UK Top Five
|Rank||Film / Distributor||Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun)||Running Total||Week|
|1||Darkest Hour (Universal)||£2.64m||£15.19m||3|
|3||Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Fox)||£2.24m||£2.24m||1|
|4||The Greatest Shownman (Fox)||£2.04m||£19.6m||5|
|5||Early Man (Studiocanal)||£2.02m||£2.02m||1|
Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate – 1.41
In its third week, awards contender Darkest Hour returned to top of the UK box office with another strong hold, dropping a slim 19% with Fri-Sun takings of £2.64m. The film has now crossed the £15m mark, currently sitting on £15.19m, making it director Joe Wright’s highest grossing release in the UK.
Pixar animation Coco dropped marginally behind table-topper Darkest Hour in its second week, posting £2.33m. Looking at the Fri-Sun from its opening weekend, that’s a moderate drop of 30%. The film now sits on £8.18m.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi added £325,000 this weekend for £82.1m to-date.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the final entry in the teen sci-fi franchise, opened in third place with £2.24m from its 510 sites, an average of £4,392. That’s a little ahead of the first film, which opened with £2.04m in 2014, and a little behind the second, which opened with £2.8m in September 2015. Both previous films ended up just shy of the £9m mark.
The Greatest Showman is putting on a spectacle. The film fell a meagre 3% this weekend, holding fast with £2.04m. It now sits on a superb £19.96m.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri retained a place in the top ten in its fifth week, with awards buzz helping it drop just a slim 23% with £1.25m. Its takings to-date are now £7.6m.
Ferdinand fell 56% to £96,000 and now sits on £9.18m.
Aardman Animations’ Early Man posted an opening weekend of £2.02m from its 552 sites, an average of £3,659, placing it fifth on the chart. That’s on par with Aardman’s last feature Shaun The Sheep Movie, also a Studiocanal release, which posted £2.11 from 513 sites in February 2015.
That film ended on £13.76m, which Early Man will be aiming to match. It should surpass Flushed Away, which took £11.33m, but could struggle to reach The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (£16.8m) and Arthur Christmas (£20.84m).
Aardman’s best performing titles remain Chicken Run (£29.51m) and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (£32m).
The Commuter added £659,816 this weekend and has now crossed £3m, while Paddington 2 is up to £41.55m after adding £111,316.
The Post added a non-final £1.6m this weekend for a gross of £5.21m to-date. Molly’s Game added £39,242 over the weekend and now sits on £3.89m.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle dropped 35%, adding £1.2m for an impressive £34.2m cume. It’s now Sony’s seventh highest-grossing title in the UK.
Insidious: The Last Key added £506,000 and has now surpassed the third film in the series’ taking with its cume of £4.6m to-date.
All The Money in the world cusped over £3m with Fri-Sun takings of £55,000.
Call Me By Your Name registered an uptick this weekend, rising 17% with £20,000 for a lifetime of £1.47m.
Alexander Payne’s Downsizing posted Fri-Sun grosses of £832,000 from 391 sites, which including previews of £239k added together for an official opening of £1.13m.
That’s Payne’s second widest release behind the George Clooney-starring The Descendants, which opened in 403 sites in 2012 and scored a better return of £1.8m. That film went on to gross £8.2m, a figure that Downsizing might struggle to match in a busy market.
Bollywood release Padmaavat opened in 136 sites this weekend, taking £730,000 for an impressive site average of £5,368. With previews, the film sits on £846,000.
Event cinema release Tosca from the Met Opera’s 2017-18 season scored a one-day gross of £381,445 from 200 reported venues, a screen average of £1,907.
Barack Obama doc The Final Year is up to £52,273 and the Willem Dafoe-narrated Mountain is up to £207,334.
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The Bryan Cranston-starring Last Flag Flying opened to £16,867, including previews, from its five locations.
Benedict Cumberbatch-narrated documentary Walk With Me is up to £128,260 with further sites taking the film from tonight (Jan 29).
Brad’s Status posted £1,097 from three sites for a cume of £66,510.