West Side Story 2021 and Clifford The Big Red Dog

Source: 20th Century Studios / Paramount

‘West Side Story’, ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Dec 10-12)Total gross to dateWeek
1 West Side Story  (Disney) £1.3m £1.3m 1
2 Clifford The Big Red Dog  (Paramount) £1.29m £1.28m 1
3 House Of Gucci (Universal)
£779,888 £7.3m 3
Encanto  (Disney)
£634,778 £4.2m 3
5 Ghostbusters: Afterlife  (Sony)
£580,000  £10.1m 4

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.33

West Side Story narrowly beat Clifford The Big Red Dog to top spot at the UK-Ireland box office, as figures for all films were affected by concerns at rising Covid-19 case numbers.

Disney’s West Side Story opened to just below £1.3m across the three-day weekend, with a location average of £1,897 from a wide 684-location release.

While this was enough for top spot, it is significantly down on the £4m opening of Steven Spielberg’s previous film, 2018’s Ready Player One, in 624 sites.

West Side Story’s slow start was replicated in global territories, with a $14.9m (£11.2m) global opening weekend down on predictions of the $22m-$31m range.

Paramount’s family comedy Clifford The Big Red Dog was less than £5,000 behind West Side Story, opening to £1.29m, with a superior location average of £2,261 from 567 sites.

Universal’s House Of Gucci dropped 48% on its third weekend, with £779,888, and is now up to £7.3m – a decent result in the context of a crowded box office and Covid concerns.

Disney’s Encanto  dropped 50% - a better performance than most holdovers this weekend – with £634,778 bringing it to £4.2m from three sessions.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife leads Sony’s slate, with £580,000 – a 47.2% drop – taking it past the £10m mark, with £10.1m from four weekends.

Most holdovers struggle

Also for Disney, Eternals dropped 52% with £152,367 taking it to £14.8m from six weekends.

No Time To Die fell 56% on its 11th session for Universal, with £118,731 taking it to £96.3m. It is now almost certain to finish between fellow James Bond stablemates Skyfall  (£103.2m) and Spectre (£95.2m) as the third-highest-grossing film of all time in the UK and Ireland.

A Boy Called Christmas, adapted from Matt Haig’s book and released by Sky UK with Studiocanal handling bookings, was one of the best performers of the weekend, dropping just 16.4% with £110,728 taking it to £452,528 from three sessions.

'Boxing Day'

Source: Warner Bros.

‘Boxing Day’

Aml Ameen’s Boxing Day, released by Warner Bros, received a 59.6% hit on its second session, adding £102,956 to reach £529,434.

Also for Warner Bros, Dune  dropped 60.7% with £94,537 taking it to £21.7m from eight weekends – Denis Villeneuve’s highest-grossing film in the territory.

Sony opened animation sci-fi Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria Of A Starless Night to £65,000 from 150 locations, at an average of £433.

Valdimar Johannsson’s Cannes 2021 title Lamb opened to £46,722 including previews from 72 sites, at an average of £649. The film opened Les Arcs Film Festival in France on Saturday, December 11, with lead actress Noomi Rapace in attendance.

Trafalgar Releasing’s event cinema titles Gorillaz: Song Machine Live From Kong and Monsta X: The Dreaming grossed £41,626 on Wednesday 8 and £28,996 on Thursday 9 respectively.

Warner Bros’ awards contender King Richard dropped 60.3%, adding £39,647 on its fourth weekend, and is coming up to £1.5m.

The Boss Baby 2 is closing out for Universal, adding £20,294 to approach £7.2m from eight weekends – significantly down on the first film’s £29.1m from 2017, but a reasonable result in the current climate.

The Matrix re-release from Warner Bros added £15,874 to reach £183,843 from two weekends, ahead of the latest title in the franchise arriving on December 22.

Mark Cousins’ The Storms Of Jeremy Thomas, released by Curzon, took £153 from six locations.