Justice League has coasted past $200m heading into a second international session where it will be challenged by Disney/Pixar’s Mexican smash Coco in overlapping markets.
The DC Entertainment instalment stands at $204.2m and arrives in Japan this weekend. Warner Bros Pictures International executives are looking to Justice League to deliver strong holds, particularly in China.
The tentpole managed a $51.8m debut in the territory last weekend for the second biggest launch for a Warner Bros release behind Batman v Superman.
The UK, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, Australia and France will also be relied upon to add to the tally as Warner Bros seek to make hay before Star Wars: The Last Jedi shines as expected in its debut in two weeks.
Disney brass are playing a little coy with their projections for the sci-fi instalment, however a global debut could cross $500m. Chinese audiences will not get the film in the first wave, but neither were they part of the opening salvo of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took $529m worldwide two years ago.
Meanwhile Coco, which is locked in a battle with Justice League for the Thanksgiving box office crown in North America this weekend, has amassed an early $50.5m internationally thanks to its record-breaking run in Mexico. Now the Pixar animation ventures into new markets, among them China, India, Russia, Colombia, Chile, Indonesia, and Poland.
Marvel Studios stablemate Thor: Ragnarok has reached $497.8m and has opened in all its markets as it inches towards the talismanic $500m milestone.
Returning to Warner Bros, the studio’s horror smash It stands at $361.5m outside North America, while Geostorm stands at $172.9m, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie has grossed $63.3m.
Fox International’s Murder On The Orient Express on $101.4m pulls into 11 territories including Spain, India, Poland, Sweden, and Denmark.
Universal Pictures International’s Happy Death Day crossed $100m worldwide last week and sits on around $45m. The other major titles in release are The Snowman, which debuts in Brazil and stands at $30.7m, and Victoria And Abdul on $40m.
STXinternational’s comedy sequel A Bad Moms Christimas stands at $4m and ventures into eight this weekend including the UAE, Turley and Egypt. Daddy’s Home 2 has generated an early $975,000 through Paramount Pictures International.