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‘Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé’ Puts Ring On $27.4M In Global Bow; WW Auds Crazy In Love With India’s ‘Animal’ – International Box Office

UPDATED: New global entry Queen Bey’s concert movie/documentary Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé put a ring on a $27.4M global debut this weekend. Included in that is $6.4M from 2,621 overseas cinemas.

While the movie is rated 100% by both audiences and critics on Rotten Tomatoes, it did come in low versus offshore projections. But we can’t fault the 32-time Grammy winner, nor her global popularity. And, it would be unfair to direct comp to the recent Taylor Swift of it all. Beyoncé skews older than the Swifties and so the rush-out is a differentiator.

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In IMAX, Renaissance did $5.1M global to become the 2nd biggest IMAX worldwide opening weekend for a musical act film (concert or documentary). Of that, $500K was from 125 overseas screens.

From what we understand, France was the best start for Renaissance at $1.4M, followed by the UK at $1.2M and Australia at $400K. (Note that AMC is not reporting international breakdowns, similarly to Eras Tour.) Overseas market releases still to come include Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Thailand and more.

While a global event from an iconic star is indeed exciting, we have to hand it to Hindi cinema which is on a tear this year and which had another hit at home, across the diaspora and beyond this session. Animal, the revenge thriller by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, is winning the weekend globally. As we always say, it is difficult to get reliable numbers out of the market, but producers T-Series have announced a 356 crore ($42.7M) worldwide opening session.

The Ranbir Kapoor-starrer on December 1 delivered the biggest non-holiday global bow for a Hindi film ever and is setting new highs for an A-rated (adults only) pic in the home market. In North America, Animal roared to an estimated $6.14M on about 700 screens, the second biggest opening weekend of all time for a Bollywood film in that market. We will update with individual offshore market figures.

In holdovers, Ridley Scott’s Napoleon added an impressive $28.6M this frame from 63 overseas hubs. The Apple Original Films produced/Sony Pictures distributed action epic now counts $90.9M international for $136.6M global. Holdover markets dropped by just 46% as the film sees strong performance offshore. While it was a low opening, which is to be expected these days, China led new markets with $2.8M. Japan debuted to $900K, 65% ahead of the launch of Killers of the Flower Moon. Korea is still to release.

The Top 5 markets are the UK ($11.8M), France ($9.9M), Germany ($6.2M), Spain ($6.2M) and Italy ($6.1M). The worldwide IMAX cume is $12.6M.

Disney’s Wish in its second weekend added $18.8M from 33 markets as it continues staggered offshore release. The international running total is $39.6M for $81.6M global.

After previews last Sunday, France and Germany debuted this session. Both were No. 1 launches. In holdovers, the drop was 44% (-38% excluding China).

The Top 5 to date are the UK ($5.5M), China ($5.3M), France ($4.1M), Mexico ($3.6M) and Germany ($3.5M).

Still to come are Italy, Australia, Japan, Korea and Brazil.

Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes slurped up a further $14.9M overseas, lifting international to $122.7M and global to $243.9M (after crossing the century and double century marks earlier in the week).

Tops to date are the UK ($16.2M), Germany ($10.9M), France ($9.4M), Australia ($9.3M) and Mexico ($8.7M).

In local play, Korean political drama 12.12: The Day has provided a great end-of-year salve, grossing $34.2M through two weekends to become the 3rd biggest local film of the year, and 6th overall, in the market.

MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Trolls Band Together (UNI): $3.9M intl weekend (71 markets); $85.8M intl cume/$160.6M global
The Marvels (DIS): $3.4M intl weekend (52 markets); $116.3M intl cume/$197M global
Thanksgiving (SNY): $3M intl weekend (38 markets); $8.4M intl cume
Five Nights at Freddy’s (UNI): $2.2M intl weekend (78 markets); $149.7M intl cume/$286.6M global 
Killers of the Flower Moon (PAR): $785K intl weekend (53 markets incl Leone-distributed Italy); $87.8M intl cume/$154.3M global
Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (PAR): $585K intl weekend (47 markets); $130.1M intl cume/$195.3M global
The Exorcist: Believer (UNI): $433K intl weekend ($383K from opener Japan); $70.3M intl cume/$135.8M global

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