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Sonic The Hedgehog performed strongly for the second consecutive weekend, with an 11.8% drop and £4.2m easily enough for it to hold top spot.
The film is now up to £14.7m, already past the £13.6m of fellow videogame adaptation Pokémon Detective Pikachu; Paramount have a hit on their hands.
Like A Boss opened to £375,000 from 470 sites for a low £798 average. It has £520,000 including previews.
Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue saw a 4.9% uptick on the second half-term weekend with £151,000 taking it to £1.8m overall; while Playing With Fire did even better, increasing its takings for the second consecutive weekend with a 43.3% uptick of £86,000 putting it on £3.1m after nine sessions.
Oscar winner Parasite took a solid step towards the highest non-English language gross record, with £1.7m on its third weekend taking it to £8.4m to date.
It expanded into 560 sites this weekend, more than several of its big-budget competitors; and while it did drop 32% on last weekend, that £1.7m three-day amount is still more than the total gross of other recent non-English language hits Cold War (£1.1m) and 2018 Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters (£772,923).
Its final target will be the £11.08m made by Mel Gibson’s 2004 The Passion Of The Christ; a strong tail should see it top that mark.
Sam Mendes’ war epic 1917 dropped 44.4% on its seventh weekend, with £1.1m taking it to an excellent £41.6m cume to date. Titles it has overtaken in the all-time box UK box office include 2012’s Les Misérables, 2017’s Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 and 2018’s Peter Rabbit.
Queen & Slim added £60,552 on its fourth session and has a respectable £1.3m to date.
Harrison Ford canine adventure The Call Of The Wild had a £990,000 three-day opening weekend for fourth spot, and has £1.5m including previews.
Frozen II added £162,000 – an 8% increase boosted by the half term – and has £53.5m after a lengthy 14 weekends. Spies In Disguise put on £116,000 to reach £7.5m after nine; while Jojo Rabbit added £106,000 for £7.8m after nine.
There may be some issues in reporting Disney’s figures. This could relate to an unidentified issue with Sunday’s figures at Odeon venues, which meant distributors were not able to announce accurate results at their normal time.
Birds Of Prey dropped 59.7% on its third session, with £725,000 taking it to £7.7m to date. It will finish as the lowest-grossing of the DC Extended Universe titles by some distance (Shazam! is the next low mark with £13.4m).
Just Mercy added £14,000 on its sixth weekend and has £1.6m to date.
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Horror title Brahms: The Boy II took £506,773 from 340 locations for a moderate £1,491 average.
The Gentlemen dropped 47.8% on its eighth session with £124,732 taking it to £11.8m.
Bad Boys For Life took £432,000 on its sixth session – a 48.4% drop – and has a £15.3m cume.
Michael Winterbottom saw his highest opening weekend so far after Greed took £339,000, rising to £369,000 including previews. His previous best was 2006’s Cock And Bull with £332,582, which also achieved his current record UK gross with £1.1m; Sony will hope Greed’s start will push it into seven-figure territory.
Jumanji: The Next Level dropped just 2% on its eleventh session, with £324,000 bringing it to a huge £36.1m.
Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield dropped 43.6% on its fifth session, with £132,917 taking it to £6.1m overall.
Little Joe, Jessica Hausner’s UK co-production which debuted at Cannes 2019, took £24,137 from 33 locations, and has £26,796 including previews.
A live broadcast of Swan Lake – Bolshoi Ballet 2020 on Sunday, February 23 brought in £194,536 from the 177 locations that have reported, for a £1,099 average.
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Cyrano De Bergerac - NT Live 2020 was played live at 693 locations on Thursday, February 20, and has grossed £670,562 from the 578 of those locations to have reported, including encore screenings.
Universal is still to report its figures for the weekend