Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.30
|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (Mar 8-10)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1||Captain Marvel (Disney)||£12.8m||£12.8m||1|
|2||Fighting With My Family (Lionsgate)||£1m||£3.7m||2|
|3||The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Bros)||£810,000||£16.8m||5|
|4||Instant Family (Paramount)||£670,000||£9m||4|
|5||How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)||£651,113||£18m||6|
Disney’s latest superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel started its UK box office run with an impressive £12.8m opening this weekend.
That’s the best start for a film in the Marvel cinematic universe that introduces a singular character to the franchise, topping the likes of Thor (£5.4m), Captain America (£3m), Doctor Strange (£9.3m), Deadpool (£10m three-day) and Black Panther (£10.5m three-day).
Black Panther opened on a Tuesday back in February 2018, adding previews for an overall £18m bow. That film topped out at a huge £50.6m after strong buzz propelled it to consistent grosses – that’s a high watermark for Captain Marvel to aim for.
In the overall Marvel canon, the film sits between Iron Man 3, which opened with £11.4m and ended on £37m in the UK, and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, which opened with £13.1m and topped out at £41m in the UK.
The Captain Marvel result is a much-needed one for UK cinemas. In the year to-date, the period January-February, box office takings had been 24% down on the same period in 2018, equating to £57m. Disney’s latest arrival could plug some of that gap if it has the legs.
Wrestling comedy Fighting With My Family posted a strong hold in its second weekend, dropping 37% with £1m taking it to £3.7m to date.
The LEGO Movie 2 added £810,000 and is up to £16.8m in the UK.
Comedy Instant Family added £670,000 and is now up to £9m in the UK.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is up to £18m in the UK after adding £651,113 this weekend.
Asghar Farhadi’s Spain-set thriller Everybody Knows was released in the UK this weekend after opening last year’s Cannes Film Festival. It stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in the story of a woman whose daughter is abducted. Playing in 54 locations, the film took £110,481 (plus £4,887 in previews) for an average of £2,046, the third best in the top 20 this week behind Captain Marvel and Bollywood title Badla.
Mary Queen Of Scots added £22,383 this weekend for £9m to date.
Green Book dropped a slim 32% this weekend, adding £505,938 for £8.4m to date. On The Basis Of Sex added £96,323 and is on £1.3m.
Elsewhere, Vice is up to £4m in the UK, If Beale Street Could Talk has moved to £1.5m, and Stan & Ollie is up to £10.4m.
20th Century Fox
The Aftermath dropped 56% in its second weekend, adding £259,204 for £1.3m to date.
Now on release for four weeks, The Kid Who Would Be King is up to £3.3m after adding £179,610 this weekend.
Alita: Battle Angel added £168,947 in its fifth weekend, dropping a huge 70% on its previous session. The film is now up to £9m in the UK.
The Favourite is now up to £16.5m in the UK after 10 weeks on release, while Bohemian Rhapsody has been out for 20 weeks and is up to £54.5m.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? is now up to £2m from its UK run.
Sleeping Beauty, part of the Bolshoi Ballet season of event cinema screenings, had a one-day cinema release this weekend, delivering £175,491 from 152 sites, with 14 further to report. The film will have an additional 16 encores and those are likely to push it to £200,000 – that will be the second best-performing result of this Bolshoi season, behind The Nutcracker (£287,270).
Cold Pursuit added £134,168 this weekend and is up to £1.7m.
Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher, the remake of Nadav Lapid’s original Israeli feature starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, got underway with a three-day gross of £48,023 from 76 sites. Including previews, the film has taken £61,035 to date.
Sailing documentary Maiden opened with £45,278, including previews, from 16 screens.
Free Solo is up to £2m, adding £35,493 this weekend.
Streaming service and distributor MUBI released Ali Abbasi’s 2018 Cannes Un Certain Regard award-winner Border into UK cinemas this weekend. The film was given a full 16-week theatrical window, meaning it could play in Picturehouse cinemas. London’s Hackney Picturehouse was the second highest-grossing from its 49 sites as the film returned a three-day total of £41,883. With previews, its gross to date is £79,773.
In its third weekend, Capernaum took a further £39,151. The film is up to £357,478 to date.
The Hole In The Ground added £38,109 and is up to £190,693 in the UK.
Bafta-nominated UK feature Ray & Liz, the debut feature of English artist Richard Billingham, took £11,484 from 13 screens this weekend. With previews, the films cumulative total is £20,148.
A Private War took £8,613, bringing it to £478,236 so far.
Parkland Entertainment / Munro Films
Fledgling UK outfit Parkland Entertainment, launched last year with former Arrow Films executive Tom Stewart, teamed with Munro Films this weekend to release documentary Scotch – The Golden Dram, about the popular beverage. Including previews, the film took £3,901 from 22 screens, primarily on single showings.
Foxtrot, playing in 16 sites this weekend, took £2,468. The film is now up to £36,974.