UK Weekend Box-Office (Oct 28th – Oct 30th)
‘Doctor Strange‘ conjures up one of the biggest solo-openers of the M.C.U. so far whilst ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby‘, ‘The Girl On The Train‘ and ‘I, Daniel Blake‘ continue to make waves across the country. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
While it may have, understandably, fallen short of its predecessor ‘Captain America: Civil War‘, ‘Doctor Strange‘ was still able to earn a huge haul during its U.K. opening weekend. ‘Doctor Strange‘s opening of £9.29M (£5.49M when you remove the additional three-days of previews) may fall short of ‘Captain America: Civil War‘s three-day take of £14.47M, it does stand above other solo MCU outings. For example, ‘Ant-Man‘ opened to £4.01M last July whilst ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ opened to £4.99M with an additional £1.37M coming from previews. In terms of Cumberbatch films, the last time he headlined a film was in November 2014 with ‘The Imitation Game‘ which opened to £2.74M and ended its run with £16.4M.
‘Doctor Strange‘ will surely beat ‘Ant-Man‘s total of £16.3M but besting ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘s total of £28.5M will be a tall order since, while reviews for ‘Doctor Strange‘ are positive, they’re not AS positive. Also, ‘Doctor Strange‘ will have to contend with ‘Moana‘, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ in the near future, whilst ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ had relatively little competition.
Due to the half-term, ‘The Jungle Book‘ and ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby‘ keep on fighting for the title of No. 1 film of 2016, but in the background we find ‘The Girl on the Train‘ breaking the £20M milestone, making it the 13th film of the year to do so; the others being ‘The Revenant‘, ‘Deadpool‘, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘, ‘Zootropolis‘, ‘The Jungle Book‘, ‘Captain America: Civil War‘, ‘The Secret Life of Pets‘, ‘The BFG‘, ‘Finding Dory‘, ‘Jason Bourne‘, ‘Suicide Squad‘ and ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby‘.
In the indie scene, while it was knocked out of the Top 10 ‘I, Daniel Blake‘ added 117 venues giving it a 7% boost from last weekend with takings of £476K from 211 venues. Its 10-day total stands at £1.33M meaning that it’s outpacing ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley‘ which had earned £1.16M in the same amount of time. Bollywood also made a comeback due to the Diwali festival bringing it the romantic-drama ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil‘. Its opening of £646K makes it the biggest Bollywood opening of 2016 so far (if you discount the previews from July’s ‘Sultan‘ for a £603K opening).
For the second time in 2016, all films in the Top 10 grossed more than £500K and ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil‘ is the highest grossing 10th place movie since ‘Annie‘s take of £628K back in January 2015. Thanks to the arrival of ‘Doctor Strange‘ takings went up 21% from last weekend but down a massive 59% from the same weekend last year when ‘Spectre‘ opened and shattered box-office records. The cumulative total of all the films this weekend amounted to £20.19M whereas ‘Spectre‘ earned £41.3M (including previews) on its own so…yeah. Expect ‘Doctor Strange‘ to win next weekend as well as distributors are offering no equal combatants with ‘A Streetcat Named Bob‘, ‘The Accountant‘ and ‘The Light Between Oceans‘ fighting for bronze at best.
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