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‘Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania’

RankFilm (distributor)Three-day gross (Feb 17-19)Total gross to date          Week
 1. Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania (Disney) £8.8m £8.8m 1
 2. Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal)  £3.2m £17.2m 3
 3. Magic Mike’s Last Dance (Warner Bros) £888,007 £3.8m 2
 4. Avatar: The Way Of Water  (Disney) £531,000 £75.5m 10
 5. Epic Tails (Studiocanal) £332,270 £1.2m 2

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.20

Disney’s Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania has created a buzz at the UK-Ireland box office with a £8.8m start – up 76.6% on the opening of the first Ant-Man film.

Playing in 678 sites, the film took an excellent £13,024 location average. Its start is up significantly on the £4m of 2015’s Ant-Man, and the £5m of 2018’s Ant-Man And The Wasp; and on the respective £7,218 and £8,531 location averages of those films.

Quantumania has the joint-16th highest opening for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title in the UK and Ireland out of 31 films, level with 2013’s Thor: The Dark World.

Universal’s Puss In Boots: The Last Wish moved to second place on its third weekend. This came despite a 3% increase to a £3.2m session, motivated largely by a 139% uptick on the Friday comparison to £1.2m, through the half-term holiday. The film now has £17.2m, soaring past the £15.6m of the first film already and looking towards a £25m+ final total.

Warner Bros’ Magic Mike’s Last Dance dropped 41.7% across its second weekend, adding £888,007 to reach £3.8m. Reaching the £8.4m of the first Magic Mike  film looks a tall order; the £6.9m of Magic Mike XXL  may still just be within reach with a long tail.

Former number one Avatar: The Way Of Water  stays in the top five on its 10th weekend, holding fourth spot with £531,000 – a 36.2% drop on last time out. It is now up to £75.5m, overtaking Toy Story 3 to become the 12th -highest-grossing film of all time in the UK and Ireland. Next in its sights is 2019’s The Lion King, the £76m of which The Way Of Water should pass within the next week.

Studiocanal’s Epic Tails saw a 28.2% increase, also buoyed by half term, with £332,270 bringing it to almost £1.2m from two sessions.

Buoyed by Quantumania’s performance and the resurgence of The Last Wish, total takings for the top five were up 101.4% to £13.7m – the highest level for over three months, and since the last time Disney opened a Marvel film, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on the weekend of November 11-13.

Matilda scores top marks in cinemas

M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock At The Cabin dropped 50% across its third weekend for Universal, adding £270,095 to reach a £2.8m total. It could still pass the £3.4m of Shyamalan’s previous film Old, with a few more weeks in cinemas.

The 25th anniversary re-release of James Cameron’s disaster romance Titanic dropped 69.2% on its second weekend in cinemas, with £268,000 bringing it to a £2.1m cume – in addition to the £80.3m grossed by the film from its original 1998 release.

Adding together the two totals, a few more days in cinemas should see Titanic retake ninth spot in the all-time chart from Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s £82.7m; with Top Gun: Maverick’s £83.4m from last year also within reach.

Women Talking–2

Source: Universal

‘Women Talking’

Universal’s Women Talking officially opened to £182,281 from 197 sites at an average of £907. The film has been playing previews since the previous weekend, and is now up to a £373,914 total.

Lionsgate’s Plane descended 50% on its fourth session, with £177,883 taking it to £3.5m total.

A24’s The Whale added £164,297 – a 56.5% drop – and is up to £1.9m from three weekends.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical leads Sony’s slate, adding a further £142,760 – dropping only 14.2% - to reach £27.6m from 13 weekends. The film’s continued success in the only territory where it has received a theatrical release will be of interest to studios considering similar models with streaming platforms (Netflix has rights to the film in international territories).

Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans dropped 50.6% on its fourth weekend for eOne, with £118,000 taking it to £3.1m.

Already the highest-grossing Indian film of all time in the UK and Ireland, Yash Raj Films’ Pathaan added a further £114,288 – a 59.5% fall – on its fourth weekend, to reach £4.2m.

Animation Marcel The Shell With Shoes On started with £106,912 for Universal, from 334 sites at a £295 location average.

Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood epic Babylon dropped 47% on its fifth weekend for Paramount, adding £83,000 to reach almost £3.8m.

TÁR  dropped 31% across its sixth weekend in cinemas for Universal, with £65,994 bringing it to £2.1m total. Cate Blanchett’s best actress win at last night’s Baftas could help boost takings amongst UK-Ireland audiences.

Horror M3GAN  dropped 62% across its sixth weekend for Universal, adding £58,396 to reach £7.2m total.

A Man Called Otto  starring Tom Hanks put on £38,666 on its seventh weekend, and has £5.1m total.

Sony stablemate Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody added £36,827 on its eighth weekend, and is up to £11.4m.

On the weekend when it won four Baftas including best supporting actor and best supporting actress, Disney’s Searchlight Pictures title The Banshees Of Inisherin added £25,000, reaching £9.6m from a lengthy 18 weekends. With the Oscars to come, its awards success could push it beyond £10m, which would be an excellent result for Disney.

Aftersun, for which Charlotte Wells won the outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer at the Baftas, dropped only 16%, with £23,334 from 14 weekends bringing it to almost £1.7m. It has dropped only 17.4% across the past four weeks, even with the film being available to stream on Mubi’s online platform – a promising sign for independent distributors.

Mario Martone’s Cannes 2022 title Nostalgia opened to a healthy £21,221 from just 22 sites at a £965 average. Including previews, the film has £22,653.

The Wandering Earth II added £11,867 for Trinity Film, and has a total of £786,629 after four weekends.

Sam Mendes’ Empire Of Light is fading, adding £10,000 – a 76.2% drop – on its sixth session to reach £3.7m total.

Elegance Bratton’s The Inspection started with £11,597 including a single preview for Signature Entertainment, from 59 sites at a £197 average.

Sony’s latest anime feature Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends brought in £6,222 from 59 sites at a £105 average, with a further £43,349 in previews having opened on Wednesday 15, for a £52,695 total.