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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

RankFilm (distributor)                         Three-day gross (Nov 11-13)Total gross to date                                       Week
 1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney) £12.4m £12.4m 1
 2. Black Adam (Warner Bros) £786,226 £18.5m 4
 3. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Sony) £647,000 £11.5m 5
 4. The Banshees Of Inisherin (Disney) £560,627 £7.5m 4
 5. Living (Lionsgate) £492,047 £1.7m 2

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.18

Disney blockbuster sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has made a storming start at the UK-Ireland box office, with a £12.4m opening.

That tops the £10.5m opening of 2018’s Black Panther. That film ended on a huge £50.8m total; Wakanda Forever will look to maintain similar form across the run-in to Christmas.

Playing in 700 sites, Wakanda Forever took a £17,663 location average – down on the £30,105 opening average of the first film, but still a fantastic start.

Its three-day opening tops those of post-pandemic titles Top Gun: Maverick (£11.2m) and Jurassic World: Dominion (£12.1), and is beaten by only four titles: No Time To Die (£21m), Spider-Man: No Way Home (£19.5m), Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (£14.9m) and The Batman (£13.5m).

For opening averages, it is the fifth highest since the pandemic amongst wide releases, behind the same four titles: Spider-Man: No Way Home (£28,714), No Time To Die (£27,231), Multiverse (£21,752) and The Batman (£19,053).

Wakanda Forever’s opening is the ninth highest of 28 Marvel Cinematic Universe titles to date, ahead of Iron Man 3 (£11.3m) and just behind Captain Marvel (£12.7m).

It has already overtaken the lifetime grosses of The Incredible Hulk (£8.3m) and Captain America: The First Avenger (£10.4m).

Moving off the number one spot after three sessions there, Warner Bros’ Black Adam added £786,226 on its fourth weekend – a 60.8% drop. 

The film is now up to £18.5m, overtaking 2017’s Justice League to become the sixth-highest-grossing of 11 DC Extended Universe films. Reaching the £22.2m of 2017’s Wonder Woman in fifth would represent a success for Warner Bros from this point.

Sony’s Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile continues to snap up audiences, dropping just 34% on its fifth session with £647,000 taking it to an £11.5m total to date.

Disney’s Searchlight Pictures awards contender The Banshees Of Inisherin held a spot in the top five for a fourth weekend, dropping 43% with £560,627 taking it to a near £7.5m cume.

In the context of Wakanda Forever’s screen dominance, Lionsgate’s Living scored an excellent second weekend, dropping just 13% with £492,047 taking it to a £1.7m cume.

It has already surpassed the lifetime totals of several recent titles from producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen of Number 9 Films, including 2021’s Mothering Sunday (£514,089), 2018’s On Chesil Beach (£1m) and 2017’s The Limehouse Golem (£1.3m).

Wakanda Forever boosted the top five takings by 193%, to £14.8m – the highest amount for that section of the chart since July 11 (£16.3m).

Triangle sets Ostlund record

With Wakanda Forever dominating screens, several holdovers saw significant drops, with most falling more than 50%.

Lionsgate’s Prey For The Devil added £169,915 on its third session – a 51.1% drop – and has hit a total just shy of £2.1m.

Former number one Smile added £158,000 – a 55% drop – on its seventh session. The 18-rated horror is up to £11.4m.

Having purchased the film from original distributor Curzon, Lionsgate has now led Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or winner Triangle Of Sadness to just shy of £1m. On its third weekend, it dropped 35% - less than most competitors – with £139,402 taking it to a £981,057 total that is already Ostlund’s highest in the UK and Ireland. The film will cross the £1m barrier before the weekend.

One Piece Film Red, the Japanese anime title released by Anime Ltd, added £87,348 - an 84.4% drop on its impressive opening weekend last time out. The film is now up to £750,460.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts title Ticket To Paradise led Universal’s slate again, adding £66,366 – a 61.9% drop – to hit £9.7m. A final total over £10m will represent a strong result for the romantic comedy.

Disney’s Barbarian dropped 70% on its third weekend, with £60,017 bringing it up to £1.1m.

Horror Watcher dropped 65.1% on its second session, adding £48,569 to reach £272,202 for Universal.

Universal animation Minions: The Rise Of Gru rolled on through a 20th weekend in cinemas, dropping 48.9% with £45,716 taking it to £46.7m cume – just shy of the £47.8m of 2015’s Minions.

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‘The Legend Of Maula Jatt’

Pakistani action feature The Legend Of Maula Jatt is now the highest-grossing film from the Indian subcontinent in the past four years. Released by Moviegoers Entertainment, a £44,149 fifth weekend – dropping less than many competitors at 54.6% - brought the film to almost £1.3m, past the £1.26m of this year’s Indian title Ponniyan Selvan: I.

The Woman King added £44,000 for eOne – a 67.9% drop – and is up to £3.7m from six weekends in cinemas.

Mubi’s South Korean international feature contender Decision To Leave added £38,196 – a 48.6% drop – on its fourth weekend. The film is up to £899,370; another few weeks in cinemas should be enough to see it hit the £1m mark rarely achieved by non-English language films.

Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris took £33,292 on its seventh session – a 62.5% drop – and is up to £4.7m for Universal.

Indian adventure drama Uunchai opened to £30,101 for Yash Raj Films. Playing in just 24 UK-Ireland sites, the film took a healthy £1,254 site average.

Still in cinemas after 16 weekends, Warner Bros’ DC League Of Super-Pets dropped 60.2% with £29,737 taking it to a healthy £16.1m total to date.

Stephen Frears’ The Lost King added £19,532 on its sixth weekend for Warner Bros, dropping 48% and reaching a £1.5m total.

Emily Bronte biopic Emily, a four-time Bifa nominee, added £15,557 – a 46.7% drop – on its fifth weekend, and has £878,764 in total for Warner Bros.

Paramount’s family animation Tad The Lost Explorer And The Curse Of The Mummy is closing out after 10 weekends, with £14,300 bringing it to a £1.9m cume.

Romantic comedy Bros is on its way out after just three sessions for Universal, dropping 83.5% with £12,872 bringing it to a £529,175 cume.

Jafar Panahi’s No Bears opened to £12,472 for Picturehouse Entertainment, at an average of £430. With a few preview sites still to report, the film is up to £17,500 in total. 

With its HBO Max online debut last week, Warner Bros’ two-time number one Don’t Worry Darling is closing out in cinemas, adding £11,401 on its eighth session – a 78.8% drop – to reach an impressive £10.5m total.

Universal’s horror franchise title Halloween Ends is also closing out, adding £8,801 – an 89.7% drop - on its fifth session to reach a £4.8m total.

A BFI Distribution release of Peter Greenaway’s 1982 film The Draughtsman’s Contract took £8,112.

Warner Bros’ 20th-anniversary re-release of Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets added £6,971 on its third session, and is up to £639,134, in addition to the £55m of the film’s initial release.

Sheffield DocFest audience award winner A Bunch Of Amateurs started with £3,902 from limited screenings, and has £10,272 including previews. The first release from the newly-formed MetFilm Distribution will expand across the coming weeks, including 25 sites through Picturehouse Cinemas’ Discover Tuesdays offer.