UK Weekend Box Office (Nov 27th – Nov 29th)
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2‘s steep drop was still enough to take the No. 1 spot as ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ opens soft and Tom Hanks bests Johnny Depp. All this and more happened at the U.K. box-office last weekend.
Suffering a rather harsh 60% drop in its second weekend ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2‘ had a stronger drop-off than its predecessor, which had a 51% drop. After 11 days of release, the movie has earned £19.32M against the £21.25M of Part 1, which by the end of its run had a lifetime gross of £30.84M. It’s doubtful that Part 2 will crack £30M at this rate, but competition is rather lax in December up until ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ so it’s not impossible.
Speaking of Disney, Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ stumbled out of the gates with a £2.93M opening which does not look good when compared to ‘Inside Out‘s opening of £7.38M earlier this year. The Christmas Season combined with the lack of competition (‘Hotel Transylvania 2‘ has been out for nearly two months) should have given ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ a decent opening haul, but the lack of marketing and having the wind taken out of its sails by ‘Inside Out‘ and a troubled production may have impacted it. Almost two years ago Disney released ‘Frozen‘ which opened with £4.70M and the same weekend last year ‘Paddington‘ opened to £5.12M so this is a good time for family entertainment, just not for this movie apparently. ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ will have little competition for three weeks when ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ and ‘Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie‘ come out so its chances for longevity aren’t great. The lowest grossing Pixar film in the U.K. is ‘Cars 2‘ with £15.71M so we’ll have to see if that will remain the case when ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ ends its run.
Falling 44%, ‘Spectre‘s lifetime gross stands at £88.37M compared to ‘Skyfall‘s £91.5M during the same time-frame. As for the prestige new releases, the figures are skewed slightly thanks to previews but ‘Bridge of Spies‘ did the best thanks to a wider release than ‘Black Mass‘ and ‘Carol‘ with £1.68M. Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln‘ opened at around the same figure in January 2013 as ‘Bridge of Spies‘ did and Tom Hanks’ last movie was ‘Saving Mr. Banks‘ which opened with £796K.
‘Black Mass‘ didn’t have quite as wide of a release as ‘Bridge of Spies‘ but it under-performed when compared to similar movies in Johnny Depp’s career. While comparisons to ‘Alice in Wonderland‘, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘, ‘The Lone Ranger‘, ‘Dark Shadows‘ and others, one fair comparison is ‘Public Enemies‘, another gangster movie starring Depp which opened with £1.59M in 2009, 76% above ‘Black Mass‘. ‘Carol‘ performed as expected, only releasing in 206 venues. Director Todd Haynes previous biggest opening was 2004’s ‘Far From Heaven‘ which opened with £452M which has been bested by ‘Carol‘s £540K. Cate Blanchett’s last starring role was in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine‘ in 2013 which opened with £793K in 2013.
Oh yeah, and Bollywood came back with ‘Tamasha‘.
The box-office is down 22% from last weekend and also down 5% from the same weekend last year when ‘Paddington‘ and ‘Horrible Bosses 2‘ opened. Next weekend Christmas-movies go head to head with ‘Christmas With The Coopers‘, ‘Krampus‘ and ‘The Night Before‘ opening as well as ‘Victor Frankenstein‘. ‘Christmas With The Coopers‘ will likely wind up on top, but mainly because it’ll have a 7-day opening “weekend”.
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Posted: 6th Dec 15