The Weekend Round-up
The Jungle Book remains the jungle V.I.P., as it recorded a sensational second weekend, falling just 19% to £8.1m. After just ten days in cinemas, the sumptuous Disney adventure has banked £21.7m and stands a great chance of overtaking Deadpool (£37.9m) to become the biggest film of 2016 so far.
Eye In The Sky also had a great weekend, falling a light 26% to £826k and after its second weekend, it has a healthy £2.6m to its name.
The weekend’s highest new entry was Idris Elba’s action-vehicle, Bastille Day. It kicked off its run with £763k (including £34k from previews), which is a big improvement over the £406k, The Gunman, from the same distributor, StudioCanal, opened with last spring.
Zootropolis continues to hold up well in the face of The Jungle Book onslaught. It fell 40% to £674k and has now grossed £21.6m, making it the sixth highest grossing film of the year to date.
New entry, Friend Request, completed the top five, opening with £625k, which included £110k from previews. The obvious comparison is last May’s Unfriended, another social-media themed horror, and that opened with £1.4m.
Outside of the top five, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice crossed the £36m mark in sixth, although it looks like Deadpool is just out of reach. Eddie The Eagle added £396k for £8m in seventh and closed in on Dad’s Army’s £8.4m, to become the biggest British film of 2016 to date.
Don Cheadle’s biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis, Miles Ahead, opened in tenth with £169k, which included £15k from previews.
Overall the box office was down 21% from last weekend and down 43% from the same weekend last year when the top four films were The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Fast & Furious 7, Cinderella and Home.
Captain America: Civil War opens on Friday and looks set to challenge Deadpool to be the biggest superhero film of the year. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. A whole host of familiar faces return, including Ant-Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye, while Spider-Man and Black Panther make their first appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened with £6m, including £1.9m from previews, and finished on £19.3m. Don’t be surprised if Civil War gets close to doubling those numbers.
Demolition stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an investment banker struggling after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. He sends a series of confessional letters to a vending machine company that catch the attention of a customer service rep with whom he forms an unlikely connection.
Son Of Saul is the Oscar-winning and Cannes Grand Prix winning debut feature from László Nemes. In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. It’s undoubtedly one of the most powerful films of the year, and one of the best too.
Ratchet And Clank is a children’s animation based on the popular video game. When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe. Sylvester Stallone, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti and John Goodman are part of the pretty impressive voice cast.
A Hologram For The King sees Tom Hanks and director, Tom Tykwer unite for a second time after Cloud Atlas. Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, Hanks plays a failed American businessman who looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week to mixed reviews. The San Francisco Chronicle went full marks, saying it ‘has great energy, and also a languorous, lived-in quality.’ The Chicago Sun-Times said Tykwer ‘has done an admirable job of taking a melancholy, beautifully rendered piece of prose and catapulting it to visual life.’
Across The Pond
The Jungle Book is still the jungle V.I.P., as it dropped just 41% to $61.5m for a huge ten day total of $192.2m. The Jungle Book’s stellar performance had a big effect on The Huntsman: Winter's War, which opened in second with $19.4m, way down on Snow White And The Huntsman’s $56.2m debut. Barbershop: The Next Cut came in second with $10.5m for a new total of $35.7m. Zootopia had the best hold in the top ten, falling just 19% to $6.6m, for a huge cume of $316.4m. The Boss completed the top five after adding $6.2m, bringing its total to $49.7m.
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