Box Office – The First Purge is first

    Author Tom Linay

The Weekend Round-up

  • The First Purge is the fourth film in the horror series and it proved there’s still life in it yet, as it topped the box office with £1.8m, which includes £618k from previews after opening on Wednesday. The last film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, opened with £807k on its way to a lifetime total of £2.3m, so this fourth instalment looks set to improve on that considerably.
  • Last week’s chart-topper Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fell to second but delivered the biggest Friday to Sunday total of the weekend with £1.3m. That takes its total to £36.8m and it will still be hoping to get to £40m. It’s still the fourth biggest film to be released so far in 2018. 
  • Ocean’s 8 fell to third, adding £837k, a drop of 35% from last weekend. That takes its total to £8.5m and it still has a good chance of reaching £10m. 
  • Sicario 2: Soldado has been struggling to compete with the football and fell 51% this weekend to £322k. That takes its 10 day total to £1.5m and it looks like it will struggle to get to a total half of the first Sicario’s £5m. . 
  • Comedy Tag completed the top five, falling 47% to £251k and a 10 day total of £1.1m.
  • Outside of the top five, The Beatles Yellow Submarine was screened yesterday for its 50th anniversary and grossed £163k, which was enough for 10th spot, while Uncle Drew opened in 11th with £151k and Whitney opened in 12th with £143k (including £27k from previews).

Overall, on the lowest box office weekend of the past year, the box office was down 10% from last weekend and down 65% from the same weekend last year, when the top films were Spider-Man: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver and Transformers: The Last Knight.

Next Weekend

  • Skyscraper is the latest action film from one man blockbuster machine, Dwayne Johnson. Johnson plays Will Sawyer, a father who goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper. It’s in cinemas from Thursday. 
  • Incredibles 2 is shaping up to be the biggest animated film of the year. Following on from the Oscar-winning original, Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world. It is already the biggest animated film of all-time in the US (see below).
  • The Secret of Marrowbone is a horror with a classy British cast, including George MacKay and Anya Taylor-Joy. A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.

The Buzz

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation is the third film in the popular animated series. Adam Sandler returns to voice Count Dracula who, while on a vacation with his family, makes a romantic connection. The first reviews are now online and Indiewire were big fans, saying ‘with plenty of laughs, truly dazzling animation, and some more of the franchise’s signature dance sequences, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is a summer treat worth savouring’. The Wrap said it ‘always goes for the joke and rarely misses’. It's out in the UK on 27 July. 

Across The Pond

Before its launch in the UK on 3 August, Ant-Man and the Wasp topped the box office in the US with $76m out-performing 2015's Ant-Man by nearly $20m. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fell to second, adding $28.5m which takes its total to $333.3m. Incredibles 2 is the second Disney title in the top 3, adding $29m, which takes its total to $504m and it is now the biggest animated film of all time in the US. The First Purge opened in fourth with $17.4m across the weekend and $31m in total after opening on Wednesday. Sicario: Day of the Soldado had a steep drop of 65.9% in its second weekend to $7.6m, and a new total of $35.6m.