UK Weekend Box-Office (Dec 16th– Dec 18th)
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars‘ story nets the biggest opening weekend of 2016 (kinda) and left enough room in theatres for festive event-screenings ‘It’s A Wonderful Life‘ and ‘The Nutcracker: Bolshoi Ballet‘. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
With a four-day opening weekend, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ managed a spectacular £ 17.26M which, at first glance, would seem to be the biggest opening of the year. However, when you take into account the normal three-day figure from Friday, Saturday and Sunday its £13.22M opening lags slightly behind the £15.33M earned by ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘. Still, it’s a huge figure that only disappoints in comparison to some of the biggest openings in recent memory, such as last year’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ which earned £34.01M (£9.68M of that was previews). Still, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ has great word-of-mouth and little direct competition over the next few weeks meaning that it could still go on to be 2016’s biggest hits.
Due to its huge roll-out (698 screens) films in the Top 5 such as ‘Moana‘, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘, ‘Sully: Miracle on the Hudson‘ and ‘Office Christmas Party‘ managed to hold decently earning over £500K. It was the movies lower in the chart that suffered as No. 6 ‘Trolls‘ eared nearly £400K less than the No. 5 ‘Office Christmas Party‘. Still, the low performances of movies like ‘Arrival‘ (£130K), ‘Allied‘ (£121K) ‘Bad Santa 2‘ (£71K) and ‘A United Kingdom‘ (£51K) allowed Christmas-themed event cinema to make the Top 10.
Coming in at No. 7 was the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of ‘The Nutcracker‘ with £135K and at No. 10 we find the annual re-release of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life‘. Since its 2007 re-issue the film has earned a total of £2.38M; an average of 266K a year. It’s become a yearly tradition for many people and the fact that it cracked the Top 10 shows that demand is still relatively high.
Thanks to ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ takings are up 143% from last weekend but down 43% from the same weekend last year when ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ achieved the biggest opening weekend in U.K. history. Due to Christmas falling during a weekend, it means that there’s odd releases scattered throughout the next few weeks including ‘Why Him?‘, ‘Collateral Beauty‘, ‘Monster Trucks‘ and ‘Assassin’s Creed‘. But expect ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ to dominate over the coming weeks.
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