Box Office: No Ennui at the Box Office!

    Author Mia Blakeney

Box Office Round-up

Inside Out 2 opened at the top spot this weekend with £11.3m, making it the highest opener of 2024 so far, overtaking Dune: Part II (£9.3m). This animated sequel is also the best performing 3-day opening in the genre since Frozen 2 in 2019 (£15.1m), and across all genres it's the highest 3-day since Barbie last summer (£18.4m). Inside Out opened with £7.3m back in 2015 and went on to gross £39.3m. Disney and Pixar’s latest also achieved 4.5-stars and a 93% Total Positive rating across all audiences in the PostTrak exit polls, which rises to 94% when looking at just the kid’s audience.

Bad Boys: Ride Or Die is at no.2 with £1.8m, dropping a modest 36% from its opening weekend. The action-comedy is tracking just 14% behind Bad Boys For Life at the same time of release (£8.2m) and sits in the Top 20 of 2024 releases so far at seventeen with £7.1m; above Challengers (£6.4m) and behind Poor Things (£7.4m).

IF takes the third spot, with £414k, bringing its cume up to £11.4m. John Krasinski’s comedy is currently the tenth highest grossing film of the year so far, above Inside Out 2 and behind The Fall Guy (£11.9m).

Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes remains at No.4 with £388k, dropping 38% in its sixth week of release. Wes Ball’s franchise has grossed £15m to date, overtaking fellow action sequel Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire (£14.6m) to become the sixth best performing release of the year so far.

The Garfield Movie is at no.5 with £354k and Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga at No.6 with £234k, both in their fourth weekend.

The seventh spot goes to The Watched with £177k, a 54% drop from its opening last weekend. Ishana Night Shyamalan’s debut has a total to date of £808k, in the lead up to Warner also releasing M. Night Shyamalan’s latest picture Trap in August. The Fall Guy is at no.8 with £175k, bringing the action-drama’s total up to £11.9m. Two new openers close the chart, with Freud's Last Session at no.9 with £72k, and Wilding at no.10 with £62k (£124k including previews).

The overall box office is up 119% from last weekend, and up 57% versus the equivalent weekend in 2023 when The Flash opened at no.1 with £3.1m, followed by Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse at no.2 with £2.6m in week three of its release.

Year-to-date 2024 is now running 9% behind the same period in 2023, improving from last week when we were 11% behind.

Next Weekend

The Bikeriders: Over the course of a decade, a Midwestern motorcycle club evolves from a gathering place for local outsiders to a sinister gang, threatening the original group's way of life.

Something in the Water: Reunited for a destination wedding, five girlfriends decide to rent a boat to spend the day along the coast. However, when they get stranded in open water, they find themselves in a fight for their lives against circling sharks and Mother Nature.

The Exorcism: A troubled actor begins to unravel while shooting a horror film. His estranged daughter wonders if he's slipping back into his past addictions or if there's something more sinister at play.

The Buzz

Paddington in Peru is the third adventure for one of the nations most beloved characters, coming out 8 November and expected to deliver 5m industry admissions, this film follows the plot of Paddington and his adopted family, the Browns, visiting his aunt Lucy in Peru, but circumstances lead them towards misadventures in the Amazon rainforest and mountains. The first two films grossed £38m and £43m at the UK box office and earning multiple BAFTA nominations and Dougal Wilson, known for directing iconic John Lewis Christmas ads, takes over as director, with Simon Farnaby (co-creator of BBC's hit comedy Ghosts) returning as co-writer, ensuring a blend of charm, comedy, and emotional moments. This film takes Paddington to South America, making it an excellent fit for travel brands aiming to inspire holiday ideas and with a release date of 8 November, it’s also ideally timed for launching festive campaigns. Already garnering 1.1m views, the trailer released last Wednesday, revealing an eclectic mix of cast members such as Olivia Colman, who stars as a guitar-playing nun working at the Home for Retired Bears, in addition to Dame Julie Walters who returns as Mrs Bird, in her first film role in three years. 

Across The Pond

Across the weekend in the US, Inside Out 2 opens with $155m, taking the top spot. The first Inside Out (2015) opened at $90.4m and went on to garner $356m domestically. Bad Boys: Ride or Die follows behind in second for the second week of release with $33m, taking its total to $112m. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes saw a small drop, adding $5.2m which is only a -4% drop WoW, for a new total of $157.8m taking the third spot, while The Garfield Movie similarly adds $5m, taking the fourth spot. The Watcherd takes the fifth spot, grossing another $3.7m taking its total to $13.6m.