UK Weekend Box Office (Nov 13th – Nov 15th)
‘Spectre‘ led the box-office for the third week in a row, ‘The Lady and the Van‘ opened big and Bollywood made a comeback. All this and more happened at the U.K. box-office last weekend.
Unsurprisingly, the blockbuster juggernaut ‘Spectre‘ remained at No. 1 in its 3rd weekend with an incredibly strong £7.83M. An otherwise impressive number when not compared to its predecessor ‘Skyfall‘ which grossed £10.45M in its third weekend. After 21 days of release, ‘Spectre‘ has a total U.K. gross of £77.59M and ‘Skyfall‘ grossed £77.3M in the same timespan which indicates that while ‘Spectre‘ had the bigger opening week/end, ‘Skyfall‘ has the longer legs, probably thanks to the context surrounding its release (2012 – The 50th Anniversary of Bond, Olympics etc.) as well as more positive word-of-mouth.
However, ‘Spectre‘ is now the 4th highest grossing movie in U.K. history, overtaking ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘ (£66.1M), ‘Mamma Mia!‘ (£68.5M), ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2‘ (£73.1M) and ‘Toy Story 3‘ (£74M). Next up is ‘Titanic‘ with £80.1M which ‘Spectre‘ will surely overtake, then we have ‘Avatar‘ with £94M and finally ‘Skyfall‘ with £102.9M. Whether or not it can take down ‘Avatar‘ and ‘Skyfall‘ remains to be seen since next weekend it will receive heavy competition from ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2‘ which will take up many of its screenings.
But, Maggie Smith proved herself to be a viable box-office draw with a £2.25M opening in the face of ‘Spectre‘ and ‘Steve Jobs‘. The last adaptation of an Alan Bennett play was ‘The History Boys‘ in 2006 with £795K which, despite a huge ensemble British cast, didn’t have many big-names in the leading roles. ‘The History Boys‘ had a lifetime gross of £4.34M which ‘The Lady in the Van‘ will easily top. It also shows Maggie Smith is a draw for the older demographic, as demonstrated by the fact that her last release was part of the ensemble movie ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘ back in February which opened with £3.77M. Maybe her appearance on the Graham Norton chat show the week before this movie’s release (her first chat show appearance in four decades) did the trick.
After ‘Hotel Transylvania 2‘ which only dropped 16% from last weekend, we don’t find ‘Steve Jobs‘. Instead we find the Bollywood hit ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo‘. It earned £187K in previews for a “weekend” total of £911K but we find ourselves with the biggest U.K. Bollywood opening since ‘Bairangi Bhaijaan‘ back in July with £758K. The real disappoint in this Top 10 is ‘Steve Jobs‘ which, despite great acclaim and a very strong marketing push, couldn’t even beat the low-profile (by comparison) Bollywood release with £903K. By comparison, ‘The Social Network‘ opened with £2.48M back in October 2010. Despite Apple and Steve Jobs being well known names in the U.K., maybe this market just isn’t viable for movies ABOUT them. The 2013 Ashton Kutcher movie ‘Jobs‘ didn’t even get a theatrical release here.
Thankfully for ‘Steve Jobs‘ it actually wasn’t the biggest flop of the week. That honour went to ‘Fathers and Daughters‘ which opened in 18th with £25K and a £247 per-theatre average despite starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul.
While ‘Brooklyn‘ only dropped 24% in its second weekend, the rest of the Top 10 was not so lucky. ‘Burnt‘, despite staying in the Top 10 dropped 60%, ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse‘ dropped out of the Top 10 altogether and losing 70% of last weekend’s gross, ‘He Named Me Malala‘ dropped 82% and ‘Kill Your Friends‘ had a dismal second showing by dropping 87%. All of these films will probably be pushed out of theatres completely by next weekend so if you wanted to see them at all, good luck finding any screenings for them after Friday.
This weekend is up 21% from the equivalent weekend from 2014 where ‘Interstellar‘ stayed at No. 1 and ‘The Imitation Game‘ opened strong. Next weekend, distributors are running scared from Lionsgate with ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2‘ set to dominate the box-office. Regardless of who survives to the end of this franchise, the real winner will be Liam Hemsworth and his fans since he’s also appearing in ‘The Dressmaker‘ which is the only movie offering any sort of counter-programming.
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Posted: 19th Nov 15