Paramount’s R-rated thriller “Smile” continues to beat box office expectations in North America and beyond. Over the weekend, the horror film added $16.3 million at the international box office, raising its overseas tally to $66.4 million.
Globally, “Masquerade” has earned $137.5 million, a killer result for a film with a production budget of $17 million. That’s an even bigger win considering that “Problem” was originally commissioned for the streaming service Paramount+ and wasn’t intended to play in theaters. But positive test screenings encouraged Paramount to give the film a full theatrical rollout. It’s the studio’s latest win following “Top Gun: Maverick,” “The Lost City,” “Scream” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.”
Ticket sales for “Problem,” which is playing in 61 international markets, fell just 16 percent last weekend. Top grossing markets include the UK with $8.1 million, Germany with $6.6 million, Mexico with $6.1 million, France with $4.8 million and Australia with $3.4 million.
At the international box office as well, “Ticket to Paradise” is breaking barriers for theatrical rom-coms. The film, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts as ex-wives who reunite for a common goal, grossed $72 million overseas. That’s a good sign as the duo is set to land in North America on October 21.
In terms of newcomers, “Halloween Ends,” the grand finale in the long-running slasher series, opened with $17.2 million from 77 overseas markets. That’s not a bad result, but it’s also not good given its less than $1 million discount from “Issues,” which has been playing in theaters for three weeks. Locally, “Halloween Ends” opened to $41.2 million while Day and Date landed on the Peacock, bringing its global tally to $58.4 million.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns as a grandmother with deep-rooted trauma in “Halloween Ends,” the third entry in the rebooted trilogy. Although 2018’s “Halloween” was quite successful at the international box office with $96 million, the 2021 sequel “Halloween Kills” grossed less than half that amount, grossing $39 million overseas.