|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (Nov 30-Dec 2)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1||Ralph Breaks The Internet (Disney)||£4m||£4m||1|
|2||Creed II (Warner Bros)||£3m||£3m||1|
|3||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (Warner Bros)||£2.7m||£26.7m||3|
|4||The Grinch (Universal)||£2.3m||£17m||4|
|5.||Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox)||£1.5m||£42m||6|
Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.27.
Disney’s animated title Ralph Breaks The Internet has opened top of the UK box office, ending the two-week run of Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.
Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, the computer-animated feature started with £4.03m from 613 sites for an average of £6,566. This is a decent return for Disney in the competitive Christmas market, although down on the first title’s £4.5m opening on 501 sites (£9,035 average) in February 2013, and not on the scale of the sequel’s huge $56m US bow. Wreck-It Ralph went on to take £23.8m in the UK.
Ralph Breaks The Internet is ahead of the last feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, 2016’s Moana, which opened with £2.2m and a £4,018 average from 556 UK sites in 2016.
On its fifth weekend, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms took £200,000 for a £5.1m cume, and will look to pick up further Christmas audiences in the coming weeks.
Boxing sequel Creed II starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone kicked off with a strong £2.95m from 531 sites, for a £5,555 average.
This is ahead of the 2016 original, which started on 482 sites with £2.22m for a £4,619 average. The strong numbers show how the Creed films have breathed new life into the Rocky franchise that Stallone has been part of since the first film in 1976. Creed II is the eighth title in the series.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald dropped to third spot in its third week, taking £2.69m for a £26.7m cume. This is a 52% drop on its second weekend, with the film now facing an uphill battle to get near the first title’s £54.7m UK total in 2016.
A Star Is Born continues to bring in audiences with £216,000 for a £28.59m total, while Smallfoot took £25,000 for a £10.97m to date.
Faced with competition from Ralph Breaks The Internet, Universal’s The Grinch held well in its fourth weekend, dropping 30% for £2.3m and a £16.96m total to date. It has now passed the £15.2m total of Ron Howard’s 2000 live-action title of the same name, although this is not adjusted for inflation.
Universal holdovers nearing the end of their run include Johnny English Strikes Again, which added £25,699 for £17.6m total; First Man, with £6,410 for £7.88m so far; and Halloween, which put on £5,757 for £8.94m to date.
Twentieth Century Fox
Rock biopic Bohemian Rhapsody stayed in the top five in its sixth week, dropping just 31% to take £1.53m across the weekend. It is now up to £42m in the UK, making it the seventh highest-grossing title in the territory this year at the time of writing.
Steve McQueen’s Widows added £221,235 on its fourth weekend, and is now on £5.79m.
Supernatural horror The Possession Of Hannah Grace starring Shay Mitchell opened to £112,000 from 154 sites, a £727 average.
The Girl In The Spider’s Web, led by The Crown star Claire Foy, suffered an 80% drop on its second weekend, with £76,000 over the three days. It is now up to £928,000.
Nativity Rocks! dropped 43% with £463,717 across the weekend, and is up to £1.47m total. It will need a long tail throughout the Christmas period to approach the totals of the first three titles in the series: £5.3m for 2009’s Nativity!, £9.3m for 2012’s Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger! and £7.6m for 2014’s Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?.
Mike Leigh’s historical drama Peterloo added £16,659 and is on £1.13m to date.
On the weekend where Alessandro Nivola won the BIFA for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film, Sebastián Lelio’s religious drama Disobedience took £164,063 from 69 sites, including £24,074 from previews. This is up on Lelio’s previous title, the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner A Fantastic Woman, which began with £98,445 from 40 sites and went on to £325,810 total.
Sundance doc Three Identical Strangers, about three identical triplet brothers who were separated at birth but reunited aged 19, took £79,712 from 22 sites, including £19,803 in previews.
Zombie Christmas musical Anna And The Apocalypse took £32,336 from 36 sites (most of which were in Scotland), including £18,066 in previews.
Event cinema specialists Trafalgar screened Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King And I: From The London Palladium on Thursday November 29, taking £1m on the day with another £24,286 in encores over the weekend.
It also released Bolshoi Ballet 18/19: Don Quixote on Sunday December 2, bringing in £69,780.
Jean-Luc Godard’s Cannes Competition title The Image Book played on 12 screens on Sunday night, taking £3,820 on that date and £10,668 in total.
MUBI also has Luca Guadagnino’s horror remake Suspiria, which took £12,621 on its third weekend for a £311,587 cume.
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters fell just 20% on its second weekend, taking £86,619, and is up to £301,843.
On its second weekend, action picture Robin Hood starring Taron Egerton dropped 62%, taking £383,704 for a £2.23m total to date.
Munro Film Services
Seasonal comedy Surviving Christmas With The Relatives starring Julian Ovenden, Gemma Whelan and Joely Richardson took £12,246 from 52 screens.
New Wave Films
Another Cannes Competition title, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree, took £12,745 from 14 sites, including £803 from previews.
Nobody’s Fool put on £26,000 for £148,000 cume, while Overlord added £8,000 and is up to £1.28m.
Yash Raj Films
Thugs Of Hindostan added £3,074 and is at £725,626.