Following on from last week, we continue to analyze the past weekend in the UK box office and look at what is to come in the week ahead.
After an unexpectedly strong performance in the U.S., animated kids movie Boss Baby made a big impression in the UK, being the number one movie on its opening weekend by raking in £8,025,886. Even though it was a relatively quiet weekend with very few other releases to compete, this is still an impressive number. Beauty and the Beast came in a distant second with £2,759,448 but still a strong performance in its fourth week. A surprising appearance in third place is Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience with ticket sales of £1,050,962. This is amazing considering the strength of the competition in the children’s market with both Boss Baby & Smurfs: The Lost Village still screening across the country. In view that this is pretty much a long episode of the TV series (the run time is 69 minutes), this could be a very profitable venture for eOne Films.
As for the rest of the top 5, Ghost in the Shell came fourth but nose-dived by 68% with £725,720 in its second week and fifth spot went to Get Out which is continuing to impress after 4 weeks (£596,746).
In regards to the new releases over the weekend, the best of the rest was Going in Style (6th highest with £569,392). You then need to look a lot further down the list for the next new entry, Table 19, which garnered £130,602. Two other new releases just broke in to the top 15 in the form of I Am Not Your Negro (£86,908) and A Quiet Passion (£79,334) although it is worth noting that both films were very limited releases in 46 and 49 cinemas respectively. The only real ‘surprise’ was the poor performance of French/Belgian horror Raw which had been getting rave reviews by genre-orientated fans and media but only garnered £67,042.
For the second weekend in a row, there is little in the way of competition for new releases. The latest of the Vin Diesel franchise vehicle Fast & Furious 8 leads the way and is expected to dominate. Also there is critically acclaimed, sexually charged Korean movie The Handmaiden by director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) which could make a real impression. There are also two UK movies set for release, both starring Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, Watchmen). Firstly we have The Hatton Garden Job based on the 2015 robbery by four elderly gentlemen in London and secondly is the movie adaptation of Julian Barnes Booker Prize winning novel The Sense of an Ending.