Box Office - Crimes still pays

    Author Phil Jones

The Weekend Round-up 

  • After opening in the top spot last weekend with the second biggest opening weekend of the year, The Crimes Of Grindelwald held on to the top spot this weekend, falling 54% to £5.6m, which takes its total after 10-days to £22m. On its second weekend in 2016, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them fell 42% to £8.9m and was on £30.1m, so this sequel is tracking some way behind.
  • The Grinch held on to second but posted another strong hold, falling just 16% to £3.3m. That takes its total after three weekends to £14.1m and although it faces competition from Ralph Breaks The Internet on Friday, the festive theme should see it continue to hold up well.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is still a big draw. This weekend, it fell 27% to £2.2m, which takes its total to £39m. It is now less than £2m behind Peter Rabbit, which is the seventh biggest film of 2018 to date.
  • Robin Hood was this weekend’s highest new entry arrowing in on fourth spot with £1.3m, which includes £311k from previews. The most recent Robin Hood film, Ridley Scott’s version starring Russell Crowe, opened with £5.8m in 2010, on its way to £15.6m. It’s been said that this new iteration has a similar feel to Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, which opened in 2017 with £2.5m, which included £578k from previews.
  • Another new entry completed the top five, Nativity Rocks!, which opened with £834k, including £21k from previews. That’s back at a similar level to the first Nativity film in 2009 which opened with £786k. The last two films have seen significant uplift on that figure with 2012’s Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger opening with £1.6m and Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey opening with £1.8m. Danger In The Manger posted the best final total of the series at £9.3m. 
  • Outside of the top five, The Girl In The Spider’s Web, a new thriller featuring the characters created by Stieg Larsson, opened in sixth with £557k, which includes £170k from previews. While this new story looked like it would see some drop off from 2011’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, it looks like it will struggle to do a tenth of Dragon Tattoo, which opened with £4.5m (including £2.8m from previews) on its way to a final total of £12.3m. Even the original Swedish language version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo managed to gross £2.3m in the UK. 

Overall, the box office was down 32% from last weekend and down 11% from the same weekend last year, when the top films were Paddington 2, Daddy’s Home 2, Justice League and Wonder. 

Next Weekend

  • Creed II is the sequel to one of the best American films of recent years. Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), light heavyweight contender Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) faces off against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). 
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet is the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. Six years after the events of the first film, Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.
  • Disobedience is a drama starring Rachel Weisz as a woman who returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Rachel McAdams co-stars for Oscar-winning director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman).

The Buzz

Vice is the latest film from Adam McKay (The Big Short, Step Brothers). An almost unrecognisable Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in a film that explores how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways still felt today. It has had its first screening in the US and the critics are loving it. Katie Walsh from LA Times said ‘Vice is wild and absolutely scathing. Christan Bale is magnetic.’ Erik Davis from Fandango said ‘Vice is a bold and horrifying film about the abuse of power and its far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. Incredible performances (Bale, Adams, Carell, Rockwell are all fantastic), and McKay’s whip-smart, inventive storytelling keeps you invested & entertained’. It’s out in the UK on 25 January.

Across The Pond

On the big Thanksgiving weekend, with most films opening on Wednesday, Ralph Breaks The Internet opened in the top spot with $84.7m, the second biggest Thanksgiving five-day weekend of all time. Creed II opened in second with $55.8m for the five days. That’s the seventh biggest Thanksgiving five-day weekend, and the biggest for a live-action film, with the top six all being animated films. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald fell to third, adding $42.9m, which takes its total to $116.6m. The Grinch came in fourth, adding $42m for a new cume of $180.4m. Bohemian Rhapsody completed the top five, adding $19.4m, which takes its total to $152m.