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Source: Paramount


Rank Film (distributor)                     Three-day gross (Oct 7-9) Total gross to date                                   Week
 1. Smile  (Paramount) £1.7m £4.75m 2
 2. Don’t Worry Darling  (Warner Bros) £1m £8.2m 3
 3. The Woman King  (eOne) £927,000 £1.3m 1
 4. Ticket To Paradise  (Universal)
£860,708 £6.7m 3
 5. Amsterdam  (Disney) £631,064 £631,064 1

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.11

Horror film Smile became the first 18-rated film to top the weekend UK-Ireland box office for over three years, with a huge 17% increase on its previous session.

The film took £1.7m from Friday-to-Sunday, up from last weekend’s £1.5m start. It is up to £4.75m total after strong midweek performances, and is tracking towards an excellent result for Paramount.

The last 18-rated film to top the UK-Ireland box office was Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood in August 2019. Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man, which topped the charts in February 2020, was originally rated 18, before a recut version of the film received a 15 rating.

Despite losing its top spot, Warner Bros’ Don’t Worry Darling took seven figures for a third consecutive weekend, with just over £1m from Friday-to-Sunday.

The film is up to £8.2m from three sessions, with a strong chance of crossing the £10m mark within the next few weeks.

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King starring Viola Davis opened to £927,000 at the weekend, from 577 locations at a £1,607 average. Including previews the film has £1.3m for eOne – 8.5% of which comes from Imax screens.

On its third weekend for Universal, Ticket To Paradise fell 35.6%, with £860,708 bringing it to a £6.7m cume.

Amsterdam started with £631,064 for Disney. Playing in 622 sites, it took a £1,015 screen average; it will need a lengthy tail to get to the £5m-£7m mark where most of director David O. Russell’s films end.

Takings for the top five fell 16.6% to £5.2m, as several new titles failed to cross the £1m barrier. Cinemas will look for seasonal buzz around Universal’s Halloween Ends next weekend to move figures in a positive direction.

Mrs. Harris keeps going to Paris

Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris dropped 36.2% on its second weekend for Universal, with £514,339 taking it to £2.2m

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Source: Warner Bros / Pathe

‘The Lost King’

Stephen Frears’ The Lost King started with £349,114 this weekend from 574 sites, at a low average of £608 per cinema. Released by Warner Bros on behalf of Pathé, the film has £367,609 including previews.

In last week’s event cinema releases, Jack Absolute Flies Again topped the whole chart on Thursday with £339,375 from 548 locations, and has £351,884 in total for National Theatre Live.

Minions: The Rise Of Gru is still in cinemas after its 15th weekend, when it dropped 41.9% with £165,586 taking it to just shy of £46m, with the £47.8m of 2015’s Minions still just about in sight.

DC League Of Super-Pets dropped 50.2% on its 11th weekend for Warner Bros, with £110,873 bringing it to a £15.5m cume.

Disney’s former number one See How They Run dropped 65% on its fifth weekend, with £110,406 taking it to a £4.6m cume.

David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream added £84,177 on its fourth weekend - a 58.8% drop – and is up to £1.4m for Universal.

Paramount animation Tad The Lost Explorer And The Curse Of The Mummy  dropped 68.1% on its fifth session, with £65,000 taking it to a near £1.7m cume.

Prima Facie starring Jodie Comer added £61,479 - a 196.9% increase - on its 12th weekend in cinemas, and is now up to almost £5.2m.

Sony’s Bullet Train added £46,000 on its tenth weekend in cinemas, and is up to almost £10.9m total.

Top Gun: Maverick is still playing into a 20th weekend in cinemas, adding £37,000 to reach £83.4m as the eighth highest-grossing film of all time for Paramount.

Paramount stablemate Nothing Compares, a documentary about singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, opened to £31,800 from 50 cinemas at a £636 average.

B.J. Novak’s Vengeance opened to just £29,132 from 138 sites for Universal, at a £211 location average.

Trafalgar Releasing’s event cinema release Billy Joel Live At Yankee Stadium took £22,355 on its Wednesday October 5 release, and is up to £50,902 from all screenings.

Orphan: First Kill added £14,704 on its eighth weekend for Signature Entertainment, and is up to a healthy £2.4m cume.

Elvis is finally leaving the building for Warner Bros, with £14,576 on its 16th weekend in cinemas bringing it to a hefty £27.6m cume.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracul a, released in a restored 30th anniversary edition, took £13,991 for Park Circus.

Playing in 23 cinemas across Ireland and Northern Ireland, Sasha King’s documentary Vicky opened to €11,418 (£10,016).

Universal’s Nope is closing out after nine weekends in cinemas, with £3,452 taking it to a £7.9m cume – down on the £10.1m of Us and £10.5m of Get Out from director Jordan Peele.

New Wave Films’ The Cordillera Of Dreams opened to £2,504 from six cinemas.

Having played two weekends in cinemas in the Republic of Ireland only, Wildcard Distribution release Pure Grit has taken over €2,000 from three sites.