Only a few months after igniting the box office with “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Tom Holland, 25, is returning to movie theatre marquees with “Uncharted.”
Before its February 18 domestic release, Sony’s big-screen version of its famous video game franchise debuted to a strong $21.5 million in 15 foreign countries.
“Uncharted” jumped to the top of the charts in the United Kingdom, earning $6.4 million in the first week. Additionally, the film grossed $3.5 million in Spain, $4.5 million in Russia, and $1.3 million in Ukraine.
“Uncharted” grossed $4 million in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia contributing $1.3 million and the United Arab Emirates contributing $1.2 million. In comparison to pandemic-era movies, “Uncharted” is now running 12 percent ahead of “Eternals,” 18 percent ahead of “Black Widow,” and 21 percent ahead of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” at comparable times in their theatrical rollouts.
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Along with the United States and Canada, the picture will be released in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea the following week. The project is estimated to cost $120 million.
“Uncharted,” in which Holland appears as dashing treasure hunter Nathan Drake, will be a massive (and critical) test of Holland’s big-screen appeal outside of his Spider-Man persona.
As video game adaptations are notoriously hit-or-miss at the film office, Holland’s performance will be critical to “Uncharted’s” success or failure.
Holland has amassed much goodwill from viewers with the success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which just broke the $1.8 billion worldwide box office mark. Additionally, an image of Holland’s face may or may not appear in the dictionary entry for “charm offensive.”
He’s attempting to attract moviegoers at a time when attendance for everything that isn’t a Marvel superhero film has been poor at best.
The globe-trotting “Uncharted,” directed by Ruben Fleischer (“Venom”), follows Nathan Drake and his wisecracking companion Sully (Mark Wahlberg) on a life-threatening journey to unearth the greatest treasure never discovered.
Complicating things, the courageous explorers are up by two villains (Antonio Banderas and Tati Gabrielle) to pursue mythical wealth. Consider “Indiana Jones” transformed into a zoomer.
Several Hollywood films, like “Death on the Nile” and “Marry Me,” debuted to varying degrees of success elsewhere at the worldwide box office (by COVID-19 standards).
“Death on the Nile,” directed by Kenneth Branagh and produced by Disney and 20th Century Fox, grossed $20.7 million in 47 international regions. Russia (2.5 million dollars), the United Kingdom (2.4 million dollars), and Italy (2.1 million dollars) were the top markets.
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“Death on the Nile” opened at No. 1 in North America with $12.8 million and grossed $33.5 million worldwide. Because the whodunit — which follows renowned detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) as he attempts to solve a murder aboard a luxurious river cruise in Egypt — cost $90 million to produce, “Death on the Nile” faces a difficult road to profitability. It will rely heavily on international ticket sales to break even.
After her performance, the romantic comedy “Marry Me,” featuring Jennifer Lopez as a musical superstar who marries a stranger (played by Owen Wilson), grossed a pitiful $8.5 million in 65 overseas territories.
“Marry Me” has grossed $16.5 million globally to far, including its $8 million domestic openings. While this is hardly an ideal start, the film is budgeted at $23 million, so it should have no difficulty breaking even.