Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.27.
|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (May 17-19)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1||Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros)||£2.7m||£8.9m||2|
|2||John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (Lionsgate)||£2.7m||£3.6m||1|
|3||Avengers: Endgame (Disney)||£2.2m||£83.9m||4|
|4||The Hustle (Universal)||£790,805||£2.3m||2|
|5||Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups (Paramount)||£516,000||£516,000||1|
Animation-live action hybrid Pokémon Detective Pikachu narrowly held off the challenge of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum to stay top of the UK box office for a second week running.
The fantasy title fell 45% on its impressive first weekend, taking £2.718m for a total of £8.9m to date. It topped the Keanu Reeves action pic by just £8,474.
It maintained a decent site average for a second weekend of £4,496, and will now look to surpass the £11.7m of 2000’s Pokémon: The First Movie to become the highest-grossing title in the franchise for the UK.
Another franchise film, horror The Curse Of La Llorona (part of the Conjuring Universe series), took £114,000 and is up to £1.5m; while superhero story Shazam! added £21,000 and is at £13.3m.
A 4K restoration of four Batman titles from the 1980s and 90s brought in £46,000 total from 227 locations across the four films.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum missed out on the top spot by a small margin, taking £2.710m for second place.
It did record both the highest total on Friday, and the highest location average this weekend, of £4,999 from its 542 sites.
This start surpasses those of the two previous films in the John Wick series, and the total cume of the first. John Wick opened to £540,466 in April 2015, finishing on £1.6m; while John Wick: Chapter Two started with £2.2m in February 2017, ending on £6m.
With previews of £849,972, the film has £3.6m overall.
Elsewhere on Lionsgate’s roster, Long Shot took £219,912 for £2.3m; Red Joan added £54,995 for £2.5m; while Missing Link went up £21,910 for £3.2m.
Avengers: Endgame dropped 50% on its fourth weekend, moving down to third place in the chart with a £2.2m Friday to Sunday. With takings of £83.9m in total, the film has passed 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and is now in the all-time UK top five, behind Avatar (£94m), Spectre (£95.2m), Skyfall (£103.2m) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (£123.2m).
Dumbo went up £175,000 for £24.9m to date; while Captain Marvel added £18,400 for £39.4m.
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson comedy The Hustle added £790,805 on its second weekend, a small drop of 24%. It has £2.3m so far.
On its 16th weekend in cinemas, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World scored a 570% uptick, taking £33,225, for £19.8m total.
Kids animation Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups opened in the top five, with £516,000 from 508 sites for a £1,028 average.
Wonder Park topped up £86,000 on its sixth weekend, and has £4.5m to date.
Canine sequel A Dog’s Journey suffered on the Friday but prospered on the Saturday and Sunday, taking £146,329 across the three days for £1.3m to date. It won’t, however, reach the £3.2m of 2017 first film A Dog’s Purpose.
Further eOne titles include Wild Rose, which topped up £59,543 for £2.7m; and Peppa Pig: Festival Of Fun, which nears the end of its run with a £13,783 weekend for £2.7m too.
One of the success stories of last weekend’s results, Aretha Franklin doc Amazing Grace, scored an impressive second session too, falling just 19% for £119,972 and £370,731 to date.
For the second weekend running it was the only title in the top ten to play in fewer than 370 sites (excluding last week’s Dialogue Des Carmelites event cinema release), with 69 locations last weekend and an expanded 116 this time.
20th Century Fox
Tolkien, starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, dropped 50% on its third weekend, bringing in £119,683 for £1.6m total.
Christian drama Breakthrough opened to £79,169 from 198 locations – a small £400 average – and has £81,092 including previews.
Bollywood title Student Of The Year 2 fell 77% with £23,797 and £161,758 cume.
Ballet Carmen Suite / Petrushka was comfortably the top performing event cinema release of the weekend, taking £108,280 on the Sunday.
Yash Raj Films
Hindi-language romantic comedy De De Pyaar De scored the best location average outside the top 10 of any title to break £40,000, with £1,367 average from 70 sites making £95,663.
BFI-backed Scottish 90s rave drama Beats opened with £70,665 from 104 locations, and including previews has £97,000.
On the weekend when another Robert Pattinson’ title premiered to strong reviews in Cannes, his recent role in Claire Denis’ High Life dropped 42% for £40,912 and £161,365 to date.
Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s Cannes 2018 title Birds Of Passage started with £34,394 from just 25 locations, and has £49,844 including previews.
Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman At War – another film that launched at last year’s Cannes – added £31,589 on its third weekend, and has £239,795 in total.
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder feature Destination Wedding took £31,492 on its second weekend from just 20 locations, and has £121,765 after two weekends.
Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade topped up £19,000 and has £430,000 to date.
A re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1964 comedy Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb took £15,716 across the weekend, and has £19,652 including previews.