Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets finally opened in China to decent numbers, if a bit underwhelming for the world’s 2nd biggest box office market.
After straight up bombing domestically, Luc Besson’s ambitious sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets received a welcomed shot in the arm from a $29 million start over in China, which brought the film’s international weekend to about $35 million. While Valerian is doing pretty well over there with $48.9 million in 6 days, already more than its US total ($39.8 million), that’s not going to be anywhere close to enough to save this $180+ million behemoth. Not when Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets only raised $144 million so far internationally and $183.7 million worldwide.
To be in the black Valerian would need at least $400 million worldwide, and that’s clearly not happening. I think $250 million is probably as much as Europacorp and Luc Besson can expect from this, and even that number is a stretch as $220 million seems to be the more realistic ceiling for Valerian.
Annabelle: Creation made $22.2 million in 2nd. That’s $138.6 million internationally and $218.8 million worldwide for the horror prequel. It’s getting close to Annabelle‘s $172.6 million overseas total, same with The Conjuring ($180.6 million). Just don’t expect Creation to also match The Conjuring 2 ($217.8 million). Worldwide Annabelle: Creation raised $218.8 million, meaning The Conjuring series now totals more than $1.11 billion from just four installments, a new record for the genre. Up next is a movie called The Nun (2018) and if you watched The Conjuring 2 you probably already know what that one will be about.
China’s Wolf Warrior 2 added another $15.8 million this weekend to its record-breaking $820+ million total, all of it from China. That makes Wolf Warrior 2 the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time in a single market, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $936.7 million in the US. Okay that’s straight up insane, just about doubling the previous best in China. At this rate I don’t think we’ll have to wait much longer for the first film that will clear $1 billion in a single market. And no it’s not going to be Star Wars: The Last Jedi or a third Wolf Warrior. By the way, the first Wolf Warrior made only about $89 million in China two years ago. No idea what pushed this sequel to such heights but now I definitely want to see it with my own eyes.
Baby Driver also got a push from China ($9.6 million) to reach $15.6 million in 4th for the weekend. The excellent film written and directed by Edgar Wright moves up to $90.9 million internationally and a very well deserved $194.6 million worldwide. Believe it or not Baby Driver only cost $34 million and is currently Sony’s 2nd biggest film of the summer (obviously in 1st is Spider-Man: Homecoming) and 3rd for the year (they’ve really not had a great 2017).
Despicable Me 3 rounds out the top 5 with $13.1 million. As expected this animation was an absolute beast internationally with $721.9 million to date. That’s more than Despicable Me 2 ($602.7 million) but not quite on the same level as Minions ($823.4 million). Worldwide Despicable Me 3 is currently the year’s 3rd highest grossing movie with $977.1 million. And yes, it will ultimately become 2017’s 3rd $1 billion earner.
In other box office news Wonder Woman topped $400 million internationally and is now at $806.7 million worldwide (6th so far this year). Spider-Man: Homecoming on the other hand is at $737.8 million worldwide and still waiting for its release in China next week, which should get the movie past $800 million, possibly as high as $850 million.