Box Office: Dune Dune Dune Again

    Author Mia Blakeney

Box Office Round-up

Dune: Part Two has made it three weekends in the top spot at the UK box office. The huge sci-fi blockbuster added £4m, which takes its total after three weekends in cinemas to £26.2m. 21% of that total (£5.5m) has come from IMAX screenings. The first film finished on £22.5m so this second instalment has already surpassed that total and we are just now waiting patiently for the announcement of a third film.

Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley comedy-drama Wicked Little Letters had another strong hold, falling 34% to £590k, which takes its total after 24 days in cinemas to £7.4m. Around this time last year, British comedy-drama Allelujah opened with £717k on its way to £3.7m, so Wicked Little Letters has doubled that. In February 2020, Anya Taylor-Joy starred in Emma, which finished its run with £7.4m, so Wicked Little Letters will overtake that in the next couple of days.

On its seventh weekend, Migration added £574k, a drop of just 14% from last weekend. It’s now up to £19m and with the Easter holidays starting in a couple of weeks, it should be looking at a total comfortably over £20m.

Bob Marley: One Love is now into its fifth week and added £509k, a drop of 39% from last weekend. That takes its total to £16.1m and it looks like finishing pretty close to right in the middle of Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody (£11.7m) and Rocketman (£23.5m).

Blumhouse horror Imaginary added £406k in fifth, which takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to £1.4m. While it’s not a breakout horror hit, it’s going to outgross the other Blumhouse title released this year, January’s Night Swim, which finished on £1.4m.

Outside of the top five, Coen brother and Coen wife comedy Drive-Away Dolls disappointed as it opened with £278k, which includes £13k from previews. The Coen brothers have had many ups and downs at the UK box office and Drive-Away Dolls joins the list of downs.

Hirokazu Kore-ada’s Monster opened in seventh with £129k, which includes £47k from previews. Kore-ada’s best performing film in the UK & Ireland is 2018’s Shoplifters, for which he won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

A couple of major Oscar winners are doing well in the lower reaches of the top 10. Best International Feature winner The Zone Of Interest saw an Oscars bump, increasing on last weekend by 23% and has now grossed £3.1m. After it won Best Picture at the Oscars last week, Oppenheimer is back in the top 10, grossing £90k in ninth, which takes its total to £59.6m.

Next Weekend

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is the sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife. When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.

Immaculate is Sydney Sweeney’s next starring role after the success of Anyone But You. Sweeney plays Cecilia, a woman of devout faith, who is warmly welcomed to the picture-perfect Italian countryside where she is offered a new role at an illustrious convent. But it becomes clear to Cecilia that her new home harbours dark and horrifying secrets.

Late Night With The Devil is a horror starring David Dastmalchian. A live television broadcast in 1977 goes horribly wrong, unleashing evil into the nation's living rooms. It’s in cinemas from Tuesday.

The Buzz

The Fall Guy is the year’s first summer blockbuster, launching on Thursday 2 May, which isn’t technically summer but they class it as the first weekend of summer movie season in North America. We don’t make the rules. Ryan Gosling stars as Colt Seavers, a stuntman who left the business a year earlier to focus on both his physical and mental health. He's drafted back into service when the star of a mega-budget studio movie, which is being directed by his ex, goes missing. Emily Blunt co-stars and if you saw their presenting stint at the Academy Awards, you’ll be excited for their on-screen pairing in a feature length film.

The Fall Guy premiered at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas last week and has been rapturously received. said ‘this is a ridiculously fun movie, anchored by a movie star in a part that fits him perfectly and a director [David Leitch] who really has been working toward this film for his entire career’. The Guardian gave it four stars calling it ‘a fizzy, funny, convincingly romantic delight’. It looks like being one of the stand-out films of the summer (spring).

Across The Pond

Kung Fu Panda 4 stayed in the top spot adding $30m for a new total of $107.7m. Dune: Part Two again came in second, adding $29.1m, which takes its total to $205.3m. Mark Wahlberg and a dog star in Arthur The King which opened with $7.5m. Imaginary fell to fourth, adding $5.6m for a new total of $19.1m, while Cabrini rounded out the top five, adding $2.8m for a new total of $13m.