Box Office: How To Top The Box Office

    Author Phil Jones

The Weekend Round-up 

  • How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World flew in to first place this weekend, with £5.3m. Third time’s the charm for the franchise, as this is the highest opening so far, and the highest opening of 2019, so clearly the director knows what he’s doing and isn’t just winging it. It is 95% ahead of the opening of first instalment How To Train Your Dragon in 2010 (£2.7m) and 123% ahead of second instalment How To Train Your Dragon 2 in 2014 (£2.3m). 
  • Second place also saw another new entry this week, with Green Book opening with £1.67m, aided by its five Oscar nominations and DCM’s Korrine watching it four times so far.
  • Glass’ popularity cracked over the weekend, falling down to third place. The film still remains 4% of Split at the same point of release. The most unexpected crossover in cinematic history now has a cumulative total of £8.6m.
  • Escape Room is the final new entry of the top 5, opening with £668k. This is 55% behind the opening of director Adam Robitel’s previous title Insidious: The Last Key, which opened in January 2018 with £1.8m. 
  • Mary, Queen of Scots completes the top five with £530k over the weekend, and now has a cumulative total of £6.6m.
  • Outside of the top 10, Can You Ever Forgive Me? opened with a solid 581k, Stan And Ollie added £413k and The Favourite now has a running total of £14m.

The overall box office is up 4% from last weekend and ranks 29th out of the latest 52 weekends. It is down 8% versus the same weekend last year, which had very strong holdovers with 6 titles generating over £1m; The Greatest Showman, Darkest Hour and Coco were topping the charts.

The Buzz

A Private War stars Rosamund Pike as famed war journalist Marie Colvin. In the Glove and Mail, Johanna Schneller calls the film ‘a powerful but clear-eyed acknowledgement of the importance of journalism’, whereas Rafar Guzman calls the film in Newsday ‘An intelligent and sophisticated biopic with a tour-de-force performance from Pike.’ A Private War is released in UK cinemas on 15 February.

Across The Pond

Glass kept its place atop the Box Office in the US, adding $9.5m to take its total to $86.7m. The Upside also maintained the same position as last week, adding $8.7m in second place. Miss Bala is the only new entry of the top five, opening $6.8m, whereas Aquaman sunk down to fourth with a cumulative total of $323.6m. The top five is completed by Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which has a new total of $175m.