. Strong holdover markets include UK/Ireland down 36% for $2.4 million and $8.0 million total, Australia down 33% for $1.7 million and $5.0 million total, and Mexico with $1.7 million for $7.2 million total. Malaysia ($1.0M/$4.2M cume), Taiwan ($934K/$5.1M cume), Hong Kong ($844K/$3.5 million), and Philippines ($738K/$2.34M cume) all repeated at #1 for the 2nd consecutive weekend.
The Scorch Trials opens in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and 4 smaller markets next weekend.
Universal’s Everest scaled to $28.2 million across 36 overseas territories in its opening frame this weekend. Combined with North America’s IMAX opening, the film has an early worldwide total of $35.8 million.
Everest opened #1 in 13 of its territories this weekend including the UK/Ireland ($5.0M), Mexico ($4.4M), Australia ($2.3M), New Zealand ($458K), and Iceland ($130K), the home of director Baltasar Kormákur. The film opened #2 in Germany ($2.8M) behind local film Facke Ju Gohte 2, and Spain ($1.6M) behind Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. On the premium format front, Everest climbed to over $3 million from 172 IMAX screens and 60% of the film’s overseas box office came from IMAX 3D and Real-D 3D.
Everest will release in 29 additional territories over the next few months including Brazil, France, Italy, South Korea, Russia and 17 smaller markets next weekend.
Minions grossed $22.8 million (-13%) this weekend from 57 overseas territories for an international total of $785.3 million and a worldwide total of $1.118 billion. Universal’s global animated hit jumped over MI5 to take the weekend crown in China with $19.4 million for an 8-day total of $49.8 million. Despite performing under expectations, Minions will pass the lifetime gross of Despicable Me 2 ($53 million) sometime this week.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation grossed $21.2 million (-58%) this weekend from 53 total overseas territories, bringing the international cume to $464.7 million and the worldwide total to $656.4 million. China took in another $18.2 million just behind Minions and has grossed $120.3 million after 13 days of release. Rogue will pass Interstellar ($122.6 million) this week to become the highest-grossing imported 2D film of all-time in China.
Inside Out marched into Italy this weekend, earning $6.0 million to take the biggest opening ever for a Pixar release there. In total, Pixar’s original hit grossed $9.8 million (+85%) from 34 overseas territories, lifting the international total to $408.8 million and the worldwide total to $761.683 million after 14 weekends of release. The UK/Ireland has been particularly friendly to Joy and her emotional gang, handing over $58.1 million to become the third highest grossing Pixar title behind Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 and the second highest grossing original animated title behind Frozen. Two territories remain for Inside Out: Germany on October 1 and China on October 6.
Straight Outta Compton earned $3.8 million (-12%) in 20 territories this weekend. The NWA biopic has earned $30.3 million overseas and $189.2 million worldwide. France opened with $1.4 million at 275 dates and Belgium opened with $106K at 21 dates. Compton opens in Denmark next weekend.
Disney’s tiniest superhero Ant-Man flew into Japan and Greece this weekend and hauled off with $3.2 million (-37%) from 11 total overseas territories. The film has now grossed $223.8 million at the international box office and $401.387 million worldwide with China still to come on October 16. Japan bowed at #3 behind two local films with a two-day opening of $1.7 million, exceeding both the openings of Captain America 2 and Thor 2.
M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit scared up $2.4 million (-37%) from 17 overseas territories this frame, lifting its early international total to $8.2 million and the worldwide cume to $50.55 million. Spain held well with $1 million for a 10-day total of $3.6 million and UK/Ireland took $813K for a 10-day total of $3.1 million. The Visit opens in Australia, Austria, Germany, Norway, German-Switzerland, Lebanon, and the UAE next weekend.
Films grossing less than $2 million overseas this weekend + local language films (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)
The Throne (South Korea) - $9.2M/$12.3M/$12.3M
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - $2.2M/$55.0M/$99.54M
Hitman: Agent 47 - $2.17M/$55.95M/$78.17M
Fantastic Four - $1.57M/$108.3M/$164.0M
Ted 2 - $1.3M/$129.5M/$210.8M
Capture The Flag (Spain) - $773K/$8.3M/$8.3M
Jurassic World - $760K/$1.009B/$1.659B
Black Mass - $675K/$675K/$24.035M
Kingsman: The Secret Service - $576K/$281.8M/$410.06M