‘The Croods: A New Age’ Dawns With $21M Offshore; ‘Tenet’ Tops $300M; ‘Demon Slayer’ Still Rising In Japan – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: DreamWorks Animation/Universal’s The Croods: A New Age led the weekend in China with a $19.2M debut, outpacing local titles One Second and Caught In Time. This is the third best bow for a studio movie in the Middle Kingdom during the pandemic era (behind Tenet and Mulan). In total, the Croods sequel opened in seven offshore markets for a combined $20.8M at the international box office. There were also No. 1 starts in Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and the UAE. The worldwide opening estimate including domestic is $35M.

This is a solid start for the animated film that comes seven years after the original. Directed by Joel Crawford, it has strong word of mouth in China (9.1 on Maoyan and Taopiaopiao and 8.2 on Douban). Play increased by 191% from Friday to Saturday when it took in more than one-third of the market’s box office. Sunday saw just a 15% decrease from the previous day.

The weekend is three times the original movie’s 2013 launch. That film was a bonafide hit, going on to gross $63.3M in China at the time (before its extended run was cut short). The second prehistoric toon could get up to that neighborhood when looking at a few factors. Namely, there are a number of movies that have done a three multiple since cinemas reopened in the Middle Kingdom, and the social scores and word of mouth are there for A New Age. However, there may be competition for screens in the coming frames.

In IMAX, Croods 2 grossed $2M from 671 China screens, good for 10.5% of the gross.

“Demon Slayer”Toho/Aniplex

IMAX is also still playing Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train in Japan where the film continues to dominate. Official figures will come on Monday, but estimates, we are hearing have the anime adaptation now topping 27B yen to become the No. 2 movie ever in Japan, overtaking Titanic and with just Spirited Away (30.8B yen) ahead of it. The IMAX portion of Demon Slayer is now $17M in Japan.

Elsewhere, Warner Bros’ Tenet has crossed $300M at the international box office with a $300.4M total through Sunday. Offshore has been the key driver of the Christopher Nolan time-twister, with 84% of the gross from international markets. The worldwide cume is $357.8M.


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