Skadoo*sh!: ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Crosses $500M WW;  ‘Challengers’ Widens Offshore Net; ‘The Fall Guy’ Starts Overseas Action – International Box Office (2024)

UPDATE: Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4 has topped the half-century mark globally, now with $503.5M worldwide. Of that, $318.5M is from the international box office. Passing $500M makes KFP4, directed by Mike Mitchell (and co-directed by Stephanie Ma Stine), only the fourth animated title to the benchmark since 2020, joining Illumination’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie($1.4B) andMinions: The Rise of Gru($943M), andSony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse($691M).

Overseas, the return of Po & co is now the highest grossing film in the franchise in 37 markets including Mexico ($35.2M) and Brazil ($8.1M). The series of films recently topped the $2B mark globally to become the 7thhighest grossing animated franchise of all time. DWA has the most animated franchises to the $2B milestone worldwide with Shrek ($3.972B), Madagascar ($2.257B), and now KFP ($2.3B).

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News of KFP4’s achievement (more on that to come below) arrives amid a wave of global milestones as Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune: Part Two and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire crossed $700M and $500M, respectively, this frame.

In new play, Universal’s Ryan Gosling/Emily Blunt-starrer The Fall Guy started early at overseas turnstiles with $8.7M from 38 markets. The David Leitch-directed action-romcom, and ode to stunt performers, landed with No. 1s in Australia, Netherlands and several others.

Warner Bros’ Zendaya-led drama, Challengers, from MGM, expanded into 51 more markets serving up $9M in the frame for a running $10M international cume after hitting the court in Australia and New Zealand last weekend (the drop for those was just 21%). With domestic’s No. 1 debut, the movie is at $25M global so far.(See below for more on Fall Guy and Challengers.)

The offshore weekend winner however hailed from Korea with The Roundup: Punishment positively dominating the market at a share of over 90% since Wednesday’s opening. The full frame came in at $29.4M per Kobiz. The Don Lee actioner sold about 4.25M tickets from Wednesday-Sunday and on Saturday became the fastest film to cross 2M admissions this year.

The top studio movie of the weekend internationally was Godzilla x Kong with estimated$14.9M in 78 markets during the frame — another good hold of -45%. Internationally, the monsters are at $337.7M for $519.3Mworldwide through Sunday.

New this session was Japan, home to Godzilla and distributed by Toho there. GxK came in No. 2 behind the second frame of local title Detective Conan: The Million-Dollar Pentagram. Results are ahead of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (+7%), Dune (+85%) and Dune: Part Two (91%).

Here are the Top 5 markets to date: China ($125.9M), Mexico ($32.1M), UK ($16.9M), India ($14.6M) and Australia ($11.7M).

As for KFP4, it added $11.7M internationally this session in 82 markets for a 31% drop. The offshore performance to date, excluding China, is in line withZootopiaand aboveHow to Train Your Dragon 3 and Kung Fu Panda 2 at the same point of release. Also, excluding China, KFP4 has surpassedKFP3andSing 2 internationally.

The Top 5 markets: China ($48.5M), Mexico ($35.2M), UK ($24.4M), Germany ($15.8M) and Australia ($14.7M).

Also from Universal, The Fall Guy kicked off early overseas as we head into the May 1 holiday and before its domestic debut. I was lucky to be in Spain, one of the two majors where it released this session, and a Saturday afternoon crowd applauded and stayed for the credits.

As noted above, the weekend was good for $8.7M in 38 markets and is coming in above The Lost City and just off Bullet Train in the same markets and excluding previews.

Australia was a No. 1 opening with $2.9M across 132 screens, aboveBullet TrainandThe Lost City.The release capitalized on Thursday’s Anzac Day holiday, and 40% of schools are also on holiday this week. Here in Spain, a $1M opening was a clear No. 1 and aboveThe Lost CityandMad Max: Fury Road.In the Netherlands there was also a No. 1 start.

Israel, releasing into Passover, saw Thursday deliver thebiggest opening day of 2024with $400K which marks thebest non-animated opening weekend of the year(excluding previews). The start is aboveJohn Wick: Chapter 4andThe Lost City, and more than doubleBullet Train.

Other No. 1s include Ukraine, Belgium, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

The Top 5 so far are: Australia ($2.9M), Spain ($1M), Netherlands ($556K), New Zealand ($435K) and Hong Kong ($381K).

There are many markets to come next weekend including Germany, France, Korea, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and the UK. China goes on May 17 and Japan on August 16

Slicing back to Challengers, the weekend was worth $9M, as noted above, from 6,344 screens in 52 markets. This is an Amazon MGM Studios title distributed internationally by Warner Bros.

In the UK, the Luca Guadagnino-directed movie ranked No. 1 with $1.8M; roughly on par with Poor Things as well as higher than Battle of the Sexes (+212%), Licorice Pizza (+227%) and Call Me By Your Name (+513%).

