The Weekend Round-up
Spider-Man: Homecoming opened in the top spot with £9.4m, which included £2.6m in Wednesday and Thursday previews. That’s an improvement on the opening of the last Spider-Man film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which opened with £9m, including £2.9m from previews in April 2014.
Last week’s number one, Despicable Me 3, fell to second, adding £5.3m for a new cume of £19.6m. At the same stage of its run, Minions was on £21m, so Despicable Me 3 is tracking slightly behind, but Minions had to contend with Inside Out after its fourth week, while Despicable Me 3 has something of a clear run at the family audience, so hopefully it can claw back some ground then.
Baby Driver slipped one place to third, adding £1.4m, a drop of 42% from last weekend. That’s a solid result and one of the strongest holds in the top 10. After three weekends, Edgar Wright’s action-comedy has banked £6.6m.
Transformers: The Last Knight took fourth spot, tumbling 73% to £441k. That brings its total to £9m.
Wonder Woman stayed in fifth spot but had its biggest drop yet, feeling the superhero heat from Spider-Man: Homecoming. It added £316k, which takes its total to £21.5m.
Outside of the top five, critically acclaimed horror, It Comes At Night opened in seventh with £226k.
Overall the box office was down 11% from last weekend and up 7% from the same weekend last year, when the top four films were The Secret Life of Pets, The Legend of Tarzan, Now You See Me 2 and Absolutely Fabulous.
War ror the Planet of the Apes is the final part in the revitalised sci-fi trilogy that has become one of the biggest blockbuster success stories of recent years. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. Andy Serkis once again does terrific work as Caesar and this is a fitting end to a terrific trilogy. It was released on Tuesday (11 July).
Cars 3 is only the second Pixar series to reach a third instalment, after Toy Story. This time around, Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.
The Beguiled is the latest film from Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette, The Virgin Suicides). Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Elle Fanning star in a thriller set at a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world and a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events. Coppola won the Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, only the second woman to do so.
The Big Sick is a romantic comedy from producer, Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, Knocked Up), about a couple dealing with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. It has so far been on limited release in the US and has performed very strongly, grossing $6.9m to date, with it expanding further this weekend.
Across the Pond
Spider-Man: Homecoming made a sensational start, opening with $117m. That’s the second largest opening ever for a Spider-Man film and the largest for a single character intro into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despicable Me 3 dropped to second, adding $33.5m, which takes its total to $148.7m. Baby Driver fell to third, adding $13m, for a new cume of $57m. Wonder Woman added $9.8m, which takes its total to a huge $368.5m, and it’s now the 10th largest superhero film of all time. Transformers: The Last Knight completed the top five, adding $6.3m for a new cume of $118.9m.