UK Weekend Box-Office (Sept 9th – Sept 11th)
‘Sausage Party‘ rises to the occasion against so-so competition with ‘Don’t Breathe‘ spooking ‘Ben-Hur‘ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings‘ earns a record-low opening for LAIKA. All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.
It was a relatively quiet weekend at the box-office meaning that despite a respectable fall of 48% from last weekend, the adult-rated ‘Sausage Party‘ was able to maintain the No. 1 spot. Not to discredit ‘Sausage Party‘s victory as it’s been doing well and its second-weekend total haul of £5.29M is nothing to sneeze at considering its relatively small budget and R-rated limited audience. But its second weekend No. 1 taking of £1.21M is actually the lowest amount a No. 1 film has taken since ‘Lucy‘ was No. 1 in its 3rd weekend almost exactly 2 years ago in September 2014 with £1.19M. It’s more indicative of the lack of takings from the other films than a sleight on ‘Sausage Party‘ itself.
Which brings me nicely onto the ‘Ben-Hur‘ remake. While it may have opened in 2nd place with a rather weak blockbuster take of £1.04M, that’s because of Wednesday and Thursday preview takings of £265K. Essentially, ‘Ben-Hur‘ cheated its way to No. 2 as its actual Friday, Saturday and Sunday takings would have amounted to £783K meaning it should have opened in 5th place. Considering that ‘Ben-Hur‘ has the biggest budget of any film in the Top 5, this is a pretty poor show for Paramount Pictures.
‘Don’t Breathe‘ on the other hand, managed a weekend take of £1.02M which may be slightly less than ‘Lights Out’s £1.13M take from a few weeks ago, but is still a decent horror opening considering the film’s budget. Considering that the director’s last film ‘The Evil Dead‘ opened in 2013 with £1.37M despite carrying a brand name, ‘Don’t Breathe‘s opening is actually quite solid. Further down the Top 10, ‘Bad Moms‘ finds itself with the smallest decline from last weekend, only standing at a 22% drop. Last week it only fell 20% which shows that ‘Bad Moms‘ has got pretty long legs (pun not intended) at the box-office, especially when compared to adult comedy ‘David Brent: Life on the Road‘ which fell 81% this week into the No. 24 position as well as a decline of 62% last weekend and 65% the weekend before.
We also have LAIKA animation’s ‘Kubo and the Two Strings‘ at No. 5 and the numbers ain’t good. September has normally done well for LAIKA with ‘The Boxtrolls‘ opening with £2M in 2014 and ‘Paranorman‘ with £1.39M in 2012. ‘Coraline‘ did well in May 2009 with £2.42M which just shows how poorly ‘Kubo and the Two Strings‘ has done with its opening of £838K. But as we always say, success is relative with ‘Hell or High Water‘ opening on 264 screens with an opening of £552K being the biggest opening of director David Mackenzie’s career. And just outside the Top 10 at No. 11 we find the indie darling ‘Captain Fantastic‘ opening on 105 screens with weekend takings of £280K with the best per-theatre average of any film during the weekend with £2,672.
Because of the lacklustre new competition, takings are down 26% from last weekend and 29% down from the same weekend last year when ‘Legend‘ opened strong. The box-office will be relying on dormant franchise instalments ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby‘ and ‘Blair Witch‘ to liven up multiplexes, whilst the counter-programming offerings will be ‘The Infiltrator‘ and Ron Howard’s concert/documentary ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years‘.
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Posted: 14th Dec 16