There’s clearly something big on television at the moment, but cinema is holding its own as Fast & Furious 9 held on to the top spot. The spectacular blockbuster fell 45% (once previews are removed) to £2.7m, which takes its total to £10.9m. Fast & Furious 8 fell 58% on its second weekend (once previews are removed), and that wasn’t competing with the might of a major international football tournament.
Second place this week was again taken by Peter Rabbit 2, which posted yet another strong hold, almost matching last weekend’s total, with £831k and a new total of £17.4m. This week it will overtake Tenet’s final total of £17.5m and become the biggest film in the pandemic era, although Fast & Furious 9 or, more likely, Black Widow may ensure it doesn’t hold that title for long.
In The Heights came in third, adding £466k on its third weekend, a drop of 32% from last weekend. That takes its total to £3.3m. A Quiet Place Part II again came in fourth but continues to hold up well, falling just 29% to £426k. That takes its total to £10.4m and here’s your weekly reminder that the first A Quiet Place finished its run on £12.2m and while that might be just out of reach for Part II, it’s a fantastic result that it is getting so close.
Cruella completed the top five, adding £411k for a new total of £8.4m. With the school summer holidays starting over the next couple of weeks, it should be in cinemas for a little while yet. Outside of the top five, Freaky was a new entry in sixth with £345k, which includes £9k from previews, while Another Round was a new entry in ninth with £205k, which includes £77k from previews. That’s a terrific result for a foreign language title.
Overall the box office was down 38% from last weekend, but last weekend was heavily boosted by Fast & Furious 9 previews.
Comscore is reporting that there were 787 cinemas open across the UK and Ireland at the weekend.
Black Widow sees the long-awaited return of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff in a film about her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War. Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour co-star. It’s in cinemas on Wednesday (7 July).
The Truffle Hunters is a documentary about a group of men who, deep in the forests of Piedmont hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation.
Across The Pond
Fast & Furious 9 topped the box office again, adding $24m over the three-day fourth of July holiday weekend. That’s a 66% drop from last weekend, but that’s in line with previous films in the Fast & Furious series. After two weekends in cinemas it’s now up to $125.9m. The Boss Baby: Family Business opened in second with $17.3m, and while that’s way down on the first film, this film is also available to watch at home on the streaming service Peacock. The Forever Purge opened in third with $12.8m and A Quiet Place Part II is in fourth, falling 32% to $4.2m, which takes its total to $144.4m. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard completed the top five, adding $3m for a new total of $31.4m.