There is only one place we can begin this week’s look at the UK box office and that is the juggernaut that is Fate of the Furious 8. As expected the latest film in the franchise made an absolute killing on its opening weekend with ticket sales of £14,026,301, the second highest opening weekend in 2017, only behind Beauty and the Beast. Following from its strong opening weekend, animated kids movie Boss Baby still pulled in an impressive £3,619,765 whilst Disney continue to rake in the cash with Beauty and the Beast coming third with £2,598,163, only 7% down on the previous week. Still continuing to amaze is Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience with a second-week haul of £514,923 whilst the top five rounds out with Going in Style, which drew £499,928 in its second week, only a 12% drop off from its opening weekend.
In regards to the new releases over the past weekend, asides from F&F8, the highest entry was The Handmaiden (6th highest with £474,752). From there you go down to 10th place for the next new entry, British movie The Sense of an Ending, which earned £329,948. Only another new release made top 15, and that was Indian film Manje Bistre, taking a respectable £111,911 whilst only being shown in 13 cinemas across the U.K. Of note elsewhere, Israeli documentary Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? dropped a phenomenal 99% between its opening weekend and the second, going from £12,899 to just £67. It is worth noting however that distribution was reduced to only 2 cinemas for its second week.
Coming up next week, there are some interesting smaller movies hitting the screens. The biggest release this weekend will be Gemma Arterton & Bill Nighy World War II piece Their Finest and is the most likely highest new entry. Its main competition comes in the form of Warren Beatty’s comedy-drama Rules Don’t Apply and thriller Unforgettable starring Rosario Dawson. The Belko Experiment has garnered mixed reviews but this corporate take on classic Japanese flick Battle Royale is a dark horse and could do well. Elsewhere we have the release of Bunch of Kunst, a film about Nottingham band Sleaford Mods, the big screen début of Japanese anime Sword Art Online and Gertrude Bell’s documentary Letters from Baghdad.
Information provided courtesy of BFI & comScore.