UK Weekend Box-Office (Nov 18th – Nov 20th)
Warner Bros. manages to deliver the biggest U.K. opening of the year with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ and audiences also turned out to see André Rieu for Christmas. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
The past couple of weeks have been relatively quiet with distributors running scared of this week’s new release; Warner Bros’ ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘. The “Harry Potter” franchise, thanks to its home-grown origins and setting, have been some of the most financially successful movies in this country along with the “Bond” franchise, meaning that expectations were very high for this new spin-off entry. It seems that their faith was well-founded as ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ boasted the biggest opening of 2016 so far with £15.33M. This opening bests both big comic-book films this year; ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ (£14.47M) and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ (£14.62M). It’s the biggest U.K. opening weekend since ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ last December (£34.01M) and it’ll have a solid four-week run at the box-office before the arrival of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ which has the potential to open on-par or even bigger than ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘.
But where does the film’s opening compare with other Potter-fare? Well, previews make it a big complicated but here’s a list of all the Potter openings;
- ‘Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone‘ – £16,33M
- ‘Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets‘ – £18,87M
- ‘Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban‘ – £9,50M
- ‘Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire‘ – £14,92M
- ‘Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix‘ – £16,49M
- ‘Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince‘ – £19,78M
- ‘Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Part 1‘ – £18,31M
- ‘Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Part 2‘ – £23,75M
- ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ – £15,33M
Because those numbers do not take into account ticket inflation, it would seem that ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ has opened on the lower-end of the spectrum for a Potter-film. However, due to early previews many of the previous Potter-openings were bolstered. When you strip out the previews, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ only lags behind the two “Deathly Hallows” movies, but bare in mind that older films don’t get the benefit of inflation, additional IMAX and 3-D ticket prices. Either way, it’s still an incredibly strong opening and the film will surely dominate the latter-half of November and the first half of December.
With distributors running scared, there weren’t any other major new releases and most of the holdover films suffered quite hefty drops of roughly 60% a-piece. The best hold went to ‘Trolls‘ which only fell 35% and the biggest fall in the charts went to ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back‘ which fell so hard with 72% that it landed out of the Top 10. ‘I, Daniel Blake‘ also lost 102 venues causing it to drop 60% and it also fell out of the Top 10. The only other noteworthy addition to the Top 10 was the live André Rieu Christmas Concert event which was screened at 484 venues with a weekend total of £1,19M. £1,17M of that came from the Saturday Night showings with distributor CinemaLive claiming it was the biggest single-day ever for a concert event in the U.K and Ireland. While weekend totals have been bigger before for live events (including Rieu’s last concert this past Summer with £1.41M) that was spread across two days with encore screenings as opposed to a single performance with very minimal encores like this Christmas Event.
Thanks almost entirely to ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘, takings are up 86% from last week and also up 12% from the same weekend last year when ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2‘ opened. Expect ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ to win the weekend with little resistance next weekend as we’ll see the modest roll-out of ‘Allied‘, ‘Bad Santa 2‘ and ‘A United Kingdom‘, none of which will likely pose much of a threat.
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