The Weekend Box Office Round-up
In a great result, House Of Gucci opened in the top spot with an impressive £2.4m. This is the second Ridley Scott / Adam Driver film to open in just over a month and The Last Duel could only manage £326k in its opening weekend, but that was out just two weeks after No Time To Die and was up against Venom: Let There Be Carnage. House Of Gucci found a much quieter period to release and has clearly seen the benefit. Lady Gaga has now taken a starring role in two films (A Star Is Born being the other) and both have been box office hits. She’s a genuine movie star.
Last week’s top film Ghostbusters: Afterlife fell to second, adding £2.1m, which is a solid drop off of 44% from last weekend (once previews are removed). That takes its total after 11 days in cinemas to £7.5m and it now looks like this new version will top the 2016 version’s final total of £10.8m. There was another new entry in third, as Disney animation Encanto started its run with £1.7m, which includes £192k from previews after opening on Wednesday. Another Disney animation, Moana opened at the start of December in 2016 with £2.2m and finished its run with over £20m, so hopefully Encanto will hold up well in the run-up to Christmas.
Marvel’s Eternals fell to fourth, adding £586k a drop of 52% from last weekend. That takes its total to £13.8m and it is now £5m away from reaching Black Widow’s final total of £18.8m, which is clearly out of reach. Still, Eternals is the 10th biggest film of 2021 and it won’t Stay in that spot as it will overtake The Suicide Squad in ninth shortly, so that’s not to be sniffed at.
The biggest news of the weekend is that No Time To Die added a further £492k, which takes its total to £95.5m and it has now overtaken SPECTRE to become the THIRD highest grossing film in UK & Ireland history. While it’s not likely to get to £100m, so will remain in third, it’s an incredible result for a film that has been released during such challenging times, and a testament to the strength of the Bond series and the power of cinema.
Outside of the top 10, Dune has crossed the £20m mark in sixth. It’s now up to £21m and is the third biggest film of 2021 to date. It should overtake Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings to take second spot soon too. Although Spider-Man: No Way Home is coming for that spot. Event cinema is also back in the top 10, as Anything Goes – The Musical opened in seventh with £372k.
Overall the box office is down 5% from last weekend.
C’mon C’mon stars Joaquin Phoenix as a radio journalist embarks on a cross-country trip with his young nephew. It co-stars Gaby Hoffman and Woody Norman and is directed by Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners).
Boxing Day is a comedy following Melvin (Aml Ameen), a British author living in America, who returns home to London for Christmas to introduce his American fiancée, Lisa (Aja Naomi King), to his eccentric British-Caribbean family. Their relationship is put to the test as she discovers the world her fiancée has left behind.
Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City is an origin story that explores the secrets of the mysterious Spencer Mansion and the ill-fated Raccoon City. Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell star.
Across The Pond
Encanto topped the box office over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend with $40.3m. The film took in $27m over the three-day weekend and $40.3m since opening on Wednesday. Ghostbusters: Afterlife fell to second with $24.5m over Friday to Sunday, and $35.3m for the five-day weekend. That takes its total to $87.8m. House of Gucci opened in third with $14.2m from Friday to Sunday and $21.8m over the five-day weekend. Eternals fell to fourth, adding $7.9m from Friday to Sunday and $11.4m over the five-day weekend, which takes its total to $150.6m. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City completed the top five, opening with $5.3m over three days and $8.8m since Wednesday.