There was a hodgepodge of action movies at the international box office this weekend as debut films muscled in and holdovers found new rewards to reap. In the latter category, it’s Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse which is No. 1 overseas for the frame coming off a muscular $59.5M start in China — the second-highest Middle Kingdom opening-weekend ever for the studio — and a full session of $84.4M. The international total is $286.1M; the global cume is $401M+.
The biggest launch was Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, which led among offshore bows with $33M in 40 territories. That’s 11% below 2014’s TMNT which opened later in the summer, when 65% of markets were off for school holidays versus 31% this weekend.
Of the 40 debuts, 21 were No. 1 plays, including such key markets as Russia and Mexico. Notably, however, Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael, with previews included, found themselves outplayed by the Orcs of Legendary/Universal’s Warcraft in the UK. Overall, the fantasy video game adaptation captured $29.5M in its 2nd session to take the cume to $70M and with an expected huge China debut looming.
The Warner Bros release of Me Before You tearjerked a better than esimated $8.2Mfrom audiences in 16 markets. That film, along with TMNT 2 and others, has its eye on the counterprogramming goal over the next several weeks as Euro 2016 soccer action kicks into gear on Friday.
In other highlights, Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass added $30.3M in its sophomore turn for an overseas cume of $125M. And, Zootopia crossed the $1B markat the global box office.
Imax screens collected a worldwide weekend of $12.5M from an assortment of titles across the network. In China, X-Men: Apocalypse took $6.3M on 286 screens for the best Fox start ever and the 3rd best weekend for the format in June. The Imax XMA offshore total is $14.3M. Warcraft added $1.8M on 130 Imax screens, for an overseas cume of $4.3M. Next week, it hits 750+ Imax screens in North America, China and elsewhere.