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Refresh for latest: After starting early offshore rollout in Australia two weeks ago, Sony Pictures Animations Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation checked into another 42 markets this weekend, and topped the studio charts with $46.4M in 44 total hubs. The overseas tally is now $54.8M for a global total of $100.12M. The Genndy Tartakovsky-helmed threequel set a new record as Sonys biggest animated opening for the same group of 42 new markets and was No. 1 in 33.

Similar to Stateside, the Drac Pack came in ahead of Universal/Legendarys Skyscraper which made its overseas bow this frame in 57 markets. Latin America was particularly soft on the Dwayne Johnson-starrer while HT3 excelled there in a competitive landscape with school holiday play. The weekend on Skyscraper was $40.4M overall, with No. 1 starts in 17 markets and the best performances in Asia and the Middle East, but still mostly coming in below comps in a disappointing start.

Johnson is one of the biggest draws at the international box office, but as Anthony DAlessandro has reported, there is sentiment domestically — which in this case also translates to overseas — that, among other issues, Skyscrapers Die Hard redux premise wasnt enough to excite moviegoers.

But its not all gloomy for Universal this weekend as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stomped into its final market, Japan. The $12.7M debut at 375 locations is the studios biggest opening weekend of all time in Japan and the best of 2018 as JW2 tracks 35% above the previous film there. The current overseas cume on JWFK is $771.4M with $1,134.7M global.

Last weeks studio champ, Ant-Man And The Wasp, added $35.3M in 44 markets to take the overseas cume to $150.9M for $283.7M global. That includes a No. 1 start in India where the Disney/Marvel sequel has outgrossed the lifetime of the original. Overall, it is running 33% above the first movie in the same markets and at todays rates. There are still several majors to come.

Also from Disney (and Pixar), Incredibles 2 added $33.3M in 43 markets for a $321.1M overseas cume and $856.9M worldwide. The UK was new this session with $12.1M for the second biggest 3-day opening for a Disney Animation/Pixar movie ever behind only Toy Story 3 and the best Disney Animation/Pixar non-holiday opening ever.

Turning back to Summer Vacation, the HT franchise has been a bright spot for Sony, increasing domestically and internationally. Both previous films were released in the fall, so this is the first summer tryout. HT2 finaled at $303.5M overseas in 2015 with the UK leading, followed by Venezuela (pre-devaluation), Mexico, China and Russia. Combined, the prior two movies have made $831.6M worldwide. The UK, France, Germany, Italy, Korea and the rest of Asia are releasing HT3 throughout the later weeks of July and into August.

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Sonys President of International Distribution, Steven ODell, beams at HT3 opening bigger than HT2 in a competitive summer. “We know the multiple is going to be so much stronger because we have all these weekdays. It will be a record-setter for sure for us,” he tells Deadline. Momentum from the family-driven franchises this summer, Jurassic World, Incredibles and Ant-Man certainly helps all boats to rise and HT3 has most of Western Europe to come as well as China where a date is expected after the July blackout.

In China, juggernaut Dying To Survive stayed well and healthy with an estimated $68.5M weekend. The locally-reported gross is $366.6M to date.

Breakdowns on the films above will be updated below.


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