UPDATE, writethru : There was a varied offering at the international box office this weekend with newcomers from Hollywood and offshore markets, as well as notable holds, as we inch closer to full-on action later in October.  

Big overseas entries included Mani Ratnam’s historical epic Ponniyin Selvan : Part 1 in a strong debut in India and abroad. Also new was The far east ’s Home Coming , which, although it did about $60M in the home market, wasn’t the patch on last year’s National Day blockbuster The Battle in Lake Changjin (more on those below).

Landing the top just offshore debut for the studios was Paramount’s Smile with $14. 5M from 58 markets, and $36. 5M globally. The horror audience grinned in all areas with good word of mouth for that Parker Finn-directed movie that was also tops domestically .  

Reinforcing that audiences want to go back to the cinema for something fresh, on a like-for-like basis, the overseas start upon Smile is 18% above Truth or Dare , 55% ahead of Hereditary and on par along with The Black Phone . Smile , whose first footage intrigued exhibition from CineEurope earlier this year, was led by the UK with $2M   from 520 locations with No . 2. France has been also a No. two debut with $1. 4M   from 303 sites. In horror-leaning Mexico , the movie scored the No. one start of $1. 1M from 855 locations. Rounding out the Top 5 were Germany ($1M from 316) and Australia ($800K through 206).

Still to come are Korea, South Africa and Vietnam next week.  

Last frame’s champ, the particular rerelease associated with James Cameron’s Avatar , took the Na’vi to Spain where they had a No. 1 $1M opening while holdovers had been down 45%. The sophomore session for the remastered version, which usually acts as a table-setter for sequel The Way of Water in December, has been $12. 3M in 51 markets. The particular reissue has now added $58. 1M globally, of which $39. 5M is from offshore. As a sign of things in order to come, 3D accounted for 81% of ticket sales in Asia, 76% in Europe and 70% in Latin America.  

France held the particular Number 1 spot in the second weekend, plus leads almost all play on $5. 8M. It’s followed by Germany ($2. 9M), UNITED KINGDOM ($2. 6M), Italy ($2. 6M) and Korea ($2. 3M).

In IMAX, the rerelease cume will be $10. 7M worldwide, taking the lifetime associated with the sci-fi epic to $268. 6M in the format.  

Now, let’s talk about Universal/Working Title’s Ticket to Paradis e and the  ‘older’ female audiences who have been amongst the most difficult in order to return to cinemas. In the fitting words of Eddie Money, they  have “waited so long” for a new romcom to keep that will momentum going (at least since The Lost City , but in general over the particular pandemic years).

This is one of the standouts of the past few weeks. Well before its domestic bow on Oct 21, the particular Julia Roberts/George Clooney romcom added $9. 4M this session plus has already amassed $45. 3M within 59 offshore markets which lands it 16% ahead of The Lost City at the same point.

The Ol Parker-directed island romp is usually helping in order to bring back this particular underserved demo, who, yes, still want to go to the movies when the alchemy is there. The movie is headed for a $90M+ international cume (which, given exchange rates, would have looked a lot higher several months ago).   And, again, North America has not yet released.

Next up with regard to the studios, New Line/Warner Bros’ Don’t Worry Darlin g added $6. 4M regarding a 40% drop inside holdover markets after the debut last session. The particular international cume is now $21. 9M in 63 markets intended for $54. 7M worldwide. This sophomore frame had a continued No . one within the UK where the gross is $6. 9M to date. There were solid keeps in some markets including Germany (-11%), Switzerland (-15%), Denmark (-29%), Austria (-30%), Poland (-31%), UK (-33%), Holland (-33%), Brazil (-35%), France (-36%), Norway (-36%) and South america (-39%).  

In like-for-likes, Do not Worry Darling is running 41% over A Simple Favor and 69% in front of Where the Crawdads Sing .

Huzzahs for DC League associated with Super-Pets which has crossed $100M internationally. The Warner Bros title additional $3. 4M from 70 overseas marketplaces this session to reach $101. 6M.   The global cume to date is right now $193. 3M .

