UK Weekend Box-Office (Aug 12th – Aug 14th)
‘Suicide Squad‘ and the July holdovers held strong whilst the August newcomers hardly made a dent. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. box-office.
Raking in the box-office for a second week in a row, we find the exact same Top 4 as we did last weekend despite four new wide-release films getting their late-summer shot. However, the biggest drop in the chart came from ‘Suicide Squad‘ which fell 62% in its second weekend indicating that maybe word-of-mouth might have impacted the film more than initially thought. But its £4.24M second weekend was still enough for a clear victory. ‘Finding Dory‘ managed an additional £7M during the whole week bringing its total to £27.71M. Pixar’s ‘Inside Out‘ had managed £22.9M at the same stage in its run, for comparison’s sake.
‘Jason Bourne‘ held well for the adult market, but ‘The BFG‘ with its £23.51M total makes it the 8th highest grossing film in the U.K. of 2016. In fact, it’ll become the 7th very soon because ‘Zootropolis‘ total of £26.38M should be overtaken in a couple of weeks (though ‘Suicide Squad‘ will bump it back to 8th again). Just for fun, let’s rank the Top 10 2016 UK box-office movies so far!
- ‘The Jungle Book‘ – £51.45M
- ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ – £40.77M
- ‘Deadpool‘ – £37.61M
- ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ – £36.62M
- ‘The Secret Life of Pets‘ – £34.32M
- ‘Finding Dory‘ – £27.77M
- ‘Zootropolis‘ – £26.38M
- ‘The BFG‘ – £23.51M
- ‘The Revenant‘ – £22.86M
- ‘Suicide Squad‘ – £22.21M
The most successful new wide release was the adult comedy ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates‘ which opened with £1.04M thanks to £370K in additional previews which allowed it to be the biggest new-opener. That’s quite a downgrade from the last Zac Efron and Aubrey Plaza comedy ‘Dirty Grandpa‘ from January with £2.04M. Though that film was coming out in a less-crowded market and had Robert De Niro for additional support. ‘Pete’s Dragon‘ was the actual weekend “winner” thanks to a three-day opener of £844K. ‘Pete’s Dragon‘ has had a rather big marketing push in the U.K. so it could do well over the coming weeks but with ‘Finding Dory‘ and ‘The BFG‘ still doing well with ‘Swallows & Amazons‘, ‘Nine Lives‘ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings‘ on the horizon might cut off ‘Pete’s Dragon‘s legs.
And that’s a rather grim image.
Neck and neck we find the two thrillers ‘Nerve‘ and ‘The Shallows‘ but if you strip out the £196K screenings for ‘Nerve‘ then ‘The Shallows‘ actually came out on top. This is a confusing box-office list, isn’t it?
But it’s a decent box-office haul overall because while takings are up 15% from the same weekend last year when ‘Pixels‘ had an underwhelming debut. Next weekend will see the debut of ‘David Brent: Life on the Road‘ which will probably open bigger than other new releases ‘Lights Out‘, ‘Swallows and Amazons‘ and ‘Nine Lives‘. Though it’s very unlikely to surpass the £4.41M opening of ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie‘ and ‘Suicide Squad‘ will likely win the weekend again.
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Posted: 10th Oct 16