Refresh for latest…: There were milestones aplenty this weekend at the global and international box office with three Hollywood heavy-hitters reaching important new benchmarks. Among them, MGM/Eon/Universal’s No Time To Die crossed both $400M overseas and $500M worldwide while Sony’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage topped $350M globally. The weekend leader, however, was Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune which began offshore rollout back in September and just spiced up its worldwide cume with an additional $47.4M overseas and, along with its domestic debut, easily crossed $200M global through Sunday, as we previously noted was poised to happen. IMAX also had its biggest global October opening ever with Dune, mounding $17.8M for an unprecedented 20.3% of the worldwide weekend total.
The Denis Villeneuve-directed Dune led offshore business for the session, taking an estimated $47.4M on 49,205 screens in 75 overseas markets. This lifts the running cume to $180.6M internationally, and to $220.7M worldwide. The overall holdover drop was a terrific 38%.
In like-for-like markets and using today’s rates, Dune is tracking on par with Tenet and ahead of Godzilla Vs Kong by +7%, Black Widow by +57%, Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings by +60% and Blade Runner 2049 by +81%.
The top overseas market was China where Dune is the first major Hollywood release since Disney/20th Century Studios’ Free Guy back in late August. Dune has grossed an estimated RMB 140M ($21.9M) according to local ticketing platform Maoyan, though some are seeing it a skosh higher. This will shake out tomorrow, but either way is right where we saw it coming into the weekend and surpasses the lifetimes of both Villeneuve’s Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. Dune, which is handled locally by Legendary East but is also understood to be part of a single-pot deal with WB, came in second behind local propaganda pic The Battle At Lake Changjin (RMB 205.3M/$32.2M weekend). The latter has now taken an estimated RMB 5.3B ($830M), putting it within closer reach of fellow local title Hi, Mom (RMB 5.41B) to become the biggest movie of 2021 worldwide.
After jockeying a bit, Maoyan has again shifted its projection for the full run of Dune, now expecting RMB 224.8M ($35.2M). Next weekend, the film will have competition in China from No Time To Die.
Other notable performances came in the UK where Dune grossed $7.5M from 1,331 screens and is nose-to-nose with the continued run of Bond when excluding previews. Korea, which is still led by Venom 2, gave WB its second-biggest opening weekend of the pandemic, behind Tenet, with $3.4M. Mexico had a $2M No. 1 start and Brazil kicked off with $896K. Overall, Latin America overperformed compared to expectations.
Behind Dune for the studios, Venom 2 devoured $38.3M from 17,400+ screens in 53 markets this session, taking the offshore cume to $170.6M (-56% in holdovers) and global to $352.4M. This is after last session’s astounding wider release and with 50% of the international marketplace still to come. The Tom Hardy-starrer is currently on par with No Time To Die and ahead of Shang-Chi by 84%, Black Widow by 67% and F9 by 10% at the same point in release in like-for-like markets. The film captured the No. 1 spot in 31 out of 53 markets this frame.
That includes France where the start was $5.2M (with previews), besting Shang-Chi by 49% and on par with Black Widow. Germany launched with $4.3M (including previews), ahead of Shang-Chi by 90% and Black Widow by 79%. In Russia, the symbiote has grossed $30.3M to become the No. 8 Hollywood release of all time. Mexico and Korea remain standouts with respective cumes of $19.8M and $14.2M.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘No Time to Die’
Nicola Dove/ MGM/Danjaq/Courtesy Everett Collection
Meanwhile, No Time To Die handily crossed the half a billion worldwide mark this weekend, grossing an estimated $525.4M through Sunday. That makes James Bond 25 only the second Hollywood title to get to the $500M milestone since 2019 (the other being Universal’s own F9). At the international box office, 007 has topped $400M with $405.6M through today in a combined 72 Universal and MGM markets. Likewise, apart from F9, NTTD is just the second studio movie to make the four-century benchmark overseas since 2019. As noted earlier this week, NTTD on Wednesday became the No. 2 Hollywood movie globally and overseas of 2021.
The fourth offshore weekend for Daniel Craig’s final turn as her majesty’s super agent was good for $33.1M in the UNI and MGM markets. The Universal portion ($28.3M in 48) repped a 37% drop from last session while MGM’s $4.8M in 24 was down 49%. Universal’s total is $326.3M, MGM’s is $79.3M. China releases next Friday and Australia is expecting Mr Bond on November 11.
The Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed installment continues to excel in Europe and Japan. Germany was the top holdover with just a 28% drop and hanging on to No. 1 despite the arrival of Venom 2. The cume there is now $56M, in line with Spectre and Skyfall at the same point of release.
The UK crossed $100M on Bond this session, seeing a 46% dip and grossing $106M through Sunday. That home market leads all play and is running in line with Spectre and Skyfall.
Landmark Takes Over Former Arclight Cinemas Glen Town Center Location In Illinois
Landmark Theatres will be entering into a long-term lease at one of the former Arclight Cinemas locations, that being the Glen Town Center in Glenview, IL.
The chain, owned by the Oscar-nominated Cohen Media Group, has plans to reopen the cinema as a 10-screen venue this coming spring after a $2.5M remodel, supported by the city of Glenview. The theatre is located at 1850 Tower Drive in the upscale Glenview Town Center, the site of the former Glenview Naval Air Station, which features the original air traffic tower as its centerpiece. It was originally built in 2003. Arclight ran the movie theater from April 2015 until it closed in March 2020 due to Covid.
