Incredibles 2 or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? The two summer blockbusters have chosen different strategies to conquer the world markets and so far, they have not crossed each other’s paths. The only exception: a few countries such as Russia and the UAE, where the magic powers of the Parr family managed to beat the fierce dinosaurs of Isla Nublar.
But as they get ready to go face-to-face next weekend in North America, in China, in South America and the world over Jurassic World (that opened one week earlier internationally) kept attracting on its second frame huge audiences, with $174 million out of 51 markets for a total of $370 million. It kept the No. 1 title in 48 of those 51 countries. Specifically, it had its debut in China that produced $120 million without counting Monday, a holiday in celebration of the Dragon Boat festival that should easily add an extra $30 million. But again, with Incredibles opening in a few days, will these numbers last? Coco, the last Pixar opening in the Middle Kingdom, was a huge success, and this film combines animation with superheroes.
The same question, conversely, may apply to the domestic market, where the dinos of Jurassic will arrive into theaters next weekend. And where Incredibles celebrated a major debut with a gross of $180 million, the biggest launch ever for an animated film. Its lovable family of superheroes is back 14 years after the original. It enjoyed an A+ CinemaScore. Directed by Brad Bird, the 20th animated movie developed by Pixar is an action movie that touches on themes such as fathers raising kids while mom is at work, as well as the very need of superheroes. It played to everybody: 31% of the US audience were adults not accompanying kids. Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson gave their voice back to the original characters, with the additions of Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Isabella Rossellini and Sophia Bush.
Overseas, Incredibles added $51.5 million. While most of the world was distracted by World Cup games, it ended up as No. 1 in Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and then in Greece, Israel, Lebanon, South Africa and Ukraine. Mexico was actually tops with $12.3 million followed by Australia ($7.7 million) and Russia ($5.4 million).
On its second outing in the US, Ocean’s 8 took the No. 2 spot with $19.6 million and a total of $79.2 million. Internationally, after two weeks, the total so far adds up to $37 million. Australia is the top market, with $8.3 million followed by Korea and Mexico. Next week Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna and the other members of her all female team of robbers will debut in Germany and the U.K, followed by Italy, Spain and Japan.
Tag, a comedy starring Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm and Hannibal Buress as childhood friends, made $14.6 million. Also, Gotti had its debut and it was not a pretty one. John Travolta plays mobster John Gotti, a passion project that that has occupied the star for almost ten years. But with a 0 rating on Rotten Tomatoes and abysmal reviews Gotti managed to gross just $1.6 million.
Deadpool 2 added $10 million and is close to the $400 million mark. Domestically, it added $9 million and the cumulative here is close to $295 million.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is now at a global cumulative of $340 million and Disney and Lucasfilm have lost hope their spinoff will go much farther than that. The last hope is Japan, opening on June 29. Avengers: Infinity War instead crossed the $2 billion global mark and domestically it overtook Titanic: $664.2 million vs. $659.4 million, not adjusted for inflation.