MONDAY UPDATE, in writing after Sunday, 10:49 a.m. Post: With cinemas in the majority of European majors currently grappling with a second wave of closings amid the COVID-19 crisis, Asia will once again be leading the international box office this weekend – and should continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
JapanDemon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train is still racing at number 1 after 24 days with a cume of almost 200 million US dollars in Japan. The grand total through Sunday is 20.48 billion yen ($ 197.9 million).
The Toho / Aniplex anime adaptation has become the fifth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, where Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away remains the best picture ever at 30.8 billion yen. Demon Slayer is also the No. 5 biggest title on the international box office for 2020, as well as the No. 8 biggest title of the year based entirely on Japan to date (it ranks 7th if Taiwan estimates are taken into account). Funimation will be released domestically in early 2021.
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In IMAX, Demon Slayer in Japan fell just 23%, adding another $ 1.44 million for a total of $ 12 million. The film bridges the gap with IMAX Japan’s record holder, Bohemian Rhapsody ($ 13.4 million). IMAX also debuted in Demon Slayer Taiwan This weekend was the second overall picture of the film on location. The IMAX opening grossed $ 343,000 on just 9 screens, an average of $ 38,000 per screen – the best of the format opening of the year (15.5% ahead of Tenet), despite being launched in year two started.
in the China, The Sacrifice is still in the lead after its third weekend, bringing in an additional estimated $ 14.4 million in this session and raising RMB 888.2 million ($ 134.4 million) to date. Maoyan forecasts a finish of RMB 1.08 billion (US $ 163 million). IMAX’s stake is now $ 7.1 million.
Millennium’s Hellboy 2019 will be released in China on Monday after a few days of previewing JL Vision. In the coming weeks in China, the Amazon aeronauts (specially formatted for IMAX screens) will be on deck on November 13th, followed by DreamWorks Animaion / Universal’s The Croods: A New Age on November 27th and Zhang Yimous One Second on the same day. That’s before a rush of local titles tuned for the holidays.
Elsewhere, Korea A new local title topped the charts as Collectors grossed $ 4.7 million Wednesday through Sunday. Director Park Jung-bae’s crime picture revolves around the search for an ancient royal treasure in the heart of Seoul.
There’s not much going on in the studio, especially given the lack of European majors. Overall, the European markets that are closed for the next few weeks include France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Austria, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia. There are also renewed regional closures in Spain and Denmark.
Warner Bros’ The Witches conjured up USD 3.5 million in 26 offshore markets this weekend and brought international sales to USD 10.1 million. Russia continues to lead after two frames with $ 3.3M, while Taiwan opened at $ 491,000 and behind Demon Slayer in second place. Thailand was a fresh start, finishing in first place at $ 273,000. The next big store to open is Brazil on November 19th.
Also from WB and after its release in late August, Christopher Nolan’s tenet is approaching $ 300 million internationally ($ 295.6 million estimated until Sunday). Solid market declines were seen in Brazil (-27% in the second year), Russia (-20%), the Netherlands (-28%) and Japan (-33%). Another 16 markets are still pending, including Argentina, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. The worldwide total is now $ 350.8 million ($ 40.3 million from IMAX).
Focus / Amblins PG-13 horror film Come Play, which debuted last weekend, scared an estimated $ 609,000 from nine markets, including openings in the Middle East. International sales are now $ 1.36 million from 15 markets. Come Play will resume its run, which began in the last session’s markets, which later closed when the safety restrictions were lifted.