‘Tomb Raider’ Kicks Off – International Box Office

Warner Bros and MGM launched the Alicia Vikander-starrer in nine Asian markets this weekend, kicking off with $14.1M on 3,425 screens. The latest adaptation of the best-selling video game franchise comes 15 years after we last saw Lara Croft, played by Angelina Jolie at the time. This outing, directed by The Wave’s Roar Uthaug, is an origin story for the heroine who sets out to solve her father’s mysterious death. Kristin Scott Thomas, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Nick Frost co-star.
The second film in the original series, 2003’s Cradle Of Life, dropped markedly from the 2001 first pic, both domestically and internationally. This one, with Oscar-winner Vikander, is rolling out overseas ahead of domestic and comes at a time ripe for kick-ass female heroines. Offshore now has two in rapid release following last weekend’s opener Red Sparrow which had solid holds this session. Crowding matters, there’s another upcoming actioner (particularly destined to appeal to Asian audiences) in the form of Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Looking at comps in like-for-like markets, the Tomb Raider opening was on par with Jolie-starrer Salt, 10% ahead of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, 44% above Ghost In The Shell, 82% bigger than the original The Hunger Games and more than double last week’s Red Sparrow and each of the Divergent movies.

The debut this weekend ranked Tomb Raider as the No. 1 film in Asia (outside China and Vietnam which open next session). Its best performance was in Korea where it was No. 2 with $2.9M on 800 screens behind local pic The Vanished which had an extra day. It dominated the Top 5 films in release in Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines.

It’s early days and next weekend will be telling. The coming session sees 45 markets added including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and China.

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