Box Office - Super-Pets top of the League

    Author Amy Freeman

The last major family film of the summer, DC League Of Super-Pets, opened in the top spot with £2.7m. That’s the fourth highest opening for an animated film this year, ahead of The Bad Guys, which opened with £2.3m, including £713k from previews, and is currently up to £13.6m, so with no other major family films released for the rest of the school holidays, DC League Of Super-Pets should be looking at a total comfortably north of that.

On its fifth weekend, Minions: The Rise Of Gru fell to second but posted a decent hold, falling 36% to just under £2m. That takes its total to £33.5m and its still looking at crossing the £40m mark. Yesterday it overtook Sing 2 to become the biggest family film of the year to date and the fifth biggest film of 2022, so Illumination Entertainment titles are crushing it. Today it should overtake Jurassic World: Dominion to become the fourth biggest film of 2022.

Thor: Love And Thunder fell to third but again posted a solid hold, falling 38% to £1.9m. On its fourth weekend, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness fell 54%, so Thor: Love And Thunder continues to hold up more strongly and is now up to £30.8m, making it the seventh highest grossing film of 2022. Today it should overtake the final total of Thor: Ragnarok (£31.1m) to become the highest grossing Thor film.

Elvis and Top Gun: Maverick continue to hold up brilliantly, falling just 12% and 10% respectively this weekend. Elvis added £1.1m, which takes its total to £20.9m and it now has a great chance of surpassing Rocketman’s final total of £23.5m, which looked highly unlikely a month ago. Top Gun: Maverick added £981k, which takes its total to £76.2m and it’s now the 10th highest grossing film in UK & Ireland history. What a result.

Outside of the top five, Where The Crawdads Sing had a strong midweek last week and posted a solid hold this weekend and is now up to £3.8m. Event cinema sensation, Prima Facie – NT Live 2022, continues to be a draw, adding £248k this weekend, which takes its total to over £2.5m and it’s now the biggest event cinema release since Fleabag – NT Live 2019 in September 2019.

The box office was down 8% from last weekend and up 5% from the same weekend last year, which saw the release of both Jungle Cruise and The Suicide Squad.  

Next Weekend

Bullet Train is an action thriller with a cracking cast, including Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Brian Tyree Henry, and Bad Bunny. Five assassins aboard a fast-moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common. David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) directs and it’s in cinemas on Wednesday.

The Buzz

Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris is a British comedy-drama starring Lesley Manville as a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. It opened in the US a couple of weeks ago and has garnered some strong reviews, with The Guardian giving it four stars, Screen Daily called it ‘a lovely, modest ode to kindness, anchored by Lesley Manville’s considered performance as a housekeeper who is tired of feeling invisible’, while the LA Times called it ‘utterly delightful’. It looks perfect for an older, upmarket audience and is in UK cinemas from 30 September.

Across The Pond

DC League of Super-Pets topped the box office in North America too, opening with $23m. That’s almost on par with April’s The Bad Guys, which opened with $24m. Last weekend’s top film, Nope, fell to second adding $18.5m, a drop of 58% from last weekend. That takes its total to $80.6m. Third went to Thor: Love and Thunder which added $13.1m for a new total of $301m. Minions: The Rise of Gru added $10.9m in fourth for a new total of $320.4m. Top Gun: Maverick completed the top five, adding $8.2m for a new total of $650.1m. The total box office for July came to $1.1bn, making it the first month to gross over $1bn since December 2019.