Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns took £7.4m from 740 sites on its second week on release to hold on to the top spot for the three-day weekend of December 28-30. It fell just 10% to gross £23.3m to date.
Paramount’s Transformers prequel Bumblebee rode the waves of good reviews to take £5.4m from 587 sites and snag second place on its opening weekend. It is directed by animation specialist Travis Knight, who has been twice nominated for an Oscar - for The Boxtrolls in 2015 and then for Kubo And The Two Strings in 2017. Bumblebee is his live-action debut and stars Hailee Steinfeld as a young girl in 1980s California who discovers and befriends the bashed up and abandoned machine Bumblebee.
In third place is Warner Bros’ Aquaman which garnered £2.4m from 559 sites on its third weekend on release, a bump of 2%.
The other big opener was Sony’s comedy Holmes & Watson which grossed £1.4m from 481 sites. It is the second film by Etan Cohen, who previously directed Get Hard in 2015, and stars Will Ferrell, Ralph Fiennes, John C Reilly and Rebecca Hall.
Finally at number five, Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet made £1.2m for a £13.2m total after five weeks.