|Rank||Film (Distributor)||Three-day gross (Dec 18-20)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1||Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros)||£545,000||£846,000||1|
|2||Elf (Warner Bros)||£83,000||£327,000||3|
|3||Home Alone (Park Circus)||£56,030||£238,357||3|
|4||Come Away (Signature Entertainment)||TBC||TBC||1|
|5||Love Actually (Universal)||£20,403||£122,372||2|
GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.33
Warner Bros’ blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984 opened top of the UK-Ireland box office this weekend, grossing £545,000 from Friday to Sunday – a decent total given the limited number of available cinemas and reduced screen capacities.
The film was released on Wednesday 16, the day London and much of the south-east of England moved into ‘tier three’, requiring all cinemas in those regions to close (the regions have subsequently moved to a new tier four). It took £846,000 including the Wednesday and Thursday screenings, from 252 sites – an impressive average of £2,163 at the weekend.
This boosted the overall UK-Ireland box office, which was up 37.8% on the previous weekend with £1.39m, despite the aforementioned screen deficit.
The first Wonder Woman film opened to £6.3m including previews in June 2017 with a £10,546 location average; however the pandemic greatly distorts such comparisons.
A closer yardstick from this year is Tenet, another Warner Bros title, which opened to a £3.27m weekend and £5,358 average, although even that was playing on more than double Wonder Woman’s screens with 620.
Wonder Woman 1984 performed especially well in Ireland, which represented 34% of its total share for the territory.
Set during the Cold War, the sequel sees Gal Gadot’s titular superhero and her love Steve Trevor as they battle supervillains Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.
Christmas titles continued to dominate the top five, with Elf, also through Warner Bros, adding £83,000 for a total of £327,000 since November.
Home Alone added £56,030 from 163 locations for Park Circus. Since its re-release in November it has now grossed £238,357 – 38% of its £635,415 lifetime gross.
A second new opener made the top five this weekend: Signature Entertainment’s family fantasy title Come Away starring David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie landed in fourth place, with exact figures still to be confirmed.
Richard Curtis’ 2003 ensemble Christmas classic Love Actually rounded out the top five with £20,403 and £122,372 this season. The film has a lifetime gross of £36.9m. It is distributed by Universal, which also opened Let Him Go starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane to £12,901, and had another seasonal favourite, The Holiday, add £11,303 for a £12.4m lifetime gross.
Melissa McCarthy comedy Superintelligence added £19,000 for a £120,000 cume for Warner Bros.
Park Circus had several other Christmas titles in cinemas: It’s A Wonderful Life adding £17,126 for a £41,673 seasonal cume; The Muppet Christmas Carol adding £16,827 for £71,170; The Polar Express with £15,298 for £71,837; Die Hard with £14,695 for £86,006; and Home Alone 2 with £12,521 for £38,222.
Event cinema distributor Trafalgar Releasing released two titles over the past week. The Magic Flute – Met Opera took £2,048 from 13 locations on Thursday 17; while The Nutcracker – Bolshoi Ballet took £13,821 from 42 sites on Sunday 20.
Little Mix: LM5 – The Tour also added £8,431 over the weekend to reach £93,627 total, in the week that founding member Jesy Nelson announced her departure from the group.
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