Stat Attack: UK Box Office 21-23 April 2017

Guardians

With all the subtlety of a Vin Diesel film, here we go again with our Box Office overview! At the top of the charts, positions one through three remain unchanged. Leading the way is Fast & Furious 8 (£3,593,733) followed by Boss Baby (£2,062,992) and rounded out with Beauty and the Beast (£1,312,335.) There is a new entry in fourth with Their Finest taking £850,328, and finishing the top five is the surprising return for Smurfs: The Lost Village which raked in £327,576 on its fourth week of release. Belko Experiment Elsewhere it was a quiet weekend with only three real points of note. Firstly, despite all the positive media and word of mouth, The Handmaiden attendance dropped 71% on its second week taking only £138,182. Secondly, there were only two other new releases breaking the top 15. In seventh place was the Rosario Dawson thriller Unforgettable with ticket sales of £270,610. In addition, just sliding in to the 15th slot was The Belko Experiment which managed £129,942. To close on a positive note we look at Sword Art Online which, on a screen-by-screen average, was the second highest performer in the country (behind only Fast & Furious 8) taking £5,411 per screen. However, the film was only in 16 cinemas and grossed £86,575 overall. Guardians Regarding new releases this bank holiday weekend, one name is dominant. Chris Pratt is back leading his crew of intergalactic misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and is almost certain to be the highest grossing this weekend, possibly of the year so far. Unsurprisingly many studios have decided not to go against the Star Lord, however there a few other movies worth mentioning: the release of the Black & Chrome edition of the 2015 post-apocalyptic movie Mad Max: Fury Road; Lady Macbeth, which has had very positive reviews and could do well if it does not get lost in the Guardians hype; Los Angeles drama-with-cars Lowriders and Christian Bale fronted Ottoman-era drama The Promise. Information provided courtesy of BFI & comScore

Colin is an Essex boy now living in the leafy suburbs of Twickenham. Previously he was news editor and contributor for popular music webzine Drownedinsound. A self-confessed geek, favourite films include A Few Good Men & Hercules Returns and hopes that, one day, Ski Patrol will be released on Blu-ray.