Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’ makes its international box office debut
Just months after Tom Holland ignited the box office charts with ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, the 25-year-old British actor returns to the big screens with ‘Uncharted’.
Ahead of its domestic debut on February 18, Sony’s big-screen adaptation of its popular video game series opened at the international box office for a solid $21.5 million from 15 overseas markets.
“Uncharted” had the biggest UK debut, landing the top spot with $6.4 million. The film also landed in Spain with $3.5 million, Russia with $4.5 million, and Ukraine with $1.3 million. In the Middle East, “Uncharted” raised $4 million, including $1.3 million from Saudi Arabia and $1.2 million from the United Arab Emirates. Compared to pandemic-era blockbusters, ‘Uncharted’ sits 12% above ‘Eternals’, 18% above ‘Black Widow’ and 21% above ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’. at similar times in their theatrical rollouts.
Along with the United States and Canada, the film opens next week in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and South Korea. It carries a price tag of $120 million.
“Uncharted,” in which Holland plays dashing treasure hunter Nathan Drake, will be a huge (and important) test of the actor’s big-screen appeal to his alter ego as Spider-Man. Movies based on video games tend to be hit or miss at the box office, so Holland will be key to the success or disappointment of “Uncharted.” Fresh off of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which recently surpassed $1.8 billion at the global box office, Holland has garnered a lot of goodwill from audiences. And, if you look up “charming offensive” in the dictionary, there may or may not be an image of Holland’s face. It hopes to draw in audiences at a time when movie theater attendance is spotty at best for anything not involving Marvel superheroes.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (“Venom”), the globetrotting “Uncharted” follows Nathan Drake and his partner Sully (Mark Wahlberg) as they embark on a death-defying quest to uncover the greatest treasure ever found. To complicate matters, the intrepid explorers race against two villains (played by Antonio Banderas and Tati Gabrielle) to locate the legendary fortunes. Think “Indiana Jones”, but as a zoom.
Elsewhere at the international box office, several Hollywood movies, including “Death on the Nile” and “Marry Me,” opened to varying degrees of success (by COVID-19 standards).
Director Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile,” a star-studded murder mystery from Disney and 20th Century Studios, has grossed $20.7 million from 47 overseas territories. The main markets were Russia ($2.5 million), the United Kingdom ($2.4 million) and Italy ($2.1 million). In North America, “Death on the Nile” debuted at No. 1 with $12.8 million for a worldwide total of $33.5 million. Given that the thriller — which follows famed detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) as he tries to solve a murder aboard a glamorous river cruise in Egypt — cost $90 million to produce, “Death on the Nile “has a difficult journey to profitability and will rely heavily on international ticket sales to emerge from the red.
Universal’s romantic comedy “Marry Me,” starring Jennifer Lopez as a music superstar who marries a complete stranger (played by Owen Wilson) at her concert, raked in a whopping $8, $5 million in 65 foreign markets. Combined with its $8 million domestic box office debut, “Marry Me” has grossed $16.5 million worldwide to date. While it’s not a good start, the movie has a $23 million price tag, so it shouldn’t have too much trouble at least breaking even.