The Weekend Round-up
Captain America: Civil War has made it three consecutive weekends in top spot after adding £2.8m, bringing its total to a terrific £32.2m. It now stands a good chance of overtaking Iron Man 3’s final total of £37m to become the biggest solo Marvel film ever made.
Angry Birds was the highest new entry, opening with £2.1m, which gives it a similar start to recent family films, Shaun The Sheep Movie (£2.1m) and Muppets Most Wanted (£2.2m). Shaun The Sheep Movie managed to achieve £13.8m, which would be a great result for Angry Birds.
The Jungle Book had a great hold in third, falling 24% to £1.6m, bringing its total to £39.3m. That also means it has overtaken Deadpool (£37.9m) to become the biggest film of 2016 to date, a title it’s likely to hold until August at least.
After its relatively quiet start last weekend, Bad Neighbours 2 had a solid hold, falling 35% to £1.1m for a new 10-day total of £3.7m.
Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant British prestige pic, Florence Foster Jenkins, fell to fifth but had a strong hold, falling 21% (once previews are removed) to £462k for a 10-day total of £1.9m.
Outside of the top five, three new entries landed in the lower reaches of the top 10. John Le Carré’s adaptation, Our Kind Of Traitor, kicked off its run with £358k (including £6k from previews) in sixth, and Richard Linklater comedy, Everybody Wants Some, opened with £170k (including £35k from previews) in seventh. Brutal thriller, Green Room, opened in tenth with £145k (including £49k from previews).
Overall the box office was down 13% from last weekend and down 33% from the same weekend last year when the top four films were Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Spooks: The Greater Good.
X-Men: Apocalypse is released today (Wednesday 18 May). The last X-Men film, Days Of Future Past, was the biggest X-Men film to date, grossing over £27m, so hopes are high for Apocalypse.
Sing Street is the latest musical from Once and Begin Again director, John Carney. It’s about a boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s, who escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes. It has received some glowing reviews and has a score of 79 on Metacritic.
A Hologram for the King reunites Cloud Atlas co-director, Tom Tykwer, with Tom Hanks, who plays a failed American businessman who looks to recoup his losses by travelling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.
The Nice Guys is a thriller from Iron Man 3 director, Shane Black, and stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as private eyes investigating the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. It had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend and has received a number of very enthusiastic responses from critics. Variety said it ‘offers the scruffy pleasure of seeing two great actors dial down their gravitas with style.’ Time Out New York praised Gosling’s performance in particular, stating ‘with dynamite timing and uproarious gestures, Gosling mines his diverse abilities and becomes a blast in The Nice Guys.’ Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian awarded it four stars saying it ‘creates some outrageously contrived and protracted shootouts and one or two good old fashioned action explosions. But he (Black) also keeps the dialogue cracking along.’ It’s out on Friday 3 June.
Across The Pond
Captain America: Civil War held on to the top spot with $72.6m, bringing its 10 day total to $295.9m. The Jungle Book came in second, adding $17.7m for a huge total of $311.8m. Jodie Foster’s Money Monster opened in third with $15m and The Darkness opened in fourth with $5.2m. Mother’s Day completed the top five with $3.3m for a new total of $28.9m.
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