|Rank||Film (distributor)||Three-day gross (Sep 8-10)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1.||The Nun II (Warner Bros)||£1.7m||£1.7m||1|
|2.||Jawan (Yash Raj Films)||£1m||£1.3m||1|
|3.||The Equalizer 3 (Sony)||£1m||£4.7m||2|
|4.||Barbie (Warner Bros)||£560,378||£93.8m||8|
Warner Bros’ horror title The Nun II prised the UK-Ireland box office top spot away this weekend from The Equalizer 3, as Barbenheimer’s box office dominance continues to wane, while Hindi-language thriller Jawan enjoyed a superb opening weekend.
The Nun II brought in £1.7m from 572 sites, for a location average of £3,048, a solid site average, but not quite meeting the The Nun’s 2018 opening weekend takings of £3.4m. Michael Chaves takes over from the first instalment’s director Corin Hardy, with Taissa Farmiga returning as Sister Irene in The Conjuring spin-off, sent to do battle with the demon who almost killed her four years previously.
Aran ‘Atlee’ Kumar’s Hindi-language vigilante action thriller Jawan, starring Shah Rukh Khan, had an exceptional weekend for Yash Raj Films, taking £1m (£1.04m) from 261 locations in the UK and Ireland, for a site average of £3,984. Including previews, Jawan’s total is £1.3m. This makes it the second highest-performing opening weekend for an Indian film in the territory ever, behind Pathaan which took £1.4m back in January, and ahead of Dhoom 3, which took £884, 567 in 2013.
Atlee’s first Hindi-language film has also broken global box office records, with its $64.1m global debut making it the biggest ever launch for a Hindi-language film.
Last weekend’s number one at the UK-Ireland box office The Equalizer 3 grossed £1m (£1.02) for Sony, for a total of £4.7m.
Warner Bros added £560,378 to its Barbie total in its eighth weekend, for a cumulative figure of £93.8m. Warner Bros will be looking for another surge later in the month on Greta Gerwig’s title, when it is released for one-week only at Imax cinemas across the UK and Ireland, from September 22.
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer continued to be Universal’s best-performing title at the box office this weekend, although dropping 50% on its previous session. The epic added £482,121 to its total on its eighth weekend, which is now £56.4m.
Universal’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, directed by and starring Nia Vardalos, opened to £410,983 from 585 sites, averaging £703.
It was a strong opening weekend for Celine Song’s Sundance hit and directorial debut Past Lives, taking £359,973 from 216 sites for Studiocanal, giving a location average of £1,667. The love story follows two childhood friends from South Korea who reconnect throughout their lives. Including previews, it has grossed £513,468.
In its second weekend, Alejandro Monteverde’s controversial religious thriller Sound Of Freedom took £253,044 for Angel Studios. Its gross has now crossed the £1m mark, with £1.4m.
Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem stirred up £171,000 in its sixth weekend, totalling £9.43m.
Blue Beetle topped up its total with £166,744 from its fourth weekend for Warner Bros. Its total has now crawled up to £4.3m. Its studio stablemate The Meg 2: The Trench added £160,968 in its sixth session, for a £12.8m overall figure.
Disney animation Elemental added £116,519 in its 10th weekend, down 79% on last weekend, for a cumulative figure of £18.2m.
Haunted Mansion’s fifth weekend brought in £88,535, a 78% drop on its previous session, now totalling £4.1m.
Disney’s re-release of 101 Dalmatians barked up £77,042, from 650 sites, for a location average of £119, as part of Disney’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One added £68,000 in its ninth weekend, taking £26.3m to-date.
Lionsgate’s horror release Cobweb brought in £39,482 in its second weekend, and is up to £517,453.
In its seventh weekend, Moviegoers Entertainment’s Hindi-language romantic comedy Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani brought in £39,367, for a total to-date of £2.3m.
Park Circus’ re-release of Jurassic Park added £37,862, for a total of £456,782 after two sessions. The distributor also put out School Of Rock this weekend, taking £16,300 from 153 sites, for an average of £107.
Gran Turismo added £35,561 to its £2.8m total for Sony.
Scrapper topped up its total for Picturehouse with £27,000 in its third weekend. It has now grossed £448,000 at the UK-Ireland box office.
Chinese crime thriller No More Bets made its UK-Ireland debut for Trinity Film/Cine Asia, having grossed almost $500m at the Chinese box office. The Shen Ao-directed film took £21,952 from 24 sites, averaging £914. With previews, it’s total stands at £38,440.
Universal’s Strays dropped 84% in its fourth session, taking £19,566, for an overall figure of £1.8m.
Horror Talk To Me added £17,412 in its seventh weekend for Altitude, for a total of £2.4m.
The Blackening brought in £10,485 in its third session, down 84%, for a total of £680,109.
Blue Finch documentary Once Upon A Time In Uganda, about a Ugandan self-taught filmmaker and the American fan who comes to meet him, reported £2,263 from six sites, averaging £377. It took a further £2,000 from previews, bringing it’s total up to £4,263.
Crime drama Maigret took £2,228 for Miracle/Dazzler in its second weekend, for a total of £14,858.
New release documentary Man On The Run opened to £1,638 from nine locations for Munro Film, for a site average of £182. Cassius Michael Kim directs the dive into a $5bn fraud that shook Malaysia’s financial stability.
Curzon’s re-release of Max Ophüls’s1950 romance comedy La Ronde took £1,365 from five cinemas, for a site average of £273, and a total of £1,548.
Further new releases this weekend included A Life On The Farm playing at 10 locations for Bulldog Film Distribution and Kick Out! The Newtown Neurotics Story for MusicFilmNetwork.