UK Weekend Box-Office (Jan 19th– Jan 21st)
‘Coco‘ delivers a strong opening for Pixar, ‘Darkest Hour‘ continues to make bank and ‘The Post‘ still managed to make an impression despite a crowded awards-market. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
As expected, Disney/Pixar’s latest animated, critical-darling ‘Coco‘ made a large splash at the U.K. box-office. It’s opening of £5.20M was bolstered somewhat by preview screenings last weekend totalling £1.84M, however its official three-day figure of £3.36M is still enough to land the top-spot over ‘Darkest Hour‘s £3.25M, but more on that later. ‘Coco‘s three-day figure was larger than Pixar’s last release ‘Cars 3‘ last summer which opened to £2.63M. That film totalled out at £11.7M making it Pixar’s lowest gross in the UK for any of their films, but thankfully ‘Coco‘ will shoot past that soon. It also opened larger than ‘Moana‘s take of £2.21M and opened on-par with Dreamworks’ ‘Trolls‘ with £5.44M with previews.
After great word-of-mouth, the UK subject matter and also Gary Oldman’s recent Golden Globes success, ‘Darkest Hour‘ only dropped 18% in its second weekend. The film is also doing well during weekdays thanks to an older crowd giving it a total gross of £11.23M and rising. ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘ is also doing reasonably well, only dropping 30% with its drop to 7th place in the charts mainly being attributed to new wide releases taking the higher spots.
But in the awards-space, a new challenger approaches with Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post‘ hitting 551 venues. It’s a larger opening than Spielberg’s last awards-effort also starring Tom Hanks; ‘Bridge of Spies‘ (£1.86M) although it does lag behind 2012’s ‘War Horse‘ (£3.94M), though that film had more British talent and was adapted by a book from a UK national treasure; Michael Morpurgo. Though one of the bigger stories in this box-office breakdown is the continued success of ‘The Greatest Showman‘ which fell 0.8% from last weekend. Yes, less than a single percent in its 4th week. Also in its 5th week, ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle‘ only fell 23%. This is all despite new releases doing well which indicates a very healthy U.K. box-office all around where the wealth is being spread with 8 of the Top 10 films earning more than £1M this weekend.
Although it was hard for Liam Neeson’s latest action-film to muster up much enthusiasm at the box-office. While the original ‘Taken‘ in 2008 (£1.16M) catapulted him into B-movie success, it seems that after almost 10 years of the same material he has lost audience goodwill with ‘The Commuter‘ only opening to £1.60M. It may be a larger opening than ‘A Walk Among The Tombstones‘ £1.31M and ‘Run All Night‘ (£823K), it significantly lags behind ‘Non-Stop‘ (£2.65M), ‘Taken 2‘ (£7.37M) and ‘Taken 3‘ (£6.71M). It seems that it will be some time before Liam Neeson punches people in fast-moving vehicles again.
Takings were up 22% from last weekend and also up 49% from the same weekend last year when ‘Split‘, ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage‘ and ‘Lion‘ were the biggest new releases as ‘La La Land’ held onto the top spot. Next weekend sees the release of ‘Early Man‘, ‘Downsizing‘, ‘12 Strong‘ and ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure‘. While ‘Early Man‘ could be the biggest new release, it’s picked a bad time to release with ‘Coco‘ doing so well, so it might not open at No. 1 . ‘Coco‘ and ‘Darkest Hour‘ will likely be fighting for the top spot once again.
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Posted: 11th Feb 18