International weekend estimates are in after Oscar Sunday with Deadpool leading the studios overseas at a $39.8M frame. That gives the Fox fiend a hat trick of No. 1s at the international box office and a global cume of $609.3M — international is $324M of that (more below). In more good news for Fox, Oscar nominations leader The Revenant has crossed $400M worldwide even before it goes into China on March 18 (yes, it just got a date there), while its other nominated pic The Martian is fast approaching $400M offshore thanks to a continuing strong run in Japan. The Revenant enters Japan on April 22.
Looking at this weekend’s openings, the major new play was Lionsgate’s Gods Of Egypt whose chariot rolled out of the gate in 68 markets with $24M. This brand of action tends to play in Russia and as expected that is the top gross this weekend with a No. 1 at $3.8M. That’s lower than a number of comps from before the ruble tanked, but on par with 2015’s The Last Witch Hunter in local currency. Whether the film is facing a similar fate overseas as has befallen it domestically will be borne out in the coming weeks. The opening is not much of a surprise — projections I’d heard ahead of the weekend were in the $25M range, while some rival studio execs said they weren’t tracking it. The genre tends to be more heavily weighted to foreign and an ultimate gross in the range of Pompeii ($95M) and Last Witch Hunter ($113M) could be on the cards. In a staggered release, it has several major markets to come, including China on March 11.
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