ghostbusters immaculate

Source: Sony / Black Bear

‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’, ‘Immaculate’

RankFilm (distributor)Three-day gross (Mar 22-24)Total gross to dateWeek
 1. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire  (Sony) £4.1m £4.1m 1
 2. Dune: Part Two  (Warner Bros) £2.6m £30.7m 4
 3. Immaculate  (Black Bear) £491,000 £522,000 1
 4. Wicked Little Letters  (Studiocanal) £373,413 £8.2m 5
 5. Migration  (Universal)  £370,415 £19.5m 8

Sony’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire topped the UK-Ireland box office with a £4.1m opening weekend, ending the three-week run of Dune: Part Two atop the chart.

Opening in 687 sites, Frozen Empire took a £5,904 location average. Its opening was up 7.7% on the £3.8m start of 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the first in a reboot of the franchise in 2021, with that film taking a £5,721 location average.

It is also up 51% on the £2.7m opening of Ghostbusters, the 2016 standalone title starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon.

Dune: Part Two relinquished its hold on top spot on its fourth session, falling 34.2% with £2.6m. It has £30.7m in total, moving well beyond the £22.1m of the 2021 first film, and entering the top 150 highest-grossing films of all time in the territory. Its final figure should be in the £40m range, which would represent an excellent result for Warner Bros.

Horror Immaculate starring Sydney Sweeney started in third place for Black Bear, with a £491,000 weekend. Playing in 511 locations, it took a £961 site average; and has £522,000 including previews.

Thea Sharrock’s profanity comedy Wicked Little Letters continues to swear sweetly for Studiocanal, adding £373,413 on its fifth session – a 36.5% drop that brings it to a decent £8.2m.

Universal’s animation Migration has glided smoothly to £19.5m from eight sessions. It dropped 36% on its latest outing with £370,415.

The Ghostbusters  arrival pushed top five takings up 30.3% to £7.9m. Takings for the top five are also up 2.6% on the equivalent weekend from last year.

Late Night  ratings hit

Former number one Bob Marley: One Love leads Paramount’s slate, falling 47% on its sixth weekend with £269,000 taking it to £16.6m.

Late Night with the Devil

Source: Fantasia International Film Festival

‘Late Night with the Devil’

Cameron Cairnes and Cairnes’ SXSW 2023 horror Late Night With The Devil opened to a decent £162,665 for Vertigo Releasing at a £736 average, with an additional £57,771 from previews creating a £220,436 total.

National Theatre Live’s release of The Motive And The Cue starring Mark Gatiss and 2005 Screen Star of Tomorrow Johnny Flynn took £157,963 at the weekend, after a £512,556 opening night that meant a £670,520 total.

In a horror-heavy marketplace, Lionsgate’s Imaginary added £155,406 on its third weekend – a 61.8% drop – to reach £1.7m.

Ethan Coen’s Drive-Away Dolls  suffered a hefty 70% drop on its second weekend, with £78,986 bringing it to £579,013 for Universal.

Trafalgar Releasing’s latest event cinema offering Romeo et Juliette brought in £73,048 from Saturday and Sunday screenings in 100 venues.

Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone Of Interest continues its strong box office run, adding £68,293 on its eighth weekend in cinemas to reach a £3.2m total.

Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days is proving a strong title for Mubi, adding £58,168 on its fifth weekend to reach a £880,484 total.

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes 2023 title Monster added £51,000 on its second weekend, to reach £249,000 for Picturehouse Entertainment, becoming the Japanese filmmaker’s third-highest-grossing film ever in the territory.

Former number one Wonka added £46,314 on its 16th weekend in cinemas, and is up to £63.2m – the 24th -highest-grossing film of all time in the UK and Ireland.

Curzon opened Pablo Berger’s animation Robot Dreams  to £42,033 from 89 venues, at a £472 average. Including previews, the Oscar-nominated film has £56,901, and expands to further sites this week.

Released on Saturday, March 23, Anime Ltd’s Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Freedom took £37,396 from two days.

Now on its 36th consecutive weekend in cinemas, Christopher Nolan’s Oscar best picture winner Oppenheimer added £26,076 to hit £59.2m – the 27th -highest-grossing film of all time in the territory.

Maryam Keshavarz’s Iranian-American comedy The Persian Version opened to £23,977 for Sony, and has £37,510 including previews.

Romantic comedy Anyone But You is closing its run after a lengthy 13 weekends, adding £15,357 to reach £11.6m for Sony as a success story of the 2024 box office.

A limited release for Rodrigo Moreno’s The Delinquents brought in £11,179 for Mubi, with £19,364 including previews.

Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers has overtaken the director’s 2005 comedy Sideways, becoming his second-highest grossing film after 2012’s The Descendants (£8.2m). The Holdovers added £11,086 on an impressive 10th weekend in cinemas, and is up to almost £3.9m.

A less successful Sony title has been superheroine film Madame Web, which put on £10,681 on its sixth session to reach £4.2m.

Cord Jefferson’s American Fiction added £10,488 on its eighth weekend, and is up to £1.6m.

Paramount’s Mean Girls is heading out of cinemas, adding £10,000 on its 10th session to reach £9.2m.

Park Circus’ re-release of Martin Scorsese’s 1985 comedy After Hours brought in £9,189.

Lionsgate’s The Iron Claw put on a further £5,223 on its seventh weekend, and is up to almost £2.6m.