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'Finding Dory' retains UK lead as 'Suicide Squad' rumbles

Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad becomes the seventh film of 2016 to hit the £30m mark.


RankingFilm/DistibutorWeekend grossRunning total
1Finding Dory (Disney)$1.96m (£1.5m)$47.5m (£36.3m)
2Bad Moms (Entertainment)$1.93m (£1.48m)$2.36m (£1.8m)
3Suicide Squad (WB)$1.66m (£1.27m)$40.5m (£30.97m)
4War Dogs (WB)$1.3m (£1m)$1.3m (£1m)
5The Purge: Election Year (Universal)$1.05m (£806,129)$1.32m (£1.01m)

(Note - Dollar conversions are based on today’s rates)


Finding Dory just kept on swimming as the UK’s number one film over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Disney’s latest Pixar offering fell 48% with a $1.96m (£1.5m) fifth weekend seeing it remain at the top of the UK box office, after reclaiming the top spot last weekend. It is now up to a strong $47.5m (£36.3m) following a Monday [Aug 29] haul of $615,000 (£470,000).

As expected, it became the biggest animation of the year to date before the weekend, and currently ranks as the sixth biggest Pixar outing with it soon to overtake Finding Nemo ($49m/£37.5m) and Monsters Inc ($49.6m/£37.9m).

Also for Disney, Pete’s Dragon fell 50% on its way to a $523,000 (£400,000) third weekend for a low-key $4.6m (£3.5m) to date, including Monday.


The week’s highest new entry came in the form of Bad Moms as it charted second.

Entertainment’s comedy enjoyed a healthy $1.93m (£1.48m) debut, including previews, from its 463 sites, marking a decent site average of $4,170 (£3,189). Including Monday, it’s up to $2.36m (£1.8m).

Bad Moms will soon overtake the lifetime result of directing duo Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s debut feature, 21 & Over.


Suicide Squad has become the seventh film of 2016 to hit the £30m mark at the UK box office.

Warner Bros’ latest DC Entertainment adaptation dropped 50% as it added $1.66m (£1.27m) for a healthy $40.5m (£30.97m) after four weeks in play. It’s also now cracked the top ten superhero results of all time, overtaking Man Of Steel.

Also for Warner Bros, War Dogs journeyed to a $1.3m (£1m) UK debut from its 483 sites. Comparisons are tricky as it’s less of an out-and-out comedy than expected from director Todd Phillips, but it’s a solid start.

Lights Out scared up a $730,000 (£558,000) second weekend for $3.5m (£2.64m) after ten days in play.


Having been pushed back in the UK, Universal’s The Purge: Election Year posted a slightly disappointing $1.05m (£806,129) from its 444 sites.

That’s down on the openings of both previous instalments in the series which enjoyed £1m+ debuts. Election Year stands at $1.32m (£1.01m) as of Monday and faces a challenge to overtake The Purge’s $4.6m (£3.5m) result, the current lowest of the series.

Also for Universal, Jason Bourne shot to a $956,000 (£730,670) fifth weekend for $28m (£21.38m) so far. It will likely fall just short of The Bourne Ultimatum’s $31.4m (£24m).

The Secret Life Of Pets has now amassed an excellent $44.8m (£34.26m), while Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping unsurprisingly struggled to a soft $41,000 (£31,128) UK bow from its 103 sites.


The BFG marched to a further $860,000 (£657,460) from its 551 sites in its sixth weekend.

eOne’s Roald Dahl adaptation is now up to a terrific $35.7m (£27.27m) in the UK (excluding Monday), and is now director Steven Spielberg’s fourth-best outing having overtaken The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Also for eOne, David Brent: Life On The Road couldn’t rebound from its relatively soft opening, falling more than 60% with $664,000 (£508,044) from its 524 sites.

Excluding Monday, The Office spin-off has travelled to $3.7m (£2.82m) and could struggle to hit £5m.


Mechanic: Resurrection recorded a $665,000 (£508,715) UK debut from its 295 sites through Lionsgate.

That’s down on The Mechanic’s $1.21m (£921,554) bow from 301 sites, but is ahead of a number of Jason Statham solo outings, including Killer Elite ($629,000/£481,143 from 299) and Homefront ($576,000/£440,134 from 295).

Also for Lionsgate, Nine Lives fell more than 50% (excluding previews) on its way to $324,000 (£247,374) for $1.76m (£1.34m) to date, while Nerve has now amassed $2.9m (£2.22m) following a $172,000 (£131,227) third weekend.


Dropping a steady 45%, Studiocanal’s Swallows And Amazons sailed to a $485,000 (£371,176) second weekend.

The adaptation enjoyed a prosperous first seven days at the UK box office as it took in $1.81m (£1.39m), meaning it has now reached $2.3m (£1.76m) after ten days in play. It should enjoy decent returns this week too before the school holidays end.

Also for Studiocanal, acclaimed documentary Tickled whipped up $21,000 (£16,234) for $85,000 (£64,815) after two weeks in play.


Julieta posted the third-best UK debut for director Pedro Almodóvar through Fox/Pathe.

The romantic drama grossed a non-final $456,000 (£348,149), including previews, from its 110 sites. That’s behind only Volver ($568,000/£433,283 from 87) and The Skin I Live In ($477,000/£364,109 from 127).

Including Monday, Julieta stands at $567,000 (£432,936).

Also for Fox, Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates stands at $3.2m (£2.42m) following a $132,000 (£100,913) third weekend.


In its second weekend, Soda Pictures’ The Childhood Of A Leader grossed $32,000 (£24,288) for $152,000 (£116,093) to date.


This week sees saturation releases for Sony’s Sausage Party and Lionsgate’s Brotherhood (out now), while Warner Bros’ Cafe Society and Fox’s Morgan both receive wide releases.

Dogwoof’s Jim: The James Foley Story, Curzon Artificial Eye’s Things To Come and Soda Pictures’ The 9th Life Of Louis Drax are among the films receiving a limited release.

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