After a 17-year break Columbia Pictures introduced the latest instalment in the Bad Boys action franchise and reaped early rewards as Bad Boys For Life set a franchise-best $38.6m to lead the weekend’s international box office.
Awards season heavyweight 1917 climbed to $62m internationally and $139m worldwide through Universal and Amblin Partners in the second session, while Universal’s Dolittle stands on the cusp of $50m globally.
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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returned to the Bad Boys action franchise after a 17-year break and the results were highly encouraging as Bad Boys For Life set a franchise record $38.6m international bow. That complemented the $59.2m number one North American debut and both sets of results contribute to an estimated $97.8m global weekend.
The action thriller swept into Germany on $5.1m including previews for top spot, and in other table-topping performances arrived in the Middle East on $5.1m (and number one in all 12 markets), Australia on $3.9m, Mexico on $3.8m, and Spain on $2.2m. Bad Boys For Life opened in South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia on $3.2m over five days, $1.7m and $1m, respectively. Upcoming key markets include France on January 22, Russia on January 23, Brazil on January 30, Japan on January 31, and Italy on February 20.
Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level has grossed $709m at the worldwide box office and $438m internationally. Markets outside North America delivered $17m with a Brazilian debut earning $4.3m to finish 10% ahead of that of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.
The UK leads the pack on $42.6m, followed by China on $41.2m, Australia on $28.5m, France on $24.6m, and Germany on $23.1m.
Little Women, which picked up six Oscar nominations last week, used a $6.2m weekend to climb to $44.3m internationally led by the UK on $21.3m, Australia on $7.9m, Spain on $4.4m, Italy on $4m, and France on $3.5m. The period drama stands at $128.7m worldwide. The Grudge from Screen Gems and Stage 6 added $4.1m for an early $16m. The UK is the next major debut on January 24.
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1917, Saturday night’s winner of the best film at the Producers Guild of America awards, brought in another $26.1m through Universal and Amblin Partners territories over the weekend as the international tally climbed to $61.9m and worldwide added $48.2m for $138.7m.
Universal territories contributed $8.6m for a $9.3m running total, fired up by a $3.9m number one debut in France, a $1.9m number two debut in Germany, and a $1.4m number two launch in Mexico.
Amblin Partners territories accounted for $17.5m weekend as the tally rose to $52.7m. In a cluster of second weekend results in territories handled by eOne, the First World War thriller stayed top in the UK on $8.4m following a 13% drop for a $24.5m running total; added $2.5m in Australia to reach $7.2m and rank second; added $1.6m in the Netherlands for $3.9m to rank number one; and added $1.5m in Spain for $4.3m to rank second.
Dolittle, the family release starring Robert Downey Jr that has been assailed by damning reviews, coaxed $17.2m out of international audiences to push the early tally to $27.3m and worldwide to $49.8m.
It opened in 42 markets this weekend as Australia led the way with a $2.4m number three debut, followed by Indonesia on $2.1m in first place, Middle East on $960,000 in second, Colombia on $887,000 in first, and India on $882,000 in first. South Korea was the top holdover on $2.3m for $10.6m after two sessions, while Ukraine has generated $1.9m after two.
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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker grossed $10.9m for $534.6m internationally. The sci-fi spectacle that crossed $1bn worldwide last week stands at $1.026bn at the global box office. Frozen II brought in a further $12m internationally to boost the tally to $936.2m, and worldwide to $1.401bn.
Spies In Disguise from Blue Sky Studios earned $8.3m for $74.2m as the global running total reached $132.6m. Jojo Rabbit from the recently rebranded Searchlight Pictures added $4.4m for an even $20m at the international box office, powered by debuts in Italy ($900,000), Spain ($600,000) and Japan ($600,000). The UK has generated $7m after 19 days. Ford V Ferrari from 20th Century Studios stands at $102.9m internationally and $215.8m worldwide.
Knives Out earned $3.3m internationally for a $131m running total, and $277m worldwide after eight weeks. The whodunnit added $1.4m in Germany where it ranks third and climbed to $6.8m after three weekends. China, the UK and Australia are the top three markets on $28.1m, $16.3m and $8.9m, respectively, and Japan will be the final market to open on January 31.
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Clint Eastwood’s drama Richard Jewell added $3.2m from 37 markets for $8.8m and stands at $30.9m worldwide. Italy is the lead market on $1.3m. Miscarriage of justice drama Just Mercy earned $1.3m from international markets, grossing $718,000 in the UK debut, $205,000 in its Dutch bow, and $139,000 from the first weekend in Taiwan. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson and stands at $20.9m worldwide.
Gangster caper The Gentleman grossed $2.5m over the weekend, raising the running total to $18.4m from its first three markets. At this stage, Miramax International sources said Guy Ritchie’s film tracks 63% ahead of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., 51% ahead of The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and 11% ahead of Knives Out.
The film added $1.5m for $10.4m in the UK via Entertainment Film to rank third; $906,000 for $7.2m in Australia through Roadshow; and stands at $800,000 in New Zealand. The Gentlemen opens in Middle East on January 24 through Eagle (Jan 24) and arrives in Taiwan on the same day through Moviecloud.