On the first weekend of sunny-ish weather of 2022 all films took something of a tumble but The Batman held on to the top spot for the third successive weekend. The DC blockbuster fell 55% to £3.4m, which takes its total to £32.6m and it’s closing in on the final total of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which finished its run on £36.6m.
The film in second is something of a surprise, as manga series Jujutsu Kaisen hit the big screen and opens with £826k. That figure includes £308k from previews after it opened on Wednesday. Manga films are proving something of a growing hit, after Demon Slayer: Mugen Train finished its run with £1.2m in 2021, a total that Jujutsu Kaisen looks set to top.
Uncharted is now on its sixth week in UK & Ireland cinemas and added £606k over the weekend, a drop of 43% from last weekend. That’s comfortably the best hold of any film in the top 15 and takes the video game adaptation to £22.7m. It’s your weekly reminder of what other recent video game adaptations managed at the box office: Assassin’s Creed (£8m), Tomb Raider (£7.7m), and Warcraft (£6.1m).
The Nan Movie opened in fourth with £565k. The last big UK television to big screen adaptation was People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan which hit cinemas (like a lyrical blow to the jaw) in August 2021 and delivered a Friday to Sunday total of £553k, so very similar to The Nan Movie. Big In Japan finished on £2.3m, so that’s the target for The Nan Movie.
Another new entry, The Phantom Of The Open, completed the top five, teeing off with £457k, which includes £62k from previews. The last major sports film released in cinemas was King Richard, which opened with £570k so tennis is evidently more popular than golf.
Outside of the top 5, horror title, X, opened in seventh with £228k, while Hindi title The Kashmir Files opened in ninth with £143k.
Overall, the box office was down 39% from last weekend.