UK Weekend Box-Office (Nov 11th – Nov 13th)
With ‘Arrival‘ being the only new wide release this weekend, it managed to snap up the No. 1 spot facing tight competition from the holdover; ‘Doctor Strange‘. All this and…not much more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
Because ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ opens next week and is expected to become one of the biggest U.K. hits of the year, distributors stayed relatively quiet as they didn’t want their new releases to only have a week-long run. But that didn’t stop Paramount Pictures from rolling the dice on ‘Arrival‘ which probably won’t have strong box-office legs but still managed a strong opening of £2.53M. That’s the biggest opening for a film from director Denis Villeneuve as ‘Sicario‘ opened last year with £1.60M and ‘Prisoners‘ in 2013 with £1.37M. While ‘Arrival‘ does have a bigger budget than both films, it still cost less than $50M so this is a strong result for a U.K. opening.
Since ‘Arrival‘ was the only movie to open in more than 100 venues (‘American Pastoral‘ opened in 18th place on 82 screens with a rather dismal £56K) it was a decent opportunity for movie-goers to catch up on older releases. For example ‘Doctor Strange‘ only dropped 31%, ‘Trolls‘ dropped 8%, ‘The Accountant‘ dropped 36%, ‘A Street Cat Named Bob‘ dropped 11%, ‘Nocturnal Animals‘ dropped 12%, ‘The Girl on the Train‘ dropped 23%, ‘Storks‘ dropped 5%, ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back‘ dropped 41% and ‘The Light Between Oceans‘ actually had quite a significant drop of 69%, though its opening last weekend accounted for three extra days of previews.
Amy Adams is doing very well thanks to ‘Arrival‘ and ‘Nocturnal Animals‘ being films that can make an impact at multiplexes and indie venues. Also, ‘Doctor Strange‘ and ‘Trolls‘ will definitely pass the £20M mark making them the 14th and 15th films of 2016 to do so.
Due to the arrival of ‘Arrival‘ and strong holdover performances, takings only went down 7% from last weekend but down 23% from the same weekend last year when ‘The Lady in the Van‘ was the biggest new release. Next weekend, the only wide release will be the hugely anticipated ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ which will surely dominate and do incredibly strong business for a whole month before the release of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘.
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Posted: 28th Jan 17