The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continued to heat up the top of the box office, comfortably holding on to the number one spot. The dystopian blockbuster fell 46%, once previews are removed, to £5.5m and after 11 days in cinemas has an imposing cume of £21.7m. That figure places Catching Fire just £3m behind the first Hunger Games’ £24m final total and it now looks almost certain to reach £30m.
The Hunger Games caught fire this weekend, heating up the top of the box office with the third biggest Friday to Sunday opening weekend of the year. Including Thursday previews, Catching Fire opened with £12.2m (£2.1m of that from previews). That puts it just behind Iron Man 3 (£11.4m) and Man Of Steel (£11.2m) in the biggest Friday to Sunday openings of the year. It’s also over double the opening weekend of The Hunger Games (£4.9m) in March 2012.
Its arrival has been long awaited and arguably, the event film of the year didn’t disappoint.
Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller Gravity 3D opened with £6.2m, which included £619k from Thursday previews. The Friday to Sunday total of £5.6m is the seventh highest of the year, knocking last weekend’s Thor: The Dark World into eighth.
Thor: The Dark World dealt a hammer blow to all other contenders this weekend, comfortably taking the top spot. The Marvel sequel debuted with a god-like £8.7m, which includes £3.1m from Wednesday and Thursday previews. The £5.6m Friday to Sunday total is the seventh highest of the year, ahead of The Hangover Part III (£4.9m) and behind Star Trek Into Darkness (£6.9m).
The first Thor opened with £5.4m (including £2.3m from previews) in 2011 and finished on £14m, so Thor: The Dark World is already well over half way to overhauling that total. Over 50% of Thor: The Dark World’s gross was from 3D presentations.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, topped the UK Box Office this weekend past.
The Sony animation opened with a fantastic £3.6m. It’s some way off of the top performing animated film of this year to date (Despicable Me 2), but a strong start none the less.
Prisoners held on tightly to the top spot this week on a weekend when the most impressive performers were holdovers from last weekend. The intense Hugh Jackman crime drama had a strong hold, falling just 17% to £1.1m (once previews are removed) and now has a cume of £3.4m. It held off the might of [...]
New entry Prisoners snatched the top spot from Rush over the weekend. The Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama opened with a solid £1.4m (including £38k from previews) and with strong reviews, including “chilling, thrilling and fulfilling” from DCM’s Exhibition Manager, Rebecca Rau, it should hold up well over the coming weeks.