Magazine article Screen International

'First Man' Leads Trio of New International Releases

Magazine article Screen International

'First Man' Leads Trio of New International Releases

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Damien Chazelle’s awards contender with Ryan Gosling opens worldwide this weekend.

‘First Man’

Three new US studio films make their international debuts this weekend, though none is likely to take over the dominant position grabbed last weekend by comic book-based hit Venom.

Universal Pictures International opens First Man, director Damien Chazelle’s drama with Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong, in Australia, Russia and Spain on Thursday (October 11), the UK on Friday (October 12) and 18 other territories over the course of the weekend.

Boosted by strong reviews from its Toronto festival screening, the awards contender, which also opens this weekend in North America, could be on course for an international debut in a similar orbit to those of Gravity and The Martian, two other October releases with a space exploration theme. The former started with $28.4m from 27 markets in 2013 and the latter with $44.6m from 50 in 2015.

Bad Times At The El Royaleopens through Fox International in Australia and Germany on Thursday, in the UK on Friday and in 34 other markets over the weekend. The thriller with Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jeff Bridges is also opening in North America simultaneous with its international launch.

Family adventure sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - another simultaneous North American debutant - opens through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) in Brazil and Mexico this weekend. …

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