The Weekend Box Office Round-up
With Sing 2 the last major family film released in cinemas way back in January, the family audience has been crying out for something new to watch and they duly got it this weekend as Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and The Bad Guys opened. Sonic 2 is comfortably the biggest film of the weekend, racing to £5m in its first three days. The first Sonic film opened with £4.7m, so this new instalment has already surpassed that. The first one finished on £19.3m but it was slightly curtailed by the first lockdown, so Sonic The Hedgehog 2 could be looking at a total some way north of that.
Second spot was taken by Morbius, which opened with £3.3m, which includes £749k from Thursday previews. While Morbius is in the Spider-Man universe, we were clearly never expecting it to perform like Spider-Man, but we were hoping for it to perform similarly to Venom, another 15-cert comic book film in the Spider-Man universe, but that wasn’t to be either. Venom opened with £8m, including £2.4m from previews in 2018, while the sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage opened with £6.2m (with no previews) in 2021, so Morbius is some way behind them both.
The Bad Guys was another new entry in third, opening with £2.3m, which includes £713k from previews after previewing on the 25th and 26th of March. Like Sonic 2, this will be hoping for some fruitful days across the Easter school holidays, which have now started. The top film for the last four weekends, The Batman, fell to fourth adding £1.2m, comfortably its best hold to date, a drop of just 28% from last weekend and takes its total to £37.9m. To date, The Batman has delivered 12.9 16-34 adult TVRs across the industry, and 13.9 16-34 male TVRs.
Michael Bay’s Ambulance fell to fifth, adding £273k, a drop of 48% from last weekend, and takes its total to £1.2m. Outside of the top five, Uncharted is now up to £23.6m in sixth and Sonic 2 is going to have to go some to finish the year as the biggest video game adaptation. The wonderful Norwegian film The Worst Person In The World increased on last weekend’s total by 7% and took seventh spot and is now up to £498k.
Overall, the box office was up 181% from last weekend.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore is a return to the wizarding world for the third instalment of the adventures of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).
The Outfit stars Mark Rylance as an expert tailor who must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night.
Across The Pond
Morbius opened in the top spot in North America, kicking off its run with $39m. Last week’s top film, The Lost City came in second, adding $14.8m, a drop of 51% from last weekend, and takes its total to $54.6m. The Batman came in third, adding $10.8m for a new total of $349m. Uncharted took fourth, adding $3.6m for a new total of $138.9m, and Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie completed the top five, adding $2m for a new total of $29.7m.