Universal’s Fast franchise spin-off Hobbs & Shaw was in dominant mood again, beating the Hollywood competition to deliver an estimated $45.4m weekend worldwide box office and propel the running total to $684.2m.
If numbers are accurate, Hobbs & Shaw will become the only film so far this year to hold the global number one position for four weeks – overtaking Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home and Captain Marvel on three.
Disney’s The Lion King climbed to $1.562bn at the global box office and has overtaken Furious 7 and The Avengers to rank as the seventh highest global release in history.
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood bucked a trend of mediocre debuts in Japan for Quentin Tarantino to deliver $2.7m as the international running total crossed $150m.
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Some $39.1m of Hobbs & Shaw’s session came from international markets to ensure it swept past $500m to reach $525.3m. This was powered by a $27.9m second weekend in China, where the film ranks second and the tally stands at $166m.
These are impressive results for a spin-off. The action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby grossed $1.9m for $25.1m in the third weekend in South Korea, $1.3m for $17.9m in the fourth in France, and $752,000 for $22.8m in the fifth in the UK. The tentpole arrived in third place in Greece on $323,000.
Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life Of Pets 2 brought in a further $3.9m internationally for $263.3m, and stands at $420.9m worldwide. The top holdover was France, where $1.1m in the fifth session boosted the tally to $13.8m. Japan has produced $19.1m after six, Mexico $14.1m after four, and the UK $10.2m after four.
Comedy Good Boys grossed $2.7m and climbed to an early $11.7m. So far it has grossed $3m in the UK after three sessions, $1.9m in Germany after two, and $1.3m in Spain after two. Danny Boyle’s fantasy romance Yesterday stands at $61.2m internationally and $134.3m worldwide, and opened at number three in both Mexico and Brazil on $896,000 and $851,000, respectively.
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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood grossed $21.6m from 60 markets to boost the international running total to $152.7m, while the worldwide number has reached $284m. The film delivered an excellent result in Japan, bucking the trend of recent Tarantino debuts there, as it earned $2.7m to triple the debut of Django Unchained and come in 70% ahead of Inglourious Basterds. The UK remains the top market on $20.1m, followed by Russia on $17m, France on $15.6m, Germany on $12.7m, Australia on $10.9m, Spain on $9.9m, and Mexico on $4.6m.
Sony Pictures Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie 2 added $5.5m from 48 to reach $58.5m and opens in Mexico this week. Sony Pictures International Productions opened two films: Como Si Fuera La Primera Vez, a local remake of the 2004 rom-com 50 First Dates, debuted in Mexico on $700,000 and stars Vadhir Derbez and Ximena Romo. Quien A Hierro Mata (Eye For An Eye), a local crime thriller directed by Paco Plaza, launched in Spain on $670,000.
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The Lion King climbed to $1.562bn at the global box office and overtook Furious 7 on $1.516bn and The Avengers on $1.519bn to rank as the seventh highest global release in history. A $27.3m global haul comprised $20.6m from international, where the running total stands at $1.041bn.
Toy Story 4 grossed $7.2m for $1.043bn worldwide, passing Despicable Me 3 on $1.035bn to rank as the fifth highest animation of all time at the global box office. The Pixar hit added $4.9m for $613.8m internationally and opened at number one in Sweden and number two in Denmark behind local title Ser du Månen, Daniel.
Enlight Media’s animation smash Nezha added a further $17.5m as the running total reached $685.4m.
Angel Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler, which held on to top spot over Labor Day weekend in North America, added an estimated $12.8m for a $28.7m international running total through Millennium Media licensees. It opened in Germany, Mexico, Italy, and Spain.
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Family adventure Dora And The Lost City Of Gold continues to tick along although results will be below what studio executives would have hoped for. A $4.4m weekend haul from 33 market resulted in a $24.1m running total, fired up by a $752,000 number one debut in Peru, and $585,000 in Spain. The UK generated $750,000 for $4.9m after three weekends. France has produced $3m after three.
Alligator thriller Crawl added $2m from 30 for $35.6m and opened in Hong Kong in second place on $314,000. Russia is the lead market on $2.2m after two, while after two sessions the UK and Spain have produced $1.3m and $1.2m, respectively.
CBS Films/ eOne’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark has climbed to $26.7m following a $2.5m session that saw a $151,000 debut in Hong Kong and a $565,000 second weekend in the UK elevate the tally to $1.9m. Mexico is the runaway lead market – little surprise given that Guillermo del Toro produced the horror adaptation – and stands at $7.1m after three.
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Clint Eastwood’s crime drama The Mule opened in China this week under the art house film quota and has earned an estimated $975,000 from 1,870 screens in 1,270 locations since Monday. The international tally stands at $69.8m. Crime drama The Kitchen has grossed $2.7m.