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Source: eOne / Lionsgate

‘1917’, ‘The Personal History Of David Copperfield’

Rank Film  (Distributor) Three-day gross (Jan 17-19) Total gross to date  Week
1 1917 (eOne) £4.5m £26.3m 3
Bad Boys For Life (Sony) £2.8m £8.3m 2
3 The Personal History Of David Copperfield (Lionsgate) £1.5m £1.5m 1
Little Women (Sony) £1m £18.5m 5
5 Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony) £919,000 £33.6m 7

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.31


Sam Mendes’ First World War action film 1917 topped the UK box office for a third consecutive week, adding £4.5m to take its total to £26.3m. This represented a 27.1% drop on the film’s previous session; with a 15.7% fall last time out, it is holding extremely well. eOne will hope for further good results with the film’s successful awards campaign, with Mendes picking up the outstanding directorial achievement prize at the Directors Guild of America awards on Sunday, January 26.

Horror The Turning fared less well, opening to £104,459 from 251 locations for a low £416 location average.


Three Sony holdovers continued to perform well, led by Bad Boys For Life, which dropped 28% on its second session with £2.8m taking it to £8.3m. This week it will become the highest-grossing title of the franchise, passing the £8.6m of 2003’s Bad Boys II.

Little Women dropped 33% on its fifth weekend, still reaching the £1m mark from Friday to Sunday. With £18.5m to date, it has surged past 2019 awards winner The Favourite’s £16.3m, and is now the 17th highest-grossing 2019 release with the potential to go as high as 13th – although most of its gross came this year.

Jumanji: The Next Level has been in cinemas for seven weekends, and posted an impressive 15% drop with £919,000 taking it to £33.6m. It is tracking just 5% behind the 2017 first title.

Sony’s horror The Grudge outperformed eOne’s with £462,000 from 390 locations, a £1,185 average.


Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield opened to £1.47m from 656 locations – a decent £2,242 average - in Lionsgate’s widest-ever UK release. With previews, the film has £1.52m.

Bombshell added £360,037 for £1.6m cume; while Knives Out topped up by £88,136 for £12.8m to date.

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The Gentlemen from director Guy Ritchie posted a decent 18.1% drop on its fourth weekend, with £883,861 taking it to £9.3m in total, although not quite enough for it to maintain a top-five spot. 


Disney has a large slate of titles in UK cinemas, with four of them raking in similar takings this weekend.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker took £540,000 on its sixth session, a 41% drop representing its best hold since its second weekend. It now has £57.3m in total.

Spies In Disguise

Source: Twentieth Century Fox

‘Spies In Disguise’

Spies In Disguise performed excellently, falling just 1% on its fifth session, with £507,000 taking it to £6.3m total.

Jojo Rabbit and Frozen II put in decent showings on their fourth and tenth weekends respectively; the former dropping 24% with £502,000 and £6.3m total, and the latter falling 22% with £403,000 and £52.3m.

Disney also opened Hindi-language sports drama Panga to £43,000; and has Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, which fell 68% on its second weekend to £17,000 and £134,000 total.


Feature-length TV transfer Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue opened to £484,000 from 526 sites for a £920 average.

Playing With Fire dropped 15.9% on weekend number five with £122,000, and has £2.7m.

Warner Bros

Michael B. Jordan vehicle Just Mercy dropped 45.6% with £258,000 taking it to £1.1m on its second weekend.

Trafalgar Releasing

Bolshoi Ballet - Giselle took £172,515 on Sunday, January 26, with a location average of £953. This topped the previous version of Giselle, which made £149,000 in 2018.


Creature feature Cats took £74,365 on its sixth weekend and has £11.8m; while Waves is reaching the shore with £122,228 total after two sessions.

National Amusements

Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You dropped 60% on its first-weekend performance, with £61,004 taking it to £353,367. The film expands to 267 locations for an event screening on Thursday 30.

Arrow Films

A rep release of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 fantasy-drama Holy Mountain took £6,351 from seven locations.

Trinity Film

Dante Lam’s The Rescue had its release pulled late on Thursday, January 23, as part of the response to China’s coronavirus crisis. Prior to the film’s removal, Trinity reports that the film had the biggest UK pre-sales of any Chinese film ever.