Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate - 1.31
|Rank||Film / Distributor||Three-day gross (July 21-23)||Running gross||Week|
|1||Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal)||£9.7m||£9.7m||1|
|2||Incredibles 2 (Disney)||£6.8m||£22.4m||2|
|4||Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)||£611,362||£39.7m||7|
|5||The First Purge (Universal)||£506,578||£4.5m||3|
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again landed in the UK with a superb £9.7m debut, eclipsing the opening of its predecessor by 47% (£3.1m). The film played in 706 cinemas (out of 766, according to the BFI’s 2017 statistical yearbook), making for a site average of £4,391.
The original film took a massive £68.6m from its UK run in 2008 (still the country’s 11th highest-grossing title) and its sequel has a long way to go to match that total. While its opening marks a strong start, its takings are more likely to be front-loaded due to it being a sequel, and it will need to have serious legs over the course of the summer.
The film’s opening matches the Incredibles 2’s opening via Disney last week, and with this week’s overall top 10 not registering a single drop of 50% or more, the indicators are that the UK box office has recovered from a sluggish period.
This week, Universal occupies four of the top five spots in the chart, with Skyscraper sitting third after adding £892,723 in its second weekend, down 39%. The film is now up to £3.8m.
In fourth, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fell just 26% in its seventh week with £611,362 taking it to a cume of £39.7m. In fifth, The First Purge added £506,578, a drop of 37%, and is now on £4.5m.
Incredibles 2 followed up its strong £9.7m opening with a second weekend of £6.8m, a slim drop of 29%. Including midweek takings, the film is up to £22.4m in the UK, eclipsing the lifetime UK takings of previous Pixar titles including Cars (£16.5m) and Brave (£22.2m). Next in its sights are Toy Story (£22.5m), Wall-E (£22.9m) and Ratatouille (£24.8m). The original Incredibles topped out at £32.27m and its sequel should pass that total.
Elsewhere, Patrick is up to £1.1m, Solo: A Star Wars Story is up to £19.4m, and Avengers: Infinity War is now on £70.8m.
Hotel Artemis, the dystopian crime thriller starring Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella and Jeff Goldblum and produced by The Night Manager outfit The Ink Factory, opened with £325,000 from 313 sites for an average of £1,038.
Ocean’s 8 is now on £10.5m after adding a further £270,000 this weekend, while Tag is up to £1.4m.
Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!, the latest edition in the franchise based on the popular children’s comedy, opened with £125,081 this weekend.
Hindi romance Dhadak, from writer-director Shashank Khaitan, opened to £108,342 from 62 sites, placing it ninth in this weekend’s chart.
Animation Sherlock Gnomes was up 110% this weekend, boosted by a variety of family-friendly screenings. The film took £74,000 and is now on £8.8m.
Sicario 2: Soldado added £52,524 and is now up to £2m, meaning it won’t do 50% of the original film’s total of £5m.
The Happy Prince is up to £775,895, McQueen is up to £599,508, Uncle Drew is up to £277,186.
Entertainment Film Distributors
Hereditary added £51,824 this weekend and is now up to £5.5m.
Teefa In Trouble, Ahsan Rahim’s Urdu language crime caper, opened to £46,513 from 35 screens.
First Reformed dropped 35% in its second weekend, adding £46,330 from 41 locations. The film is now up to £193,708.
20th Century Fox
Bollywood title Sanju, now in its fourth week, is up to £1.3m after adding £42,000. Deadpool 2 is up to £32.6m.
Show Dogs is up to £3.1m after adding £25,800 this weekend. The Secret Of Marrowbone is up to £330,000 after adding £17,000 this weekend.
Leave No Trace was down a slim 23% this weekend, adding £20,000 for £265,000 to date. Soorma is up to £61,000 and Peter Rabbit is now on £41m.
Altitude Film Distribution
Following a superb one-night opening on Tuesday of £203,593, feature documentary Spitfire, about the British military aircraft, held a few further screenings this weekend to take it to £211,464 so far. The one-night showing was the primary strategy for the film’s release, but encore screenings will take place at select venues over the coming weeks.
Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s Thailand-set boxing drama A Prayer Before Dawn opened this weekend with £19,161 from 19 sites, which with previews takes it to £26,296 to date. The film expands to 89 sites tonight (July 23) for a one-night screening, which will be followed by a live interview with the film’s real-life subject, Billy Moore, in conversation with rapper Professor Green, which Altitude will be hoping boosts takings.
Whitney added £14,675 this weekend and is up to £397,895.
Adrift added £14,066 for the weekend and is on £1.4m.
Mary Shelley is up to £78,790, In The Fade is now on £69,372, and L’Amant Double is up to £152,933.
Swimming With Men is up to £215,486 in the UK, while The Bookshop is now up to £278,410.
The re-release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is on £33,018.
Escape Plan 2 opened with £6,737.