Box Office - Minions Makes a Return to the Top

    Author Amy Freeman

On a good but slightly strange weekend for the box office, six of the top 10 films significantly increased on last weekend’s totals, while Thor: Love & Thunder posted the best hold for a Marvel title in some time.

On its fourth weekend, Minions: The Rise Of Gru climbed back to the top spot. The Illumination blockbuster added £3.1m, an increase of 15% from last weekend, which takes its total to £28.2m. It’s now the sixth biggest film of 2022 to date and this week should overtake Spider-Man: No Way Home to become the fifth biggest film. With the school holidays just kicking off, it looks to be joining the first Minions and the last two Despicable Me film in the £40m+ club.

Thor: Love And Thunder fell to second but posted comfortably its best hold to date, falling 25% to £3.1m. On its third weekend, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness fell 48%, which shows how strong this Thor hold is. After three weekends in cinemas, Thor: Love & Thunder has banked £26.5m and is the ninth biggest film of 2022 to date.

This weekend’s highest new entry was literary adaptation, Where The Crawdads Sing, which opened with £1.4m (which includes £65k from previews). In terms of upmarket sweaty mystery films this year, it’s behind February’s Death On The Nile, which opened with £1.9m and finished on £8m. Comscore’s PostTrak exit poll gave Where The Crawdads Sing a 4-star rating and a 90% Total Positive reaction, while 61% of the audience said they would Definitely Recommend the title to their friends, and 91% of the audience said the film either Exceeded or Met expectations. Hopefully, this means it will hold up well over coming weeks.

Elvis had a great weekend, increasing on last weekend’s total by 22% to £1.2m. That takes its total to £18.5m and it has now overtaken Moulin Rouge’s final total of £18.3m to become director, Baz Luhrmann’s highest grossing film in the UK & Ireland. It also looks nailed on for £20m+ now too, meaning it still could challenge Rocketman’s final total of £23.5m

Top Gun: Maverick completed the top five, posting the best hold of any film in the top 10, increasing on last weekend’s total by 34% to £1.1m and a new total of £74.2m. It has now overtaken Toy Story 3 (£74m) to become the 11th highest grossing film of all-time in the UK & Ireland.

Outside of the top five, event cinema came back in a big way as the NT Live production of Prima Facie starring Jodie Comer came in sixth with £447k. It opened on Thursday in the UK and banked £1.4m on Thursday alone for a total to date of just over £1.8m. The Railway Children Return added £314k in eighth, which takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to £1.1m.

The box office was down 18% from last weekend and up 82% from the same weekend last year.  

Next Weekend

DC League Of Superpets is a new family film from Warner Animation and DC Comics. Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, Krypto must master his own powers for a rescue mission when Superman is kidnapped. The voice cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Vanessa Bayer, and Keanu Reeves.

Joyride is a drama starring Olivia Colman as Joy, whose life is a mess and is ready to give away her new-born baby. Joined by a cheeky street urchin, they are two diamonds in the rough on the run.

The Buzz

Nope is the latest spectacular thriller from Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us). Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya and Steven Yeun star in the story of the residents of a lonely gulch in inland California who bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery. Jordan Peele’s films connect with a 16-34 audience like few others, with Us’ audience 81% 16-34. We’re forecasting 1.2m DCM admissions for Nope and if its North American opening is anything to go by (see below), it looks like a safe bet. Critics have gone for it in a big way too with five stars in Empire, The Telegraph, Little White Lies, and glowing reviews in several other publications. Don’t miss out on one of 2022’s stand-out films.

Across The Pond

Nope opened this weekend in the US and delivered a terrific $44m, the best opening for a wholly original film since Jordan Peele’s last film, Us in 2019. Thor: Love and Thunder fell to second, falling 53% to $22.1m, which takes its total to $276.2m. Minions: Rise of Gru came in third, adding $17.7m, which takes its total to $297.9m. Where the Crawdads Sing had a good second weekend, adding $10.3m for a new total of $38.3m. Top Gun: Maverick rounded out the top five, adding $10m for a new total of $635.6m.