The Hollywood Reporter’s Saturday morning box office update includes the following from Warner Bros. regarding the initial foreign numbers for Legend of Tarzan:
Tarzan launches in 19 markets this weekend, including South Korea and Russia, and it will open in a number of other major markets next week before landing in China on July 19. It’s earned $7.1 million in its first three days, earning $1.3 million in Russia and $1.5 million in South Korea.
Debuting to a dominant #1 on Thursday with a 46% share of the top 5 films in the market, Russia grossed an impressive Rbl 43 ($660k) from 2,166 screens, outranking fellow opener THE BFG. Opening day results came in 45% higher than the opening day of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and 5% higher than SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. Adding in Friday grosses, the cume is now Rbl 86m ($1.3m).
After a full day of previews on Wednesday, Korea opened on Thursday to an excellent KRW 471m ($401k) from 539 screens. We currently rank #2 behind the opening of local title, FAMILYHOOD and ahead of other local opener THE HUNT. We are by far the #1 foreign film in the market surpassing INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (2nd wknd) by a wide margin. The 3 day cume is now Won 1.7b ($1.5m).
This is very good news but too soon to make too much of it. Stay tuned. Foreign is going to be absolutely critical as to whether or not Legend of Tarzan is regarded as a success…… which of course feeds into the sequel discussion, which was dead on the vine yesterday, but alive today.