Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.30.
|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (May 10-12)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1||Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros)||£4.9m||£4.9m||1|
|3||The Hustle (Universal)||£1m||£1m||1|
|4||Long Shot (Lionsgate)||£411,308||£1.9m||2|
|5||The Curse Of La Llorona (Warner Bros)||£243,000||£1.2m||2
Live action-animation hybrid Pokémon Detective Pikachu sprang a surprise at the UK box office this weekend, taking top spot from Avengers: Endgame with an impressive £4.9m opening.
This figure is more than £2m higher than the opening for any previous Pokémon film in the UK, and brought a strong location average of £8,519 from 579 sites. The film was the number one title on each day from Friday to Sunday.
Warner Bros’ The Curse Of La Llorona remains in the top five on its second week on release, with the horror falling 59% with £243,000 takings and a £1.2m cume.
Shazam! brought in £42,000 and is at £13.3m after six weeks on release.
Pikachu’s unexpected triumph was in part aided by a large 69% drop for Avengers: Endgame, with £4.4m taking it to £80.4m to date.
Barring an unprecedented surge, the title will struggle to take the all-time UK box office record currently held by 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens with £123.2m.
It has sunk Titanic and taken sixth place though, and will have everything up to the number two title – 2012’s Skyfall with £103.2m – in its sights with a long tail.
Dumbo fell 51%, taking £240,000 for £21.6m so far; while Captain Marvel added £48,000 in its 10th weekend for £39.3m to date.
Chris Addison-directed comedy The Hustle opened in third place on its first weekend, taking £1m and a £2,317 site average. That will be in line with the company’s hopes for a seven-figure start, although well down on the openings of recent comedies with leads Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway.
Films nearing the end of their run for Universal include Us (took £19,764 for £9.9m after eight weekends); Little (took £16,123 for £1.9m after five); and Greta (took £10,925 for £972,928 after four).
Long Shot dropped 49% on its second weekend, taking £411,308 for a £1.9m total so far.
Red Joan fell 57% on its fourth weekend, adding £72,753 to take it to £2.4m. Missing Link topped up £26,799 on its sixth weekend and has a £3.2m gross.
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Author origin story Tolkien again failed to make much headway with UK audiences, falling 57% with £237,157 and a gross of £1.3m to date.
Bollywood sequel Student Of The Year started with £102,308 from 67 locations (a £1,527 average), down on the £131,101 opening of the 2012 first title which ended on £322,920.
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One of the success stories of the weekend was Aretha Franklin doc Amazing Grace, which opened with £151,777. This was from just 69 sites for an excellent £2,200 location average. This was the best in the top 10 outside the top three titles. The documentary has taken £166,592 including previews.
In event cinema this weekend, the Met Opera performance of Francois Poulenc’s 1957 Dialogue Des Carmélites brought in £139,098 (including Ireland) on Saturday May 11, and £141,630 in total including Sunday’s figures. It snuck into the top 10 for the weekend, and was the number five title on Saturday.
The re-release of An American In Paris – The Musical on Tuesday May 7 did £79,989.
Wonder Park topped up £108,000 for £4.4m after five weekends, while Pet Sematary approaches the end of its run with £12,000 and £4.2m after six.
High Life, Claire Denis’ space drama starring Screen Star of Tomorrow 2005 Robert Pattinson, opened to £70,461 from 53 locations – a reasonable £1,329 average. With previews, the film has £77,588.
Crime drama The Corrupted, led by Screen Star of Tomorrow 2010 Sam Claflin, started with a three-day £52,866.
Fisherman’s Friends added £11,314, and has hit a very respectable £7.2m.
Cannes 2018 eco-warrior title Woman At War had the lowest drop in the top 20 this weekend, falling just 12% and actually increasing its takings on the Friday and Saturday. With £51,050, it now has £177,787 after two sessions.
Another independent title to score well from the few screens available amongst Avengers: Endgame’s theatrical dominance was Destination Wedding, starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. Playing in just 22 locations, it took £50,223 for a £2,283 location average – the fourth highest in the top 20.
Eighth Grade added £31,000 on its third weekend and now sits at £393,000.
Vox Lux dropped 60% on its second weekend, taking £12,516 for £77,569 to date.
Sundance 2018 favourite Madeline’s Madeline took £4,620 on opening weekend, plus £4,404 previews including last October’s BFI London Film Festival screenings. It has £9,024 in total to date.