Box Office: More Time To Die

    Author Zoe Aresti

The Weekend Box Office Round-up

Dune had its time in the sun but No Time To Die came back this weekend to show Denis Villeneuve’s epic blockbuster who the real box office king is. No Time To Die took the top spot once again with £3.5m, a drop of 25% from last weekend. That takes its total to £85.9m and it’s now the sixth biggest film of all time in the UK & Ireland. Over the weekend it overtook Star Wars: The Last Jedi (£83m) and over the next week it will overtake Avengers: Endgame (£88.7m) to place fifth on the all time list. After that there’s Avatar in fourth with £94m and SPECTRE in third with £95m. No Time To Die is going to get very close to those two films. In another incredible feat, No Time To Die grossed over £1m at the box office every day for the month of October! The first film to achieve that feat.

Despite losing the top spot, Dune still posted a great hold, falling 31% (once previews are removed) to £3.3m. That takes its total after 11 days in cinemas to £13.2m. Denis Villeneuve’s last film was the similarly epic Blade Runner 2049, which finished on £19.2m. Dune is going to get very close to that total.

Venom: Let The Be Carnage also posted a decent hold. After falling 61% last weekend, it only fell 39% this weekend, to £1.5m. That takes its total to £14.5m and it’s now the seventh biggest film of 2021 and next in that list is Fast & Furious 9 on £16.5m. Venom: Let There Be Carnage should have the legs to get comfortably past that.

In something of a surprise, The Addams Family 2 is proving a bigger draw for the family audience than The Boss Baby: Family Business. The Addams Family 2 came in fourth this weekend, adding £1.5m, an increase of 65% from last weekend. That takes its total to £8.9m and it’s now less than £1m behind the total of the first film. The Addams Family 2 is another one of 2021’s success stories. The Boss Baby: Family Business rounded out the top five, adding £1.3m, an increase of 12% from last weekend, and that takes its total to just shy of £5m.

Outside of the top five, Harry Potter returned to the top 10 this weekend as Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone received a 20th anniversary (!) re-release. It banked £965k over the weekend, proving there’s still interest in the series. Another film that had a good weekend was Halloween Kills, which took advantage of the thirst for horror films on Halloween weekend by dropping just 2% from last weekend to £759k. That takes its total to £4.6m.

Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho opened in eighth with £732k, which includes £16k from previews. That’s the quietest opening for an Edgar Wright film to date, apart from his documentary The Sparks Brothers. His last film Baby Driver, opened with £3.6m in 2017, so this is something of a disappointment.

Overall the box office was down 13% from last weekend but last weekend’s total was boosted by hefty preview figures for Dune.  

Next Weekend

Eternals is the latest blockbuster from Marvel. Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) directs this tale of arace of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and Brian Tyree Henry star.

Spencer stars Kristen Stewart as Diana Spencer. During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.

The Card Counter is a revenge thriller about an ex-military interrogator turned gambler who is haunted by the ghosts of his past. Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe star.

Across The Pond

Dune topped the box office once again in North America, adding $15.5m for a new total of $69.4m. Halloween Kills received a Halloween boost in second, adding $8.5m for a new total of $85.6m. No Time to Die came in third, adding $7.8m in its fourth weekend, which takes its total to $133.3m. Fourth spot was taken by FUNimation Entertainment’s anime sequel, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, which opened with $6.4m. Venom: Let There Be Carnage completed the top five, adding $5.8m for a new total of $190.4m.