Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.31
|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (Mar 5-7)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1||Shazam! (Warner Bros)||£4m||£4m||1|
|3||Pet Sematary (Paramount)||£1.3m||£1.6m||1|
|4||Captain Marvel (Disney)||£1.2m||£34.6m||5|
|5||Peppa Pig: Festival Of Fun (eOne)||£982,473||£982,473||1|
Superhero feature Shazam! opened top of the UK box office this weekend, posting a £4m debut from 603 sites – an average of £6,634.
The film is part of the DC universe of comic book films, but as one of the lesser-known properties the result looks decent, eclipsing the £3.8m opening posted by Aquaman last year. That film ended on £21.8m.
The Lego Movie 2 added £63,000 to take it to £18.3m to date – the result falls well short of the £34.4m posted by the previous film, as well as The Lego Batman Movie (£27.4m).
Dumbo dropped 44% this weekend with £3.5m, it’s now up to £12.1m after 10 days in play. The majority of UK schools are on Easter holidays from this week, which should boost takings.
Captain Marvel was down 35% with £1.2m, it’s now on £34.6m.
Peppa Pig: Festival Of Fun, a feature spin-off of the popular kid’s property, opened with £982,473 from 505 sites, an average of £1,946. That’s the second best opening for a Peppa Pig feature, narrowly behind Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience, which opened with £1.1m and ended on £3.7m
Green Book added £38,368 for £10m to date.
Pet Sematary opened to a £1.3m three-day weekend, placing it third in the market. The film also took £300,000 in previews, placing it on a cume of £1.6m to date. It stars Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz in an adaptation of Stephen King’s horror about a couple who relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young kids and discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.
What Men Want took 137k weekend, taking it to £2.8m. Instant Family is up to £10.6m after adding £35,000 this weekend.
Jordan Peele’s Us added £929,197 in its third weekend, a 45% drop. The film is up to £8m to date, still £2.4m shy of Get Out’s total.
Jacques Audiard’s English-language debut The Sisters Brothers, a western starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly, opened with a three-day total of £200,122 from 163 locations, a site average of £1,228. With previews, the film is on £226,593. That’s behind the debut of Audiard’s Rust And Bone, which opened with £252,099 and ended on £835,437, and A Prophet (£312,237 and £1.4m).
How To Train Your Dragon The Hidden World added £52,071 this weekend and is on £19.4m.
Family animation Missing Link opened with £637,325 from 546 sites this weekend, an average of £1,167. The film should benefit from the school holidays over the next two weeks.
Fighting With My Family added £47,000 and is up to £5.7m to date.
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Fisherman’s Friends added a further £391,995 this weekend, a 38% drop on its previous session. The film again posted strong mid-weeks and is up to £5.9m lifetime in the UK, surpassing Fighting With My Family (£5.7m) and Finding Your Feet (£5.8m).
Event cinema specialists Trafalgar had three one-day event cinema engagements over the last seven days: a re-release of the recent production of The King & I took £210,462 from 229 sites; Bolshoi Ballet – The Golden Age grossed £76,563 from 137 sites; music film Khalid: Free Spirit took £31,868 from 172 sites.
The White Crow added £83,008 in its third weekend, a 43% drop, to take it to £900,112 cume.
Romantic drama Five Feet Apart added £75,036 for £639,390 so far.
The Keeper, Marcus H. Rosenmuller’s biopic of German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who famously played on with a broken neck in the 1956 FA Cup final, opened in 78 sites, posting a non-final £77,780 for a screen average of £853.
Vincent Van Gogh film At Eternity’s Gate added £58,197 this weekend, an impressive 1% increase on its debut session last week. The film played in 41 sites, up seven on last weekend.
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The Kid Who Would Be King added 100+ sites this weekend as the UK’s three major circuits (Cineworld, Odeon, Vue) hosted special kids’ screenings due to the school holidays, and its takings increased more than 100% to £39,805. It’s now up to £3.6m lifetime.
Bohemian Rhapsody, in its 24th week now, is up to £54.9m. The Favourite is up to £16.9m.
Hindi action thriller Romeo Akbar Walter opened with £33,843 from 36 screens this weekend.
Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy As Lazzaro, which was at Cannes last year, opened on 25 sites with an £34,537 weekend. With previews of £22,813, the film’s running total is £57,350.
Lords Of Chaos took a further £2,143 for £40,337 so far.