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Exclusive: ‘Rise Of Gru’ Debuts In China; ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Reaches $985M WW; Local Pics Excel – International Box Office – TalkOfNews.com

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With no new wide Hollywood tentpole releases until October, we’re in a period of holdovers, and local titles excelling in their home markets (and beyond), while Top Gun: Maverick continues to soar and there’s a will it or won’t it question mark over Jurassic World Dominion‘s shot at getting to $1B global.

Overall, it was a fairly active weekend at the international box office, with Germany in particular seeing uplift on a handful of titles — Constantin’s Guglhupfgeschwader is still No. 1 there after three frames.

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For Hollywood, Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise Of Gru saw a 37% increase in Germany this session ($29.8M cume) and led all of international play at $26.7M in 83 offshore markets including debuts in China and Italy. The overseas cume is $483.6M, in line with Minions and Despicable Me 3. Global is $833.6M.

On Friday, Gru and the crew landed the biggest opening day of the pandemic for an animated title in China; impressive since the Chinese authorities handed out the date just 11 days prior. Ultimately, Rise of Gru grossed $11.8M for the weekend. It was up against a new local animated entry, New Gods: Yang Jian (which won the frame at RMB 134M/$19.6M). Gru has strong social scores and is the second-highest Hollywood debut for an animated title during the pandemic.

Rise Of Gru is the only Hollywood film releasing in China of late — and for the foreseeable future — while an estimated 17% of locations (including 25% of Shanghai cinemas) are currently still closed due to Covid restrictions. There are two more weeks of school holiday, and we’re told that schools are demanding families take precautions to help stop the spread before children return to classrooms.

In Italy, the origins story opened on Thursday with an 86% share, grossing $1.6M from 446 cinemas. Excluding previews, this was the biggest Universal pandemic opening day, and the 4th biggest Universal opening day of all time as well as the 3rd biggest of the pandemic. The weekend cume of $6.1M (including previews) is line with the opening of Despicable Me 3Rise Of Gru is on track to become the biggest Hollywood animation of the Covid era in Italy.

France was up 6% ($22.7M to date) and the UK was flat with a $48.8M running tally (in line with Minions and DM3 at the same point).

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Sony’s third weekend of Brad Pitt-starrer Bullet Train saw a good dip at just -29% internationally for a weekend total of $12.1M in 61 overseas markets. The offshore cume is $81M with global reaching $150M.

Germany saw a 9% increase while the UK dropped 4%. France and Australia were down just 25% and 29%, respectively, as they held the top spots in their third weekends of release. Korea and Italy launch next weekend followed by Japan on September 1.

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In other Sony news, a combination of Sony Pictures Releasing International and Crunchyroll markets got their first look at Toei Animation’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero this session with $12M from 29 overseas. Of that, the Sony-owned Crunchyroll clocked $535K in Australia and $117K in New Zealand. SPRI markets contributed $11.2M with No. 1s across the board in Latin America. Mexico launched to $3.7M, and Argentina did $1.5M. In Europe, the UK grossed $800K, and the Netherlands added $150K. The Middle East delivered $420K as a region. The worldwide weekend in those overseas markets and North America was $32M

Super Hero originally opened in June in Japan, grossing about $18M. Upcoming key markets include Germany, Spain, Korea, Italy and France.

Crunchyroll will also be releasing Toei’s One Piece Film: Red in North America, Australia and New Zealand this fall. The anime franchise’s 15th feature is already the highest grossing of the series in Japan, now with an estimated 9.28B yen ($68M) after releasing on August 6.

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Sticking with Japan, this could be the swing market on Universal/Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion. Currently at $984.7M through Sunday globally, the movie released in Japan as the last of its majors four weekends ago. The market tends to leg out and is currently doing the bulk of the work with holdovers still contributing. This frame was worth a little over $3.14M overall, with $2M from Japan where it has grossed $37.2M to date, performing in line with Fallen Kingdom at the same point and surpassing the lifetime of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

So does it get to $1B? It’s not a lock, but it’s also not out of the realm of possibility. If the dollar were not quite so strong, JWD would already be across the mark.

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Universal’s Nope will go to Japan next weekend. This frame it rolled out in 38 further markets with new openers grossing $5.5M. The total session including a 37% drop from holdovers was good for $9.4M. The offshore cume is $19.3M with global at $133M. Korea was the major debut at $2.2M for the biggest horror launch of the year. Spain started off with $640K and Netherlands $448K, in line with Get Out. The UK has cumed $5.5M to date, followed by France at $2.4M and Australia with $2.3M. Mexico and Brazil are also on deck this week.

Top Gun: Maverick

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As reported earlier, Top Gun: Maverick, continues to fire in many majors — including significant week-on-week increases in Germany and the UK. The weekend as a whole was $8.7M in 63 markets for $720M international and $1.403B globally.

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Warner Bros’ DC League Of Super-Pets woofed up $6M in 70 markets this session for a 23% drop. As with elsewhere, there were increases in a number of markets including France (+6%), Netherlands (+17%) and Germany (+47%). The UK, Brazil and Mexico saw soft drops. The international running cume is $62.9M for $130.4M global with Japan, Italy and Australia still to go.

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Also of note, Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Love And Thunder crossed $400M overseas on Thursday, and added $4.9M in 46 offshore markets this weekend for a $405M international cume. Global is now $737.1M. And, Sony’s Where The Crawdads Sing is nearing $100M worldwide.

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While the studios are not releasing any major new wide films overseas until October, some markets are excelling with a mix of Hollywood and local titles. In July, Korea was up 150% on last year’s same period, nearly reaching pre-pandemic levels. Top Gun: Maverick was the top grosser for the month, followed by Thor: Love And Thunder and local sequel Hansan: Rising Dragon which released at the end of the month. That movie has now grossed $51.1M through Sunday, landing at No. 2 this weekend behind Hunt, the directorial debut of Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae at $23.5M after 12 days, per Kobiz figures.

