Box Office: Bridget Jones’s Baby has legs

    Author DCM

The Weekend Round-up

After an impressive opening last week, the big question this weekend was how would Bridget Jones’s Baby hold up. The answer is very well indeed. Falling just 20% to £6.5m is a fantastic result, and brings its 10-day total to a sensational £21.2m.

That means that the comedy sequel is on course for a total comfortably north of £30m and a place amongst the biggest films of the year. £6.3m is also the biggest second weekend of the year, easily beating the big comic book films from earlier in the year.

Western remake The Magnificent Seven opened in second with £2.1m, which is the third biggest opening for Denzel Washington and the biggest Friday to Sunday opening for director, Antoine Fuqua. His last film was Southpaw, which opened with £1.7m on its way to £8.7m.

Kubo and The Two Strings rose to third after dropping just 16% to £506k. That brings its total to £2.3m and it has one more weekend of being the major family title before its joined by another in Storks.

Finding Dory came in fourth, but also had a strong hold, falling just 5% to £461k. That sent it swimming past £41m and it now sits on £41.3m.

New entry The Girl with All The Gifts opened in fifth with £433k, which included £20k in previews. It has received strong reviews, including five stars in Empire, and being championed by Mark Kermode, so hopefully it will have good word of mouth.

Outside of the top five, The BFG had another strong hold in tenth, falling just 3% to £245k and it’s closing in on the £30m mark, sitting on £29.8m.

Overall the box office was down 13% from last weekend and up 61% from the same weekend last year, when the top four films were Everest, LegendMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Miss You Already.

Next Weekend

Deepwater Horizon is the true story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Mark Wahlberg reunites with Lone Survivor director, Peter Berg, while Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson and John Malkovich also star.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the latest offering from Tim Burton. When Jacob (Asa Butterfield) discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers. Eva Green stars as Miss Peregrine, which is probably worth the admission price alone.

Free State Of Jones is an action-drama from Gary Ross (The Hunger Games). Matthew McConaughey stars as a disillusioned Confederate army deserter who returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government. It opened in the US in June and grossed just $20.8m.

The Buzz

Sully has been on release in the US for three weeks now and is proving a success, having banked $92.4m to date. It is also being talked of as a potential awards winner, with Tom Hanks a good bet for Best Actor recognition. It’s directed by Clint Eastwood and Hanks stars as Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers. It’s got a decent score of 74 on Metacritic, with Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times calling it ‘an absolute triumph’ and Todd McCarthy in The Hollywood Reporter saying it’s ‘a vigorous and involving salute to professionalism and being good at your job’. It’s out in the UK on 2 December.

Across The Pond

The Magnificent Seven topped the box office in the US, opening with $34.7m, which is just behind The Equalizer’s opening from two years ago. Animated comedy, Storks, opened in second with $21.3m, and Sully fell to third, adding $13.5m, for a brand new cume of $92.1m. Bridget Jones's Baby fell to fourth, adding $4.6m for a 10-day total of $16.5m and Snowden rounded out the top five, falling 48% to $4m and a 10-day total of $15m.