Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.32
|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (Mar 1-3)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1||Fighting With My Family (Lionsgate)||£1.6m||£2m||1|
|2||The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Bros)||£1.4m||£15.8m||4|
|3||Instant Family (Paramount)||£1.1m||£8m||3|
|4||How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)||£1m||£17.3m||5|
|5||Green Book (eOne)||£737,658||£7.4m||5|
Stephen Merchant’s solo directorial debut Fighting With My Family topped the UK box office on its first weekend, taking over £2m including previews.
The film made £1.6m from Friday to Sunday, with £397,174 in prior screenings after holding the number one spot since Wednesday February 27.
It played in 568 locations – Lionsgate’s fourth widest UK release ever – for a location average of £2,822.
This already takes it past Merchant’s previous work as a director, 2010 comedy-drama Cemetery Junction which he co-directed with Ricky Gervais. That opened to £641,218, ending on £1.5m
The story follows a family of wrestlers from Norwich, with a daughter Saraya (Florence Pugh) and son Zak (Jack Lowden) who both dream of competing in the WWE.
Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn and executive producer Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson round out the cast. Johnson shared his delight at the film’s number one UK ranking with his 133m Instagram followers on Sunday evening (March 3).
The LEGO Movie 2 moved to second place in its fourth session, taking £1.4m over the weekend for a £15.8m total to date. It has passed the £9.7m of 2017’s The LEGO Ninjago Movie, but will need a long tail to get near the £27.4m of The LEGO Batman Movie from the same year and the £34.4m of 2014’s The LEGO Movie.
Nearing the end of their runs are A Star Is Born, which added £14,753 for £30.1m; The Mule, which put on £11,343 for £2.1m; and Aquaman, which topped up £5,742 for £22.5m.
Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne took third place in its third week, adding £1.1m for £8m to date.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World moved to fourth spot, with a £1m weekend and £17.3m cume. It should soon overtake the £17.4m total of the 2010 first title, and will look to reign in the £25.5m of the 2014 sequel.
Happy Death Day 2U increased £57,861 for £1.5m after three weeks. The first title finished on £2.9m in 2017.
Mary Queen Of Scots had a £53,721 weekend and is at £9m after seven weeks.
Green Book received a substantial boost from its three Oscar victories (including best picture), re-entering the top five in its fifth week. The film added £737,658 from 606 locations, an impressive 55.8% increase, and currently stands at £7.4m.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On The Basis Of Sex added £245,875 in its second week and sits at £1m.
Vice increased £56,381 for £3.9m to date; If Beale Street Could Talk added £53,036 for £1.4m; and Stan & Ollie put on £23,745 for £10.4m.
20th Century Fox
Despite missing out on a top five spot, Fox had multiple titles at UK cinemas, holding five of the six titles from positions six to 11.
Romantic drama The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley opened to £589,965 from 562 locations including £3,790 previews, for a low £1,047 site average.
Alita: Battle Angel fell 36% on its fourth weekend, taking £557,163 for an £8.6m cume.
The Kid Who Would Be King dropped 43% for £374,490 and a £3.1m cume.
Buoyed by Olivia Colman’s surprise best actress Oscar win, The Favourite scored an outstanding 64% uptick on its previous weekend. It took £284,606 from Friday to Sunday, and now stands at £16.2m.
Bohemian Rhapsody, which picked up the most Oscars this year with four, also saw an increase, of 21% in its nineteenth week. It added £275,271 at the weekend for a £54.2m cume.
Further down the chart, Bollywood threequel Total Dhamaal dropped 66% in its second week for £86,607 and a £424,547 cume, making it the highest-grossing of the Dhamaal series in the UK.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? put on £65,918 for £1.9m so far.
Liam Neeson-led thriller Cold Pursuit added £364,267 on its second weekend, and sits at £1.4m.
Event cinema release Met Opera: La Fille Du Régiment brought in £211,069 from 172 locations in Great Britain on Saturday March 2, with a location average of £1,227. Including Ireland and Northern Ireland, the total is £240,730.
Ralph Breaks The Internet was another title to see a sizeable uptick, in its fourteenth session. A series of kids clubs and morning shows brought a 176% increase on the previous weekend, with it bringing in £155,000 for an £18.5m total to date.
Mary Poppins Returns took £70,000 for £44.1m, while Glass added £92,000 for £10.8m.
A fortieth anniversary re-release of Ridley Scott’s Alien brought in £128,906 from 211 sites.
Oscar best animated feature winner Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse added £97,000 for £10.5m so far.
A Dog’s Way Home put on £58,000 for £1.9m; Escape Room increased £55,000 for £2.4m; while Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare story All Is True went up £23,000 for £836,000.
Vertigo Films / Wilcard Distribution
Irish horror The Hole In The Ground starring 2017 Screen Star of Tomorrow Seána Kerslake opened to £96,403 from 141 sites, including £2,363 in previews.
Capernaum fell just 18% on its second weekend, taking £67,865 for £266,179 to date.
Best documentary winner at the Oscars Free Solo reaped the benefits of its award, taking £59,178 this weekend – a massive 160% increase on its previous session – for £1.9m after 12 weeks.
A Private War added £23,084 and has £439,191 to date.
Cannes 2018 Critics’ Week title Sauvage had a £16,808 opening weekend and has £21,075 including previews.
Hannah, a drama about a woman dealing with her husband’s imprisonment starring Charlotte Rampling, opened to £3,924 from 12 screens, and has £8,800 including previews.
Munro Film Services
Low-budget road-trip feature Burning Men opened to £939 from two locations, with a Q&A tour continuing at venues around the country in coming weeks.