|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (Nov 5-7)||Total gross to date||Week|
|2||No Time To Die (Universal)
|3||Dune (Warner Bros)
|4||Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony)
|5||The Boss Baby 2 (Universal)||£606,181||£5.8m||3|
GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.35
It has been a strong opening weekend for Marvel/Disney’s Eternals across the globe, and it opened in the top stop in the UK and Ireland over the three-day weekend of November 5-7.
The superhero title boasts an Oscar-winning director in Nomadland’s Chloe Zhao, and a starry cast including Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. It was the only opener to make the top five, taking £5.5m across 642 locations, for an average of £8,499.
However, the title hasn’t quite matched the September debut of Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, which hit £5.8m, and is nowhere near Marvel’s pre-pandemic box office record breaking highs of Avengers: Endgame’s four-day £43.4m opening in the UK back in 2019.
No Time To Die slipped into second place, and has now surpassed Avengers: Endgame’s £88.7m, taking £2m in its sixth session, bringing its total to £89.9m – but still with a way to go to match Skyfall’s £103.2m.
In its third week on release Warner Bros’ Dune has taken £1.6m, down from last weekend’s £3.3m. Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic now has a £16.8m cume, creeping towards the £19.2m that Villeneuve’s highest-grossing feature Blade Runner 2049 took at the end of its run in 2017.
On its fourth weekend, Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage took £670,000 taking it to a £16.2m cume. It is still yet to beat the £20.2m total of the 2018 first film.
Universal’s The Boss Baby 2, voiced by Alec Baldwin, took £606,181 in its third session, less than half of what it took last weekend (£1.3m), which likely benefitted from the half-term school holidays. Its total now stands at £5.8m, a far cry from the £29.1m of the first film in 2017. However, it has remained in the top five and overtaken Universal’s other animated sequel, The Addams Family 2, which was last week’s fourth place. It took £436,624 in its fifth weekend, compared to £1.5m last weekend. Its total now stands at £9.5m, just shy of the £9.9m the first film took at the end of its first run.
With a top five dominated mostly by holdovers, there’s been little space for some of this weekend’s opening titles to cut through. Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana during the Christmas holidays in Sandringham estate, Norfolk, when she decided to end her marriage to Charles, hasn’t quite hit the mark of Larrain’s Jackie Kennedy biopic from 2016, Jackie, which took £663,110 in its opening weekend. STX’s Venice competition title Spencer opened in 183 cinemas this weekend with a total of £418,179, giving a screen average of £2,285.
The film had already amassed £74,042 in previews at various film festivals, bringing the total opening weekend to £492,221.
Another Venice title, Paul Schrader’s revenge thriller The Card Counter, starring Oscar Isaac and Tiffany Haddish, took £48,633 across 127 sites in its opening weekend, with an average of £383. Its total is £48,989, including previews.
Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch saw a 37% decline in its third session on release for Disney, taking £336,749, with a total of £2.9m.
In its fourth weekend, Disney’s Ron’s Gone Wrong has taken £268,217, down 56% on last week, with a cume of £4m. Disney’s other animated title, Antlers, has endured a steep decline of 87% in its second session, taking £32,145, with a total of £416,318.
After a promising opening weekend last week, in which Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho took £716,248 from 519 locations and was the strongest opener of the weekend, the Universal drama lost some pace this weekend, taking £264,232 - dropping 63.1%. Its total is now £1.5m.
Universal’s Halloween Kills took £114,326 in its fourth session, with a total of £4.9m.
The nostalgia of Universal’s Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniversary continues to charm audiences in its second weekend, with £77,000 takings, and a decent total of £1.2m.
In their opening weekends, Signature Entertainment’s Bull, a revenge thriller directed and written by Paul Andrew Williams, took £4,538 from 30 sites averaging £151 and, with previews, it totalled £5,654; Dartmouth Films’ Men Who Sing took £637 from four locations, with an average of £159; and Highway One took £187 from its one London screening, through Miracle Comms.