The Weekend Round-up
- Marvel’s latest blockbuster Ant-Man And The Wasp crawled into the top spot with £5m. That figure includes £1.2m from previews after opening on Thursday. Released in 2015, Ant-Man is one of Marvel’s smaller films, opening with £4m and finishing its run with £16.3m. With a Friday to Sunday total just behind that £4m, It looks like this sequel is going to finish on a similar total.
- Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was once again the top film from Friday to Sunday with £4.1m, but was pipped to the top spot by the addition of Ant-Man And The Wasp’s previews. The ABBA sequel is proving extremely popular in midweek showings, which suggests it’s once again a hit with the older demographic. After its third weekend, it has now grossed £39.3m and is now the seventh biggest film of 2018 so far. Black Panther’s spot in second on £50.5m looks in danger.
- Last weekend’s top film, Mission: Impossible - Fallout fell to third, adding £2.5m which takes its total to £13.4m. At the same stage of its run, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the series’ best performer, was on £11m, so Fallout is still on track to be the biggest Mission: Impossible film yet.
- Incredibles 2 took its first major tumble, falling 54% to £2.4m. That takes its total to £39.9m and over the next week it should overtake Peter Rabbit, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and The Greatest Showman in the top 10 biggest films of 2018.
- Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation completed the top five, falling 58% to £1.5m. After 10 days in cinemas it has grossed £7.8m and it will need a strong August to get close to the second Hotel Transylvania’s final total of £20.7m.
- Outside of the top five, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies opened in sixth with £390k. In eighth, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has now crossed the £40m mark, and Skyscraper in ninth has crossed the £5m mark.
Overall, the box office was down 37% from last weekend and up 6% from the same weekend last year, when the top films were Dunkirk, The Emoji Movie, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and Despicable Me 3.
- The Meg is Jason Statham versus a massive shark.
- The Darkest Minds is a young-adult sci-fi thriller. Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future.
- Unfriended: Dark Web is a sequel to the surprisingly effective 2015 horror. A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.
Disney’s Christopher Robin is the tale of a working-class family man, Christopher Robin, who encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. It opened solidly in the US this past weekend (see below) and the reviews are pretty good. Screen International were big fans, saying ‘every last honey drop of bumbling charm is extracted from Winnie-The-Pooh in this appealing live action outing for the bear of limited brains but a big heart’. DCM’s Steven Ferguson took his daughter to the premiere and he said it’s ‘good family fun with all the characters, and a tear jerker for Pooh fans’. It’s out in the UK on 17 August.
Across The Pond
With an estimated $35m, Mission: Impossible - Fallout stayed in the top spot, falling 42%. That takes its total to $124.8m after 10 days. Disney's Christopher Robin opened in second spot with $25m and the audience was 56% female and 50% of the audience was 25 years of age or older. The Spy Who Dumped Me opened in third with $12.1m, while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again added $9m in fourth, which takes its total to $91m. The Equalizer 2 completed the top five, adding $8.8m for a new total of $79.8m.