The Weekend Round-up
It opened this weekend with a massive £10m, making it the biggest opening weekend ever for a horror movie, overtaking previous record holder Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case (£4.6m) by 112%.
American Made stayed in second for the third weekend running, adding £674k, a 31% drop, for a cume of £4.3m.
Dunkirk came in at third dropping 34% to £629k for a cume of £55m to date.
In its sixth week of release, The Emoji Movie overtook The Hitman’s Bodyguard, holding well with a drop of only 24% adding £546k for a total of £14.3m to date.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard rounded out the top five, grossing £485k to cume £6.6m. It is now running just 3% behind Safe House (£6.7m) at the same point of release.
Overall the box office was up 104% from last weekend and up 70% from the same weekend last year.
mother! is a horror written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Black Swan). A young woman’s (Jennifer Lawrence) tranquil life with her husband (Javier Bardem) is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple.
American Assassin is a thriller from director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E.). A story centred on counterterrorism, it follows the rise of Mitch (Dylan O'Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).
Victoria and Abdul is a biographical comedy-drama directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). It is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her Indian servant Abdul Karim.
Martin McDonaugh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comic drama starring Frances McDormand. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. It is the prestigious closing night film at this year’s London Film Festival and after premiering at the Telluride Film Festival a couple of weeks ago, the first reviews are glowing, with both The Guardian and The Telegraph giving it the full five stars.
Across The Pond
It came in at the top spot with a record-breaking September total of $123.4m. Home Again came in second, opening with $8.6m. The Hitman’s Bodyguard fell to third, adding $4.8m for a new cume of $64.9m. Annabelle: Creation fell 47% adding $4m, which takes its total to $96.3m. Wind River completed the top five, adding $3.1m for a new total of $25m.