Box Office: Jungle Cruising & The Suicide Squad still very much alive

    Author Zoe Aresti

New releases were on the small side this weekend so the top six was exactly the same as last weekend and each one posted a strong hold. The Suicide Squad was once again the top film, falling just 31% to £2.3m and after 10 days in cinemas it has now banked £8m. Last weekend’s opening was £600k more than Birds Of Prey’s opening weekend and it’s now just £890k behind that film’s final total. The Suicide Squad is on track for a total well north of £10m.

Jungle Cruise was in second and posted a sensational hold, falling just 14% to £2m and a new total of £6.2m. with at least another three weeks of school holidays it should also now be looking at a total north of £10m. Cruella, another film that premiered in cinemas and on Disney+ Premier Access, is currently on £9.4m, so Jungle Cruise should sail past that.

Space Jam: A New Legacy stayed in third and posted another great hold, falling just 17% from last weekend to £1.1m. That takes its total to £8.8m and it should have crossed the £10m mark by this time next week. The first Space Jam finished on £11.7m in 1997 and this film looks like it could top that, although that’s unadjusted for inflation. After increasing on it’s opening weekend for the past two weekends, The Croods 2: A New Age finally experienced a drop but it was of just 3% as it added another £867k for a new total of £5.9m.  That’s an impressive number when you consider it opened with £596k.

Black Widow stayed in fifth, adding £540k, a drop of 32% from last weekend. That takes its total to £17.5m and it has now overtaken the final total of 2015’s Ant-Man, and will this week overtake the final total of Ant-Man And The Wasp (£17.8m). It has also now overtaken the final total of Tenet, which finished its run on £17.4m, making Black Widow the second biggest film to be released in the pandemic-era after Peter Rabbit 2, and the biggest non-family film.

Outside of the top five, animation Matt Damon thriller Stillwater opened in seventh with £478k, which includes £38k from previews, while Last Letter From Your Lover opened in ninth with £274k, which includes £17k from previews.

Overall the box office was down 16% from last weekend, which is a great result considering there were no major new releases this weekend and last weekend saw the launch of The Suicide Squad and Jungle Cruise.

Next Weekend

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Don’t Breathe 2 is a sequel to the hit 2016 horror. It’s set in the years following the initial deadly home invasion, where Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) lives in quiet solace until his past sins catch up to him.

The Courier is a drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as cold War spy Greville Wynne who, along with his Russian source, tries to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Across The Pond

The Suicide Squad opened in the US and topped the box office with $26.5m, which is below the $33m that Birds Of Prey opened with in February 2020.  The Suicide Squad was available for people to watch at home via HBO Max as well as in cinemas. Jungle Cruise dropped to second, falling 55% to $15.7m, which takes its total to $65.3m. Disney have not updated the Disney+ figures from last weekend. M. Night Shyamalan’s Old came in third, adding $4.1m, a drop of 40% from last weekend, and that takes its total to $38.5m. Black Widow added $4m in fourth, and is now up to $174.4m, making it the highest grossing film in North America this year, overtaking Fast & Furious 9. Stillwater completed the top five, adding $2.9m for a new total of $10m.