‘The Garfield Movie’ Purrs Past $150M WW; ‘Furiosa’ Battles To $114M – International Box Office

UPDATE: It may be a stretch, but we could coin a new phrase and call this the cat days of spring. To wit: Sony/Alcon’s The Garfield Movie, which began early overseas release last month, took the No. 1 spot for Hollywood on the domestic, international and global charts this frame.

The offshore session in 60 markets was $27.1M, lifting worldwide to $152.2M. The voracious kitty had paws aplenty with overseas markets down just 3% from last weekend. The international box office cume is now $100.7M.

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In China, Alcon partnered with Stars Collective to distribute the film via China Film Group and Alibaba Pictures and opened to $8.2M, starting from Saturday. In two days, Garfield has surpassed the lifetimes of Puss In Boots: The Last Wish and Migration.

The tabby added such new markets this session as Poland with $2.4M, which is 45% higher than The Secret Life of Pets 2Australia debuted to $2M and Indonesia bowed with $700K, 8% above Puss In Boots: The Last Wish.

In holdover markets, Germany climbed 131% to take over the top slot in its fourth weekend for a local total of $7.6M. The UK came back for seconds down just 5% in its sophomore session for a cume of $8.1M. Mexico has now preyed upon $19M, which is 9% ahead of the lifetime of The Secret Life of Pets 2. Malaysia jumped up 21% in its second weekend to elevate its cume to $1.5M, the fourth highest total of the year for a Hollywood title in the market.

Still to release markets include France and Japan.

Following its muted debut last session, Warner Bros’ Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga had a $21M international weekend in 77 markets; a good 38% drop from the holdovers but coming off of a low base. The overseas total is now $64.7M for $114.4M global.

There were some strong holds, including Germany (-4%), Belgium (-24%), France (-26%), Brazil (-27%), Australia (-30%), Korea (-30%), Holland (-32%) and Saudi Arabia (-39%).

Korea is a standout here where the movie is still No. 1 and has grossed $8.2M. Also notable, Japan opened the prequel to No. 1 at $2M, bigger than Blade Runner 2049 (+5%), Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (+18%), Fury Road (+20%) and Dune: Part Two (+62%). Repeat viewers are expected with excellent word-of-mouth and positive reviews.

Imax has generated $18M global. China, where the movie will release as the first ever of the franchise, is due to join to road race on June 7.

20th Century/Disney’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes continues to show playability with just a 28% drop from last weekend overseas, adding $15.2M in 52 material markets for a $197.1M international cume. Notable holds include Germany (+32%), Brazil (+3%), Australia (-7%), France (-13%), Mexico (-23%), UK (-31%), China (-40%), Japan (-50%) and Spain (-50%).

The global total is now $337.1M and the latest installment is the best of the franchise so far in India, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iraq, Lebanon, Lithuania, Nigeria and Turkey.

Paramount’s IF friended another $11M overseas this session in 69 markets, bringing the John Krasinski film’s worldwide box office total to $138M after its third weekend. The offshore total to date is $57.6M. Here’s a remarkable note: the overseas plays dipped by just 8%.

The film opens next in Japan on June 14, followed by China on June 15.

Following its Cannes debut, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Kinds of Kindness bowed in Greece this session. The Searchlight picture did $249K as the clear No. 1 in the market, also becoming the 5th biggest opening of the year and 4th for Hollywood behind Lanthimos’ own Poor Things, as well as Dune: Part Two and Kung Fu Panda 4.

In local news, comedy Un P’tit Truc en Plus is closing in on $50M in France having passed 5M admissions this weekend to become the biggest post-pandemic ticket seller. And, in Italy, Me Contro Te il Film: Operazione Spie, the 6th installment in the beloved kids franchise, did $1.1M via Warner Bros, ranking No. 1 with a 50% share of the Top 5.

Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle (SNY/CR): $4.5M intl weekend (Sony markets only); $91.6M intl cume/$95.1M global
The Fall Guy (UNI): $3.4M intl weekend (81 markets); $77.6M intl cume/$158M global
Tarot (SNY): $3M intl weekend (56 markets); $24.1M intl cume/$42M global
Abigail (UNI): $685K intl weekend (78 markets); $15.9M intl cume/$41.8M global
Back to Black (UNI): $380K intl weekend (42 Uni markets); $6.9M intl cume/$13M global

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