Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.29.
|Rank||Film / Distributor||Three-day gross (Nov 16-18)||Gross||Week|
|1||Fantastic Beasts 2 (Warner Bros)||£12.3m||£12.3m||1|
|2||The Grinch (Universal)||£3.9m||£10m||2|
|3||Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox)||£3m||£34.9m||4|
|4||Widows (20th Century Fox)||£880,000||£4.3m||2|
|5.||A Star Is Born (Warner Bros)||£741,000||£27.1m||7|
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, the sequel to the spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise, opened to an impressive £12.3m weekend. The film played in 678 sites, making for an average of £18,141.
That Fri-Sun total places it behind the opening of predecessor Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which started with £15.3m in November 2016. That film ended on £54.7m, making it the 25th highest-grossing title of all time in the UK. With sequels typically recording more front-loaded box office takings, The Crimes Of Grindelwald will need a long tail to push towards the £50m mark.
Family animation Smallfoot is up to £10.8m after adding £157,000 this weekend, while A Star Is Born posted a further £741,000 to move to £27.1m.
Peter Jackson’s First World War documentary They Shall Not Grow Old is winding down in the UK and will end on around £283,000.
The Grinch dropped a slim 22% in its second weekend, adding £3.9m for £10m so far. The film looks like it will comfortably pass the £15.2m figure set by Ron Howard’s live-action The Grinch in 2000.
Johnny English Strikes Again added a further £215,000 this weekend for £17.4m to date.
Elsewhere, Halloween is up to £8.9m in the UK, First Man has moved to £7.8m, and Night School is up to £4.6m.
20th Century Fox
Bohemian Rhapsody dropped 34% this weekend with £3m. The film is now up to an impressive £34.9m in the UK.
Widows is up to £4.3m after posting a further £880,000 this weekend, a 46% drop on its first weekend. The film will struggle to match director Steve McQueen’s highest-grossing UK release, 12 Years A Slave, which ended on £20m.
The Hate U Give has grossed £1.7m after four weeks on release.
Burn The Stage: The Movie, a feature documentary going behind the scenes with South Korean pop group BTS, placed seventh in the chart this weekend with £644,309. That figure includes one night bumper previews on Thursday (November 15) of £337,201.
Event cinema release Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams had a one night only release on Wednesday, November 14, taking an impressive £509,500 from 319 locations and placing it second in the UK chart for that single date. In total, Trafalgar released the film in 70 countries, grossing $3.5m (£2.7m) and clocking more than 300,000 admissions.
The Nutcracker And The Four Realms dropped 45% in its third weekend, adding £610,000 for £4.3m so far. The film should continue to play well in the build-up to Christmas.
Overlord added £135,000 this weekend for a total of £1.2m so far.
Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, the reboot of Dario Argento’s cult Giallo film, was released theatrically by streaming service MUBI this weekend. The film posted a Fri-Sun of £85,421, and with previews of £77,802 its official opening was £163,223, placing it 11th in the chart.
MUBI offered the film through its MUBI Go initiative, which allows any MUBI subscriber to redeem one free cinema ticket per week to a title chosen by the SVoD service, with any redemption counting as a sold ticket. This weekend, UK exhibition chain Curzon also signed up to accept the scheme, providing a timely boost to the initiative; two of the 10 best-performing sites for Suspiria were Curzon venues (Flagship venues Curzon Soho and Curzon Bloomsbury) while Picturehouse Central was number one (and the Picturehouse chain had a 30% market share on the film, despite not being signed up to MUBI Go).
The film will be released on the Amazon Prime Video service in 2019, while as part of its deal MUBI also has streaming rights for a later run on its platform.
Venom has now crossed the £20m mark after posting £69,000 this weekend, while Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween added £64,000 for £7.5m to date.
Genre release Hell Fest, about a serial killer at an amusement park, opened to £78,116 from 83 sites.
Peterloo added £53,827 for £953,742 so far, while The House With A Clock In Its Walls is up to £8.3m to date.
Laurent Cantet’s French mystery drama The Workshop opened to £6,453, including previews of £1,909, from eight sites.
Emily Atef’s 3 Days In Quiberon, the story of the last interview with Austrian actress Romy Schneider which premiered at Berlin in February, opened to a £2,307 weekend on four screens. With previews, the film took a total of £3,051.