UPDATED: Universal/Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s is gaming its way to an estimated $130.6M global opening, higher even than we had it yesterday as this phenom is now eyeing a $52.6M bow from 64 international box office markets. As Anthony has chronicled, the domestic $78M opening is a stunner — and amid the day-and-date Peacock bow. Overseas, the play is purely theatrical and has set a number of records.
Globally, this is the biggest horror opening of 2023, ahead of The Nun II, and best for Blumhouse ever, topping Halloween.
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Overseas, Fazbear and crew lead the biggest original horror opening of the year, and the second biggest horror debut, in line with The Nun II.
Latin America has been super dialed in to FNAF with Mexico the top opening market at $10.8M (65% share/biggest post-pandemic horror opening), followed by the UK ($6.3M/No. 3 horror launch ever), Australia ($3.8M), Brazil ($3.9M) and Germany ($2.6M). Next up were Argentina ($2.3M) and Chile ($1.9M).
Collectively, this first wave of markets opened in-line with genre pics Conjuring 2, Annabelle Comes Home and Insidious: The Red Door, and more than double M3GAN in the same markets.
Other market highlights include the biggest horror opening day of all time in Chile, Peru and Uruguay; top Blumhouse debut ever in 16 markets (Germany, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Netherlands, New Zealand, Bolivia, Chile, Central America, Colombia, Uruguay, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Finland, Sweden, Norway; and a very close No.2 in Mexico); and top opening day of 2023 in Ukraine.
At current weekend estimates, this is the biggest horror opening weekend ever in Peru, Chile, Poland, Ukraine and Finland. It is also the top horror start of 2023 in Mexico, UK, Australia, Chile, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Peru, New Zealand, Ecuador, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ukraine and Denmark.
And, Freddy’s is set to be the best opening weekend ever for Blumhouse in Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Peru, New Zealand, Ecuador, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ukraine and Denmark.
Still to get in on the game are Spain and Italy this week, and France and Korea later in November. Japan joins in February next year.
In holdover business, Apple, Paramount and Imperative Entertainment’s Killers of the Flower Moon added $14.1M in 64 markets, a good 36% drop in the sophomore session. The overseas cume on the Martin Scorsese drama is $47.4M for $88M global.
Notably new was India with $330K at 188 locations – the best Scorsese opening ever there. The UK leads overall play at $6.8M, followed by France ($5.3M), Germany ($3.6M), Spain ($2.9M) and Australia ($2.7M). In IMAX, the total is $9M worldwide including $3.6M from overseas.
From Universal and DreamWorks Animation, Trolls Band Together rocked into a further 17 markets this session, ahead of its domestic release. The full weekend in 43 was $13.4M for an international cume of $36.1M so far. With school holidays in some markets, holds were strong at just a 17% drop.
Mexico was new at $1.5M, opening in third place behind Five Nights at Freddy’s and local hit Radical. Spain opened No. 1 with Freddy’s not yet in the market.
Tops to date are the UK ($10.8M), France ($5.3M), Brazil ($3.3M), Germany ($3.1M) and Netherlands ($1.8M). Italy, Australia and Korea open across the next several weeks.
Paramount/Nickelodeon/Spin Master’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie is still woofing it up, now having crossed $100M overseas for $107.2M international and $166.4M worldwide. A $9.7M fifth frame was down just 23%. The movie is out now in nearly all markets with Japan due on December 15. China is top dog with $17.1M, followed by France ($10.8M), Germany ($9M), the UK ($7.4M) and Mexico ($6.6M).
In its third event weekend, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, added $6.7M from a reported 96 (!) markets in 4,143 theaters. The estimated overseas cume is now $53.7M for $203M global, making this the first pure concert film to ever cross the two-century mark. Thirteen markets will add IMAX screens this weekend. Individual market breakdowns still have not been provided.
Elsewhere, Oppenheimer has now passed Tenet‘s lifetime in China, making it the 3rd biggest Christopher Nolan movie there ever, behind Interstellar and Inception. On deck in China is Maoyan’s Last Suspect, while Japan will get Toho’s Godzilla Minus One later this week.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
The Creator (DIS): $2.2M intl weekend (51 markets); $58.5M intl cume/$97.3M global
The Equalizer 3 (SNY): $1.3M intl weekend (46 markets); $93.5M intl cume/$185.5M global
The Exorcist: Believer (UNI): $4.3M intl weekend (80 markets); $61M intl cume/$120.4M global
Oppenheimer (UNI): $761K intl weekend (83 markets); $622.6M intl cume/$946.8M global
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