‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Lives It Up With $60M Global Debut; ‘Eternals’ Leads Offshore Hollywood Weekend – International Box OfficeNovember 21, 2021
Refresh for latest…: There was a lot of holdover play this session overseas with one new Hollywood addition in Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife which came in essentially on par with pre-weekend offshore projections at $16M in 31 international box office markets. However, with domestic’s overperformance, the Jason Reitman-directed sequel trapped a better-than-expected $60M global opening. In IMAX, the worldwide start was $4.7M.
In like-for-likes overseas, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is currently tracking ahead of Free Guy (+52%), Jungle Cruise (+26%) and Cruella (+94%).
The UK claimed the top spot with a $5.8M start, and Mexico launched to $2.4M at No. 1 (222% over Free Guy, which is seen as a four-quadrant comp). Italy also debuted at No. 1 with $1.4M.
The Ghostbusters franchise is generally considered more of a domestic play (the 1984 original — when, I’ll admit it, I was 15 — was out before overseas was as impactful; and the 2016 reboot skewed to North America at 56% of the global box office). But with great audience exits domestically, and a fair bit of runway, there’s potential here. Sony hyped the movie for attendees at both Las Vegas’ CinemaCon and Barcelona’s CineEurope this summer. There are a number of markets to come including France and Korea (December 1), Russia and Spain (December 2), Australia (January 1) and Japan (February 4).
The lead movie at overseas turnstiles for the studios this session was again Disney/Marvel’s Eternals, which passed the $300M global mark earlier this week, the fourth Dis film and ninth MPA film to do so this year. Over the current frame, it added $22.7M from 49 offshore markets. That lifts the overseas cume to $200.3M and worldwide to $336.1M. There were no new debuts in the frame, while the Chloé Zhao-directed superhero gods movie held the No. 1 spot in both Russia and Brazil, as well as UAE, Lebanon, Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, New Zealand and all other markets across Latin America with the exception of Mexico.
The overall drop was 53% from last weekend. Korea crossed $25M to lead all markets with a $25.2M cume to date. It’s followed by the UK ($17.3M), France ($13.7M), Mexico ($13.3M) and Brazil ($10.5M). In IMAX, the global cume is $24.4M.
As we reported yesterday, MGM/Eon/Universal’s No Time To Die has overtaken Uni’s F9 to become the biggest Hollywood grosser worldwide this year and of the pandemic overall. It is the No. 3 movie globally behind two local Chinese pics. The worldwide cume is now $734M for Mr Bond, with a split of $579.4M internationally and $154.6M domestic. Of the offshore number, Universal markets represent $483.1M. In total this session, NTTD added $13.4M from 72 combined overseas markets.
Australia, Germany, the UK, Netherlands and Japan had especially strong holds in the frame. Leading all play is the UK with a $128.5M cume, followed by Germany at $72.5M, China with $61M, France at $32.6M and Japan with $23M.
Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage scoffed down another $6.8M in 57 markets to reach $248.2M overseas and $454.7M global. Indonesia debuted as the clear No. 1 with $2M, besting Shang-Chi by 68% and No Time To Die by 94%. Upcoming key market releases include Australia (November 25) and Japan (December 3).
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