|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (Aug 28-30)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1||Tenet (Warner Bros)||£3.27m||£5.3m||1|
|2||The New Mutants (Disney)||£220,000||£220,000||Preview|
|4||100% Wolf (Vertigo)||£139,000||£827,000||5|
GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.31
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has taken an impressive £5.3m at the UK and Ireland box office, providing a much-needed boost to the sector during the virus crisis.
The Warner Bros espionage thriller took £3.27m across the three-day weekend, from August 28-30, and has topped the £5m mark due to its opening last Wednesday (August 26) – averaging more than £1m in daily takings.
Showing on 3,114 screens in 620 locations, the film generated a screen average of £5,358 from Friday to Sunday. Warner Bros said the film captured a 74% share of the market, with IMAX screenings representing a 12% share.
Tenet could not match the opening weekend of Nolan’s Dunkirk, which took £10m when released in July 2017; cosmic sci-fi Interstellar, which reported a three-day gross of £5.4m when it opened in November 2014; or his previous spy thriller Inception, which took £5.9m on its release in July 2010.
But Tenet’s takings are impressive when taking into consideration that more than 20% of cinemas in the UK and Ireland remain closed post-lockdown and those that are open have social distancing measures in place, meaning screens are only able to be filled to around 50% of their full capacity.
Tenet also reported the highest three-day takings for a title since February, when Sonic The Hedgehog took £4.2m on its second weekend of release, before all cinemas in the UK and Ireland closed on March 20 due to the pandemic.
As the first major studio release post-lockdown, Tenet has easily taken the most over a weekend since cinemas in the UK began reopening in July, with the previous highest being Altitude’s road rage thriller Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, which grossed close to £180,000 on its fourth session last weekend.
A handful of other sites have yet to report takings and today (August 31) marks a public holiday in the UK, so figures are set to rise further.
Tenet has already grossed more than $54m from its first wave of international releases with the UK leading the pack. The film will open in the US on September 3 and in China on September 4.
After more than two years of delays, Disney is finally preparing to release dark superhero thriller The New Mutants and has got off to a promising start with takings of £220,000 from just two days of previews.
The film, which is part of the X-Men universe, was originally set for release in April 2018. It opened in the US on Friday with an estimated $7m and is set for a UK release this weekend, on September 4.
Disney’s Onward, first released prior to lockdown, held its position in the top five and added £185,000, up 29% on the previous weekend. It means the Pixar animation has now grossed £6.65m in total from 12 weekends.
After four consecutive weeks, Altitude’s Russell Crowe-led thriller Unhinged finally left the number one slot. The film took £111,871 from 414 locations, meaning it has grossed £1.21m in the UK and Ireland to date.
Two Vertigo Releasing titles continued to perform well. Animation 100% Wolf added £139,275 and is up to £827,695 after five weekends, while Matteo Garrone’s adaptation of Pinocchio added £93,607 on its third session and is up to £555,487.
Trafalgar Releasing re-released concert film Bring The Soul: The Movie, starring South Korean boy band BTS. The event cinema release, limited to the three-day weekend, took £39,085 from 214 sites, taking its cume to £680,529. It came ahead of the band’s new film, Break The Silence: The Movie, set to open on September 10.
Aside from Tenet, other new releases included romantic drama Hope Gap, which Curzon-Artificial Eye released at 39 sites and took £16,000 (with more sites yet to report). Including previews, the film is up to £72,359.
Munro Film opened critically-acclaimed animation Away and took £5,345 from 52 screens. The film, directed by Latvia’s Gints Zilbalodis, will expand to more sites as cinemas continue to reopen.