The Weekend Round-up
The final release of the big four Q2 blockbusters, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, has flown straight in at number one with £14.3m. This is down from the first Jurassic World’s opening weekend total of £22.5m, but significantly higher than Solo’s £6.1m opening total and just above Deadpool’s £13m, placing Jurassic World comfortably in second place of the big four. This all means Infinity War has collected all of the infinity stones and snapped its way to victory in the biggest Q2 ever.
Last week’s top film, Solo: A Star Wars Story fell to second adding £1.9m, which is a drop off of 62%. The film now has a cumulative total of £16.4m.
Deadpool 2 added £1.8m in third, which takes its total to £29m. The original Deadpool reached a final total of £39.9m, so the much-anticipated sequel looks to fall short of the high-bar set by the merc’s first outing.
Book Club comes in at number four this weekend, representing the only non-blockbuster in the top five. The saucy octogenarian comedy added £507k to reach a total of £2m.
The ever-present Avengers: Infinity War has done the unthinkable and overtaken Mamma Mia! to become the 10th biggest film in UK history. Ten years ago we thought Mamma Mia! was the most ambitious cinematic crossover in film history, and yet the latest Avengers spectacle has stolen the crown. In the inevitable box office Waterloo, Mamma Mia was defeated, and Avengers has won the Infinity War.
Sherlock Gnomes dropped out of the top five this week, falling 68% and adding 301k to come in at number 6. With a cumulative total of £7.5m, the sequel still has a way to go to top Gnomeo and Juliet’s total of £18.8m.
Outside of the top five, the Alexander McQueen documentary McQueen had a relatively small opening, with a total of £131k.
Overall, the box office is up 47% from last weekend and ranks 21st out of the latest 52 weekends. It is down 20% versus the same weekend last year, which saw opening of The Mummy at No.2 and good holdovers from Wonder Woman, Baywatch and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge.
Hereditary is the most exciting new horror title of the year and has been described as ‘a new generation’s The Exorcist’. When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.
Super Troopers 2 is a sequel to the cult 2001 comedy. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers- Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva, are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows.
The Happy Prince sees Rupert Everett embody Oscar Wilde in his directorial debut, and has been receiving rave reviews from critics. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian has described the film as ‘a powerful parable of passion and redemption’ with Wilde being the role Everett ‘was born to play’. David Edelstein has written for Vulture ‘The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.’ The Happy Prince opens in UK cinemas on 22 June.
Across The Pond
Ocean’s 8 topped the box office in its first weekend in the US, with a weekend gross of $41.6m. Solo: A Star Wars Story added a respectable $15.8m to reach a new total of $176.7. Continuing to outshine Solo, Deadpool 2 dropped 39% to reach a new total of $279m. New horror sensation Hereditary scared its way to number four on the US box office, with an opening total of $13.6m. The top five was completed by Avengers: Infinity War, which dropped 31.1% to reach a new cume of $655m.