Non-studio movies overseas this session include India ’s Tamil-language Ponniyin Selvan: I through Lyca Productions and featuring Aishwarya Rai. It debuted in the Top 10 in North America and do an estimated $28M globally. Billed as India’s Game of Thrones , it scored the biggest International IMAX opening ever to get an Indian title, including  the biggest IMAX local title starting ever within UK, Malaysia and Singapore, and  4th highest in India.

As I have previously noted many times, it is extremely difficult to get precise figures out associated with India given the reporting system varies, so all of us will keep an eye on this. We do know that this earned $2. 1M  from 121 IMAX screens, becoming the  3 rd   highest global IMAX opening weekend ever for an Indian title.

This leads us in order to China which usually had the biggest film of the particular weekend along with Rao Xiaozhi’s nationalistic House Coming breaking far from the pack to lead just about all newcomers. At an estimated RMB 430M ($60M) through Sunday and a 9. 6 on Maoyan, it had been the clear frontrunner. Filmed for IMAX and starring veteran actor Zhang Yi and heartthrob Wang Junkai, originally of boy band TFBoys, the particular Huace Pictures title follows two unarmed Chinese diplomats who lead 125 Chinese citizens upon an exodus to return to Tiongkok from a fictional country within North Africa. It’s inspired by a real evacuation event in Libya in 2011, when the Chinese language embassy evacuated more than 30, 000 nationals over 12 days.  

There are echoes of Wolf Warrior 2 , China’s second greatest local movie ever at $850M+, as well because Operation Red Sea , however Rao recently mentioned that the diplomats in Home Coming “are also ordinary people; they are fathers, husbands, and sons, but they need to get in order to the frontline as their professional ethics and responsibilities demand, ” he said according to local media. The particular Wandering Earth director Frant Gwo served as executive producer.

  IMAX screens repped over 5% of the nationwide weekend box office for  film production company, despite IMAX screens representing less than 2% of most showtimes pertaining to the film.

Other China beginners including Steel Will, Ordinary Hero and New Happy Dad plus Son 5: My Alien Friend experienced severely lackluster openings. To confuse matters, tomorrow will see the release of rescue thriller Come Back House which revolves around attempts to save a young boy after he is lost during a family trip into the Changbai Mountains in northeastern China’s Jilin province. Donnie Yen stars within the pic that began production before Covid.

But let’s be honest, these movies don’t tend to travel. The market recently kiboshed the release of Born to Fly , which might have been its nearby attempt in Top Gun , and was expected to guide this weekend break. It is definitely good in order to see the market springing back through a fallow period, but the National Day time holiday numbers are still lagging.


The Woman King (SNY): $2. 1M intl weekend (13 markets); $3. 9M intl cume/$50. 6M worldwide

Minions: The particular Rise associated with Gru (UNI): $2. 1M intl weekend (84 markets); $557. 2M intl cume/$924M global

Top Weapon: Maverick (PAR): $1. 9M intl weekend (49 markets); $763M intl cume/$1. 48B worldwide

See How They Run (DIS): $1. 6M intl weekend (20 markets); $8. 4M intl cume/$16. 3M global

Bullet Train (SNY): $1. 6M intl weekend (63 markets); $133. 8M intl cume/$235. 2M global 

Exactly where the Crawdads Sing (SNY): $1. 5M intl weekend (43 markets); $42. 6M intl cume/$132. 5M global

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (SNY/CRU): $1. 3M intl weekend break (35 market segments – excludes Japan); $71M global cume (excludes Japan)

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (UNI): $1. 2M intl weekend (11 markets); $1. 17M intl cume

Moonage Daydream (UNI): $716K intl weekend (37 markets); $5. 15M intl cume/$8. 53M global

Barbarian (DIS): $49K intl weekend break (12 markets); $1. 7M intl cume/$34. 8M worldwide

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