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Source: Picturehouse Entertainment / Warner Bros / Universal

‘Scrapper’, ‘Barbie’, ‘Oppenheimer’

RankFilm (distributor)Three-day gross (Aug 25-27)Total gross to date                           Week
 1. Barbie   (Warner Bros) £1.9m £89.6m 6
 2. Oppenheimer   (Universal) £1.6m £53.7m 6
 3. Meg 2: The Trench   (Warner Bros) £776,085 £11.5m 4
 4. Andre Rieu’s 2023 Maastricht Concert: Love Is All Around   (Piece of Magic) £770,000 £770,000 1
 5. Blue Beetle   (Warner Bros) £767,682 £3.1m 2

Scrapper, the debut feature from 2020 Screen Star of Tomorrow Charlotte Regan, made a strong start at the UK-Ireland box office, recording the best location average of any new title this weekend (August 25-27).

The film, about a young girl living alone who is forced to confront reality when her estranged father returns, took £98,847 from 95 sites, for a £1,040 site average.

Including previews and screenings on Monday (August 28), the film has amassed a total of £231,000 to date. It represents a strong result for an independent title, which is released by Picturehouse Entertainment.

Barbie  held the top spot for a sixth weekend in succession for Warner Bros, adding £1.9m to reach £89.6m. It has overtaken 2019’s Avengers: Endgame (£88.7m) to become the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the territory and will next have the £94m of 2009’s Avatar in in its sights for sixth place. A drop of 28% was Barbie’s best hold for several sessions.

Having claimed the global chart crown this weekend, Oppenheimer  is hot on the heels of Barbie for the number one UK-Ireland spot. The Universal blockbuster added £1.6m with a drop of 18.1%. It has held better than Barbie for every one of the five holdover weekends to date, and should overtake it on a weekend-by-weekend basis within a fortnight.

Oppenheimer is up to £53.7m in total and looks set to overtake the £56.8m of 2017’s Dunkirk  to become Christopher Nolan’s highest-grossing film in the territory.

Meg 2: The Trench  is swimming along nicely for Warner Bros, adding £776,085 – a fall of just 19.9% – to reach £11.5m. A strong tail could see it catch the £15.9m of the 2018 first film.

Event cinema release Andre Rieu’s 2023 Maastricht Concert: Love Is All Around  scored enough to break into the top five across the weekend. The latest film from the reliably popular concert violinist took £350,184 on its Saturday August 26 release day. Distributor Piece of Magic Entertainment is predicting a £770,000 weekend total once all figures are in.

Warner Bros’ stablemate Blue Beetle  did not hold quite as well as Meg 2, dropping 36% across its second session with £767,682. The superhero adventure has almost £3.1m to date.

While Barbenheimer has been a resounding success for the UK-Ireland exhibition sector, the lack of follow-up hits is now starting to show. Takings for the top five dropped 20.9% to £5.9m - the lowest level since December last year, before the release of Avatar: The Way Of Water.

Mayhem continues

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Myhem

Source: Paramount Pictures

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Myhem’

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem  leads Paramount’s slate, adding £478,000 on its fourth weekend – a solid 19% drop – to reach an £8.2m cume.

Haunted Mansion  added £379,000 on its third weekend for Disney, and is up to £3.3m total.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One  dropped just 6% on its seventh session, adding £372,000 to reach £25.7m, extending the record for highest-grossing Mission: Impossible title in the UK and Ireland for Paramount.

Universal’s Strays  held on to a place in the top 10 on its second weekend, falling 35.7%, with £327,189 contributing to a £1.4m total.

Also for Universal, comedy-horror The Blackening opened outside the top 10, bringing in £244,657 from 365 sites at a £682 average. Including previews and Monday’s screenings, the US title has £430,932.

Gran Turismo dropped 41.1% on its third weekend for Sony, adding £184,765 to reach a £2.4m total.

Moviegoers Entertainment’s Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani scored a strong £160,281 on its fifth weekend. It now has more than £2m in total, and will enter the top 10 highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time in the territory today.

Disney’s Searchlight Pictures comedy Theater Camp started with a flat £127,000 from 352 sites, at a £361 location average. Including previews and Monday’s screenings, the film has £186,000.

Horror Talk To Me  is proving an extended success for Altitude, adding £115,000 on its fifth weekend with £2.3m in total.

Vertigo Releasing opened The Dive to £49,579 from 190 sites at a £261 average across the weekend. Including previews and Monday, the film has £82,289.

Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny  remains in cinemas after nine weekends for Disney, adding £52,000 – a fall of just 3.7% – to reach £20.2m total.

Insidious: The Red Door is still in cinemas after eight weekends, adding a further £28,195 to reach a decent £8m cume.

Louis Garrel’s The Innocent opened to £21,363 from 42 sites for MetFilm at the weekend, and has taken £32,029 to date.

Christian Petzold’s Afire started with £14,783 for Curzon, with £15,819 including previews. The distributor also has Venice 2022 title L’Immensita in cinemas, which added £11,124 on its second weekend to reach a £118,691 total.

Park Circus’ re-release of Training Day   starring Denzel Washington took £2,737, with further chain bookings in the coming days.

The Red Shoes: The Next Step started with £1,461 from 35 sites for Miracle/Dazzler.