UK Weekend Box Office (Dec 11th – Dec 13th)
With distributors running scared from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ next week, we have the lowest grossing cumulative box-office of 2015 with even the counter-programming art-house flicks flopping. All this and more happened at the U.K. box-office last weekend.
For the first time in 2015, there are no new releases in the Top 10 and the cumulative gross for the whole of the U.K. was the lowest of the year with a grand total of £6.45M. You have to go as far back as July 4th-6th 2014 where ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie‘ was No. 1 in its 2nd weekend to find a cumulative total lower than the past weekend (£6.36M). Distributors were clearly running scared from Disney as they’re releasing ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ next weekend.
The fact that ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2‘ was able to be No. 1 for the 4th week in a row (the first movie in the U.K. to do so since ‘Les Misérables‘ in early 2013) is more indicative of the lack of major releases as opposed to the quality of the movie. ‘Spectre‘ managed three weekends at No. 1 but managed to gross £77.59M in that time whereas ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2‘ has managed a comparatively low £25.49M in its 4th weekend. The movie’s weekend gross of £1.28M is the lowest for a No. 1 movie since ‘Lucy‘ in its 3rd weekend in September 2014 with £1.19M.
While ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ earning £1.27M in its 3rd weekend can hardly be called a “win”, it has finally started showing signs of traction as it only dropped 25%. A handful of schools have broken up for Christmas, but hopefully when schools nationwide break up next weekend parents will take their kids who are too young to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ to see ‘The Good Dinosaur‘. Pixar will need that to happen otherwise ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ will under-perform their previous lowest grossing film in the U.K., ‘Cars 2‘ with £15.7M.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2‘ and ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ were the only two films to gross more than £1M this weekend with everything else in the charts dropping between 27-38% from last weekend (sans ‘Victor Frankenstein‘ which dropped 60%’, the biggest drop in the Top 10). There were previews for ‘Sisters‘ and ‘Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie‘ but they didn’t count towards the official Top 10 and even if they did, neither would have made the Top 5.
The highest ranking new release was the Lily Tomlin comedy ‘Grandma‘ which placed 14th with £35K and below that was the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt romance ‘By The Sea‘ in 16th place with £24K. We also have ‘Hector‘, the homeless-themed drama starring Peter Mullan which opened at 19th with a gross of £16K. These three films were art-house counter-programming films and none of them managed to find an audience amongst that demographic.
Overall, the box-office is down 35% from last weekend and a harsh 65% down from the same weekend last year where ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies‘ opened with £9.75M. That movie went on to be the highest grossing film in the U.K. of 2014 and it seems like that record could be smashed over the coming weeks and months as ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ opens next weekend. With round-the-clock screenings in 2-D, 3-D and IMAX along with additional Thursday showings giving it a 4-day opening weekend we could see many records being broken. Be sure to come back next week to see how that turns out.
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Posted: 19th Dec 15