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Source: Sony / Disney

‘Uncharted’, ‘Death on the Nile’

Rank Film (distributor) Three-day gross (Feb 11-13)Total gross to date    Week
 1. Uncharted  (Sony) £4.7m £4.7m  1
 2. Sing 2  (Universal)  £3.2m £16.8m  3
 3. Death on the Nile  (Disney) £1.9m £1.9m  1
 4. Belfast   (Universal)
£1.05m £11.3m  4
 5. Jackass Forever   (Paramount)
£1m £4.1m  2

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.35

Sony’s videogame adaptation Uncharted has made a strong start at the UK-Ireland box office, grossing over £4.7m on its opening weekend.

The film played in 580 locations, bringing in an excellent £8,105 location average.

Its total is above both the three-day £3.7m and four-day £4.3m opening weekend of Sony stablemate Ghostbusters: Afterlife, as well as topping the starts of 2021 titles Black Widow  (£4.6m), Free Guy  (£2.4m) and Jungle Cruise  (£2.2m) – a promising sign for distributors and exhibitors alike of continued post-pandemic box office recovery.

Former number one Sing 2 moved to second place for Universal, falling 37.8% with a £3.2m third weekend taking it to a £16.8m cume. The film’s box office is weighted heavily towards weekends so far, with over 90% of its total coming from the 53% of its days that have been either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Kenneth Branagh’s long-awaited Death on the Nile took £1.9m for third place, from a sizeable 718 locations at an average of £2,646. This is below what Disney would have hoped for; it is 61% down on the £4.9m opening of Branagh’s previous Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express, from a lower 624 locations and higher £8,163 average through Fox.

Belfast – also by Branagh - stayed above the £1m mark for a fourth successive weekend for Universal, with £1.05m bringing it to a £11.3m cume. Its drop of 29% on last time is smaller than most other titles across the same period.

Paramount’s Jackass Forever was just shy of the £1m mark on its second weekend, falling 52.4% on its opening, with some figures still to come in. It stays in the top five, with a £4.1m cume.

Romance, horror on pre-Valentine’s Day

Universal’s romantic comedy Marry Me starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson opened to £685,479 from 502 sites at an average of £1,365, and will look for a strong Valentine’s Day Monday to boost those takings.

Spider-Man: No Way Home swings on for Sony, adding £669,000 – a 41.8% fall – on a lengthy nine-weekend run. It is now up to £92.8m, and will still be confident of catching Avatar’s £94m to enter the all-time UK-Ireland top five.

Entertainment Film Distributors’ Moonfall added £209,765 on its second weekend, and is up to £1.8m.

Paramount’s Scream added £130,000 for a £7.25m cume. It took ninth spot in the chart, leaving Paramount in the rare position of having two 18-rated titles in the top 10 for two consecutive weekends.

Encanto added £91,200 for Disney and is up to £7.36m; while Nightmare Alley put on £41,000 and has £1.72m total. 

Love, Sex and Pandemic, the latest Polish drama from Pitbull director Patryk Vega, opened to £62,588 from 167 locations at an average of £375.

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Source: Universal

‘Licorice Pizza’

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza put on £34,524 on its sixth full weekend, and has almost £2.4m in total.

Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s awards Oscar- and Bafta-nominated Flee opened to £34,412 from 43 locations at an average of over £800 – a decent result for Curzon for an adult non-fiction animation that is not in the English language. The film has £57,391 including previews.

National Amusements’ Belle by Mamoru Hosoda added £28,339 – a 76.6% drop - on its second weekend for a £241,111 total.

Awards nominees

Disney’s West Side Story added £28,000 for £7.64m total; while the studio’s The Beatles: Get Back put on £27,400 over the weekend from mainly off-peak shows, for £80,000 including previews. Further screenings of John, Paul, George and Ringo begin from February 18.

Universal’s 2021 release House of Gucci is still in select cinemas, and added £16,635 for Universal to reach £9.9m total.

Vertigo Releasing’s Bafta-nominated Boiling Point added £13,226 and is at a £455,136 cume.

Although its official release is not until next month, Mubi played three preview screenings of Joachim Trier’s Oscar- and Bafta-nominated The Worst Person In The World  starring Renate Reinsve. The film took over £12,000 at an average of over £4,000 per screening, thereby topping the already impressive £3,850 ($5,212) average from its US debut. The film broke into the top 30 in the overall chart from those three screenings alone.

Modern Films’ Wheel Of Fortune and Fantasy, directed by Berlinale Competition juror Ryusuke Hamaguchi, opened to £10,504 from 24 sites at an average of £438, and has £16,461 including previews.

Hamaguchi’s Oscar-nominated Drive My Car is now up to £163,343, with special screenings scheduled throughout the remainder of awards season.

Irish performance documentary The Dance opened to £6,769 (€8,091), including a November festival screening.

Sovereign Films’ festival title Petrov’s Flu opened to £2,839 from seven locations, and has £15,249 including previews – two sites still to report.

Warner Bros’ The Matrix Resurrections added £1,937 and is up to almost £7.6m total.