Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate - 1.30
|Rank||Film / Distributor||Three-day gross (Oct 5-7)||Running gross||Week|
|1||Venom (Sony Pictures)||£5.6m||£8m||1|
|2||Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal)||£4.1m||£4.1m||1|
|3||A Star Is Born (Warner Bros)||£3.1m||£4m||1|
|4||The House With A Clock In Its Walls (eOne)||£902,203||£6.8m||3|
|5.||Night School (Universal)||£859,330||£3.1m||2|
Venom, a spin-off from the Spider-man franchise taking place outside of the Marvel cinematic universe, opened to an impressive £5.6m Fri-Sun. From 557 locations, that’s a site average of £10,054. With Wednesday/Thursday previews, the total five-day opening was £8m.
Sony will see that as a good result. The film, notably made after a lengthy production process that saw numerous combinations of actors and directors attached at various stages, received tough reviews this weekend, but has belied those to return an opening only just shy of the mark typically set by the wider Spider-Man franchise: Spider-Man (£9.4m opening), Spider-Man 2 (£8.8m), Spider-Man 3 (£11.8m), Amazing Spider-Man (£11.1m), Amazing Spider-Man 2 (£9m) and Spider-Man Homecoming (£9.4m).
Spider-Man Homecoming and Spider-Man 3 remain the joint-highest-grossing titles in the series on £30.7m, which Venom seems unlikely to reach, but the UK result, as part of the film’s wider international success, will give Sony renewed confidence in the multiple further Spider-Man spin-offs that are reportedly in development.
Hotel Transylvania 3 added £156,000 and is up to £19.3m.
Johnny English Strikes Again, the third entry in the spy comedy series starring Rowan Atkinson, opened to £4.1m from 590 sites, an average of £6,949. That figure places it in the middle of the previous two entries, ahead of Johnny English’s 2003 bow of £3.4m, and behind Johnny English Reborn’s 2011 opening of £5m. The franchise record is the latter’s £20.7m.
Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish comedy Night School dropped 47% in its second weekend, adding £859,330 for £3.1m so far.
BlacKkKlansman is up to an impressive £6.3m with a further £61,662 this weekend, while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is now up to £65.4m.
A Star Is Born opened to a £3.1m weekend from 537 sites, an average of £5,773. With previews of £952,000, the film’s total opening is £4m. Positive reviews and early awards buzz could yet give this one some legs, as other music-themed films have shown this year (the runaway success of The Greatest Showman, for example), though word-of-mouth will be a crucial factor.
Crazy Rich Asians is up to £5.4m in the UK after adding £280,000 this weekend, while The Nun is now the top grossing film in The Conjuring franchise, with a £242,000 weekend taking it to £11.1m.
The House With A Clock In Its Walls added a further £902,203 and is up to £6.8m.
A Simple Favour dropped 52% in its third weekend, adding £483,728 for £4.5m.
Blindspotting, Carlos López Estrada’s comedy-drama from Sundance 2018 about a man on probation, opened to £29,000 from 33 sites.
The Wife posted the best hold in the top ten this weekend, dropping a slim 33% with £227,143, which takes it to £920,233.
Incredibles 2 continues to tick over, adding a further £220,000 for £55.8m so far. Christopher Robin added £146,000 for £14.4m to date.
Black 47 is up to £1.5m across the UK and Ireland with a further £71,811 this weekend. The Rider is up to £88,146.
Hindi comedy-thriller Andhadhun opened to £55,990 from 30 locations.
Mile 22 added £42,522 this weekend and is up to £1.6m lifetime. American Animals is on £716,465 after posting £6,148 this weekend.
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The Predator is up to £4.7m, while The Little Stranger is now on £700,000.
Intent 2: The Come Up added £31,944 from 28 sites for an impressive cume of £389,035. The Miseducation Of Cameron Post added £5,339 for £347,872 to date.
Cold War is past £1m after adding £23,761 this weekend, while Faces Places is up to £105,297.
Kusama - Infinity opened to £11,460 from seven sites this weekend. With previews, the film’s official opening is £16,532. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. is up to £113,440.
Tehran Taboo, Ali Soozandeh’s animation that premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2017, opened to a three-day £8,742 from 14 sites. With previews, the film’s official opening was £11,324.