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Source: Ascot Elite Entertainment / Warner Bros / Archimede

‘Unhinged’, ‘Inception’, ‘Pinocchio’

RankFilm  (Distributor)Three-day gross (Aug 14-16)Total gross to date Week
1 Unhinged (Altitude) £136,347 £672,151 3
Inception (Warner Bros) £127,000 £203,000 1
3 Pinocchio (Vertigo) £94,045 £107,260 1
Onward (Disney) £90,000 £6m 10
5 100% Wolf (Vertigo) £82,371 £276,647 3

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.31

Altitude’s Russell Crowe-led thriller Unhinged topped the UK-Ireland box office for a third consecutive weekend, with a 16% increase bringing in £136,347.

The road rage thriller has now grossed £672,151 after three sessions, making it the highest-grossing new release since cinemas began reopening in the territory at the beginning of July. It will expand to over 300 locations this week, with Altitude aiming towards the £1m mark.

It was a promising weekend overall at UK-Irish cinemas, with takings for the top five titles up by 107% from £255,821 to £529,763 from August 14-16.

A 10th-anniversary re-release of Christopher Nolan’s Inception claimed second place, taking £127,000 across the three-day weekend and £203,500 including previews from a Wednesday, August 12 launch.

This is the most a back catalogue title has grossed over one weekend since cinemas reopened, suggesting there is still appetite for previously released films.

It also bodes well for Warner Bros’ release of Nolan’s Tenet on August 26 – the first blockbuster title set to hit cinemas post-lockdown. First released in 2010, Inception grossed £35.8m in the UK and Ireland, and currently sits as the 100th highest-grossing title of all-time in the territory.

Also for Warner Bros, Seth Rogen’s An American Pickle added £27,000 for £82,000 after two sessions.

The highest-grossing new title was Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio in third, released through Vertigo Releasing. The latest adaptation of the classic story took £94,045 from 271 locations for a £347 average and has £107,260 including previews.

Vertigo also secured the number five spot with animation 100% Wolf, which added £82,371 on its third session and is up to £276,647.

The distributor, which has been leading the new releases over the past few weeks, opened Spree to £10,682 from 187 locations and had The Vigil add £5,510 for £76,860 after three weekends.

Disney’s Onward, first released prior to lockdown, held its top-five spot in fourth, with £90,000 – up 93% on its previous weekend performance. The Pixar animation has now grossed £6m in total from 10 weekends.

Another new title, Picturehouse Entertainment’s Babyteeth, opened in seventh place, with £38,977 from 139 locations and a £280 location average. The distributor also has Proxima, which topped up £6,816 towards a £74,188 total.

Universal’s rep titles included Trolls World Tour (£39,738 bringing it to £353,690); the Jurassic Park 2020 reissue (£27,738 bringing it to £163,201); and The Invisible Man (£10,913 for £6.8m cume).