Monday, June 24, 2024

Kung Fu Panda 4 Tops $500 Million At Global Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4 has topped the half-century mark globally, now with $503.5M worldwide. Of that, $318.5M is from the international box office. Passing $500M makes KFP4, directed by Mike Mitchell (and co-directed by Stephanie Ma Stine), only the fourth animated title to the benchmark since 2020, joining Illumination’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($1.4B) and Minions: The Rise of Gru ($943M), and Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ($691M).

Overseas, the return of Po & co is now the highest grossing film in the franchise in 37 markets including Mexico ($35.2M) and Brazil ($8.1M). The series of films recently topped the $2B mark globally to become the 7th highest grossing animated franchise of all time. DWA has the most animated franchises to the $2B milestone worldwide with Shrek ($3.972B), Madagascar ($2.257B), and now KFP ($2.3B).

News of KFP4’s achievement (more on that to come below) arrives amid a wave of global milestones as Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune: Part Two and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire crossed $700M and $500M, respectively, this frame.

In new play, Universal’s Ryan Gosling/Emily Blunt-starrer The Fall Guy started early at overseas turnstiles with $8.7M from 38 markets. The David Leitch-directed action-romcom and ode to stuntmen, landed with No. 1s in Australia, Netherlands and several others.

Warner Bros’ Zendaya-led drama, Challengers, from MGM, expanded into 51 more markets serving up $9M in the frame for a running $10M international cume after hitting the court in Australia and New Zealand last weekend (the drop for those was just 21%). With domestic’s No. 1 debut, the movie is at $25M global so far. 

The top studio movie of the weekend internationally was Godzilla x Kong with estimated $14.9M in 78 markets during the frame — another good hold of -45%. Internationally, the monsters are at $337.7M for $519.3M worldwide through Sunday.

New this session was Japan, home to Godzilla and distributed by Toho there. GxK came in No. 2 behind the second frame of local title Detective Conan: The Million-Dollar Pentagram. Results are ahead of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (+7%), Dune (+85%) and Dune: Part Two (91%).

Here are the Top 5 markets to date: China ($125.9M), Mexico ($32.1M), UK ($16.9M), India ($14.6M) and Australia ($11.7M).

As for KFP4, it added $11.7M internationally this session in 82 markets for a 31% drop. The offshore performance to date, excluding China, is in line with Zootopia and above How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Kung Fu Panda 2 at the same point of release. Also, excluding China, KFP4 has surpassed KFP3 and Sing 2 internationally.

The Top 5 markets: China ($48.5M), Mexico ($35.2M), UK ($24.4M), Germany ($15.8M) and Australia ($14.7M).

Also from Universal, The Fall Guy kicked off early overseas as we head into the May 1 holiday and before its domestic debut. I was lucky to be in Spain, one of the two majors where it released this session, and a Saturday afternoon crowd clapped and stayed for the credits. 

As noted above, the weekend was good for $8.7M in 38 markets and is coming in above The Lost City and just off Bullet Train in the same markets and excluding previews. 

Australia was a No. 1 opening with $2.9M across 132 screens, above Bullet Train and The Lost City. The release capitalized on Thursday’s Anzac Day holiday, and 40% of schools are also on holiday this week. Here is Spain, a $1M opening was a clear No. 1 and above The Lost City and Mad Max: Fury Road. In the Netherlands there was also a No. 1 start.

Israel, releasing into Passover, saw Thursday deliver the biggest opening day of 2024 with $400K which marks the best non-animated opening weekend of 2024 (excluding previews). The start is above John Wick: Chapter 4 and The Lost City, and more than double Bullet Train.

Other No. 1s include Ukraine, Belgium, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

The Top 5 so far are: Australia ($2.9M), Spain ($1M), Netherlands ($556K), New Zealand ($435K) and Hong Kong ($381K).

There are many markets to come next weekend including Germany, France, Korea, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and the UK. China goes on May 17 and Japan on August 16

Slicing back to Challengers, the weekend was worth $9M, as noted above, from 6,344 screens in 52 markets. This is an Amazon MGM Studios title distributed internationally by Warner Bros.

In the UK, the Luca Guadagnino-directed movie ranked No. 1 with $1.8M; roughly on par with Poor Things as well as higher than Battle of the Sexes (+212%), Licorice Pizza (+227%) and Call Me By Your Name (+513%).

Another 12 markets open next week including Belgium and Holland, with Japan being the final market to open on June 7th.

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