With a $50.5M opening weekend overseas, the return of Vin Diesel as Xander Cage flexed its muscle in 53 markets for 54% of the offshore footprint. That’s 42% above Kingsman, 4% above San Andreas, on par with GI Joe: Retaliation and 3% below Taken 3.

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The DJ Caruso-helmed pic sees Diesel as government operative Cage who comes out of self-imposed exile for a new assignment to recover a powerful weapon known as Pandora’s Box. He then finds himself caught up in a deadly conspiracy of corruption among world governments after recruiting a new group of cohorts.

While domestically the film didn’t come out swinging, this is a movie made for international audiences where Diesel also excels (he was the No. 2 international box office draw in 2015 with $1.25B in grosses). Also among the cast are martial arts master Donnie Yen, The Mermaid and L.O.R.D.’s Kris Wu, Indian superstar Deepika Padukone and Ong-bak’s Tony Jaa, among others. The cast, whose social media outreach counts about half a billion followers, has traveled to Mexico, India and the UK. In India that paid off with a No.1 opening of $7.3M including previews.

The other top markets this weekend are Russia (No. 1/$5.5M), France (No. 1/$3.1M), Germany (No. 1/$2.8M), Mexico (No.1/2.8M) and Australia (No. 2/$2.3M). The UK was a soft spot for the Paramount and Revolution title with La La Land on a high there and faced with Sing and James McAvoy-starrer Split. Brazil also landed at only No. 3 while the rest of Latin America and South East Asia openings were largely No. 1s.

In IMAX, Xander Cage revved up $5M global on 630 screens in 56 markets. Of that, $2.4M came from international, led by Russia where Diesel scored his best IMAX opening outside the Fast franchise.

With an A- CinemaScore, the film found a better reaction that Diesel’s last non-Fast outing, 2015’s The Last Witch Hunter (B-). That film suffered domestically but made 81% of its global $146.9M abroad. It wasn’t enough to kickstart a franchise, though, and the next few weeks will see how xXx fares overseas. There is still plenty of play to come with Korea, China and Japan on deck.

Notably, this marks the first film in the $1B slate co-financing deal between Par and China’s Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media. Chinese box office has been in a funk of late but should be boosted during the Spring Festival. Xander Cage hits the Middle Kingdom with the muscle of those new partners on February 10.http://deadline.com/2017/01/xxx-return-of-xander-cage-split-la-la-land-great-wall-international-weekend-box-office-1201891736/

 

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