UK Weekend Box-Office (Nov 4th – Nov 6th)
As ‘Doctor Strange‘ continued to reign, counter-programming was able to find a home with U.K. audiences with ‘The Accountant‘, ‘A Streetcat Named Bob‘, ‘The Light Between Oceans‘ and ‘Nocturnal Animals‘ opening well. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
After two weekends ‘Doctor Strange‘ has amassed £15.43M which compares quite favourable to recent MCU solo-fare. In its second weekend ‘Ant-Man‘ had earned £9.61M and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ £13.85M (though, to be fair, ‘Doctor Strange‘ had a £3.80M head-start thanks to previews). Clearly the positive word-of-mouth as well as the casting of British-star Benedict Cumberbatch is giving ‘Doctor Strange‘ a strong U.K. performance. Below ‘Doctor Strange‘ we find ‘Trolls‘ which only fell 30% from last weekend giving it the strongest hold in the Top 10 this weekend.
But the weekend mainly belonged to the new, mid-tiered releases. The top of the pack was action/thriller ‘The Accountant‘ with £1.62M. It’s a solid opening, especially when compared to director Gavin O’Connor’s last few films with ‘Jane Got A Gun‘ opening with £31K this April and ‘Warrior‘ opening to £808K in September 2011. It’s most likely thanks to the growing star-power of Ben Affleck as well as a strong marketing push that ‘The Accountant‘ was able to open as strong as it has.
Next up we have ‘A Streetcat Named Bob‘ which has had a big marketing push in the U.K. thanks to its homegrown production and subject matter. Its £985K opening is pretty decent and it’s easy to imagine the film having strong legs as the nights grow colder and the homeless subject matter becomes more effective on-screen viewing. There really aren’t any box-office comparisons but its opening is far above recent U.K. fare such as ‘I, Daniel Blake‘ (£444K), ‘The Girl With All The Gifts‘ (£432K) and ‘Florence Foster Jenkins‘ (£721K).
While ‘The Accountant‘ and ‘A Streetcat Named Bob‘ were hardly competing for the same audience, other newcomers ‘The Light Between Oceans‘ and ‘Nocturnal Animals‘ are more in the same ballpark and more comparable. ‘The Light Between Oceans‘ won out with a £733K opening compared to ‘Nocturnal Animals‘ £699K but the numbers aren’t all what they seem. ‘The Light Between Oceans‘ had three additional days of screenings which brought its gross to £280K before ‘Nocturnal Animals‘ had even been released and it also played in 197 more venues. Meaning that ‘Nocturnal Animals‘ actually won the three-day weekend whilst boasting a strong per-theatre average.
Not much more to report other than takings being down 35% from last weekend and also 31% down from the same weekend last year when ‘Spectre‘ continued to make bank in its second weekend. In two weeks time we’ll see the release of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ meaning that distributors are giving it a wide birth with minimal releases next weekend. We have counter-programming intellectual sci-fi film ‘Arrival‘ and drama ‘American Pastoral‘. Expect ‘Arrival‘ and ‘Doctor Strange‘ to fight for that No. 1 position.
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Posted: 26th Jan 17