Warner Bros’ The Legend Of Tarzan is the week’s highest new entry with $4.57m (£3.55m) from its 507 sites.
UK TOP FIVE
|Ranking||Film/Distributor||Weekend gross||Running total|
|1||The Secret Life Of Pets (Universal)||$4.67m (£3.63m)||$28.7m (£22.27m)|
|2||The Legend Of Tarzan (WB)||$4.57m (£3.55m)||$4.57m (£3.55m)|
|3||Now You See Me 2 (eOne)||$3.8m (£2.95m)||$3.8m (£2.95m)|
|4||Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox)||$2.98m (£2.32m)||$12.6m (£9.78m)|
|5||Central Intelligence (Universal)||$1.73m (£1.34m)||$7.3m (£5.68m)|
(Note - Dollar conversions are based on today’s rates)
The Secret Life Of Pets has become the first film since Captain America: Civil War in May to record a hat-trick as the UK’s number one.
Universal’s animation fell only 24% on its way to a $4.67m (£3.63m) third weekend for a terrific $28.7m (£22.27m) to date. It will soon surpass Zootropolis, currently at $30.6m (£23.79m), as the year’s biggest animation.
In terms of Illumination Entertainment outings in the UK, The Secret Life Of Pets has now overtaken Despicable Me’s $25.6m (£19.9m) to become the studio’s highest grossing original animation.
Ice Age: Collision Course’s preview-boosted opening or Ghostbusters’ seven-day bow will likely see its reign end at the top of the UK box office, but Pets is far from done yet.
Also for Universal, Central Intelligence fell 41% (excluding previews) with a $1.73m (£1.34m) second weekend as it rounded off this week’s top five.
Rawson Marshall Thurber’s action-comedy now stands at $7.3m (£5.68m), and needs a solid hold this coming weekend in a busy market to stand a chance of catching We’re The Millers’ $11.1m (£8.6m) result.
YASH RAJ FILMS
Sultan has recorded the biggest opening for a Bollywood film ever at the UK box office.
Yash Raj Films’ huge Indian hit, starring cinema icon Salman Khan, grossed $1.35m (£1.05m) from its 121 sites, including around $573,000 (£445,000) in previews. That surpasses the previous biggest overall debut, My Name Is Khan’s $1.21m (£936,454).
Sultan also achieved the highest site average of the weekend with a muscular $11,154 (£8,665).
The Legend Of Tarzan swung into the UK box office in second after a strong debut.
Warner Bros’ reboot grossed $4.57m (£3.55m) from its 507 sites, including $1.04m (£809,000) in previews. Its Fri-Sun tally of $3.52m (£2.74m) would have also seen it chart second.
Comparisons are tricky as the most recent Tarzan adaptations have been animations. The Legend Of Tarzan has already surpassed the 2013 effort, but is unlikely to match the Disney version which amassed $22.8m (£17.7m) back in 1999.
Also for Warner Bros, The Conjuring 2 scared up an extra $517,000 (£402,000) for $13.3m (£10.31m) after four weeks in play. It should pass The Conjuring’s $13.5m (£10.5m) result by the end of this coming weekend.
Me Before You now stands at an excellent $12m (£9.28m) following a $161,000 (£125,000) sixth weekend.
Now You See Me 2 had to settle for third despite opening last Monday [July 4].
eOne’s sequel conjured up $3.8m (£2.95m) from its 483 sites, including $1.75m (£1.36m) from Mon-Thurs. Its Fri-Sun tally of $2.05m (£1.59m) would have seen it chart fourth.
The sequel opened narrowly ahead of Now You See Me’s $3.73m (£2.9m) debut from 475 sites, including $1.4m (£1.1m) in previews.
Given that sequels are usually front-loaded, Now You See Me 2 could struggle to match its predecessor’s $13.5m (£10.5m) result. The decidely mixed reviews won’t help.
After its outstanding opening, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie fell a respectable 43% with a non-final $2.98m (£2.32m) second weekend.
Fox’s adaptation of the much-loved TV show is now up to a fantastic $12.6m (£9.78m), and has already surpassed the $10.9m (£8.5m) result of Dad’s Army. Ab Fab enjoyed an outstanding Mon-Thurs with more than $4.4m (£3.4m) amassed.
Also for Fox, Independence Day: Resurgence dropped a hefty 61% on its way to a non-final $1m (£782,509) third weekend for $14m (£10.91m) to date.
Ahead of its nationwide release this Friday [July 15], Ice Age: Collision Course has banked $3m (£2.33m) from its nationwide weekend previews and full release in Scotland and Ireland.
ICON FILM DISTRIBUTION
The Neon Demon struggled on its UK bow as it could only manage a $163,000 (£126,966) debut from its 120 sites, including $12,100 (£9,402) in previews.
Icon Film Distribution’s horror recorded a soft $1,362 (£1,058) site average, and is some way down on the debuts of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive ($782,000/£607,454 from 176) and Only God Forgives ($600,000/£465,917 from 188).
The Neon Demon will hope to bounce back midweek with an older audience.
Toronto 2015 title Maggie’s Plan posted a $132,000 (£102,000) UK bow from its 81 sites through Sony, marking an underwhelming $1,623 (£1,259) site average.
From its 13 sites through Dogwoof, political documentary Weiner recorded a UK debut of $21,000 (£16,679), including $7,100 (£5,509) in previews.
This week sees saturation releases for Sony’s Ghostbusters (opens today) and Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course, after opening in Scotland and Ireland two weeks ago.
Warner Bros’ Keanu receives a wide release, while Metrodome’s The Hard Stop and Curzon Artificial Eye’s Summertime are among the films receiving a limited release.