Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate - 1.43
|Rank||Film / Distributor||Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun)||Running Total||Week|
|1||Rampage (Warner Bros)||£3.1m||£4.1m||1|
|2||Peter Rabbit (Sony)||£2m||£38.1m||5|
|3||A Quiet Place (Paramount)||£1.9m||£6.4m||2|
|4||Ready Player One (Warner Bros)||£1.2m||£14.5m||3|
|5||Truth Or Dare (Universal)||£922,664||£922,664||1|
Rampage, the latest Dwayne Johnson star vehicle, stormed to the top of the UK box office this weekend with a three-day debut of £3.1m from 559 sites, an average of £5,617. The video-game adaptation has grossed £4.1m, including previews on Wednesday and Thursday.
That figure is roughly equitable with the film’s US launch of $34.5m (using the accepted wisdom of a UK opening being a tenth of a US opening, without converting the currency). Budgeted at $120m, Rampage is doing well internationally, particularly in China, and has already grossed $148.6m worldwide.
Johnson’s appeal regularly helps to propel films to strong UK openings: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle posted an impressive £8.2m opening in 2017, while the Baywatch reboot garnered a seven-day opening of £4.6m, also last year, and the action film Central Intelligence opened to £3.1m in 2016.
Ready Player One is up to £14.5m, adding £1.2m this weekend.
Peter Rabbit dropped to second in the chart after an impressive four weeks at number one. The film grossed £2m this weekend, taking it to £38.1m to-date. It has now surpassed Paddington (£37.9m), and further family films including Monsters Inc (£37.9m), Finding Nemo (£37.4m), and Secret Life Of Pets (£36.6m).
Benefiting from strong word-of-mouth, A Quiet Place posted an impressive hold in its second weekend, dropping just 4% to £1.9m. With a gross of £6.4m, the film looks set to be a sleeper hit.
Horror film Truth Or Dare, the latest from genre masters Blumhouse, opened to £922,664 from 443 locations for an average of £2,023. That is a fair way behind recent Blumhouse productions Get Out (£2.2m), Split (£2.6m), and Insidious: The Last Key (£1.8m) but genre titles can go on to have a long tail if word-of-mouth is good.
Blockers is up to £3.6m after adding £273,036; Pacific Rim: Uprising is up to £4.4m after adding £82,456; Thoroughbreds is up to £100,420 after adding £10,496.
The Greatest Showman was down a slim 8% this weekend, adding £622,027 for £44.9m to date.
In its second weekend on release, Love, Simon dropped 38% with £621,748 taking it to £2.7m so far. Isle Of Dogs added a further £498,530 for £5.1m to date.
Black Panther added a further £460,000 in its ninth weekend, taking the film to £49.4m. it should cusp over £50m before Avengers: Infinity War arrives on April 26.
A Wrinkle In Time was down 36% this weekend, adding £156,000 for £2.84m to date, while Coco saw a surge of 197% to £162,000, boosted by a series of lower priced weekend kids’ club screenings, which takes the film to a lifetime of £18.6m
Ghost Stories dropped 52% in its second weekend, adding £264,601 to take it up to £1.3m.
Event cinema release Luisa Miller - Met Opera 2018 played in 205 sites this weekend, grossing £229,648 for an average of £1,120.
Custody opened in 37 locations, grossing £40,907 for a screen average of £1,106. With previews, the film has a running total of £46,917.
Sergey Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature opened in six screens with £1,939. With previews, the film is on £3,282.
120 Beats Per Minute is up to £143,256 so far, while The Square is up to £677,193.
On the horizon
Avengers: Infinity War is now just ten days away. Next weekend sees the release of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society via Studiocanal, Wildling via Warner Bros, The Leisure Seeker via Universal and Every Day via Vertigo.