'Shazam! Fury Of The Gods!', 'Allelujah’

Source: Warner Bros / Pathe

‘Shazam! Fury Of The Gods!’, ’Allelujah’

RankFilm (distributor)Three-day gross (Mar 17-19)Total gross to date           Week
 1. Shazam! Fury Of The Gods (Warner Bros) £2.4m  £2.4m 1
 2. Creed III (Warner Bros) £1.2m £11.7m 3
 3. Scream VI (Paramount) £990,000 £5.1m 2
 4. Allelujah (Pathe) £686,435 £713,149 1
 5. 65 (Sony) £567,843 £2.4m 2

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.21

DC superhero sequel Shazam! Fury Of The Gods topped the UK-Ireland box office in its opening weekend, taking £2.4m for Warner Bros.

The total is down around 40% on first instalment Shazam!, which debuted with £4m back in April 2019.

Zachary Levi is back as the adult superhero alter ego, with Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu and Rachel Zegler joining the cast as Greek Gods who want to take over Earth. David F. Sandberg returns as director. 

In second place, Michael B. Jordan’s Creed III is still putting up a fight for Warner Bros as it collected £1.2m during its third weekend - a 55% dip from last weekend’s £2.7m. The boxing drama’s total box office now stands at £11.7m.

Taking a 59% drop was Paramount’s Scream VI which came in at third place with £990,000 from its second session.

The sixth instalment in the horror franchise is now up to £5.1m and is well on its way to matching Scream V’s £8.4m. The film relocates to New York and sees returning castmembers Jenna Ortega and Courtney Cox once again confront Ghostface. 

Alongside Shazam! Fury Of The Gods, the only other new release to enter the top five was Pathe’s Allelujah which landed in fourth place with £686,435 (£713,149 including previews). Richard Eyre’s ode to the NHS opened in 530 sites.

The film premiered at Toronto and features an ensemble cast including Jennifer Saunders, Russell Tovey and Judi Dench.

In at fifth place is Sony’s dinosaur action thriller 65 which took £567,843 across its second weekend, for a £2.4m cume.

Holdovers reign over new releases

Universal’s Puss In Boots: The Last Wish took £551,592 for Universal on its seventh session, bringing its total to date to £24.1m.

Studiocanal romantic comedy What’s Love Got To Do With It? also continued a good run with its fourth-weekend takings coming to £241,689 and bringing the film to £4.2m overall. 

Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania took £240,000 for Disney, a 67% drop from its previous session, bringing the Marvel title to a total of £18.9m.

Universal’s Cocaine Bear scooped £219,569 on its third weekend to reach a £5.2m cume.

Rye Lane

Source: Sundance Film Festival

‘Rye Lane’

Sundance hit and London-set romantic comedy Rye Lane debuted with £219,000 (£259,000 including previews) for Disney, landing in ninth place on the UK-Ireland chart. Raine Allen Miller’s debut feature set in south London opened in around 360 sites, with a £608 location average, and stars newcomers Vivian Oparah and David Jonsson. 

Riding on the back of its Oscar success last Sunday, A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once made a reappearance in the charts this weekend with takings of £166,259.

The multiverse-set family drama – which counted best picture among its seven Oscar wins – first opened in the UK in May 2022 to £681,351. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, its cume is now £5.9m. 

Debuting just outside the top 10 is Universal’s horror Pearl which took £151,563 from 293 locations.

The prequel to Ti West’s X, which opened with £227,502 in 2022, is set in 1918 and sees 2014 Screen Star of Tomorrow Mia Goth return as the younger version of one of her X characters.

Pearl premiered at Venice and was co-written by Goth with West who are both in the process of filming the third instalment MaXXXine

Studiocanal animation Epic Tails dropped just 36% in its sixth session with £102,256, taking it to £2.1m in total.

Universal’s sports comedy Champions added £100,102 on its second session, a 74% drop, and is up to £692,550. 

Trafalgar Releasing’s Met Opera Live: Lohengrin opened to £78,284 with some sites still to report. The performance screened in 152 UK cinemas, with the majority broadcasting the Wagner opera live on Saturday, March 18 from the New York stage.

Luv Ranjan’s Hindi-language romantic comedy Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar made £58,795 on its second weekend for Yash Raj Films and now totals £319,150.

Disney’s Avatar: The Way Of Water added another £43,000 in its 14th session and is up to £76.8m.

Universal’s re-release of Mamma Mia! took in £29,157 from 63 locations that screened the film on Sunday for Mother’s Day. The 2008 jukebox musical made £68.3m since its original release.

A24’s The Whale made £25,983 in the weekend after Brendan Fraser picked up the Oscar for his performance, taking the film up to £2.3m from seven sessions. 

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Broker has now crossed the £500,000 mark after taking in another £25,335 and is Picturehouse’s second title to do so this year, following Corsage.

Fellow Cannes 2022 title Close added £24,760 for Mubi, bringing its total to £338,300.

Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees Of Inisherin continues a healthy run for Disney as it took in £11,000 from its 22nd session – a 71% drop from Oscar weekend.

British-Asian romantic comedy Little English, which is distributed by not-for-profit Resource Productions, made £10,436 across 12 locations.

Park Circus’ The Age Of Innocence took in £5,515 from 20 sites, in a re-release marking the 30th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1930 New York high society novel.