Refresh to last…: Warner Bros. hybrid live-action / animated functionality Tom and Jerry began offshore deployment in mid-February, and this session became the first studio title to hit China in the wake of the Lunar New Year, as well as the addition of a host of other new markets. The rascals Hanna-Barbera ran away with another $ 19.4M 33 markets at the international box office of the session, which enabled a $ 33.1M weekend, including a good start to the country. The full frame gives T&J the third biggest weekend in the world for a Hollywood film in the era of the pandemic (it is the fourth Croods 25-day national Thanksgiving launch). The overseas cume is now $ 25.1M for $ 38.8M worldwide.
Warners has gone day and date in theaters and on HBOMax across the country with Tom and Jerry. As we’ve seen with other family-friendly titles over the past few months, they tend to be less affected by offshore piracy even though they are available on streaming services – think: Soul and Croods 2 which have each grossed over $ 100 million at the international box office. Except for China, the world is still far from pre-pandemic levels, but Tom and Jerry is another encouraging sign that moviegoers will return to theaters when they feel safe and a new product is released.
Warner Bros. ‘Tom & Jerry’ Wins Second Best Opening During Pandemic With $ 13.7 Million
In China, T&J by director Tim Story, bowed to an estimated 79.8 million RMB ($ 12.3 million) on 15,960 screens. He ranked No. 4 among the seven local New Year’s titles still on the line. Debut is tied with Peter Rabbit, and, by WB, 857% above Sonic the hedgehog as well as about 2000% better than Troll world tour (although to be fair, the latter opened up against The eight hundred last August, as the market returned).
Russia was a solid No.1 start with $ 3.3 million and the two Brazil and Mexico had good second year sessions with each again at # 1, for respective catches of -28% and + 9%. The main markets to date behind China and Russia are the United Arab Emirates ($ 1.1M), Brazil ($ 1M) and Mexico ($ 987K). Offshore deployment will continue in some small markets over the next few weeks, while much of Europe remains closed.
Overall, time travel comedy Hi Mom was again the world and international leader, with another estimated amount of 345 million RMB ($ 53.2 million) to bring the cume to around 4.82 billion RMB ($ 744 million). This makes actress-turned-director Jia Ling’s debut feature the 3rd greatest ever in the Middle Kingdom, as it surpassed Avengers Endgame (RMB 4.24B) and The Wandering Earth (4.68B RMB) locally this week. He stays behind Nezha (RMB 5.03B) and Wolf warrior 2 (5.687 billion RMB). Maoyan expects a finish of 5.21 billion RMB ($ 804 million) for Hi Mom which would make him move to No. 2 all-time.
The other Chinese New Year crash, Wanda Pictures’ Detective Chinatown 3 added 128 million RMB ($ 19.8 million) this session, bringing the total to 4.32 billion RMB ($ 667 M). With DC3 now the # 5 movie ever in China, that means there are no US titles in the Top 5 and Avengers: Endgame remains the only Hollywood photo in the Top 10.
On Saturday afternoon, the Chinese box office for 2021 had overcome 15B RMB ($ 2.31 billion), with Sunday’s figures pushing that to around $ 2.4 billion. This exceeds the full North American box office by $ 2.2 billion in 2020. It is also larger than the comparable period of the Middle Empire in 2019 and 77% of the total market in 2020. The month of February, at 12.24 billion RMB ($ 1.89 billion), became the highest-grossing month in market history. And all this despite capacity restrictions of 75%. Again, this is an encouraging sign for global markets as the landscape changes – although, as we have been warned, it remains to be seen how Hollywood titles will fare in the future in an increasingly China. more autonomous.
IMAX has had great success in China lately with Detective Chinatown 3 (which filmed with IMAX cameras), The writer’s odyssey and New Gods: Ne Zha Reborn raising $ 44.5M combined to date. This marks the format’s second-best Chinese New Year slate, behind only 2019 when The Wandering Earth contributed $ 48 million for a total of $ 52.5 million that year. Over 17 days this month, DC3 grossed $ 35 million in IMAX, or 5.2% of the total, and will soon surpass that of 2019 Ne Zha to become the second highest-grossing local-language title ever to appear on IMAX. Ali Baba The writer’s odyssey totaled $ 7.8 million in IMAX, accounting for 6% of the film’s Chinese box office, and New Gods: Ne Zha Reborn made $ 1.7M. Again, the numbers are all the more impressive as capacity restrictions persist in the Middle Kingdom.
In other local language tariffs, Sony Pictures Releasing International’s Konyek Gorbunok (On the magical roads) 22% immersed in Russia to add another $ 3M. Market cume stands at $ 11.2 million, the 3rd highest total for a local film released there in the past 12 months.
Elsewhere, Disney / Pixar Soul got a nice bump in Hong Kong, jumping 36% from his debut last weekend to take the top spot in the market as he got back on his feet. In total, Soul added $ 1.9M in six hardware markets, for one $ 111.7M international cume. Russia and Korea continued to perform well with drops of 40% and 34%, respectively in the sixth quarter. China was the biggest Soul with $ 57.7 M, followed by Russia ($ 17.2 M), Korea ($ 15.8 M), Taiwan ($ 6.5 M) and Saudi Arabia (5.9 M $). Next weekend, Pete Doctor’s original will head to Poland, though Disney will stop reporting overseas revenue as the race wraps up.
DreamWorks / Universal’s Animation The Croods: A New Age saw good catches in Australia and Spain, with the former dropping just 7% to $ 16.2 million and exceeding the lifespan of Ralph breaks the internet. He plays online with The boss baby at the same exit point in Oz. The full international cume is $ 103.7M for $ 156.1M global.
Coming this week, Disney’s Raya and the last dragon begins deployment overseas, including in China on Friday. Lionsgate Walk in chaos also struts around 19 offshore hubs, including Australia, Korea and Mexico.