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.


#1
7-fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themFantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (12)
Weekend Gross: £15,333,146
No. of Movie Theatres: 666
Per-Theatre Average: £23,023
Week of Release: 1st
Total U.K. Gross: £15,333,146

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#2
5-arrivalArrival (12A)
Weekend Gross: £1,496,205
No. of Movie Theatres: 571
Per-Theatre Average: £2,620
Week of Release: 2nd
Total U.K. Gross: £5,782,966

 

 

 

 


#3
12-trollsTrolls (U)
Weekend Gross: £1,213,008
No. of Movie Theatres: 570
Per-Theatre Average: £2,128
Week of Release: 5th
Total U.K. Gross: £21,212,706

 

 

 

 


#4
andre rieu christmasAndré Rieu: Christmas with André (N/A)
Weekend Gross: £1,192,403
No. of Movie Theatres: 484
Per-Theatre Average: £2.463
Week of Release: 1st
Total U.K. Gross: £1,192,403

 

 

 

 


#5
13-doctor-strangeDoctor Strange (12A)
Weekend Gross: £942,799
No. of Movie Theatres: 490
Per-Theatre Average: £1,924
Week of Release: 4th
Total U.K. Gross: £21,442,021

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#6
2-the-accountantThe Accountant (15)
Weekend Gross: £470,079
No. of Movie Theatres: 395
Per-Theatre Average: £1,190
Week of Release: 3rd
Total U.K. Gross: £4,659,706

 

 

 

 


#7
4-a-street-cat-named-bobA Street Cat Named Bob (12A)
Weekend Gross: £372,474
No. of Movie Theatres: 416
Per-Theatre Average: £895
Week of Release: 3rd
Total U.K. Gross: £3,576,165

 

 

 

 


#8
3-nocturnal-animalsNocturnal Animals (12A)
Weekend Gross: £240,584
No. of Movie Theatres: 237
Per-Theatre Average: £1,015
Week of Release: 3rd
Total U.K. Gross: £2,487,018

 

 

 

 


#9
1-girl-on-the-trainThe Girl on the Train (15)
Weekend Gross: £190,456
No. of Movie Theatres: 229
Per-Theatre Average: £832
Week of Release: 7th
Total U.K. Gross: £23,540,814

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#10
6-storksStorks (U)
Weekend Gross: £175,637
No. of Movie Theatres: 358
Per-Theatre Average: £491
Week of Release: 6th
Total U.K. Gross: £6,451,670

 

 

 

 


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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