INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
Paramount Pictures International executives will look for another strong international weekend following last weekend’s one-two punch.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) brass on Monday declared another milestone in a year that has seen the studio shatter records left and right, earning $3.78bn in international receipts.
In South Korea, Choi Dong-hoon’s period action thriller Assassination has become the 9th biggest local film in box office history.
AUGUST 24 UPDATE: The Hollywood-China marriage resumed after the summer blackout as Terminator: Genisys delivered a confirmed $27m debut in China on 25,000 screens and the Bride Wars remake arrived on $23.6m via Fox International.
Paramount and Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation stands at $254m and is expected to dominate for a third weekend.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ Monster Hunt finally relinquished the top spot at the China box office, as Wanda Pictures’ Go Away Mr Tumor opened in pole position with $29.75m in four days.
Korean feature tops 10.5 million admissions.
AUGUST 17 UPDATE: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation maintained winning ways thanks to a strong showing in 62 territories that propelled the running total to a confirmed $235.3m after three sessions.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation stands at $184.6m through Paramount Pictures International and is expected to dominate for a third consecutive session.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt topped the China box office again last week, reaching a cumulative gross of $330.32m (RMB2.51bn) to become China’s second highest-grossing film of all time.
AUGUST 10 UPDATE: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation retained the global, international and North American crowns with ease as the second session generated a confirmed $65m from 58 territories and $28.5m in North America.
Paramount/Skydance’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation heads into the second session and will have to muster all its charm to resist the advance of Fantastic Four.
Universal Pictures top brass announced on Wednesday that after seven months the studio had reached $5.53bn, overtaking $5.52bn set by Fox in 2014 for a new industry record.
AUGUST 3 UPDATE: The action icon who defies the slide of age returned to the fray over the weekend as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation dominated the international arena on a confirmed $64.5m from 40 territories and ruled North America on $56m.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation arrives in 40 territories day-and-date with North America in an opening salvo that should result in a new weekend champion.
Box office tops $653m… but admissions fall 1.5%.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt continuted to break records at the China box office office last week, becoming the highest-grossing Chinese film ever with a gross of $221.41m after 11 days.
JULY 27 UPDATE: Edko Films’ announced early on Monday that its 3D fantasy had reached $217.7m (RMB 1.349bn) after 11 days to become the highest grossing Chinese film in history.
Sony’s action-comedy will vie for the international box office crown this weekend against Chinese smash Monster Hunt — although it holds a few territories itself — as well as Disney-Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and Universal-Illumination’s Minions.
The Universal hierarchy announced on Wednesday that its monster smash has overtaken The Avengers on $1.52bn to reach $1.522bn worldwide.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ 3D adventure Monster Hunt broke a string of box office records on its opening weekend in China, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $107.58m in four days.
Bollywood film clocks biggest overseas-grossing weekend for a Salman Khan film.
UPDATED JULY 20: The $30m Chinese-language fantasy adventure secured top berth at the international marketplace ahead of Hollywood’s Minions, which was the biggest global earner of the session, as well as China’s superhero spoof Jian Bing Man and a bona fide US superhero in the shape of Ant-Man.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animation Minions has raced to $339.9m and at its current rate will soar past $400m by Sunday.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tiny Times 4.0 topped the China box office last week, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $58.39m, while another youth drama, Forever Young, came in second with $41.42m.
Telugu-language epic Baahubali: The Beginning, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, has grossed $20m on its opening weekend in India and broken a string of box office records in both India and the US.
UPDATED JULY 13: The Despicable Me spin-off grossed a confirmed $130.7m from 56 territories after launching top in 29 of 30 new regions to reach $287.8m.
This marks the fastest time Walt Disney Studios has accomplished the feat, overturning the previous mark set last year on August 30.
Universal and Illumination’s Minions has reached $159m and will vie for international supremacy this weekend with Paramount and Skydance Productions’ sci-fi reboot.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) has reached the $3bn ticket sales milestone faster than any other studio in history, obliterating the previous mark set by Fox International in October 2014.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Chen Kaige’s Monk Comes Down The Mountain topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.25m in it opening four days, according to EntGroup figures.
UPDATED JULY 6: Terminator: Genisys usurped two of Universal’s heavy hitters to rule the international and global box office. Jurassic World became the fifth biggest global release in history and Disney crossed $3bn worldwide in a new speed record for the studio.
UPDATED JULY 6: Disney/Pixar’s latest release usurped the Universal behemoth over the July Fourth holiday weekend in North America.
The studio reached the milestone on June 30 in its fastest time, powered by Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Inside Out and Cinderella.
JULY 3 UPDATE: Jurassic World faces its sternest test yet as Terminator Genisys leaps to an early $28m heading into its first major weekend. Inside Out continues to build momentum and crosses $300m worldwide.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World reigned over the China box office for the third week straight last week, passing the $200m benchmark, and holding off local opener Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.
UPDATED JUNE 29: Jurassic World stayed top of the global food chain for the third consecutive session as a confirmed $84.3m from 66 territories propelled the international tally to $745.5m and combined with a confirmed $500.4m in North America for $1.246bn worldwide.
Universal Pictures International executives anticipate another mighty session as the behemoth heads into its third weekend, already well past $1bn worldwide.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World chomped through another $68.49m to top the China box office last week, although local action thriller SPL2: A Time For Consequences opened strongly with $43.36m.
Universal and Legendary’s juggernaut will become the fastest film in history to reach the milestone on Monday, its 13th day in release.
Universal and Legendary’s Jurassic World continued to dominate the globe as a muscular second session propelled the smash within swiping distance of $1bn. Warner Bros’ San Andreas crossed $400m worldwide.
The adventure reboot stood at $412m by the end of Wednesday via Universal Pictures International as executives anticipated an emphatic follow-up session despite the day-and-date release of Inside Out in several key markets.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World roared into China with an opening gross of $100.1m in five days, topping the box office and pushing San Andreas into second place.
JUNE 15 UPDATE: An exceptional year for Universal Pictures vaulted to another level as the latest episode in the tentpole Steven Spielberg created 22 years ago set opening weekend records in North America, international and worldwide.
Universal’s latest tentpole in a year that has already delivered a new speed record to the $2bn mark arrives in 66 territories this weekend.
Universal’s annus mirabilis showed little sign of slowing down on Friday as studio brass said the dinosaur adventure added an estimated $41.6m from 45 international markets on Thursday to reach $65.5m.
Early grosses from Jurassic World pushed Universal Pictures International (UPI) past the milestone on June 11 as the studio established a new industry speed record.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disaster movie topples animated feature Stand By Me Doraemon from the top slot.
JUNE 8 UPDATE: San Andreas stayed atop the international charts thanks to a confirmed $97.7m haul from approximately 24,015 screens in 68 markets.
The disaster tentpole has reached $100m heading into a second weekend expected to deliver solid holds for Warner Bros Pictures International and the promise of mighty debuts in China and South Korea.