UK Weekend Box-Office (Feb 16th– Feb 18th)

Half-Term Time! Marvel has a juggernaut hit with ‘Black Panther‘ being their 2nd biggest UK opening (kinda), meanwhile ‘The Shape of Water‘ and ‘Lady Bird‘ score big in their own ways, whilst ‘Father Figures‘ was DOA. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.


#1
Black Panther (12A)
Weekend Gross: £17,750,464
No. of Movie Theatres: 585
Per-Theatre Average: £30,343
Week of Release: 1st
Total U.K. Gross: £17,750,464

 

 

 

 


#2
Fifty Shades Freed (18)
Weekend Gross: £2,708,167
No. of Movie Theatres: 573
Per-Theatre Average: £4,726
Week of Release: 2nd
Total U.K. Gross: £14,478,655

 

 

 

 


#3
The Shape of Water (15)
Weekend Gross: £2,457,592
No. of Movie Theatres: 477
Per-Theatre Average: £5,152
Week of Release: 1st
Total U.K. Gross: £2,457,592

 

 

 

 


#4
The Greatest Showman (PG)
Weekend Gross: £1,927,367
No. of Movie Theatres: 502
Per-Theatre Average: £3,839
Week of Release: 8th
Total U.K. Gross: £30,414,668

 

 

 

 


#5
Coco (PG)
Weekend Gross: £1,381,904
No. of Movie Theatres: 651
Per-Theatre Average: £2,123
Week of Release: 5th
Total U.K. Gross: £15,299,377

 

 

 

 


#6
Early Man (PG)
Weekend Gross: £1,154,533
No. of Movie Theatres: 655
Per-Theatre Average: £1,762
Week of Release: 4th
Total U.K. Gross: £8,540,993

 

 

 

 


#7
Darkest Hour (PG)
Weekend Gross: £536,000
No. of Movie Theatres: 395
Per-Theatre Average: £1,357
Week of Release: 6th
Total U.K. Gross: £21,841,576

 

 

 

 


#8
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (12A)
Weekend Gross: £456,414
No. of Movie Theatres: 353
Per-Theatre Average: £1,293
Week of Release: 9th
Total U.K. Gross: £37,197,072

 

 

 

 


#9
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (15)
Weekend Gross: £405,233
No. of Movie Theatres: 229
Per-Theatre Average: £1,770
Week of Release: 6th
Total U.K. Gross: £10,973,167

 

 

 

 


#10
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (12A)
Weekend Gross: £308,044
No. of Movie Theatres: 339
Per-Theatre Average: £909
Week of Release: 4th
Total U.K. Gross: £6,244,238

 

 

 

 


While preview-figures skew the numbers somewhat, no matter which way you look at the box-office, ‘Black Panther‘s opening was a massive win for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ‘Black Panther‘ opened on Tuesday essentially giving it a six-day opening “weekend” figure of £17.75M. Including previews, the only MCU movie to top that opening was ‘Marvel Avengers: The Age of Ultron‘ (£18.01M). In just its opening six-days, ‘Black Panther‘ has already topped the lifetime gross of ‘Iron Man‘ (£17.21M), ‘The Incredible Hulk‘ (£8.18M), ‘Thor‘ (£14.02M), ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ (£9.47M) and ‘Ant-Man‘ (£16.22M). ‘Black Panther‘s actual weekend, three-day figures amount to £10.48M which ranks it amongst the upper-half of MCU openings.

Incidentally, while I’m here, here are the openings and lifetime grosses for the entire MCU (including previews) thus far;

Iron Man‘ – £5.46M – £17.21M
The Incredible Hulk‘ – £3.25M – £8.18M
Iron Man 2‘ – £7.66M – £20.92M
Thor‘ – £5.44M – £14.02M
Captain America: The First Avenger‘ – £2.98M – £9.47M
Marvel Avengers: Assemble‘ – £15.77M – £51.34M
Iron Man 3‘ – £13.70M – £36.50M
Thor: The Dark World‘ – £8.66M – £19.37M
Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘ – £6.03M – £19.13M
Guardians of the Galaxy‘ – £6.36M – £29.44M
Marvel Avengers: The Age of Ultron‘ – £18.01 – £48.22M
Ant-Man‘ – £4.01M – £16.22M
Captain America: Civil War‘ – £14.46M – £40.77M
Doctor Strange‘ – £9.29M – £22.27M
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2‘ – £13.07M – £39.30M
Spider-Man: Homecoming‘ – £9.38M – £29.79M
Thor: Ragnarok‘ – £12.37M – £30.29M
Black Panther‘ – £17.75M – TBC

In its 2nd weekend we find ‘Fifty Shades Freed‘ which fell 58% from last week. It’s held stronger than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ (66%) but not as strongly as ‘Fifty Shades Darker‘ (53%). In 3rd, Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water‘ opened to a strong £2.45M. It’s a strong opening for Del Toro, ranking higher than ‘Crimson Peak‘ (£967K), ‘Pacific Rim‘ (£2.19M), ‘Pan’s Labyrinth‘ (£298K in limited release), ‘Hellboy‘ (£1.05M) and ‘The Devil’s Backbone‘ (£45K in limited release the same weekend as ‘Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone‘). ‘The Shape of Water‘ ranks Del Toro’s 3rd biggest UK opening behind ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army‘ (£2.96M) and ‘Blade II‘ (£2.54M). Depending on how far its Oscar-traction pushes it at the UK box-office, this could become Del Toro’s biggest UK movie.

In 4th, 5th and 6th, we find three movies that actually earned more than they did last weekend thanks to half-term. ‘The Greatest Showman‘ earned 4% more to make £1.92M and with a lifetime total of £30.14M (and rising) it has now overtaken ‘La La Land‘ to become the biggest original musical in UK history. The next milestone will be the £41.76M; the lifetime total of 2013’s ‘Les Misérables‘, also starring Hugh Jackman. ‘Coco‘ also made 13% more than last weekend and ‘Early Man‘ made 4% more. ‘Coco‘ may have overtaken ‘Cars 3‘ and ‘The Good Dinosaur‘, but its box-office takings are still way down the Pixar rankings. Also benefiting from the half-term was ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle‘ only dropping 18%.

Debuting outside the Top 10 at 11th place we find the new comedy ‘Father Figures‘ which was D.O.A. with £250K from 323 venues with a per-theatre average of £775. But doing much better (relatively) was the 10-theatre release of Oscar-hopeful ‘Lady Bird‘. It may have been in 16th place, but with takings of £158K it earned a per-theatre average of £15,825 which would give it the biggest per-theatre average of any movie this week apart from ‘Black Panther‘s £30,343. This small release made ‘Lady Bird‘ eligible for BAFTA consideration as well.

Takings are up a strong 84% from last weekend and up 53% from the same weekend last year when holdovers ‘The LEGO Batman Movie‘ and ‘Fifty Shades Darker‘ bested ‘John Wick: Chapter 2‘ at the box-office. Next weekend sees modest releases including ‘I, Tonya‘, ‘Finding Your Feet‘, ‘Dark River‘ and the wider release of ‘Lady Bird‘. ‘Black Panther‘ will undoubtedly hold No. 1. Hail to the King.


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Posted: 18th Mar 18

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