UK Weekend Box-Office (Jan 26th– Jan 28th)
‘Darkest Hour‘ reclaims the top spot, ‘Coco‘ holds well while ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure‘ and ‘Early Man‘ opened as expected, but below prior standards. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
Due to the relatively lax state of new releases, awards-contender ‘Darkest Hour‘ only fell 19% from last weekend and with a 3rd week taking of £2.64M managed to nap the No. 1 spot. In total the film has grossed £15.30M and this is mainly due to the film having strong weekday numbers, earning £2.40M between Monday and Thursday. With awards-season ramping up, the film will continue to have strong legs potentially all the way through February. As for Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco‘. it fell a slightly larger 31% from last weekend, though it still managed to hold very well considering it had competition in the form of Aardman Animation’s ‘Early Man‘. But more on that later.
Next up, opening in No. 3 we had the finale of “Maze Runner” series; ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure‘. Opening to £2.13M, it opened higher than the first instalment, back in 2014 with £1.93M, but it lags behind its predecessor ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials‘ £2.45M from 2015. One reason for the slight dip is that this film was delayed 11 months after the film’s star Dylan O’Brien was injured whilst filming, which has allowed the general/casual audience to grow disinterested in the franchise after a long wait. But it’s still a solid figure and shows that there is still a devoted fanbase for the series. How the film will perform in future weeks will be the big deciding factor on the movie’s success, however.
Opening in 4th, despite a massive marketing push and it coming from the U.K’s own Aardman is ‘Early Man‘ with £2.02M. Opening slightly less than ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie‘ from 2015 (£2.09M) it’s up in the air whether or not the movie will manage to earn that movie’s total gross of £13.80M but with the film’s distribution deal with Amazon, it’s clear Aardman were wanting to make a sizeable amount of their earnings through digital-sales after its theatrical run. In terms of Aardman openings, this is Aardman’s lowest when compared to their other feature length work. Their rankings (from highest to lowest) are;
‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit‘ – £9.35M
‘Chicken Run‘ – £3.84M
‘Flushed Away‘ – £3.10M
‘The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists‘ – £2.17M
‘Arthur Christmas‘ – £2.11M
‘Shaun The Sheep Movie‘ – £2.09M
‘Early Man‘ – £2.02M
Falling only 2% from last weekend we find ‘The Greatest Showman‘ with other holdovers ‘The Post‘, ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle‘ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘ only falling between 22-32%. ‘Downsizing‘, despite a large marketing push in the U.K., under-performed with an opening of £1.13M after boasting a near $70M budget. The film’s awards-presense has been non-existent and reviews have been mixed-to-poor so this film will likely quickly drop off. Matt Damon has had lots of U.K. box-office success with movies like ‘The Martian‘ (£6.53M) and ‘Jason Bourne‘ (£7.53M) but ‘Downsizing‘ is more akin to the disappointment that was last year’s ‘The Great Wall‘ (£1.64M). And finally, in 10th position, we have our first Bollywood hit of 2018 with ‘Padmaavat‘ earning the biggest per-theatre average of the week, with £850K from only 137 venues.
While the newcomers couldn’t topple ‘Darkest Hour‘ or ‘Coco‘, their arrival means that takings are up 3.5% from last weekend, though an 8.3% decrease from the same weekend last year when ‘Sing‘ and ‘T2: Trainspotting‘ opened big and fought for the No. 1 spot with ‘Sing‘ just winning out. Next weekend sees the rather tame releases of ‘Phantom Thread‘, ‘Winchester‘ and ‘Den of Thieves‘. None of these will be big enough to hit No. 1 (maybe not even the Top 5) so it’ll be a fight between the holdovers. ‘Coco‘ or ‘Darkest Hour‘ could top the charts again.
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Posted: 28th Feb 18