It was tight at the top of the box office this weekend, with just £13k separating the top two films. Marvel’s Black Widow just managed to hold on to the top spot posting a great hold, something much of the top 10 managed this weekend thanks to the more inclement weather. Black Widow fell just 22% to £1.4m, which takes its total to £13.8m. It’s target is to beat the total of 2015’s Ant-Man, which is the lowest performing Marvel film in recent years and finished its run on £16.3m. With the school holidays now in swing, it looks eminently achievable.
Space Jam: A New Legacy stayed in second and actually increased on last weekend’s total, posting £1.4m, an increase of 2% from last weekend. That takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to £3.6m with the promise of plenty more to come with more unsettled weather on the horizon and the schools out for summer. After a shakey opening last week The Croods 2: A New Age increased on last weekend’s total by a hefty 26% to £876k, which takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to £2.1m. Like Space Jam: A New Legacy it will be looking to kick on now the school holidays are in full swing.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Old was this weekend’s highest new entry, opening in fourth with £895k. While that’s his lowest opening since Lady In The Water in 2006 (£452k), his lowest performing film of the last decade is The Visit, which finished its run on £2.9m, which is a decent target for Old. Another horror-thriller, The Forever Purge, completed the top five, adding £599k – drop of just 15% from last weekend. That takes its total to £1.8m and it now looks nailed on to overtake the final total of 2016’s The Purge: Election Year, which finished on £2.3m.
Outside of the top five, Peter Rabbit 2 posted by far the best hold in the top 10, increasing on last weekend’s total by a whopping 78% to £159k for a new total of £18.9m.
Overall the box office was up 9% from last weekend.
The Suicide Squad is the latest blockbuster from DC Comics. Directed by James Gunn (Guardians Of The Galaxy 1 & 2) it sees supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of inmates at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. The cast includes Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Sylvester Stallone.
Jungle Cruise is an adventure film based on Disneyland's theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travellers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element. Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson star.
Spirit Untamed is an animation about a horse. Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore and Jake Gyllenhaal are in the voice cast.
Across The Pond
Old opened in the top spot in the US, kicking off its run with a wrinkle above $16.5m. G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes opened in second with $13.4m, while Black Widow fell to third, adding $11.6m, down 55% from last weekend, for a new total of $154.8m. Space Jam: A New Legacy fell to fourth with $9.6m, a drop of 69% from last weekend and that takes its total to $51.3m. Fast & Furious 9 completed the top five, adding $4.7m and pushing past the $160m mark domestically and also $600m worldwide, the only non-Chinese film to manage that since 2019.