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UK TOP FIVE
|Ranking||Film/Distributor||Weekend gross||Running total|
|1||Justice League (WB)||$9.6m (£7.26m)||$9.6m (£7.26m)|
|2||Paddington 2 (Studiocanal)||$8.8m (£6.61m)||$22.4m (£16.89m)|
|3||Murder On The Orient Express (Fox)||$3m (£2.27m)||$23.5m (£17.75m)|
|4||Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)||$1.55m (£1.18m)||$37.5m (£28.25m)|
|5||A Bad Moms Christmas (STXinternational)||$1.01m (£762,357)||$7.7m (£5.81m)|
Justice League may have landed the top spot on its UK box office debut, but did so in underwhelming fashion.
Warner Bros’ latest DC outing posted an opening of $9.6m (£7.26m) from its 580 sites, only ahead of Wonder Woman’s $8.2m (£6.18m) from 599 sites, including $1.6m (£1.22m) in previews, in terms of DCEU movies to date.
Even the critically derided Suicide Squad managed a UK debut of $14.9m (£11.25m) from its 573 sites last year, going on to take $44.6m (£33.6m), with Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice also surpassing £30m.
Justice League would require some sturdy holds to have a chance of reaching £30m, although it seems unlikely given that sequels like this are usually front-loaded.
For comparison, Avengers Assemble managed a UK opening of $20.9m (£15.78m) from its 524 sites, including $3.4m (£2.55m) in previews, going on to take $68.8m (£51.87m) in the UK.
Also for Warner Bros, The Lego Ninjago Movie has assembled $12.4m (£9.38m) after six weeks in play.
Paddington 2 fell only 20% from its record-breaking opening with a non-final $8.8m (£6.61m) second weekend.
Studiocanal’s critically acclaimed sequel is now up to a strong $22.4m (£16.89m), way ahead of Paddington’s $13.7m (£10.33m) tally at the same stage in its run. It would be some drop if the sequel didn’t overtake Paddington’s $50.3m (£37.9m) result.
Expect Paddington 2 to continue to prosper over the weekends and continue to do good business until Christmas.
Murder On The Orient Express fell 48% with a non-final $3m (£2.27m) third weekend as it dropped to third.
Fox’s Agatha Christie adaptation is now up to a decent $23.5m (£17.75m) following another healthy midweek period, taking $3.3m (£2.5m) across Mon-Thurs and leading the market on every day but Thursday (November 16).
Also for Fox, Kingsman: The Golden Circle has amassed $32.9m (£24.84m).
Ahead of its release on Wednesday (November 20), Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 banked a non-final $2.07m (£1.56m) from its 478 sites over the weekend, although the previews won’t officially be counted in the chart.
That’s almost on par with Daddy’s Home’s two-day $2.2m (£1.63m) opening over the Christmas weekend in 2015, with the film enjoying an excellent run to take $22.8m (£17.2m) in the UK.
Thor: Ragnarok fell a steep 62% with the arrival of Justice League with a non-final $1.55m (£1.18m) fourth weekend.
Disney’s latest Marvel offering is now up to $37.5m (£28.25m) and will soon overtake Guardians Of The Galaxy’s $37.8m (£28.5m) to become the seventh biggest Marvel movie in the UK.
Spider-Man: Homecoming’s $40.2m (£30.3m) will be next in its sights once it becomes the eighth 2017 release to hit £30m.
A Bad Moms Christmas fell 40% on its way to a $1.01m (£762,357) third weekend as it dropped to fifth.
STXinternational’s comedy sequel is now up to $7.7m (£5.81m) and will need to fight off Daddy’s Home 2 in order to surpass Bad Moms’ $11.4m (£8.6m) final UK result.
Including $28,000 (£21,204) in previews, Lionsgate’s Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool opened with $310,000 (£234,051) from its 150 sites, marking a site average of $2,069 (£1,560).
Also for Lionsgate, Jigsaw sliced to a further $140,000 (£105,861) for $6.4m (£4.85m) to date, and is now in danger of finishing its run as the lowest-grossing outing of the series.
My Little Pony and Only The Brave stand at $4.65m (£3.51m) and $627,000 (£472,710), respectively.
In its fifth weekend, eOne’s The Death Of Stalin added $148,000 (£111,743) for $6.1m (£4.57m) to date.
Falling 38% (excluding previews), Altitude’s The Florida Project recorded a non-final $137,000 (£103,014) second weekend for $610,000 (£459,999) to date.
Also for Altitude, Loving Vincent continued its good run by dropping only 4% with $27,000 (£20,568) for $1.08m (£814,047) so far.
Ingrid Goes West disappointed with a UK bow of $104,000 (£78,329) from its 162 sites, including previews, through Universal, marking a site average of only $641 (£484).
Nearing the end of its UK run, Sony’s Blade Runner 2049 stands at $24.9m (£18.8m) and will narrowly miss out on £20m.
CURZON ARTIFICIAL EYE
Including previews, Curzon Artificial Eye’s Good Time recorded a UK bow of $45,000 (£34,046) from its 14 sites.
Also for Curzon Artificial Eye, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer has grossed $903,000 (£680,593) after three weeks in play.
From its three screens through Munro Films, Trophy posted a UK debut of $1,100 (£843).
This week sees saturation releases for Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 (opens November 22), Fox’s Battle Of The Sexes and eOne’s Suburbicon.
Sony’s The Star receives a wide release, while Peccadillo Pictures’ Beach Rats, Dogwoof’s Jane and Arrow Films’ Lost In Paris are among the films receiving a limited release.