Renovations will include a new expanded bar and concessions area and new luxury seating. Updates on the re-opening of the theater will be announced as they are confirmed.
Landmark’s entry into Glenview is supported by the community’s recently completed economic development strategic plan process called Glenview Connect.
“The Glenview Connect process was all about listening to the community regarding their vision for Glenview, and there was overwhelming support to keep a movie theater in The Glen Town Center,” said Village President Mike Jenny. “The presence of a movie theater supports the vibrancy of the area, the nearby restaurants and the overall shopping center experience at the Glen.”
“We are very excited to extend our brand in the Chicago market and to work with the city to create a more luxurious, upscale environment,” said Landmark Theatres President Paul Serwitz.
“We are very excited to add Landmark Theatres at The Glen Town Center,” Morgan Dene Oliver, CEO of OliverMcMillan
Leading talks to operate the theatre at The Glen Town Center, was Michael Fant, SVP of Real Estate and Development for Landmark Theatres. Landmark recently acquired the former Ipic theatre at the Scottsdale Quarter shopping center, in the Phoenix, AZ market, which is scheduled to open in time for Spider-Man: No Way Home on Dec. 17.
Landmark Theatres currently operates the Century Centre Cinema in Chicago and Renaissance Place Cinema in Highland Park.
The Landmark chain counts 38 theatres, 210 screens in 23 markets. Among its historic theaters are Los Angeles’ Nuart Theatre. The Del Mar in Santa Cruz and Denver’s The Mayan, as well as its more contemporary theatres, including its flagship, The Landmark in Los Angeles, The Landmark at Merrick Park in Miami and The Landmark Theatre Greenwood Village in Denver’s Tech Center.
Broadway Box Office Climbs 30% To $33M For Thanksgiving Week; ‘Slave Play’ Rejoins Roster
Broadway box office saw a Thanksgiving holiday boost of about 30%, with total receipts for the 33 productions rising to $32,543,570 for the week ending Nov. 28.
Total attendance was up about 12% (to 238,354) over the previous week, indicating that much of the increased box office tally was due to higher holiday-week ticket prices. The average Broadway ticket price for the week was $137, about 16% costlier than the previous week’s $118 average.
The 33-production roster saw the return of Slave Play in a limited engagement at the John Golden Theatre, with previews beginning Nov. 23 prior to a Dec. 2 official opening.
Also of note last week, Chicago canceled its Saturday night performance due to cases of Covid among employees at the Ambassador Theatre (two nights of performances this week – last night and tonight – also have been canceled, with the musical set to resume performances Thursday, Dec. 2).
Dana H., Is This A Room and Chicken & Biscuits played the final performances of their engagements over the weekend (all three shows had previously announced early closings).
The season-to-date box office (since Aug. 4) for all Broadway shows is $231,164,423 , with attendance of 1,840,593 at 84% of capacity. Average ticket price for the season is $126.
Productions on Broadway during the week ending Nov. 28 were: Ain’t Too Proud; Aladdin; The Book of Mormon; Caroline, or Change; Chicago; Chicken & Biscuits; Clyde’s; Come From Away; Company; Dana H.; David Byrne’s American Utopia; Diana, The Musical; Flying Over Sunset; Freestyle Love Supreme; Girl From the North Country; Hadestown; Hamilton; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Is This a Room; Jagged Little Pill; The Lehman Trilogy; The Lion King; Moulin Rouge! The Musical!; Mrs. Doubtfire; The Phantom of the Opera; Six; Slave Play; Thoughts of a Colored Man; Tina; To Kill a Mockingbird; Trouble In Mind; Waitress; and Wicked.
All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League. The League is releasing only combined weekly box office figures this season – in contrast to its traditional practice of providing show-by-show figures.
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Seeing Biggest Fandango Presales Since ‘Avengers: Endgame’
While some in the industry are still trying to blame a lackluster box office on the pandemic, think again: Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home in its first day of pre-sales yesterday on Fandango already beat that of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame; that movie ultimately turning into the biggest domestic opening of all-time with $357.1M.
In addition, the presales for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which opens on Dec. 17, outstripped the first day advance ticket sales of Black Widow in two hours time, that Disney/Marvel movie previously owning the online ticket retailer’s best record of 2021.
The first day presales for Spider-Man: No Way Home are higher than those for pre-pandemic titles such as Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
In a Fandango survey of 2K moviegoers, Spider-Man: No Way Home was chosen as the winter’s most anticipated movie.
Beamed Kentucky exhibitor Rick Roman this morning about his presales for Spider-Man: No Way Home, “I have not seen anything like this since Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Once the tickets went on sale, they went through the roof. I added more screens. Thank you Sony.”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home promises to wrap a bow around 20 years of live-action Spider-Man movies, and anticipation is through the roof with fans anxious to see how Tom Holland’s Homecoming trilogy conclude,” said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “The most anticipated film of the season promises to deliver surprises on every level and December 17 can’t come soon enough.”
The previous Spider-Man movie from Sony, Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Far From Home grossed $1.13 billion worldwide, repping a record for the studio, and the fourth-highest-grossing movie of 2019 and the 25th-highest-grossing movie of all time.
Opening weekend domestic estimates for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is expected to connect to Marvel’s new phase of the multiverse, are expected to be well north of $100M, landing in the top five openings of December of all-time.