UK Weekend Box-Office (Aug 19th – Aug 21st)
David Brent wasn’t able to dethrone ‘Suicide Squad‘ as ‘Finding Dory‘ reclaimed the top-spot once again in its FOURTH weekend. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. box-office.
Despite spending four weekends in theatres, and two of those weeks behind ‘Suicide Squad‘, ‘Finding Dory‘ managed to climb back to the No. 1 spot. ‘Finding Dory‘ managed to climb 13% from last weekend, possibly thanks to strong word-of-mouth and a lot of rain over the weekend encouraging people to spend their time indoors. Family holdover movies actually saw an increase or a minimal decline across the board with ‘The BFG‘ climbing 12.8% from last weekend and ‘Pete’s Dragon‘ only falling 4.6% in its second weekend. This is even more impressive when you take into account the new entries but more on that later.
‘Finding Dory‘, after 24 days, has earned £32.47M compared to ‘Inside Out‘s £30.7M in the same period, ultimately ending with a £39.2M haul. ‘Finding Dory‘ should easily cross the £40M barrier and is breathing down the neck of ‘The Secret Life of Pets‘ £34.55M as the highest grossing animated movie of the year so far.
‘David Brent: Life on the Road‘ was the king of the newcomers with a £1.46M opening. That’s way behind on the openings of ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie‘ (£4.41M), ‘The Inbetweeners Movie‘ (£13.21M) and ‘The Inbetweeners 2‘ (£12.53M) but about on-par with 2013’s ‘Alan Partidge: Alpha Papa‘ (£1.43M). That movie ended with a £6.2M total and it looks like ‘David Brent: Life on the Road‘ will be aiming for that result. While Ricky Gervais has done well on TV, he’s not headlined a movie since 2009’s ‘The Invention of Lying‘ which actually opened bigger than this with £1.73M without the help of inflation or the David Brent character.
The runner-up newcomer was ‘Lights Out‘ and while James Wan was not the director, his name was attached to the movie and was prominent in the marketing. Just over three years ago ‘The Conjuring‘ opened to £2.15M however that film had far less competition in August. And then, further down and with openings in the same ballpark we find family-friendly ‘Swallows and Amazons‘ and ‘Nine Lives‘ and perhaps if either of these films had come out in a market when there weren’t plenty of other family-friendly films then they could have performed better…except ‘Nine Lives‘…that movie was always going to flop.
But the market is performing quite well as for the fourth time in 2016 six movies grossed more than £1M and 14 movies grossed more than £300K (‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates‘, ‘Nerve‘, ‘The Shallows‘ and ‘The Secret Life of Pets‘ occupy 11th to 14th place). That’s not happened since January 2015. Takings are up 3% from last weekend and 37% from the same weekend last year when ‘Paper Towns‘ was the biggest new release. Next weekend is a bank holiday with ‘Bad Moms‘, ‘The Mechanic: Resurrection‘, ‘War Dogs‘, ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ and ‘The Purge: Election Year‘ being the biggest releases. Saturation may take ahold meaning there won’t be one clear winner and as a result ‘Finding Dory‘ and/or ‘Suicide Squad‘ could claim the top spot again.
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Posted: 15th Oct 16