Box Office - Dinosaurs vs Fighter Jets for Top Spot

    Author Mia Blakeney

Box Office Round-up

Jurassic World: Dominion held on to the top spot in its second weekend, grossing an additional £5.7m, dropping 53%. Colin Trevorrow’s sequel has now grossed £21.7m, placing it in the Top 10 films of the year so far at number seven, above Spider-Man: No Way Home (£21.1m for 2022) and behind Uncharted (£24.2m). At the same point of release, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom had grossed £25.5m (including £3.6m of previews) and Jurassic World was at £38.5m (including £2.5m of previews).

Top Gun: Maverick remained in second place, dropping a modest 24% to gross £4.2m. With a total gross of £57.3m, Joseph Kosinski’s action-drama is the third-highest grossing film of the ‘pandemic era’, behind only Spider-Man: No Way Home (£96.0m) and No Time To Die (£96.7m).

Lightyear is the highest new-opener this weekend, grossing £3.7m to chart at number three. This is the third-highest animated opening of the year, just below traditional sequels Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (£4.9m) and Sing 2 (£6.8m). In comparison to other Pixar spinoff films, the opening is above Monsters University (£3.4m) and behind Finding Dory (£8.1m). Next on Pixar’s theatrical slate is Elemental, releasing summer 2023. In Comscore’s PostTrak polling surveys, Angus MacLane’s film achieved a 3.5-star rating and a 72% Total Positive reaction among General & Parents audience; with scores among Kids (aged 6-12) rising to 4.5 stars and a 81% Total Positive reaction. 60% of Parents said they would Definitely Recommend the title to other parents/guardians. ‘Franchise’ was a big pull, with 84% of the General & Parents audience stating they had seen the previous films in the series and 30% citing It’s part of a franchise I like as one of the main reasons for attending; only second to I came with someone who wanted to see it (31%). 

In fourth spot is another new opener, with the British comedy-drama Good Luck To You, Leo Grande grossing £237k (including previews). This is the highest opening for director Sophie Hyde, whose previous film Animals opened with £106k and went on to gross £334k.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is number five with £169k, bringing the films total up to £41.8m. Next for Marvel is Thor: Love And Thunder on the 7th July, followed by Black Panther: Wakanda Forever later on in the year in November.

At number six is Everything Everywhere All At Once, adding another £117k this weekend to bring its cume up to £4.4m. Two family titles are next in the chart, with Sonic The Hedgehog 2 at number seven grossing £89k, and The Bad Guys at number eight with £52k. Downton Abbey: A New Era is number nine with £40k, and Vikram closed the chart at number ten with £26k.

Overall, the box office is down 24% from last weekend. On the equivalent weekend in 2021, 781 cinemas reported across the UK & Ireland. Peter Rabbit 2 returned to No.1 in its fifth-weekend with a gross of £1.1m, whilst In The Heights opened at No.2 with £1.038m and The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard at No.3 with £1.033m.

Next Weekend

Scott Derrickson’s horror film The Black Phone opens on Wednesday. After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims.

Elvis is a biographical musical drama directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film stars Austin Butler as Elvis Presley, with Tom Hanks, Helen Thomson and Olivia DeJonge in supporting roles. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, being applauded with a 10-minute standing ovation.

Across The Pond

Jurassic World: Dominion held onto the top spot in North America too with $58.7m, taking its total to $250m. Lightyear opened in second, with $51m. Top Gun: Maverick fell to third but posted a strong hold, falling 15% to $44m, which takes its total to a huge $466.1m. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness fell to fourth, adding $4.2m for a new total of $405m. The Bob’s Burger Movie rounded out the top five, adding $1.1m for a new total of $29.8m.