Box Office – Peter Rabbit has a long tail

    Author Phil Jones

The Weekend Round-up 

Peter Rabbit held on to the top spot for a fourth straight weekend, matching Black Panther’s feat before it. That means the top of the box office has been held by only two films in the past eight weeks. Sony’s big family comedy added £3.2m this weekend, which takes its total to £32.2m and it’s closing in on Paddington’s final total of £37.9m.

This weekend’s highest new entry was horror hit, A Quiet Place, which kicked off its run with £2.7m, which includes £704k from previews. Compared to recent horror hits, the Friday to Sunday total is just below Get Out’s £2.2m and Split’s £2.5m. Both those films crossed the £10m mark so A Quiet Place will be looking for a total a bit lower than that.

Ready Player One fell one place to third, easing 41% to £2.4m. That takes its total to £11.5m and it has already surpassed the lifetime total of Edge of Tomorrow, which finished on £7.9m.

Teen comedy Love, Simon was another success this weekend, kicking off its run with £1.2m, which includes £172k from previews. Of recent teen films, that’s an improvement on the £454k Everything, Everything opened with in August. 

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs completed the top five, falling 41% to 850k. That takes its total to £3.9m and it’s now Anderson’s third biggest film in the UK, behind The Grand Budapest Hotel (£11.5m) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (£9.2m).

Outside of the top five, spooky horror Ghost Stories opened in eighth with £592k, which includes £43k from previews. It was likely a victim of the success of A Quiet Place, with horror fans opting for the Hollywood option over the homegrown one.

Of this weekend’s other new entries, Death Wish just sneaked into the top 15 in 14th with £157k, while Thoroughbreds and Wonderstruck missed the top 15 completely.

Overall, the box office was down 24% from last weekend and up down 9% from the same weekend last year, when the top films were The Boss Baby, Beauty And The Beast, Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience and Ghost In The Shell.

Next Weekend

Box office hero Dwayne Johnson is back in Rampage! Johnson plays primatologist Davis Okoye who shares an unshakable bond with George, the gorilla. However, a rogue genetic experiment transforms George, and a wolf and a crocodile into raging monsters. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote. It’s in cinemas on Wednesday.

Truth Or Dare is the latest horror from Blumhouse (Get Out, Split). A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone, or something, begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

The Buzz

Solo: A Star Wars Story is all set to be one of the summer’s biggest films and a brand new trailer launched for it with the weekend’s American Idol in the US. Here’s the official synopsis:

“Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.” The film is having its world premiere at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on 15 May, before opening in the UK on 24 May. The new trailer is here: Get excited.

Across The Pond

While A Quiet Place impressed in the UK, it absolutely smashed it in the US opening with $50.2m, one of the biggest opening’s for a horror film of all time. That figure is bigger than any film in the Conjuring franchise and last year’s big horror hit, SplitReady Player One stayed in second, falling just 41% to $25.1m, which takes its total to $96.9m. Blockers made a solid debut in third, kicking off its run with $21m. Black Panther had another great hold, falling just 25% to $8.7 and a new cume of $665.4m. It is now the third biggest film in US history. Completing the top five is Tyler Perry's Acrimony, which added $8.4m for a new total of $32m.