UK Weekend Box-Office (Mar 2nd– Mar 4th)
‘Black Panther‘ comes out on top again in the wake of poor UK weather while counter-programming ‘Red Sparrow‘ and ‘Game Night‘ perform decently with surprise Polish hit ‘Kobiety mafii‘ coming from nowhere to chart. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
Box-office takings for Friday were affected to stormy weather with “The Beast from the East” causing snow storms and disrupting traffic, so takings for that day were very low. But the takings for Saturday and Sunday picked up again allowing ‘Black Panther‘ to top the box-office for the 3rd week in a row. With its lifetime gross of £35.77M, ‘Black Panther‘ has almost matched ‘Iron Man 3‘ (£36.50) with the next movie in line being ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2‘ (£39.30M) both of which could be bested by next weekend. While the film is unlikely to match ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble‘s take of £51.34M it could come close to ‘Marvel Avengers: The Age of Ultron‘s lifetime total of £48.22M.
Opening in 2nd place we find ‘Red Sparrow‘ which is a 15-rated, female-led spy movie opening to £1.86M, just slightly higher than last Summer’s ‘Atomic Blonde‘ with £1.68M which had similar selling points. Jennifer Lawrence is carrying the film’s promotional campaign and in regards to her recent openings it ranks well (if you don’t include her “Hunger Games” or “X-Men” franchises). Last September we had ‘mother!‘ open to £821K, then before that we had ‘Passengers‘ with £2.42M and also ‘Joy‘ with £1.51M. It’s a modest opening for 20th Century Fox, though time will tell as to whether or not it will have staying power. It’ll likely be aiming to at least match ‘Atomic Blonde‘ which maxed out at £3.65M which isn’t a great result (the film dropped 70% in its second weekend and never really recovered).
In 3rd, in its 10th weekend we find ‘The Greatest Showman‘ but just below it is newcomer ‘Game Night‘. It comes from the directors of the ‘Vacation‘ reboot in 2015 which opened to a weak £608K so this opening of £1.09M for ‘Game Night‘ is a step up, especially since this is an original movie. It’s from the Producers of ‘Horrible Bosses‘ which opened to nearly twice that number with £2.07M back in 2011, though that film had a bigger marketing push and a larger ensemble cast so ‘Game Night‘ still has done well here.
Thanks to adding more than 200 theatres, ‘Lady Bird‘ remains in the Top 10 having climbed to No. 5 (it ranked 7th last weekend). Not only is it the highest ranking Oscar-movie in the UK charts but it also has the highest per-theatre average so this really is its week. Also just below it we randomly find the Polish crime movie ‘Kobiety maffi‘ (“Women of Mafia”). The last time we talked about a Polish movie in the UK box-office was ‘Pitbull. Niebezpiecze Kobiety‘ in late 2015 which was also from the same director. That film opened to £456K so ‘Kobiety mafii‘ has done well to top it.
The lack of big new releases means that takings are down 25% from last weekend and also down 27% from the same weekend last year when ‘Logan‘ opened strong. Next weekend will see low-tiered comedy releases ‘Walk Like A Panther‘ and ‘Gringo‘ so don’t expect much movement on the charts. ‘Black Panther’ will likely rein No. 1 again whilst holdovers get a chance to earn more before larger releases the week after.
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Posted: 25th Apr 18