This week’s new releases in the UK sees two hot titles from January’s Sundance Film Festival go on general release.
Bart Layton’s US heist drama American Animals rolls out on 162 sites this weekend via STXinternational.
The film stars Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier and charts the real-life story of four young university students who attempt to steal some rare books. American Animals was co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film.
Vertigo Releasing is releasing Desiree Akhavan’s gay conversion drama The Miseducation Of Cameron Post on 98 sites.
Featuring Chloë Grace Moretz with John Gallagher Jr, Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck, the movie picked up the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance’s Dramatic competition this year.
This week’s widest release is Corin Hardy’s US horror The Nun, which Warner Bros will put into 300+ sites. The film is a spin-off from the successful The Conjuring franchise and follows a priest with a haunted past and a novice who are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania. Demián Bichir and Taissa Farmiga star.
Sony Pictures is releasing Puzzle, starring Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan in Marc Turtletaub’s story of a suburban mother who discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles. The film premiered at Sundance this year and opened Edinburgh.
Dave Bautista football-themed action title Final Score is opening day-and-date in cinemas (excluding multiplexes) and on Sky’s TV platform. Altitude is handling the theatrical releases for Sky.
Further new releases include Thunderbird’sThe Seagull, starring Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening, that premiered in Tribeca, Kaleidoscope’s Battle of Britain drama Hurricane, with Iwan Rheon and Milo Gibson, and Dogwoof’s war documentary Under The Wire.
In holdovers, Disney’s Christopher Robin will look to retain its spot at the top of the box office chart for a fourth week, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will continue hunting down its predecessor (£68.6m) after hitting £61.1m last weekend, while Sony’s Searching, Studiocanal’s Yardie, Curzon’s Cold War, and eOne’s The Children’s Act are looking to build on their initial runs.