Coming out of James Cameron’s second weekend Avatar: The way of water has bank rated $855.4 million worldwide by Sunday. Sophomore session added $168.6 million at the international box office in 52 markets $601.7 million running cume.
Also overseas, the highly anticipated 20th Century Studios/Disney sequel has passed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and: Minions. The Rise of Gru to become the 3rd highest Hollywood grosser of 2022. It’s also now the studio’s #5 title of the Pandemic era, and will soon lead No time to die$613 million.
The overseas drop from the opening weekend was 42% (-38% excluding China), and that’s when Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday and today is Christmas Day. Business on the 24th is largely quiet as cinemas close early in many markets, while the UK is traditionally closed on the 25th.
Some markets rose from the previous session or had only single-digit declines, notably Israel (+22%), Hong Kong (-4%), France (-7%), Korea (-7%), Indonesia (-8%). ) and Ukraine (-9%).
Mids last week were very strong, up 69% in the opening Friday/Saturday/Sunday session last weekend (excluding China). The sci-fi epic is expected to continue that trend this week, with the holidays in full swing and plenty of holiday distractions in the rear view.
ChinaThe market leader to date, it fell 55% this weekend, adding $25.9 million against a domestic $100.5 million. The film had a strong Friday-Sunday showing, with ticketing site Maoyan raising its lifetime estimate to RMB 1.11 billion ($160 million). Still below what the original film (unadjusted) showed in 2010, but better than what we were seeing given the Covid concerns in the market.
Korea, Nickname: The: Water roadThe No. 2 market also had a strong weekend and has collected $53 million so far. France ($52.3 million), India ($37 million) and Germany ($35.7 million) complete the Top 5.
In IMAX, Na’vi scored the format’s 3rd highest 2nd weekend ever with $27.6M worldwide. Offshore revenue was $62.8 million, up from $97 million. Individual market highlights include China, with an IMAX total of $25.8 million for 26.2% of the total. In France and Korea, IMAX sales increased during the opening weekend. In France Water road It is the biggest IMAX title ever, while it is the 2nd in markets like India, Thailand and Vietnam. A total of 40 markets have already been seen within 10-12 days of release Water road enter the IMAX 10 best chart.
After an early debut at Universal/DreamWorks Animation Puss in boots. last wish added 28 markets and collected for the festive session $16.5 million in total 53. The hold was +6% from last weekend and up to Sunday’s close $32.5 million for $50.8 million worldwide, including Monday domestically, that’s an estimated $57.2 million worldwide.
Excluding Chinawhich had a soft start of $358K with a heavy Covid impact, the emerging markets are priced in line Sing 2above Ferdinand and just below the first Sing.
It was the top opener Mexico for $3.1 million including paid previews. The market has been generally soft over the past few weeks, focusing on Christmas celebrations after two pandemic years in which audiences faced restrictions around the holiday. The school holidays run until January 9 and family audiences should pick up after this weekend.
Germany grossed $1.45M including previews, while Spain (with many theaters closed for Christmas) cost $1.17 million. Friday was much higher there than opening Friday Sing 2 and consistent Ferdinand, Encanto and: Kung Fu Panda 3. Netherlands opens to around $760K including previews.
France leads all games with $8.6M (+46% this session), followed by Mexico and: Italy ($3 million). Australia open tomorrow with Korea, Brazil and Japan coming in 2023.
Whereas Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther. Wakanda Forever: it has crossed the $800 million mark worldwide at an estimated cost $799.5 million until sunday. Included is that $373.8 million from the international box office and $425.7 million domestically. The top 5 markets are: Great Britain ($38.5 million), Mexico ($35.5 million), France ($30.6 million), Brazil ($20.8 million) and Australia ($19.2 million).
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Black Panther. Wakanda Forever: (DIS). $2.2M international weekend (50 markets); $373.8 million international/ $799.5 million global
Whitney Houston. i want to dance With someone (SNY). $2.6M international weekend (31 markets); $2.6M international/$7.9M global
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (SNY). $1.4M international weekend (UK only); $19.7 million in the UK