China was the big international box office winner this weekend with three local movies at the top of the chart and a New Year’s Day record set on Friday. That came just as it was confirmed the market led global box office for 2020, surpassing North America for the first time.
Still, we can take a look at the success of two Hollywood movies that have been doing great business there and in other markets. Both Disney/Pixar’s Soul and DreamWorks Animation / Universal’s The Croods: A New Age are available online domestically and in some other markets which opens them up to piracy. However, family films are getting more of a bye in these cases — particularly in markets where consumer confidence is high on the safety of cinemas.
Soul is having an uplifting run in China. After debuting last frame to $5.5M, the animated original saw daily increases from Tuesday forward and a sophomore session of $13.7M — a 149% jump from the debut. The local cume is now $25.7M based on terrific word of mouth. This weekend it had the highest per-show averages of the local Top 10.
It’s estimated the film could do a little over $50M in the market, an impressive number given Pixar films tend not to overindex there save for Coco. If it surpasses Incredibles 2’s $54M, it would become Pixar’s second biggest-grosser in China after Coco.
In total, Soul posted an estimated $16.5M from the same 10 markets in which it bowed last session, plus South Africa which was new this weekend. That’s a 114% hike from opening. Increases were also seen in Singapore (+77%), Ukraine (+59%), Thailand (+54%), Saudi Arabia (+52%), Vietnam (+47%), Taiwan (+18%) and Malaysia (+15%).
DreamWorks Animation/Universal’s The Croods: A New Age topped $100M worldwide with a $115M running cume through Sunday. This weekend saw the sequel add $7.6M (+14%) from 17 offshore markets, bringing the international total to $80.4M.
Croods 2’s box office is led by China where the movie received an extension and has now grossed $52.5M. New this session was Ukraine with a No. 1 $600K start. Russia jumped 28% for a $6.2M running cume and Australia bumped up 61% for $7M to date. Croods also held No. 1 in Spain for the second week and has cumed $3.2M there. Future releases are still TBD given cinema shutdowns in the rest of Europe.