|Rank||Film / Distributor||Three-day gross (Sept 6-9)||Running gross||Week|
|1||The Nun (Warner Bros)||£3.4m||£4.1m||1|
|2||Christopher Robin (Disney)||£880,000||£12.4m||7|
|4||Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (Universal)||£724,357||£63.2m||8|
|5.||Incredibles 2 (Disney)||£610,000||£54.4m||8|
Source: Screen International
Warner Bros’ US horror title The Nun took the UK box office crown from Disney’s Christopher Robin with a three-day gross of £3.4m from 547 sites for a site average of £6,259. The Nun grossed £4.0m including previews.
The Nun 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. It is the second feature by UK director Corin Hardy whose debut The Hallow impressed on the genre festival circuit and saw Hardy nominated for a BIFA award for best newcomer in 2015.
Warner Bros’s shark thriller The Meg is also doing well on its fourth week on release with a three-day gross of £608,000 and £15.1m to date.
Disney’s Christopher Robin dropped 25% to £880,000 on its fourth week on release to gross £12.4m to date, while Incredibles 2 fell just 21% on its 9th week to garner £610,000 and a total of £54,4m. Ant-Man & The Wasp fell 29% to £353,000 over the three days and has grossed £17.4m.
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman performed strongly with a three-day gross of £788,154 on its third week on release. It has now grossed £4.5m so far, making it Lee’s second most successful film in the UK following Inside Man which grossed £8.3m in 2006. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again also continued apace with a three-day gross of £724,357 and £62.3m to date.
Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching found £434,000, falling just 35% and has now grossed £1.7m after two weeks on release. Hotel Transylvania 3 has taken £18.3m to date after garnering £423,000 at the weekend. The Equalizer 2 maintained a steady pace with £402,000 over the weekend and now £6.9m to date.
Also for Sony, Marc Turteltaub’s Puzzle, starring Kelly Macdonald, grossed £24,000 from 88 screens on its first weekend on release. A remake of Natalia Smirnoff’s Argentinian film Rompecabezas, premiered at Sundance this year and played widely on the international film circuit including the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.
Bart Layton’s docu-drama hybrid American Animals was another Sundance title that opened this week, grossing £345,136 including previews for STX. It took £241,192 from 162 sites over three days for site average of £1,538.
STX’s puppet comedy The Happytime Murders grossed £79,623 and has now taken £994,307 to date.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout has now grossed £23.7m in the UK after grossing a further £375,000 for Paramount at the weekend.
Richard Eyre’s 2017 Toronto title The Children Act, starring Emma Thompson, garnered £294,798 at the weekend to propel it to £2m to date after three weeks.
Idris Elba’s Yardie took £196,833 and £848,092 to date after 2 weeks on release.
Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz as a teenager growing up in 1980s America who is forced to undergo gay conversion therapy, grossed £106,247 from 98 sites on its opening weekend. It took £142,996 including previews. It is Akhavan’s second feature following Appropriate Behaviour in 2014.
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War grossed £151,936 on its second weekend on release, taking it to £534,021 so far.
US comedy thriller The Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, earned £94,167 over the weekend to take it to a gross to date of £2.2m.
Wildcard Distribution opened Lance Daly’s revenge western Black 47 in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at 103 sites where it grossed £398,814 over the three-day weekend. The Irish film about country’s horrendous potato famine of the mid-1880s in which a million people died and a futher two million were displaced stars Hugo Weaving and James Frecheville. It premiered in competition at the Berlinale earlier this year and went on to screen at the Dublih Film Festival.