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Global box office from September 30 to October 2

Rank Movie (distributor) 3 days (world) Cume (world) 3 days (international) Cume (international) Territories
1. To come home (various) $58.3 million $58.3 million $58.3 million $58.3 million 1
2. Smile (primordial) $36.5 million $36.5 million $14.5 million $14.5 million 59
3. Avatar (2009) (Disney) $17 million $58.1 million $12.3 million $39.5 million 52
4. don’t worry darling (Warner Bros.) $13.7 million $54.7 million $6.4 million $21.9 million 64
5. ticket to paradise (Universal) $9.4 million $45.3 million $9.4 million $45.3 million 59
6. The female king (Sony) $9.1 million $50.6 million $2.1 million $3.9 million 14
seven. Ponniyin Selvan: Part One (various) $8.7 million $4.6 million $8.7 million $4.6 million 15
8. ordinary hero (various) $8.5 million $8.5 million $8.5 million $8.5 million 1
9. Brothers (Universal) $4.8 million $4.8 million $4.8 million $4.8 million 3
ten. DC League of Super Pets (Warner Bros.) $4.7 million $193.3 million $3.4 million $101.6 million 71

Credit: Comscore, click top right to expand. All figures are estimates.

‘Smile’ heads for instant profits

With a production budget of $17.5 million, Paramount’s Smile appears to be heading for a quick recovery, even taking into account marketing costs and revenue share with exhibitors. The horror film opened atop the North American box office with an estimated $22.0 million and also shipped around $14.5 million in 58 international markets.

With a global launch of $36.5 million, Smile is the best American studio currently in release.

Written and directed by Parker Finn, who is making his feature film debut, Smile opened with a solid estimate of $2.0 million (including previews) in the UK/Ireland, landing in second place. Other strong international territories for the title include France (estimated at $1.4 million and second place), Mexico (opening at the top of the chart with $1.1 million) and Germany (1.0 million bucks).

With its 58 markets to date, Smile reached 95% of its international deployment. International results so far comparable to Universal The black phoneat constant scope.

Smile is adapted from Finn’s 2020 short film Laura has not slept, and is co-produced by Paramount Players and Temple Hill Entertainment. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas on September 22.

Smile will arrive this week in the key market of South Korea, as well as South Africa and Vietnam.

“Home Coming” in China tops the global box office

Although Smile was the top US studio title this weekend, the world box office crown was taken by the Chinese film To come home – released for the Chinese National Day weekend. The patriotic action-thriller follows two members of the Chinese Foreign Ministry tasked with evacuating Chinese citizens after the outbreak of war in Libya in 2011.

To come home grossed $58.3 million over the weekend and $59.6 million overall. These numbers may seem impressive, but they are lower than 2021, when The Battle of Changjin Lake led the National Movie Day weekend box office with $203 million. Overall, the weekend box office in China was down 70% from a year ago.

The Chinese box office has lagged 2021 all year – a reversal in North America and most key markets, where 2022 represented a significant recovery from the Covid-devastated 2021 .

Recent weeks and months have seen a rosier picture in China, and the deficit from 2021 has gradually eroded week by week. A week ago, the shortfall for the year to date had narrowed to 25.8%. With the latest weekend figures added, the Chinese box office is now 27.4% behind 2021 for the year to date, according to Artisan Gateway.

India’s “PS-1” debuts in full force

Tamil language film PS-1 (a.k.a Ponniyin Selvan: Part One) made a strong impression at the global box office, landing in North America at number six with around $4.1 million, and also grossing around $4.6 million in international markets, not including India. The international tally includes around $890,000 for the UK and Ireland.

The period action drama is set against the power struggle during the reign of Chozha from 900 to 950 AD, and is based on the 1955 novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy Ponnyyin Selvan. South Indian director Mani Ratnam is directing and co-writing, and the film’s cast includes Tamil stars Vikram, Jayam Ravi and Karthi, as well as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Comscore’s worldwide box office chart (above) does not include the Indian box office, but Indian sources report that the film’s worldwide weekend box office is Rs 230 crore, equivalent at $28.1 million.

After Ponniyin Selvan: Part Twoa.k.a PS-2is slated for release in 2023.


‘Bros’ disappoints with $4.8 million North American debut

Universal Pictures released an R-rated comedy Brothers in its top market — North America — last weekend, landing in fourth place there with an estimated $4.8 million. Directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forget Sarah Marshall), and written by Stoller and Billy Eichner, who also star, Brothers is billed as the first gay romantic comedy from a major American studio.

Eichner stars alongside Luke Macfarlane in the comedy that draws opposites, billed in its catchphrase as “Boy meets brother romance.”

Brothers begins its international rollout next week and lands in the key UK and Ireland market on October 28.

Don’t Worry Darling cracks $50 million

Warner Bros. don’t worry darling crossed the $50 million mark in its second weekend of release, adding around $13.7 million for the session.

The film fell 62% in North America (with an estimated box office of $7.3 million), but got a stronger hold in international markets, down 40% (6.4 million). dollars). The respective totals are $32.8 million and $21.9 million, combined for $54.7 million.

UK/Ireland remained the hero market for the international, delivering around $2.0m for the second session and retaining the top spot – although likely close behind Smile including its two days of previews. The total so far in the UK and Ireland is $6.9 million.

The film’s other biggest international markets are Mexico ($1.9 million so far), Italy ($1.6 million), France ($1.6 million), and Italy ($1.6 million). Germany ($1.4 million).

don’t worry darling is currently fourth in the Comscore World Rankings, behind To come home, Smile as well as the reissue of Avatar. The latter title added another $12.3 million in international markets this weekend and $4.7 million in North America.

Avatar opened at the top of the box office in Spain this weekend, with an estimate of $1.0 million. The re-release has remained at the top of the French box office and has now reached an impressive $5.8 million there. Germany is at $2.9 million, and UK/Ireland and Italy at $2.6 million.

by James Cameron Avatar: The Way of the Water is slated for release in multiple markets from December 14-16.

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