Box Office: Black Widow holds top spot

    Author Zoe Aresti

Cinema was impacted by the sunshine this weekend, with all films understandably suffering a pretty hefty drop. 

Marvel’s Black Widow held on to the top spot, adding £1.8m, a drop of 61% from last weekend (once previews are removed). That takes its total after two weekends in cinemas to £11.2m, and with the school holidays starting this week, it should have plenty of opportunity to make up for the quieter than expected weekend. It’s the fourth film since re-opening to cross the £10m mark.

This weekend’s highest new entry was Space Jam: A New Legacy, which opened in second with £1.4m. The first film finished its run with £11.4m in 1997, which looks like a decent target for this sequel with the full school holidays ahead of it. The Forever Purge was another new entry in third, kicking off its run with £720k, which includes £18k from previews. That’s not too far away from the opening of the third Purge film, Election Year, which opened with £808k in August 2016.

The Croods 2: A New Age was another new entry in fourth, kicking off its run with £696k. The first Croods film grossed over £26m in 2013, so it looks like the long wait for this sequel has dimmed interest in the series. Despite that it should be one of the main draws for the family audience throughout the school holidays.

Fast & Furious 9 rounded out the top five, adding £446k, a drop of 59% from last weekend. That takes its total after four weekends in cinema to £14.1m. Outside of the top five, Escape Room: Tournament Of Champions was another new entry in sixth, kicking off its run with £278k, which includes £16k from previews. Documentary, Summer Of Soul (Or… When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) opened in 10th with £63k, which includes £13k from previews. In box office milestones, In The Heights has now crossed the £4m mark, while Cruella has crossed the £9m mark.

Overall the box office was down 41% from last weekend.

Next Weekend

Old is the new thriller from M. Night Shyamalan (Split, The Sixth Sense, Signs). A family on a tropical holiday discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day. The classy cast includes Vicky Krieps, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Thomasin Mackenzie.

The World To Come is a romantic drama starring Vanessa Kirby and Katherine Waterston.  Somewhere along the mid-19th century American East Coast frontier, two neighbouring couples battle hardship and isolation, witnessed by a splendid yet testing landscape, challenging them both physically and psychologically.

Across The Pond

Space Jam: A New Legacy managed to dethrone Black Widow, opening with $31.7m and smashing expectations in the process. That’s the biggest opening for a family film in the US since the start of the pandemic. Black Widow was dethroned after just one weekend in the top spot, adding $26.3m for a new total of $132m. Third place was taken by horror sequel Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, which opened with $8.8m. Fast & Furious 9 added $7.6m in fourth and is now up to $154.8m, while The Boss Baby: Family Business completed the top five, adding $4.7m for a new total of $44.6m.