Box Office - Downton Abbey: A New Leader

    Author Zoe Aresti

The Weekend Box Office Round-up

Downton Abbey: A New Era opened in the top spot with £3.1m across Friday to Sunday. The first Downton Abbey film opened with £5.2m, so this sequel has a bit of catching up to do. It added a further £944k on Bank Holiday Monday, which takes its total to £4m. The first film finished on £28.3m, so held up well over subsequent weeks, which hopefully A New Era will do too. According to ComScore’s PostTrak exit-polling survey, A New Era scored a strong 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 95% of people saying it either exceeded or met their expectations. 

Sonic The Hedghog 2 had another good weekend, falling just 17% from Friday to Sunday to £1.4m. It added another £764k on Monday, comfortably its busiest day of the four days, which takes its total to a terrific £22.6m. It has now overtaken Peter Rabbit 2 to become the second highest grossing family film since cinemas re-opened, behind Sing 2. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore came in third on its fourth weekend, falling just 25% to £1.2m. That’s comfortably its best hold to date and it added a further £501k on Monday for a new total of £18.8m. It still has a chance of hitting £20m, although it will lose a few screens next weekend when Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness hits cinemas. 

The Lost City continues to perform strongly, posting another great hold falling just 12% to £1.2m. It added a further £484k on Monday, which takes its total to £7.9m. The rom-com is back, which bodes well for upcoming films in the genre, such as Ticket To Paradise in September. The Bad Guys completed the top five, falling just 2% to £726k. It added a further £451k on Monday and is now over the £10m mark on £10.6m.

Outside of the top five, The Northman in sixth and Operation Mincemeat in seventh both posted strong holds and including Monday are now up to £3.6m and £4.1m respectively. There are also four Bollywood titles in the lower reaches of the top 15, Acharya, Jana Gana Mana, Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kadhal, and Runway 34, once again proving that films from India are proving popular with UK audiences. 

Overall, the box office was up 20% from last weekend.  

Next Weekend

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is the latest Marvel blockbuster to hit the big screen. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Dr. Stephen Strange who casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff. It’s in cinemas on Thursday.

The Buzz (is back)

Top Gun: Maverick is the next big blockbuster after Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness and it has started to be shown to critics, who have been unequivocally effusive in their praise. Erik Davis from Fandango tweeted ‘one word: Wow! Top Gun: Maverick is absolutely terrific in every conceivable way… The crowd cheered a dozen times. It’s real deal’. Jamie Graham, Editor-at-large of Total Film tweeted ‘Not sure it’s possible to make a more perfect sequel than Top Gun: Maverick’, and Chris Hewitt from Empire tweeted ‘all those tweets you’ve seen this week from people raving about Top Gun: Maverick? They’re absolutely on the money. It’s an utterly euphoric experience that, for me, leaves the original trailing in its wake. Worth the wait, and then some.’ It’s in cinemas on 25 May.

Across The Pond

The Bad Guys stayed in the top spot, adding $16.1m, a drop of 33% from last weekend, taking its total to $44.4m. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 came in second, adding $11.4m, a drop of just 28% from last weekend. That takes its total to $160.9m and it has now surpassed the final total of the first film ($149m). Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore added $8.3m in third, for a new total of $79.6m. The Northman came in fourth, adding $6.3m for a new total of $22.8m. Rounding out the top five is Everything Everywhere All at Once, which cemented its position as one of 2022’s surprise hits, increasing on last weekend’s total by 2.2% to $5.5m and a new total of $35.5m.