‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Tops $200M WW; ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Roars In Japan – International Box Office

Universal/Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s was still plenty game this weekend, crossing $100M at the international box office and $200M worldwide. The sophomore frame overseas, where this is a pure theatrical play, dipped 54% to deliver $35.6M in 74 markets for a $103.5M offshore cume and $217.1M global.

Fazbear and crew have surpassed the reported international box office totals of Insidious: The Last Key, Halloween, M3GANLights OutEvil Dead Rise, Get Out, The Black Phone, The Invisible Man and Insidious Chapter 3. The overall cume is above The Nun 2The Conjuring 2Annabelle Comes Home and Insidious: The Red Door in the same markets at the same point.

This is now the biggest Blumhouse film in 29 markets including Brazil, Argentina, Poland, Chile, Peru, Central America and Ukraine.

The Emma Tammi-directed horror pic added 11 new hubs this session. Spain saw the biggest opening Wednesday and biggest horror opening day ever as well as the top opening day of 2023. The weekend was good for $5M including previews, giving FNAF the biggest launch weekend for a Blumhouse title, and the second-biggest opening for a horror movie as well as the top studio opening for a horror movie ever. Excluding previews, the result is above The Nun 2Conjuring 2Annabelle Comes Home and more than double Halloween. The cume for FNAF at the end of the first frame surpassed the entire lifetimes of Insidious: The Red DoorGet Out, Annabelle, Halloween, M3GAN and The Black Phone.

Italy also had a huge start with $4M to top the total lifetimes of Halloween, all Annabelle films and M3GAN; and claiming the biggest Blumhouse opening of all time. The debut excluding previews is above The NunThe Nun 2 and more than double all other key comps.

In Belgium, Freddy’s scored $900K at No. 1 for the top Blumhouse start ever and overtaking the lifetimes of Lights Out and The Black Phone. In the Philippines, $625K made for the best opening ever for a Universal horror film. At $608K, Portugal claimed the biggest Blumhouse opening of all time including previews, and the third-biggest horror start ever. 

The Top 5 markets after two frames are Mexico ($16.9M), the UK ($10.6M), Brazil ($7.7M), Australia ($6.5M) and Germany ($5M). Still on deck are France and Korea this month, and Japan in February 2024.

Speaking of Japan, new entry Godzilla Minus One debuted there on November 3, dovetailing with Godzilla Day, 69 years after the first Godzilla movie was released. The gross per local reports was in excess of 1B yen, outpacing 2016’s Shin Godzilla. ComScore puts it at $7.8M. When we have more detailed information, we’ll update accordingly. The origin story, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, recently closed the Tokyo Film Festival and has strong word of mouth.

In IMAX, it took a big $1.2M from just 49 screens, landing the top IMAX opening ever for a live-action Japanese title, the 4th highest IMAX live-action start in Japan, and the 5th highest IMAX local title launch there.

In holdovers, Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Together gathered a further $13.2M in 54 markets for $57M offshore to date and ahead of the domestic release on November 17. The overall drop was terrific at -14% with uptick in several markets thanks to school and national holidays. Top plays to date are the UK ($15.5M), France ($9M), Germany ($4.7M), Brazil ($4.3M) and Mexico ($3.5M). Still to come are Italy and Australia this month with Korea in December. 

After topping $100M global earlier in the week, Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon added $11.9M in 65 markets, just a 24% dip in the holdovers. The offshore total is now $66.8M (including Italy where the epic western crime saga from Apple, Paramount and Imperative Entertainment is handled by Leone). Worldwide, the movie counts $119.1M.

France, which slid by just 1%, was the top holdover and has now cumed $8.2M. Overall, it’s the second biggest market behind the UK ($9.5M), and ahead of Germany ($5.6M), Spain ($4.2M) and Australia ($3.7M). 

In IMAX, the global total is $11.2M.

AMC’s Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour warbled to another $11.6M to lift the international cume to $65.1M. We are still yet to receive individual market breakdowns. The global total is $231.1M through Sunday. IMAX has now grossed $15.5M. In Korea, 20 IMAX screens accounted for over 80% of the nationwide opening weekend box office, though the film did not crack the Top 5 there for the full weekend.

Barking up a great -21% hold, Paramount/Nickelodeon/Spin Master’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie added $8M in 67 markets for an overseas cume of $119.7M and $181.7M global. Leading the pups are China ($17.8M), France ($15.3M), Germany ($9.9M), the UK ($8.7M) and Mexico ($6.8M). Up next is Japan on December 15.

In China, Last Suspect from Maoyan grossed RMB 227.3M ($31.2M) after debuting on November 1. In IMAX it did $1.6M.

This week, Disney/Marvel’s The Marvels starts international rollout on Wednesday.

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