Another 12 markets open next week includingBelgiumandHolland,withJapanbeing the final market to open on June 7th.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (SNY): $5M intl weekend (60 markets); $80.6M intl cume/$188M global
Spy x Family Code: White (SNY/CR): $3.4M intl weekend (31 markets); $5M intl SNY cume/$12M global
Abigail (UNI): $2.6M intl weekend (65 markets); $9.9M intl cume/$28.6M global
The First Omen (DIS): $2M intl weekend (51 markets); $31M intl cume/$50.2M global
Back to Black (UNI): $1.1M intl weekend (31 Universal markets); $4.6M UNI intl cume
Monkey Man (UNI): $831K intl weekend (33 markets); $7.8M intl cume/$31.7M global
Oppenheimer (UNI): $399K intl weekend (majority Japan); $642.3M intl cume/$972.2M global

Skadoo*sh!: ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Crosses $500M WW;  ‘Challengers’ Widens Offshore Net; ‘The Fall Guy’ Starts Overseas Action – International Box Office (2024)


Why is Kung Fu Panda 4 bad? ›

Kung Fu Panda 4 is easily the weakest instalment as it lacks the emotional heft that made the trilogy so great but it's still a fun and fast paced 90 minute adventure that makes sure Po still grows as a character by the end. A predictable story that has charm and heart as it shows you're never done learning.

How much will Kung Fu Panda 4 make? ›

Big Bear: How DreamWorks Animation & Universal's 'Kung Fu Panda 4' Is Kicking It With $500M+ Global Box Office.

Is Kung Fu Panda 4 hit or flop? ›

Kung Fu Panda 4 premiered at the AMC 14 Theater at The Grove in Los Angeles on March 3, 2024, and was theatrically released in the United States on March 8. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $503 million worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing film of 2024.

Who says Skadoo*sh? ›

If you're a parent of young kids who love watching movies, chances are good that at some point they became obsessed with saying "skadoo*sh." It's hard enough for an adult to watch a Kung Fu Panda movie, see a picture of Po and not automatically hear Jack Black's catchphrase in their head.

Is there Kung Fu Panda 5? ›

While the sequel is not yet confirmed, Po will still be playing a prominent role. While speaking with Variety, Kung Fu Panda 4 co-director Stephanie Ma-Stine said, "This is definitely not the end of Po's story. Please look forward to more." This also acts as a strong indicator that a fifth movie will happen after all.

Is Kung Fu Panda 4 cancelled? ›

After an eight-year wait, the beloved Kung Fu Panda series makes its comeback with its fourth installment, Kung Fu Panda 4 which is scheduled to hit theaters on March 8, 2024.

Why is Tigress not in Kung Fu Panda 4? ›

It would make sense if she supported Po in his upcoming fight, but director Mike Mitchell revealed that she and the Furious Five would be on individual missions in the fourth film. Even though Tigress isn't in the trailer, she, along with her four comrades, will make a brief appearance in Kung Fu Panda 4.

What animal is Lord Shen? ›

Lord Shen (voiced by Gary Oldman) is a leucistic Indian peafowl and the main antagonist of Kung Fu Panda 2. He was originally a prince of Gongmen City who became interested in gunpowder, wondering if it could be used for warfare.

Who will Kung Fu Panda marry? ›

Po finds himself torn between his love of being Dragon Warrior and his feelings for Lu-Shi. Eventually he decides to marry her, while Crane begins organizing the ceremony.

Did Kung Fu Panda 3 flop? ›

It grossed $521 million worldwide against its $145 million budget, becoming the second-highest-grossing film released in the month of January (behind American Sniper), and the second-lowest-grossing film in the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

Did Kung Fu Panda 4 lose money? ›

Universal and DreamWorks Animation's “Kung Fu Panda 4” remained victorious at the domestic box office, collecting a solid $30 million in its second weekend of release. After 10 days on the big screen, the animated family film has grossed $107.7 million in North America and $176.5 million globally.

What animal is Master Shifu? ›

Master Shifu's species is a Red Panda, often confused due to his gray fur and age. Voiced by Dustin Hoffman, Shifu's connection to Po lies in both being Chinese natives.

How old is Po in kung fu? ›

He is in his 20s. He is also giant panda who was improbably chosen as the "Dragon Warrior", the kung fu champion of the Valley of Peace in the first movie. Po is the adoptive son of Mr. Ping, the Warrior of Black-and-White (as revealed in Kung Fu Panda 2).

What does skadoo*sh mean? ›

The word SKAdoo*sh appeared for the first time in the movie KUNG-FU PANDA where we see the Adorable Po uses the word for explosive and sudden action which takes Tai lung(antagonist) by surprise.

Was Kung Fu Panda 4 any good? ›

Kung Fu Panda 4 offers enough eye-catching entertainment to sustain the franchise's young fans, although it's starting to feel like this series is running out of steam. Kung Fu Panda 4 is fun for the whole family -- maybe not as much fun as the first three, but still a good time.

Is there Kung Fu Panda 4 villain? ›

The main villain in “Kung Fu Panda 4” is the Chameleon, a sorceress with the power to shapeshift and steal the powers of others. This allows “Kung Fu Panda 4” to serve as the “greatest hits” of the franchise's past villains.

Was Kung Fu Panda 4 rushed? ›

Unlike the first three films, the pacing of “Kung Fu Panda 4” felt rushed and didn't give viewers a chance to stop and think about the movie beyond a surface level. One reason why the previous movies were so successful was because it centered around the intricacies of the characters.

Is Kung Fu Panda 4 the end of the franchise? ›

Meanwhile, Kung Fu Panda 4 co-director Stephanie Ma-Stine told Variety that “this is definitely not the end of Po's story” and fans should “look forward to more.” Kung Fu Panda 4 was released eight years after the third film, so hopefully, viewers won't have to wait that long.

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