On a weekend with two days of glorious weather, A Quiet Place Part II opened in the top spot with an impressive £3.6m, which includes £1.3m from previews. The first A Quiet Place opened with £2.7m in 2018 and that figure includes £704k from previews, so Part II’s Friday – Sunday figure (£2.3m) is an increase of 13% from the first instalment. The first film finished on £12.2m, which is an ambitious target for the sequel but films have been performing strongly since cinemas re-opened, so who knows?!
Peter Rabbit 2 came in second, posting almost exactly the same total as last weekend, which is a great result. It added £2m, and has now grossed £12.6m. Tenet is currently the biggest pandemic-era film with £17.5m, but Peter Rabbit 2 has a very good chance of topping that. Another film that posted a terrific hold this weekend was Cruella, which came in third, falling just 12% to £1.3m. That takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to £4.5m.
Last weekend’s top film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It fell to fourth, but added a further £1m for a very healthy total of £5.3m. It has already exceeded the final total of pre-pandemic horror titles Doctor Sleep, Pet Sematary, and will shortly overtake the final totals of Jigsaw, Insidious: The Last Key, and Hereditary.
Completing the top five, new entry Dream Horse was a bit sluggish out of the traps with £209k, which includes £11k from previews. This is a film that should prove popular with an older audience and they typically went midweek pre-pandemic, so hopefully it can perform well Monday – Thursday.
Outside of the top five, both Godzilla Vs. Kong has crossed the £2m mark and is now on £2.2m in sixth, while Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has crossed the £1m mark in 10th. The box office continues to show growth and this weekend was up 9% on last weekend.
The Father stars an Oscar-winning Anthony Hopkins as a man who refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality. Olivia Colman co-stars in one of the best reviewed films of the year.
Nobody could be the new John Wick. Bob Odenkirk stars as a bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men and unwittingly becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.
Across The Pond
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It opened in the top spot in North America with a stronger-than-expected $24m weekend. That’s even more impressive when you consider that it was available at home to HBO Max subscribers too. Last weekend’s top film, A Quiet Place Part II fell to second, adding $19.5m for a new total of $88.6m. It looks like becoming the first film to cross $100m in the pandemic era. Cruella came in third, adding $11.2m for a new total of $43.7m. Animated title, Spirit Untamed opened in fourth with $6.2m, while Raya and the Last Dragon completed the top five, adding $1.3m for a new total of $53.5m.