Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.21
|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (Aug 16-18)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1||Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood (Sony)||£5.1m||£7.5m||1|
|2||The Lion King (Disney)||£2.4m||£65.9m||5|
|3||Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal)||£1.4m||£16.3m||3|
|4||Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (Paramount)||£1.1m||£1.2m||1|
|5||Toy Story 4 (Disney)||£1m||£61.2m||9|
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood began its UK box office life with a £5.1m three-day weekend. It opened at 664 locations for a site average across the weekend of £7,681. With previews of £1.4m on Wednesday (Aug 14) and £1m on Thursday, the film is up to £7.5m from a five-day run.
That’s a stellar result for Sony and by far the best opening weekend of Tarantino’s career in the UK, topping Inglourious Basterds (£3.6m), Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight and Kill Bill Vol.2 (all £2.8m).
Django remains the director’s best performing title at the UK box office with £15.7m, and Sony will be looking for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood to smash through that number.
The film isn’t just a career best for Tarantino, but also for one of its stars, Brad Pitt, topping 2002’s Ocean’s Eleven (£5.09m). For DiCaprio it’s also a career best if you include previews; if you compare weekends, it’s his third best behind 2010’s Inception (£5.9m) and 2016’s The Revenant (£5.3m).
Once Upon A Time… is also the third best opening of all time for an 18-certificate release, behind two of the Fifty Shades films.
Elsewhere for Sony, Spider-Man: Far From Home is now the biggest title in the franchise having hit £35.5m this weekend with a further £386,000.
Angry Birds 2 added £412,000 for a cume of £3.5m.
The Lion King has finally been displaced from the top of the UK box office chart in its fifth week, after a 43% drop saw it record £2.4m, placing it second. That takes the film to £65.9m to date, now the second biggest release of 2019 (behind Avengers: Endgame) and the 14th of all time, having surpassed Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (£65.5m).
Toy Story 4 added £1m this weekend, a 37% drop, taking it to £61.2m. Aladdin added £52,000 and is up to £36.7m.
The Fast & The Furious spin-off Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw added a further £1.4m this weekend and is now up to £16.3m in the UK. That means the film has passed 2009’s Fast & Furious (£13.7m), next in the franchise is 2011’s Fast Five (£18.5m).
Good Boys, the comedy from SXSW that stars Jacob Tremblay in the story of three young boys who skip school to attend a long-awaited party, opened to £843,289 from 475 locations, an average of £1,775. The film has been a bigger hit in the US, where it opened to $21m (£17.3m) this weekend.
Yesterday added £155,370 for £13.2m to date. The Secret Life Of Pets 2 added £126,578 for £19.1m.
Family adventure feature Dora And The Lost City Of Gold opened with a £1.1m weekend from 547 sites for an average of £2,011. With previews, the film is on £1.2m.
Blinded By The Light added £422,761 this weekend, a drop of 51% on its previous session. The film is now up to £2m in the UK.
Family animation Uglydolls posted a soft £266,074 from 439 sites over its opening weekend, a site average of £606.
Family feature Playmobil added £115,721 and is up to £862,735 from its UK run.
A re-release of Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut took £9,661 from 22 sites.
Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans continues to tick over, adding £115,153 for £2.4m to date.
Annabelle Comes Home took a further £114,000 for a cume of £6.5m. The Sun Is Also A Star took £3,000 for £131,000.
The Queen’s Corgi added £69,419 and is now up to £2.3m from its UK run.
Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love added £25,579 in its fourth weekend for £547,386 to date.
Transit, Christian Petzold’s German-French drama which premiered at the Berlinale last year, opened with £21,800 from 19 sites, an average of £1,147. With £4,030 from previews, the film is up to £25,830.
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Midsommar added £19,091 for £2.7m, while The Current War took £17,375 for £1.2m.
Animals added £16,691 over the weekend and is up to £293,197.
Kirill Serebrennikov’s Leto, which premiered at Cannes last year, took £2,085 this weekend from six sites. The film has £12,651 including festivals and previews, and is also now available on the MUBI streaming platform.