UK Weekend Box-Office (Jan 5th– Jan 7th)
‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle‘ continues to become one of The Rock’s biggest hits as ‘Molly’s Game‘ bests ‘All The Money In The World‘ for biggest awards-contender (kinda). All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
Happy 2018 everybody! I took 2017 off in regards to doing the weekly box-office report because of my work commitments. But let’s hope I can keep up this year! Moving on!
After spending 3 weeks in the No. 1 position, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ was finally knocked off by ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle‘ which dropped 25% from last week. With current takings of £26.27M, ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle‘ is Dwyane Johnson’s biggest non-“Fast and Furious” hit (it has overtaken ‘Fast & Furious 6‘s total of £25.05M but lags behind ‘Furious 7‘s £38.38M and ‘The Fate of the Furious‘ £29.37M) and Jack Black’s 2nd biggest hit behind Peter Jackson’s ‘King Kong‘ in 2005 with £30.1M. Director Jake Kasdan’s last movie was 2014’s ‘Sex Tape‘ with a lifetime gross of £4.43M so this is clearly a step up.
Despite dropping to 2nd place, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s lifetime total of £75M means it has overtaken Disney’s ‘Beauty & The Beast‘s total of £72.4M to become 2017’s biggest movie. At the same stage in its run, 2016’s ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ earned £59.97M and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ had earned £108.43M. Despite lagging behind ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ by 30% it’s still a massive amount of money and is the 6th biggest movie in UK history behind ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘, ‘Skyfall‘, ‘Spectre‘, ‘Avatar‘ and ‘Titanic‘. It will likely overtake ‘Titanic‘s total of £80.3M in the next few weeks but may have difficulty catching ‘Avatar‘s £94M.
From last weekend to this weekend, ‘The Greatest Showman‘ had the strongest hold only dropping 6% to earn £2.37M for a total of £9.94M. It’s currently the 2nd highest grossing original-movie musical in UK history behind last year’s ‘La La Land‘ which earned £28.7M. However, with ‘La La Land‘ earning £14.83M in the same timeframe, it’s unlikely ‘The Greatest Showman‘ will catch it and it might not even come close as ‘La La Land‘ had incredibly awards-buzz whereas ‘The Greatest Showman‘…doesn’t.
Our first newcome is ‘Molly’s Game‘ which earned a respectable £2.28M. However, due to ‘Molly’s Game‘ getting a release on New Year’s Day, that number is inflated by 4-days of previews totalling £1.13M, meaning ‘Molly’s Game‘s actual 3-day number is £1.15M which would technically place it below other newcomer ‘All The Money In The World‘ which opened to £1.16M. It’s a tight race. For ‘Molly’s Game‘, Aaron Sorkin’s name is all over the marketing so it’s reasonable to compare it to his previous work such as ‘The Social Network‘ (£2.48M), ‘Moneyball‘ (£230K) and ‘Steve Jobs‘ (£903K) and ‘Molly’s Game‘ ranks as one of his higher openings. As for star Jessica Chastain this is a high-point for her as an awards-contender, leading lady as it’s above ‘Zero Dark Thirty‘ (£1.05M), ‘Miss Sloane‘ (£190K) and ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife‘ (£101K), though the latter two had significantly smaller releases and marketing campaigns.
As for ‘All The Money In The World‘, this opening isn’t akin to other Ridley Scott films like ‘The Martian‘ (£6.53M) or ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings‘ (£2.60M) but it ranks higher than the last time he tried to do drama with ‘The Counselor‘ (£814K). Further down, opening in 9th place, we also find ‘Hostiles‘ floundering thanks to no awards buzz with £380K in semi-wide release.
We also find ‘Paddington 2‘, despite being released for 9 weeks, still in the Top 10 with a lifetime gross of £40.15M, having out-grossed the original film (which had earned £34.97M in its 9th weekend) and leaving ‘Ferdinand‘ in the dust with £8.21M in its 3rd weekend.
Takings are down 28% from last week and 3% down from the same weekend last year when ‘Assassin’s Creed‘, ‘A Monster Calls‘ and ‘Silence‘ brought a diverse array of audiences to the cinema. Next week we have the Winston Churchill biopic ‘Darkest Hour‘ (expected to earn big in the UK), recent Golden Globes Winner ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘ and ‘Insidious: The Last Key‘. Expect ‘Darkest Hour‘ to take it in a landslide.
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Posted: 18th Jan 18