Refresh for latest…: Disney/Lucasfilms Solo: A Star Wars Story continued its bumpy ride this weekend with a sophomore session that was worth $30.3M at the international box office. Thats a 47% drop from last weekends launch of the Han Solo origins story when comparing the Friday-Sunday portions. While the hold is better than average, it was also aided by a lack of new competition.
However, the Millennium Falcons engine malfunction left plenty of room for the Merc with the mouth to climb back into the No. 1 spot on the overseas charts. Foxs Deadpool 2 grossed $41.6M this session, including a strong opening in Japan. After three frames, the offshore cume is $344M for $598.6M global.
The overseas cume on Solo is now $115.3M for $264.2M worldwide. There were some decent holds in Europe which was down an overall 34%, and Japan is still to come on June 29. But with those Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom dinos about to roar this week, young Han, Chewie and Lando are looking at a final in the $180M-$200M range internationally — and thats nothing to write home to Corellia about.
Last weekend, we looked closely at what clipped the flying aces wings, revealing a mix of sentiment concerning oversaturation, calendar position, negative residual karma from Last Jedi and a laissez-faire attitude on the part of moviegoers. The holds reflect that general audiences were not rushing out to see this Story — a shame because once people are in the seats, theyre having a good time — while families may have preferred to save up for a trip to Isla Nublar next weekend.
But dont cry a river for Disney. Marvels Avengers: Infinity War dropped only 26% from last weekend internationally and has grossed $356.2M in China alone. The global cume to date of $1.965B means that $2B worldwide is flickering brightly in the realm of the possible, whereas just two weeks ago some were skeptical given the summer crush. Solos plight looks to be Thanos pleasure.
Breakdowns on the films above and more are being updated below.
STXinternational began rollout on Baltasar Kormakurs sea-faring survival romance Adrift in offshore markets this weekend. The total launch was $350K from 352 locations in nine smaller markets. Major markets including Australia, Russia, the UK, Spain, France and Germany will hop on board over the next few weeks with the hope of working as counterprogramming during the World Cup. Recall that among star Shailene Woodleys credits is fronting Foxs The Fault In Our Stars which was one of the biggest winners of the 2014 soccer tournament.
That YA book had a massive built-in following, however, so comparisons are not exactly apples-to-apples, but it will be an interesting one to keep an eye on. Kormakur is a pro at filming on water and proved himself adept at disaster epics with 2015s Everest. The reviews have so far been generally positive with a 71% RT score.
From RVK Studios, STXfilms, Lakeshore, Huayi Brothers and Ingenious, Adrift opened in Scandinavia with $101K from 202 locations. Norway was a No. 3 start, Sweden at No. 6 and Finland No. 4. Kormakurs native Iceland was not in the opening suite.
Greece opened with $99K from 70 locations, which is 26% behind The Mountain Between Us, 114% ahead of The Shallows and 38% ahead of The Fault In Our Stars. Singapore was good for No. 4 with estimated $82K from 23 locations. Thats 176% ahead of The Mountain Between Us, 63% behind The Shallows and 180% ahead of Wild.
Wade Wilson rose to the top of the heap again this weekend with Foxs Deadpool 2 taking $41.6M in 79 markets and on 15,665 screens. That motors the Merc with the mouths international box office total to $344M and $598.6M worldwide. The global IMAX total is $25M.
DP2 began strutting his stuff in mid-May and opened to a Fox record $176.3M. The film is currently 3% behind its predecessor in like-for-like markets. Last weekend dipped a bit more than on the first film mostly because of Solos entrance, but the pic made up some ground this session. Not accounting for exchange rate shifts from 2016, the first Deadpool finaled with $420M overseas.
Overall this weekend, DP2 held the No. 1 position for the 3rd consecutive session in 14 markets including Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Taiwan and Indonesia. The Ryan Reynolds-starrer also climbed back up to No. 1 in nine others including Australia, France, Russia and the Netherlands.
Japan, which was in the Top 10 of foreign markets on the first film, opened this weekend with a strong No. 1 of $5.5M and 26% bigger than DP1. On 30 IMAX screens it was the biggest R-rated and Fox launch ever in the format for that market.
There were also great holds in the UK (-30%/$37M cume); Germany (-5%/$18.4M); and France (-29%/$17.9M). The top markets are the UK, followed by Korea ($30.5M), Australia ($22.6M), Russia ($20.2M) and Mexico ($19.1M).
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