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IMAX is also benefiting from the diversity of its slate across multiple local titles. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is at $800K in the format internationally with 33 screens coming on line this week in Germany, India, Indonesia and Dominican Republic. China’s New Gods: Yang Jian did $1.75M in IMAX this weekend, though it shared the network’s screens with Minions (which did $380K in China IMAX. One Piece Film: Red has also been a big breakout for IMAX in Japan with $4.3M to date, the 6th highest-grossing local title ever for the format in the market. In Taiwan, OPR opened to $230K on 10 IMAX screens for 15% of the nationwide total.

Other global IMAX cumes after this weekend include Top Gun: Maverick’s $103.4M, Minions: The Rise Of Gru‘s $13M, Nope’s $12.1M and Bullet Train’s $7.1M.

MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE

Daisy Edgar-Jones in 'Where the Crawdads Sing'

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Where The Crawdads Sing (SNY): $4.1M intl weekend (23 markets); $20M intl cume/$97.7M global
Beast (UNI): $2.8M intl weekend (38 markets); $10.3M intl cume/$21.9M global
Elvis (WB): $2M intl weekend (68 markets); $125M intl cume/$269.7M global


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“Your Song” singer Rita Ora, 32, looked smoking hot on the red carpet at the British Fashion Awards on Dec. 5, and turned heads in a transparent red dress. The bombshell wore a gown by the designer Nensi Dojaka, and paired the look with a red bra and matching thong. In addition, Rita completed her look with facial prosthetics that gave her a futuristic look, along with open-toe red heels and a heart-shaped bra underwire.

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Rita Ora stuns in red at British Fashion Awards. (Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock)

The 32-year-old also made sure to turn around when she walked the red carpet to show off her bare backside, high-slit, and her many tattoos. Many of Rita’s fans took to Twitter to react on this stunning look. “In this weather as well!!! I respect the sacrifice for the fashion,” one admirer wrote, while another added, “I love bleached eyebrows.” However, there were still some members of her fanbase that were not sure how to feel about her siren-red look. “Honestly it’s camp in a bad way and a good way,” a third user penned, while another added, “i’m trying to like it i really am.”

Rita’s see-through gown comes just a few days after she appeared on Louis Theroux‘s podcast, Louis Theroux Interviews on Dec. 1. During this interview, the beauty told Louis whether or not she was “Becky” from Beyonce‘s famous Lemonade album. “I didn’t even think about it, I swear. And it wasn’t a J, it was an R. They flipped it ’round and then it looked like a J,” she said in reference to a 2016 initial necklace that was spotted in a 2016 snapchat. This necklace sparked rumors about who the woman was in the hit song “Sorry” by the 41-year-old.

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Rita Ora shows off her thong at the British Fashion Awards. (Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock)

“No, it had nothing [to do with it],” she said, via PEOPLE.  “No, that was my own design with an underwear company called Tezenis that I was working with,” Rita further explained. “This is what I mean, man. A pinch of salt. You’ve got to take things with a pinch of salt. And that’s what’s insane. I had to just sit through that until a good friend of mine, Katy Perry, gave me a hilarious badge that said ‘not Becky’.”

Of course, the gorgeous cherry-red dress was not the only jaw-dropping look Rita gave this week. She also took to Instagram and TikTok to share her silky blue backless dress from Dec. 4. “Thank you so much @britishvogue and forces for change for having me tonight on such an important night,” she captioned the carousel of photos. One of her celebrity pals included in the snapshots was Avatar star Zoë Saldaña, 44, who stunned in a black pantsuit.

Rita also created a TikTok video that included audio of Kylie Jenner, 25, from the latest episode of The Kardashians. “I’m still a mom, but these are the years I’m supposed to be naked,” the makeup maven’s voice chimed through Rita’s video of her blue dress. “With my t*****s out, a** out, f*** yeah.” The frequent Calvin Harris collaborator captioned the sexy clip, “Not a mum yet but I totally relate.”


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Kirstie Alley, the Emmy-winning actor best known for her breakout role in the hit sitcom Cheers, has died after a battle with cancer, her family announced Monday. She was 71.

“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead,” said a statement posted to Alley’s social media accounts and attributed to her children True and Lillie Parker.

“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”

The statement said Alley’s cancer had only recently been discovered.

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Alley replaced original cast member Shelley Long as the female lead on Cheers, where she played bar manager Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding comedy actress in 1991 and was nominated for every other season she appeared in.

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Alley won her second Emmy in 1994 for her lead role as the parent of an autistic teenager in the made-for-television movie David’s Mother.

She also starred in the hit film Look Who’s Talking opposite John Travolta, as well as its two sequels.

Travolta paid tribute to Alley in an Instagram post Monday night, calling their relationship “one of the most special” he ever had.

“I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again,” he wrote, along with two photos: one of her and the other of the two of them laughing together.

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After Cheers ended, Alley led her own NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet from 1997 to 2000, which earned her another Emmy nomination. She later starred in the sitcoms Fat Actress and Kirstie, each for one season.

and led the sitcoms Veronica’s Closet — which earned her another Emmy nomination — Fat Actress and Kirstie.

She also appeared in several reality television shows, earning second-place finishes on both Dancing With the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother and leading her own series Kirstie Alley’s Big Life.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Alley attended Kansas State University before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles.

Her first television appearances were as a game show contestant, on Match Game in 1979 and Password in 1980.

She made her film debut in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

—With files from the Associated Press

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