Box Office Round-up
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour opened in the top spot with £5.7m, by far the biggest opening for a concert film in history. The last big concert film to hit cinemas was One Direction: This Is Us, which opened with £3.4m in 2013 and finished with £8m. Michael Jackson’s This Is It opened with £4.8m and finished with £9.7m. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour is clearly going to fly past those two films and if PostTrak’s exit polling is anything to go by, it may have strong repeat business. PostTrak respondents awarded the concert film a full 5 stars and 99% Total Positive rating, with 95% of the audience saying they would Definitely Recommend it to their friends. As well as this, 46% said they would watch again at the cinema.
Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie has previewed on Saturday and Sunday for the past two weekends and this weekend it opened fully across the country. This weekend it banked £1.3m, which added to the £2m it grossed in previews takes its total to £3.3m. With the half-term holiday taking place this week and next, expect it to perform strongly. It could surpass the £8.8m total of the last Paw Patrol movie in cinemas in 2021.
Last weekend’s top film, The Exorcist: Believer, fell to third but posted a solid hold, falling 40% to £1m. That takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to £3.5m. In October last year, Halloween Ends tumbled 67% on its second weekend, so this sequel is holding up well.
Adam Deacon’s Sumotherhood opened in fourth with £747k, which includes £12k from previews. Deacon previously directed Anuvahood, which grossed £2.1m in 2011, so this new film looks in pretty good shape to surpass that.
The Creator rounded out the top five, adding £643k on its third weekend, a pretty healthy drop of 38% from last weekend. That takes its total to £5.5m and in terms of recent original sci-fi films. It has surpassed March’s 65 (£3.4m) and is on track to top the Oscar-winning Everything Everywhere All At Once, which finished with £6.2m.
Outside of the top five, The Great Escaper posted a terrific hold, falling just 10% to £536k. Michael Caine announced his retirement from acting last week and that looks to have given his final film a boost, taking its total to just shy of £2m. The obvious comparison from this year is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which opened with £789k in April and finished its run with £3.4m, which The Great Escaper has a good shot of matching.
Another film for an older audience, The Miracle Club, opened in ninth with £276k.
Killers Of The Flower Moon is the latest film from legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. An adaptation of David Grann’s novel, it’s the story of the murders of members of the Osage tribe in the United States under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s, sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover. Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone and Robert De Niro star.
Trolls Band Together is the third film in the popular animated series. Poppy discovers that Branch was once part of a boy band, BroZone, with his brothers: Floyd, John Dory, Spruce, and Clay. But when Floyd is kidnapped, Branch and Poppy embark on a journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd.
Leo stars Joseph Vijay as a mild-mannered café owner who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions with connections to an old life he left behind, shaking his newly constructed life to its very core. It’s in cinemas from Thursday.
It Lives Inside is a horror about an Indian-American teenager struggling with her cultural identity who has a falling out with her former best friend and, in the process, unwittingly releases a demonic entity that grows stronger by feeding on her loneliness.
Foe is a sci-fi drama starring Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal as Hen and Junior, who farm a secluded piece of land that has been in Junior's family for generations. But their quiet life is thrown into turmoil when an uninvited stranger shows up at their door with a startling proposal.
The Holdovers is the latest film from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants, Election, Nebraska). It re-unites Payne with his Sideways star Paul Giamatti who plays a cranky history teacher at a prep school who is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a student who has no family plans. It was the Cunard gala at the London Film Festival last week and has been very warmly received by critics. Robbie Collin in The Telegraph gave it four stars and said it’s ‘easily Alexander Payne’s best film since Sideways’. Total Film said the same but went one star better giving it the full five. It’s one of the best films to reach a premium upmarket audience in Q1 and it’s in cinemas on 19 January.
Across The Pond
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour opened in the top spot with $96m, by far the biggest opening ever for a concert film. Last weekend’s top film The Exorcist: Believer fell to second, adding $11m for a new total of $44.9m. PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie fell to third, adding $7m for a new total of $49.9m. Saw X added $5.7m, which takes its total to $41.4m. The Creator rounded out the top five adding $4.3m, which takes its total to $32.4m.