UK Weekend Box-Office (Dec 9th– Dec 11th)
It’s fourth times the charm for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘, ‘Office Christmas Party‘ actually opens well for a festive film and the awards-contenders were dead on arrival. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
As predicted, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ managed to stay at the No. 1 spot for a 4th week in a row; the first film in 2016 to accomplish such a feat and the first movie to do so since ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘. Taking in a lifetime total of £42.39M is already the 4th highest grossing U.K. film of 2016 behind ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby‘ (£47.9M), ‘The Jungle Book‘ (£46.2M) and ‘Finding Dory‘ (£42.8M). While ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ next weekend will take the momentum away from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ there is a very high chance that it’ll still have enough gas in the tank to overtake these three films over the coming weeks. Especially when the schools break up for Christmas which will provide a boost from younger audiences. The movie also looks set to overtake the lowest-grossing Potter film ‘Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban‘s lifetime total of £46.1M.
This weekend the strongest hold went to ‘Moana‘ which only fell 13% in its second weekend. While that may be encouraging after its poor showing last weekend its current lifetime total of £4.80M is still behind ‘The Good Dinosaur‘s £5.12M at the same time in its theatrical run. ‘Sully: Miracle on the Hudson‘ also had a strong hold by only dropping 32% but it has been helped by an additional 32 venues.
The highest performing newcomer was ‘Office Christmas Party‘ which actually performed quite well considering the fact that recent Christmas-themed movies have been dead-on-arrival at the box-office. Opening to £1.19M (plus £288K in previews) the film out-performed ‘Bad Santa 2‘ (£799K) and ‘The Night Before‘ (£273K) and ‘Office Christmas Party‘ has the possibility to perform well over the next few weeks as Christmas approaches.
The Top 10 was rather front-loaded with the Top 4 movies earning more than £1.1M but the rest of the box-office peaking at £363K (‘Allied‘). It would seem that many movie-goers spent the weekend used this quiet weekend to catch up on older releases and not engage with the new indie counter-programming. ‘Snowden‘ under-performed by only earning £141K (£68K in previews) as well as a poor per-theatre average. Landing outside the Top 10 was Nate Parker’s critical darling ‘Birth of a Nation‘ in 13th place earning £135K (£49K in previews) from 196 venues with a per-theatre average of £689 (£441 when previews are removed).
Due to the lacklustre new releases, takings are down 23% from last weekend but still 44% up from the same weekend last year when no new releases made it into the Top 10 as distributors braced for the impending ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘. Next weekend sees ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ arrive and it’ll surely open at No. 1 and probably stay there until 2017.
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Posted: 19th Feb 17