UK Weekend Box-Office (Jan 2nd – Jan 4th)
Because it’s not often documented effectively in UK Film Journalism, I’ve decided, from the first week in 2015, I’m going to start keeping up to date on what films are making a splash across the pond. When it comes to a movie’s gross or box-office, it’s usually divided into two categories; Domestic (The USA) and International (Everywhere else). But I find it interesting to see what films are popular in individual territories.
For example, while Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ was the biggest film in the US in 2014, the biggest film in the UK was ‘The LEGO Movie‘ (however, that will be overtaken any day now by ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies‘).
So, without further ado, let’s go over the UK Top 10 for the first weekend of 2015.
The first No. 1 movie of 2015 is the Stephen Hawking biopic ‘The Theory of Everything‘ and while this is unsurprising thanks to a strong UK marketing campaign, big awards buzz as well as the story resonating with UK audiences, it did have to fight ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies‘. The final instalment in Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth saga has been a box-office juggernaut in International territories with it about to become the biggest UK film of 2014, overtaking ‘The LEGO Movie‘.
However, overwhelming word-of-mouth as well as family audiences always looking for entertainment has allowed ‘Paddington‘ to flourish as it’s No. 3 in its SIXTH(!?) week in theatres. Let’s hope this charming adaptation will find similar success in the US when it opens on January 16th.
While opening 4th doesn’t bode incredibly well for ‘The Woman in Black: Angel of Death‘, because this is a low-budget, low-thought horror movie, it doesn’t have to recoup much financially to be considered a success. But with an adequate per-theatre average, it shows that audiences are hungry for horror, even after the festive season.
In the the final week of 2014, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings‘ opened at No. 2 (behind ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies‘) but it has plummeted to No. 6, indicating that while viewers in the UK were willing to give the biblical critical flop the benefit of the doubt, they were willing to stick around for long.
And while 2014 holdovers such as ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb‘, ‘Annie‘, ‘Dumb and Dumber 2‘ and ‘Penguins of Madagascar‘ slowly limp along in the Top 10, new entry ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)‘ may initially seem like a disappointment, until you take into account its limited number of theatres (compared to the other 9). Expect the superhero deconstruction Oscar-contender to have long-legs as awards word-of-mouth builds over the coming weeks and months.
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Posted: 8th Jan 15