|Rank||Film / Distributor||Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun)||Running Total||Week|
|1||Black Panther (Disney)||£2.94m||£39.83m||4|
|2||The Greatest Showman (Fox)||£1.56m||£37.33m||11|
|3||Red Sparrow (Fox)||£1.17m||£4.02m||2|
|4||Game Night (Warner)||£886,000||£2.64m||2|
|5||Lady Bird (Universal)||£697,130||£3.97m||3|
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Black Panther recorded a fourth straight week top of the UK box office, posting a strong hold by falling a slim 22% to £2.94m this weekend.
The film is up to £39.83m, surpassing the UK total of Iron Man 3 (£36.97m) and Captain America: Civil War (£37m). By next weekend, the film will have passed Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (£41m) to become the country’s biggest Marvel Cinema Universe film outside of Marvel Avengers Assemble (£51.87m) and its sequel The Age Of Ultron (£48.34m).
Coco again fell a slender 17% and is up to £17.8m after adding £470,000 this weekend, with Easter on the horizon the film isn’t done in the UK yet.
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Will The Greatest Showman ever leave UK cinemas? Following a remarkably prosperous opening ten weeks, the musical posted a huge 26% uptake this weekend with £1.56m.
Its total of £37.33m to-date is now only a few million shy of fellow Hugh Jackman-starring musical Les Miserables (£40.82m) and it looks set to surpass it in the coming weeks.
Red Sparrow fell a reasonable 31% in its second week, adding £1.17m. The Jennifer Lawrence-strarrer is now up to £4.02m.
The Shape Of Water recorded a 31% uptick this weekend following its Oscar win with grosses of £550,826. The film is now on £6.35m after its fourth week on release. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri added £359,446 and is on £13.9m.
Game Night fell a steady 16% in its second week, adding £886,000 for grosses of £2.64m to-date.
Woody Allen’s latest, Wonder Wheel, suffered a disappointing opening of £42,700 from 135 sites for a site average of just £316. For Allen, that’s comfortably his poorest start in recent memory, with To Rome With Love (£141,000) and Irrational Man (£197,188) posting the closest figures.
Lady Bird held well this weekend, dropping 25% with £697,130 for £3.97m to-date.
Fifty Shades Freed is up to £17.52m with £184,670 this weekend, while Darkest Hour added £143,115 for £23.54 to-date and Phantom Thread added £25,984 for £2.54m to-date.
Potentially tapping into the resurgence of musical popularity prompted by the remarkable success of The Greatest Showman, Universal re-released a sing-a-long version of Mamma Mia! into 446 sites this weekend, taking £172,928. The original release remains the 10th highest-grossing film of all time in the UK with the £68.61m it took in 2008. The sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again looks set to make a splash when its release on July 27, 2018.
Finding Your Feet rose an impressive 21% on its third weekend, adding £556,256 for £3.54m to-date, while I, Tonya added £405,546 for £2.82m to-date.
Early Man, now on its seventh week on release and still playing in 550 sites, took £292,034 this weekend and is up to £10.4m.
You Were Never Really Here posted an opening of £287,261, including previews, from 77 sites. For director Lynne Ramsay, that’s her second best result behind the £492,297 that We Need To Talk About Kevin took from 111 sites in 2011.
Nash Edgerton’s crime comedy Gringo opened this weekend with £215,029 from 423 sites.
Event cinema release Semiramide - Met Opera 2018 posted £166,208 from 201 sites for an average of £827 on Sunday (March 11).
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was down a slim 23% this weekend, adding £131,000 for a cume of £38.272m to-date. Call Me By Your Name is up to £1.69m with £11,600 at the weekend.
In its second week, Sky Cinema’s first release under its new day-and-date strategy, Monster Family, added £103,110 from 132 sites in its second weekend, a slim fall of 18%.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story posted a strong opening of £61,766 from 12 screens.
The Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair-starring Mom And Dad opened with £47,102 from 137 sites.
Following its Oscar win, A Fantastic Woman added £39,728 and now sits on £190,492.
Sweet Country opened with £17,312 this weekend from 26 sites. Including previews, the film is up to £29,067.
Loveless added £4,494 for £299,578 to-date.
On the horizon
Black Panther faces some competition with Warner Bros’ Tomb Raider, Sony’s family animation Peter Rabbit and Universal’s Mary Magdalene set to drop next weekend. In the arthouse space, Curzon has Palme d’Or-winning The Square out next week.