(This is a new feature focusing on the UK weekend box office according to the BFI website. We will also be tracking films that may fly under the radar and looking at the week ahead)
As expected Beauty and the Beast remains the number one movie in the UK box office at the moment, taking £6,750,000 over the weekend (near 3 times more than its closest competitor, Ghost in the Shell, which took £2,3000,753 on its opening weekend). For comparison, on opening weekend alone it made almost as much as Logan has taken over its entire run. This could be a real contender for highest grossing movie of the year, even when considering Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars Episode VIII are yet to come.
Elsewhere, there was also a relatively strong showing for Smurfs: The Lost Village, which brought in £1,383,059 on its debut weekend. Get Out continues to attract an audience taking £1,095,500, and rounding out the top 5 is Power Rangers, dropping 45% in its second week (£864,591). As for the other new releases over the weekend, the lead performer was Free Fire (7th highest with £480,644). As a closing note, the movie reboot of seventies TV show ChiPS took a huge 70% drop just one week after its initial release, raking in just £61,102, less than limited release Polish indie flick The Art Of Love: The Story of Michalina Wislocka, which took £82,518. Bear in mind, however, that the former being shown in 168 cinemas across the UK. The latter in just 72. To close out last weekends action, let’s take a moment and think of poor Shia LaBeouf. His new film Man Down had a limited UK release this week attracting just one person to take £7 on its opening week.
Coming up, we’re in for a low-key weekend. Child orientated The Boss Baby leads the way and is likely the highest grossing new release movie this weekend. Also coming to screens is the Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman movie Going in Style, critically acclaimed Belgian horror Raw and ensemble comedy Table 19. Regarding smaller distribution, there is the powerful I Am Not Your Negro, the British crime thriller City of Tiny Lights and Arnold Schwarzenegger lead true story Aftermath.