Box Office: A Candy Cane for Mean Girls

    Author Mia Blakeney

Box Office Round-up

Mean Girls held on to the top spot with £1.5m, down 40% from last weekend. That takes its total after 12 days in cinemas to £5.5m and in the next few days it should overtake the final total of the original Mean Girls (£5.7m). With half-term starting on week commencing 9 February, Mean Girls should be one of the main beneficiaries of the schools being out.

All Of Us Strangers just pipped Wonka to second thanks to its previews, opening with £1.2m (with £138k from previews). This heart-breaking British drama has been rapturously received by UK critics and has six BAFTA nominations. Last year, the big British awards season film Empire Of Light finished its run with £3.9m and All Of Us Strangers could surpass that. Another good comparative is 2022’s Aftersun, which finished its run with £1.9m, a total All Of Us Strangers will overtake in the next week.

Wonka fell to third adding £1m, a drop of 38% from last weekend. That takes its total to a huge £59.8m and it is now the 26th biggest film in UK & Ireland history, having just overtaken Oppenheimer (£58.5m). Next on the list is Lord of the Rings: Return of the King with £61m. The latest Film Monitor data suggests that Wonka has to date delivered 14 16-34 adult TVRs across the industry.

Anyone But You continued its great run, falling just 24% to £819k and a new total of £8.4m. With half-term and Valentine’s Day in a couple of weeks, it could have enough legs to get over the £10m mark, something Ticket To Paradise couldn’t manage in 2019.

Poor Things rounded out the top five, falling 37% to £690k. That takes its total to £5.1m and after receiving 10 Oscar nominations on Thursday, it should be in the public consciousness until the awards ceremony on 10 March.

Outside of the top five, The Holdovers increased its screen count this weekend and subsequently improved upon last weekend’s total. It added £655k, which takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to £1.7m. With Oscar and BAFTA Best Picture nominations, it should be around for a while.  

Bollywood action-film Fighter opened in seventh with £590k, which includes £98k from previews. This is from Siddarth Anand who directed last year’s smash hit Pathaan the highest grossing Bollywood film in UK & Ireland history, but sadly he couldn’t repeat the trick with his follow-up.

The Color Purple is the big casualty of this year’s awards season, missing out on a Best Picture nomination at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs, despite being one of the early favourites at the Oscars, and this weekend it could only open with £452k from 587 locations. Despite this hugely disappointing result, audiences seemed to like the film with Comscore’s PostTrak exit polling scoring the film 4.5 stars, with 34% if the audience saying they would watch the film again at the cinema. Sadly that’s not likely to be enough to save its box office run.

Next Weekend

Argylle is an action thriller from Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, the Kingsman series, X-Men: First Class). Bryce Dallas Howard plays an introverted spy novelist who is drawn into the activities of a sinister underground syndicate. Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Henry Cavill and Dua Lipa co-star.

Migration is the latest animation from giants of big screen animation Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Sing). A family of ducks try to convince their overprotective father to go on the vacation of a lifetime.

American Fiction is a comedy drama starring an Oscar nominated Jeffrey Wright as a novelist who's fed up with the establishment profiting from "Black" entertainment and uses a pen name to write a book that propels him into the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain. It’s nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture.

The Zone Of Interest is the latest film from Jonathan Glazer (Under The Skin, Sexy Beast). The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp. It’s been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Buzz

Anyone But You has been charming audiences in the UK and around the world, and cementing Sydney Sweeney’s and Glen Powell’s status as two new stars in Hollywood. Sweeney can be seen in Madame Web in February and in March she can be seen in brand new horror Immaculate. Sweeney stars as Cecilia, a woman of devout faith who is warmly welcomed to the picture-perfect Italian countryside, where she is offered a new role at an illustrious convent. But it becomes clearer to Cecilia that her new home harbours dark and horrifying secrets. With the initial Film Monitor profile of Anyone But You suggesting that the audience is very heavily 16-34 (70%), there could be strong crossover between the audience of Anyone But You and Immaculate when it hits cinemas on 22 March. 

Across The Pond

On its third week The Beekeeper topped the box office for the first time with $7.4m, down just 14% from last weekend. That takes its total to $42.3m. Mean Girls fell to second, adding $7.3m, down 37% from last weekend. That takes its total after four weekends in cinemas to $60.8m. Wonka is now up to $195.2m after adding $5.9m over the weekend. Migration added $5.2m, a drop of just 6% from last weekend, and that takes it over the $100m mark to $101.3m. Anyone But You completed the top five, adding $4.8m for a new total of $71.2m.