Box Office: Black Widow is a Marvel

    Author Zoe Aresti

Despite stiff competition from tennis and, in particular football, over the weekend, Marvel’s Black Widow topped the box office with the biggest opening in the pandemic era. The first Marvel film in cinemas for two years, since Spider-Man: Far From Home, opened with £6.8m, which includes £2.2m from previews after opening on Wednesday. While the Friday to Sunday total of £4.6m is not quite as big as the Friday to Sunday total of Fast & Furious 9 on opening weekend, Black Widow would have topped it, had it not been for the expected steep drop off on Sunday, the day of the Euro 2020 final.

Fast & Furious 9 fell to second, but added £1.1m, a drop of 59% from last weekend. That takes its total after three weekends in cinema to £13.1m and it will hopefully be around for a while longer now that it doesn’t have to compete with international football. Peter Rabbit 2 came in third and posted another strong hold, falling just 38% to £546k and a new total of £18.3m. It has now overtaken Tenet to become the highest grossing film of the pandemic era, and it’s total of £18.3m and counting looks like it will be out of reach of Fast & Furious 9. Over to you, Black Widow.

A Quiet Place Part II came in fourth, adding £261k for a new total of £10.9m. It’s now less than £1.3m behind the total of the first A Quiet Place, which is a terrific result. In The Heights completed the top five, adding £232k, a drop of 50% from last weekend, for a new total of £3.8m. Outside of the top five, The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It, added £128k in eighth and has now grossed £9.1m. It has now surpassed the final total of all the Annabelle films, which are part of The Conjuring universe, and sits less than £1.4m behind the final total of The Conjuring. Another Round posted the strongest hold of any film in the top 10, falling just 24% to £98k and a new total of £424k, a great result for a foreign language title.

Comscore is reporting that there were 787 cinemas open across the UK and Ireland at the weekend.

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Across The Pond

Black Widow topped the box office in the US too, opening with a terrific $80m and smashing the previous pandemic-era record set by Fast & Furious 9 in the process. Fast & Furious 9 fell to second but added $10.9m, a drop of 53% from last weekend, which takes its total to $141.3m. The Boss Baby: Family Business came in third, adding $8.7m for a new total of $34.7m, while The Forever Purge came in fourth, adding $6.7m for a new total of $27.4m. A Quiet Place Part II completed the to five, adding $3m for a new total of $150.7m.