The worldwide box office leader was “Wonka,” a biopic about the life and work of the famed confectioner Willy Wonka, which earned $43.2 million at its opening weekend internationally. The fantasy musical film is set to premiere next weekend in theatres across the United States on Saturday, December 16, along with 40 additional markets.

The Warner Bros. film had a successful international launch, making its way into 37 territories worldwide, including the United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain, and Germany. “Wonka’s” $11.1 million opening in the other nation ranks second for the studio this year; that is right behind “Barbie.”

'Wonka' Conquered Global Box Offices Yet Stumbled in China
‘Wonka’ Conquered Global Box Offices Yet Stumbled in China

‘Wonka’ Conquered Global Box Offices Yet Stumbled in China

Despite its Hollywood origin, “Wonka” only managed to gross $3.2 million in China. Warner Bros. Studios concluded that the possibility of cold fronts and flu breakouts around the nation may have dampened ticket sales.

The film’s launch in America and 40 other markets on the 16th has set Warner Bros. Studios to expect an opening in the $40 million range, based on projections internationally. Also, it intends to continue doing well right up until the holidays.

Wonka Cast

The film has a strong cast that includes Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, and Olivia Colman, among the movie’s other stars, along with Timothée Chalamet and Hugh Grant.

Wonka Producers and Writers

Wonka is produced by Alexandra Derbyshire Luke Kelly and Devid Heyman, along with other executive producers, while Paul King is both a writer and director of the movie.

How Wonka does in the North American market is something to keep an eye on. Based on its international performance, it appears to be a sugar-filled smash that will dominate the holiday box office. How it does in the rankings is something we will have to wait and see.

Wonka Storyline by Warner Bros. Studios

“Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ronald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, Wonka tells the wonderous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician, and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.”

Wonka Storyline IMDB

“With dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, a young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers.”

Wonka Trailer

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