|Rank||Film (distributor)||Three-day gross (Feb 10-12)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1.||Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal)||£3.1m||£9.2m||2|
|2.||Magic Mike’s Last Dance (Warner Bros)||£1.5m||£1.5m||1|
|3.||Titanic 25th anniversay re-release (Disney)||£870,646||£870,646||1|
|4.||Avatar: The Way Of Water (Disney)||£831,967||£74m||9|
|5.||Knock At The Cabin (Universal)||£537,265||£2m||2|
GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.21
Universal animation Puss In Boots: The Last Wish held the UK-Ireland box office lead for a second consecutive weekend, as Magic Mike’s Last Dance opened in second place.
The Last Wish dropped 38% on its opening weekend – an above-par performance for the three-day session. It added almost £3.1m to reach £9.2m from 10 days in cinemas.
Warner Bros’ Magic Mike’s Last Dance was the highest-grossing new title this weekend. It landed in second place with £1.5m, weighted towards the Friday opening day. Playing in 646 sites, its location average was £2,356; its numbers were down on the £2.7m opening of the first Magic Mike film from 2012, and the £1.6m start of the second title Magic Mike XXL from 2015.
Disney’s re-release of James Cameron’s 1998 epic Titanic took £870,646 from 485 sites at a £1,795 location average. The film is currently tracking separately to the original 1998 release, which brought in £80.3m and remains the 10th -highest-grossing film of all time 25 years after its debut.
The Titanic re-release total was enough to knock Disney stablemate Avatar: The Way Of Water into fourth spot. Also directed by Cameron, the adventure blockbuster dropped 36% on its ninth weekend in cinemas, with £831,697 taking it beyond £74m.
The Way Of Water is now the 13th -highest-grossing film of all time in the UK and Ireland, overtaking the £73.1m of 2011’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2; today it will move into 12th, going past the £74.1m of 2010’s Toy Story 3.
It has now slipped behind the first Avatar film, which had £77.1m after £3.3m on its ninth weekend; however it will finish in the all-time top 10, which represents a strong result for Disney.
Universal horror Knock At The Cabin from director M. Night Shyamalan dropped 46% on its opening weekend, with £537,265 taking it to a cume just over £2m.
Takings for the top five dropped 20.3% to £6.8m, although remained above the £6.4m from a fortnight ago. Next weekend should see a significant shift in a positive direction, with the wide release of Disney-Marvel blockbuster Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania.
Blue Jean tops £100k
Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale added £377,424 on its second weekend for A24 Films, falling 38.6% on its opening. The film is now up to £1.4m.
Lionsgate’s Plane starring Gerard Butler added £355,450 on its third weekend – a 44.6% drop – and is just shy of £3m.
Yash Raj Films’ Pathaan added £282,415 - a 59.7% drop - on its third session, and is up to almost £3.9m, further extending the all-time record for an Indian film in the UK and Ireland.
Studiocanal animated feature Epic Tails – titled Argonuts in multiple territories – opened to £259,129 from 537 sites at a £483 average, with almost half of its total coming on the Saturday.
Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans added £239,000 on its third weekend for eOne – a 55.9% drop – and is now up to £2.8m.
On its 12th weekend in cinemas, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical added £166,476 – a 33.9% drop, that brings it past the £27m mark for Sony.
Universal’s doll horror M3GAN fell 54% across its fifth session, with £155,373 taking it to just shy of £7m – a healthy result for a genre title.
Damien Chazelle’s Babylon dropped 48% on its fourth weekend for Paramount, adding £155,000 to reach almost £3.6m.
Sony’s Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody added £104,183 on its seventh session, and is up to £11.4m.
Awards contender TÁR fell a slim 31% on its fifth weekend in cinemas, adding £95,161 to reach just shy of £2m for Universal.
Universal also started previews of Sarah Polley’s Women Talking in 43 cinemas, taking £78,319 at a £1,821 average. With previous screenings at October’s BFI London Film Festival, the film has £117,381 already in the bank; and will add a further 140 sites next weekend including multiplex venues.
A Man Called Otto put on £73,855 for Sony on its sixth session, dropping 51.2%, and is up to £5m.
Georgia Oakley’s BBC Film and BFI Film Fund title Blue Jean, produced by Helene Sifre’s Kleio Films, opened to £72,654 at the weekend from 98 sites at a £741 average for Altitude. Including previews, the film is up to £103,437.
Disney’s Searchlight Pictures title Empire Of Light dropped 46% on its fifth weekend, with £41,960 taking it to £3.7m.
Trinity Film’s Chinese action sequel The Wandering Earth II added a further £39,663 on its third session, and is up to £749,816 – a strong result for a title not in the English language.
Aftersun is still playing in cinemas for Mubi after an impressive 13 weekends. On its most recent session, it added £27,902 – a drop of just 14.1% - and is beyond £1.6m, already as Mubi’s highest-grossing title of all time in the UK and Ireland.
The Banshees Of Inisherin added £26,831 on a 17th weekend in cinemas for Disney, and is up to a strong £9.6m cume.
It was just ahead of Disney stablemate Strange World, which added £20,662 on its 12th weekend to reach £3.9m.
Altitude’s Venice Golden Lion-winning documentary All The Beauty And The Bloodshed added £19,044 on its third weekend, and is up to £230,097.
Picturehouse Entertainment’s Saint Omer added £16,616 on its second weekend, and has a £77,347 total.
Sony anime Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo Of Deep Night took a further £762 at the weekend for a £61,805 total from two sessions.
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