The Weekend Box Office Round-up
Spider-Man: No Way Home held on to the top spot for the sixth straight week, holding off strong competition from Kenneth Branagh’s awards-contender Belfast. Only two films in the last decade have held the top spot for six or more weeks, Joker and Tenet. The Marvel behemoth posted another great hold, falling 27% to £2.3m, which takes its total to a ridiculous £87.5m. It has now overtaken Star Wars: The last Jedi (£82.7m) to become the seventh highest grossing film in UK & Ireland history and it’s now just £1.3m behind Avengers: Endgame in sixth place and it should be ahead of it by this time next week. What an incredible result.
Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast opened in second with a hugely encouraging £2.3m, which includes £119k from previews. The core audience for this film have been a bit more cautious about returning to the cinema over the last few months, hence why this opening is so encouraging. Belfast is expected to make a splash at both the Oscars and BAFTAs, and with both ceremonies not taking place until March, Belfast should have a long box office run.
Scream fell to third, adding £1.3m, a drop of 49% from last weekend. That takes its total to £4.8m, and it’s closing in on the final total of Scream 4, which finished on £5.6m. Another awards contender, Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, opened in fourth with £551k. This one’s subject matter is pretty dark, so it may have been too dark for audiences at the moment. Just a reminder that del Toro’s last film, The Shape Of Water, won the Oscar for Best Picture and finished its run in the UK with £7.7m
Clifford The Big Red Dog completed the top five, falling just 12% to £461k and a new total of £8.5m. Clifford is probably going to struggle to post such a strong hold next week as Sing 2 arrives to enchant the family audience. Outside of the top five, Encanto increased on last weekend’s total by 1% to £224k and a new total of £7.1m. A good weekend for the Disney animation, which also saw one of its songs (We Don’t Talk About Bruno) top the UK singles chart.
Overall the box office is down 4% from last weekend.
- Sing 2 is a sequel to the hugely popular animation. Buster Moon and his friends must persuade reclusive rock star Clay Calloway to join them for the opening of a new show. Bono has joined the voice cast.
- Parallel Mothers is the latest film from one of the world’s great filmmakers, Pedro Almodovar. Penelope Cruz and Rossy De Palma star in the story of two mothers who give birth on the same day.
Across The Pond
Spider-Man: No Way Home went back up to the top spot, adding $14.1m for a new total of $721m. It’s now the fourth highest grossing film of all time in North America. Scream fell to second, adding $12.4m, drop of 59% from last weekend. That takes its total to $51.3m. Sing 2 came in third, adding $5.7m for a new total of $128.4m, and in fourth was a new entry, romantic drama, Redeeming Love which opened with $3.7m. Completing the top five is The King’s Man, which added $1.8m for a new total of $31.5m.