Aided by seven opening films, the UK box office picked up again last weekend after the recent spate of warm weather. But with Gladiator holding over well, falling just 3% from its opening weekend, not all the new releases profited from healthy box office returns.
Best out of the stalls was New Line Cinema's teen thriller Final Destination which scored handsomely pulling in $2.2m (£1.5m) in its first three days to pitch in at number two in the chart below Gladiator's $5.1m (£3.5m). Benefiting from clever TV advertising, the Entertainment Film Distributor's release starring Devon Sawa picked up an impressive screen average of $10,899 (£7,346). Behind that was the Bruce Willis comedy The Whole Nine Yards from Warner Bros which grossed $990,368 (£667,508) from 241 sites.
Despite selling well at Sundance earlier in the year, BSkyB-backed British comedy Saving Grace starring Brenda Blethyn picked up a relatively disappointing $597,797 (£402,915) from 289 sites. The romantic teen comedy Down To You opened with $494,988 (£333,622) from 246 screens. The worst performer of the mid-range openers was Elmo In Grouchland from Columbia TriStar - taking $124,361 (£83,819) from 248 locations, a screen average of just $501 (£338).
On a limited release, Oscar-winning British documentary One Day In September, distributed by Redbus Film Distributors, earned a remarkable $32,176 (£21,687) from five screens. Elsewhere, Sofia Coppola's directorial debut The Virgin Suicides grossed a stable $210,516 (£141,888) from 74 sites taking the number 12 slot in the chart.