Box Office: 'Yesterday' Sings Past $100M Globally in Win for Smaller, Original Films
The Universal and Working Title — centered around the music of The Beatles — was directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis.
The adult-skewing dramedy Yesterday has passed the $100 million milestone at the worldwide box office after staying afloat in a summer where big, branded tentpoles have capsized many smaller, original titles.
In addition to being a win for smaller, original studios titles, It also continues the hot streak for music-infused movies.
From Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, the Universal and Working Title release finished Tuesday with a domestic total of $59.2 million and an overseas tally of $41.8 million for a global cume of $101 million against a $26 million budget before marketing.
Of course, Yesterday has its own IP — the music of The Beatles.
Starring big-screen newcomer Himesh Patel, the story follows a young, struggling singer-songwriter who wakes up after a mysterious worldwide blackout to discover that he's the only one who remembers the music of The Beatles. Boyle directed from a script by prolific screenwriter Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Love Actually). Kate McKinnon also stars.
Yesterday is one of the few examples of successful counterprogramming at the 2019 summer box office, where the disparity between the have and have-nots is dramatic. Adult-skewing titles Long Shot, Booksmart and Late Night all underwhelmed.
Paramount's Elton John biopic Rocketman also served as successful counterprogramming this summer, although it had a far higher profile, given its established star in Taron Egerton, John's involvement and a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Rocketman, released in late May, has grossed $182.7 million globally, including $94 million domestically. (It's probably not a coincidence that Rocketman and Yesterday are prospering in the wake of the smash hit Bohemian Rhapsody.)
Yesterday has remained in the top five at the North American box office since opening to $25 million last month, a career-best for Boyle.
There are 24 overseas markets still left to open, including China, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Italy and Japan.