Cornish previously directed 2011 inner city sci-fi Attack The Block starring Screen Star of Tomorrow 2011 John Boyega. The film opened to £1.1m in May 2011 with a £3,221 screen average, going on to hit £2.5m in the UK.
Fantasy adventure The Kid Who Would Be King stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of actor Andy Serkis) as a young boy who discovers he might be a descendent of King Arthur. Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart are amongst the cast of the Big Talk Productions title.
After opening first in several countries in Asia, it was released on January 25 in the US and had grossed a disappointing $5.8m internationally as of yesterday.
With The LEGO Movie 2 having started with £4m in the UK alone, The Kid Who Would Be King will have to dramatically exceed current performance to shift it from top spot.
For an older audience, horror Happy Death Day 2U hits its first weekend after an official opening on Wednesday 13.
Produced by Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions, the film is directed by Christopher Landon, who directed first film Happy Death Day as well as writing films two through five in the Paranormal Activity franchise and directing number five.
Happy Death Day started with £996,410 and a £2,395 average in October 2017, going on to £2.9m. Landon also directed 2015’s Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, which began on £297,295, finishing on £576,659.
The highest grossing of the Paranormal Activity titles with which he was involved was number two, which peaked for the series with an £11m UK gross.
Universal is opening Sean Anders’ comedy Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a couple who foster three children at the same time.
Wahlberg’s recent comedic output includes 2017’s Daddy’s Home 2, which started with £4.9m and ended on £14.4m; 2015’s Daddy’s Home, which began with £1.6m and ended on £17.4m; and 2015’s Ted 2, which opened to £3.9m and finished with £10m.
Byrne’s record UK gross in a comedy is still 2011’s Bridesmaids which started with £3.5m and grew to a strong £23m. Other titles have included 2014’s Bad Neighbours (opened to £8.4m, ended on £16m) and 2016’s Bad Neighbours 2 (started with £1.7m, ended on £6.4m).
The film follows a young girl who turns her hand to stand-up comedy while balancing the difficulties of a bipolar mother, a dead-end job and bullying classmates. It won four awards at Dinard British Film Festival last year, with Hill also winning best performance in a British feature film at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018 and getting a BIFA nomination for her role.
DCD Media is releasing Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, a coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai, which comes straight from Berlin Film Festival where it was a special gala title. Akhtar’s omnibus film Bombay Talkies played as a special screening at Cannes in 2013.
Altitude is distributing Matthew Heineman’s A Private War starring Rosamund Pike. Pike plays war correspondent Marie Colvin, who reported from the frontline of conflicts across the globe. After a Toronto 2018 premiere, the film was released in the US in November, and later secured a ‘best actress – drama’ Golden Globe nomination for Pike.
Heineman’s previous work includes documentaries Cartel Land (2015) and City Of Ghosts (2017), both of which received best documentary Bafta nominations, with the former also getting an Oscar nod. Cartel Land grossed £68,407 in the UK, with City Of Ghosts reaching £43,817.
Curzon Artificial Eye is releasing Mektoub, My Love, Abdellatif Kechiche’s first feature since 2013 worldwide hit Blue Is The Warmest Colour, which reached £673,046 in the UK. Mektoub premiered at Venice in 2017.
Vertigo Releasing has Nicolas Pesce’s Rotterdam 2018 psycho-sexual horror title Piercing starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott.
Preston Sturges 1941 comedy The Lady Eve starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda receives a release in select locations through BFI Distribution; while Asia Releasing has Yu Shan Chen’s Taiwanese comedy Fall In Love At First Kiss.
Alongside The Lego Movie 2’s second session, key holdovers include Universal’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Fox’s anime adaptation Alita: Battle Angel, and awards contenders looking for a post-Bafta boost including Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody and The Favourite.