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‘Alien: Covenant’ Adds $30M In 2nd Frame; ‘Dangal’ Pins $100M+ In China; ‘Guardians 2’ At $733M WW – International Box Office

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UPDATE, writethru: Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant ventured into another 52 offshore markets this frame. In 76 total, it bit off $30.3M and saw No. 1s in 30 new hubs while maintaining the top spot in six holdover plays. The international box office cume is now $81.9M. This is lower than hoped, but hope springs with China and Japan still to come and make up some ground. Korea (without 3D) is outpacing Prometheus. The worldwide total on the Fox release is $117M.

Although we are working with unofficial estimates out of China, it looks as though the weekend’s No. 1 international title is Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, which crossed $100M there. With a $33.3M session in the Middle Kingdom, it has now cumed about $112M locally after three frames. The remarkable feat for the film, which was already the all-time No. 1 Indian release in the PROC, is seeing it push 1500 crore ($226M) worldwide. That sets it up to potentially overtake recent smash Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which is estimated to be at 1,538 crore — that film has some markets still to release, however. Khan told the IANS news service, “It is truly moving to see such a strong emotional bond that the Chinese have with our film.”

Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, meanwhile, has shot past $700M global, reaching $732.6M to become the 6th highest-grossing MCU release of all time. At the international box office, it recorded another $28M this weekend to take the total to $430.8M. It is now 19% ahead of the entire previous offshore run of GOTG at today’s FX rates.

There were some other very notable performances this session including Universal/Blumhouse’s Get Out which had a get-outta-town good opening in Korea with $7.3M to mark the biggest launch ever for a foreign horror/thriller title, overtaking Uni/Blumhouse’s own Split. And, Beauty And The Beast now has a worldwide cume of $1.222B, making it the No. 10 movie ever at the global box office. And, Fox’s release of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby has crossed the $300M mark internationally.

Breakdowns on those and other films have been updated below. International box office will be abridged today owing to the Cannes Film Festival.

HOLDOVERS/EXPANSIONS

ALIEN: COVENANT

In 52 new international markets this weekend, and on 12,850 screens in a total of 76, Ridley Scott’s continuation of the sci-fi saga grossed $30.3M. The total offshore has risen to $81.9M. That’s likely a bit behind where Fox would like to be, although China and Japan are still to come. Those were big plays for Prometheus at $35M and $23M, respectively. China releases June 16 (with cuts) and Japan joins on September 15.

The film saw No. 1s in 30 new hubs this frame while maintaining the top spot in six holdover plays. The biggest bow was in Russia at $4.4M with the UK leading all markets after its sophomore session at $12.4M to date.

In IMAX, Ridley Scott’s 2D pic gnashed its teeth on $4M global (325 screens) for a $6.3M cume to date.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has rocketed to $732.6Mglobal, becoming the 6th highest-grossing MCU release of all time. At the international box office, it recorded another $28M in 57 markets this weekend to take the total to $430.8M. It is now 19% ahead of the entire previous offshore run of GOTG at today’s FX rates.

In its 4th frame, the James Gunn-helmed sequel had good holds in many markets including Chile (-19%), France (-22%), Norway (-25%), Belgium (-25%), Australia (-28%), Netherlands (-32%), Switzerland (-33%), Malaysia (-33%), Mexico (-38%), Argentina (-39%), Germany (-39%), the UK (-39%), Japan (-39%), Brazil (-41%) and Spain (-41%).

When looking at like-for-like markets, the drop-off was 46% from last frame. IMAX play was good for $5M on 883 screens worldwide. That lifts the total in the format to $55M to make it the 2nd movie to cross $50M for IMAX this year.

China is still the top hub overall with $94.2M (650M RMB), passing the entire run of GOTG1 in local currency. The UK ($47M), Russia ($26M), Germany ($25.5M) and Australia ($22.2M) round out the Top 5.

Adding to titles GOTG2 has surpassed internationally, it’s now topped Logan ($381M), Deadpool ($420M) and Suicide Squad ($421M). Globally, it’s beaten Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714M), Doctor Strange ($678M) and Thor: The Dark World ($645M).

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

Warner Bros’ Guy Ritchie-helmed King Arthur added 13 markets this session and bagged $27.7M, a slight dip from opening last frame. The cume to date is $66.2M. Out of the new plays, the origins spin is No. 1 in 12. That includes the UK with $3.3M on 1,046 screens and France with $2.4M on 593 screens, just shy of the opening of comp, The Legend Of Tarzan. Korea also took $2.4M, to rank No. 3 on 588 screens.

Brazil was a further No. 1 with $2.3M on 870 screens, surpassing both of Ritchie’s Sherlock movies by 70% and 18%, respectively. And Australia brought in an estimated $1.8M on 404 screens, also ranking No. 1.

Overall, regional drops were 36% in Western Europe, 48% in Eastern Europe and 36% in Latin America.

The Top 5 plays are Russia ($9.4M), China ($7.8M), Mexico ($4.5M), Germany ($3.7M) and the UK ($3.3M).

GET OUT

Universal and Blumhouse’s Get Out brought in $13.6M in 41 territories this frame to push the horror comedy across $50M internationally and lift it to $54.6M. The worldwide total on the QC Entertainment pic is $229.5M. Korea got off to a fantastic start with $7.3M in this sophisticated market. It’s the biggest opening ever for a foreign horror/thriller title. Spain opened No. 1 with $1.2M and at the top end of comps. In Brazil, the start was $841K, atop all comps save Don’t Breathe. Italy ($584K) and Hong Kong ($295K) both bowed No. 3.Next weekend, Get Out opens in Mexico, Paraguay and Serbia/Montenegro.

LIFE

With the bulk of its $13.2M weekend in 20 markets coming from China where it’s No. 2 this frame, Sony’s sci-fi title now has an offshore cume of $63.4M. It took $13.1M on 10,000 screens in the Middle Kingdom.

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

In 66 markets, Universal’s 8th Fast & Furious pic drove up another $7.2M to bring the offshore score to $992.7M. Worldwide, it’s the 12th biggest film ever at $1.213B. Overseas, it’s the 6th highest-grossing movie ever, with the potential to reach $1B towards the end of the month. Japan is holding at No. 3 with a 24-day total of $30.7M. In China, the weekend estimate is $887K for a total of $386.4M (2.7B RMN). Behind China on the Top 5 list are Brazil ($40.9M), the UK ($37.2M), Mexico ($36.8M) and Germany ($31.8M).

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

In its 10th overseas weekend, Disney’s charmer added $5.2M in 26 territories for a $724M international cume. Globally, the rose petals have aligned at $1.222B. Holds continue to be strong in the Netherlands (-23%), Germany (-27%), France (-40%), Australia (-45%) and the UK (-47%). Japan is doing gorgeous business, sticking at No. 1 for a 5th consecutive frame and totaling $79.9M so far. The Top 5 plays are the UK ($89.8M), China ($85.8M), Japan ($79.9M), Brazil ($41.5M) and Korea ($37.5M).

THE BOSS BABY

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby has crossed $300M at the international box office with a total $301.8M — and that’s withough China and Japan in the mix. The weekend was worth $5.1M from 4,671 screens in 45 markets.

MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE

Snatched (FOX): $3.3M intl weekend (14 markets); $7.2M intl cume

Split (UNI): $400K intl weekend (5 markets); $138.7M intl cume

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