UK Weekend Box-Office (Jan 12th– Jan 14th)
‘Darkest Hour‘ lands in a prime awards-season spot and earns a decisive box-office “V” for Victory. But ‘Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri‘ managed to holds its own while ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ begins to stumble out of the charts. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
With its patriotic subject matter, Oscar buzz and off-the-hells of Gary Oldman’s Golden Globe win, ‘Darkest Hour‘ opened to a strong £4.08M. Mid-January has done well for Awards-Contenders in the past like ‘La La Land‘ last year (£6.66M), ‘The Revenant‘ (£5.23M) the year before that, ‘American Sniper‘ (£2.53M), ‘12 Years A Slave‘ (£2.51M) and so on, and it’s proven itself to be an ideal release-spot for ‘Darkest Hour‘. The opening rates significantly higher than the last Winston Churchill biopic ‘Churchill‘, which was released back in June 2017 in 345 theatres to £392K.
The opening also ranks as the highest opening of Gary Oldman’s career as a leading man, besting 2011’s ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy‘ (£2.81M) and it’s the best opening of director Joe Wright’s career, besting ‘Pan‘ (£2.73M) and ‘Anna Karenina‘ (£875K).
‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle‘ only dropped 36% from last weekend, enough to nab second place and earn a lifetime gross of £29.84M, placing it above the lifetime total of ‘The Fate of the Furious‘; the last big Dwyane Johnson film. In third place we find another awards-hopeful ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘. While it may not have outpaced ‘Darkest Hour‘, it does have its recent Golden Globe victory behind it which could give it legs going into awards season. Its opening of £2.32M is still a victory though, especially for director Martin McDonagh as this is the biggest opener of his career. Along with ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle‘, ‘The Greatest Showman‘ had a great hold this weekend, only dropping 11% in its 3rd weekend and it’s the strongest hold of the whole week
Opening in 5th we find the fourth instalment in the “Insidious” franchise; ‘Insidious: The Last Key‘ with £1.87M. It’s not a stellar opening but in the context of previous “Insidious” openings it’s not too shabby. The original opened to £1.441M in 2011, its sequel nearly doubled that with £2.87M in 2013 and in 2015 we saw a franchise low with ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’s £1.440. So it’s an increase from Chapter 3, but not a substantial one. Still, despite the generally negative reviews, it’s not a bad opening.
One of the main stories in the Top 10, however, is the decline of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘. While it’s not flopping or disappointing as it’s the highest grossing movie of 2017 by a mile and it’s made nearly £80M at the box-office and rising, it’s descent to No. 6 in its 5th weekend is notably different from its predecessors as ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ stayed in the Top 5 for 7 weeks and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ for 6 weeks. And finally, ‘All The Money In The World‘ overtook ‘Molly’s Game‘ in the rankings despite losing 46 theatres, indicating that the former might have longer legs than the latter in the long run.
Takings are only 0.6% down from last week but down 12% from the same weekend last year when ‘La La Land‘ and ‘Manchester By The Sea‘ opened and dominated the Oscar-conversation. Pixar’s newest film ‘Coco‘ opens next week after already making £2M in preview screenings this weekend (which will be added to its total next week) and we also have Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post‘ and ‘The Commuter‘ starring Liam Neeson. Expect ‘Coco‘ to easily take No. 1 as now is a prime time to release a family-friendly film so long after ‘Paddington 2‘ and ‘Ferdinand‘.
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Posted: 21st Jan 18