The Weekend Round-up
- Glass maintains its unbreakable position at the top of the box office, despite reviews which have split critics. The crossover added £1.9m to take its total to £6.9m.
- Mary Queen of Scots dropped 27% from its opening weekend, and now has a total of £5m, continuing Mary’s historical reputation of coming second in a two-horse race.
- Vice debuted at third place with an opening weekend total of £1.3, which is just above The Big Short’s opening total of £1.2m.
- Stan And Ollie falls down to third place this weekend, adding £1m to take its total to £8m. The last awards contender starring a much-respected Hollywood actor in an unconvincing fat-suit, Darkest Hour, finished on £32.7m, so Coogan and Reilly have a long way to go to compete with this total.
- Mary Poppins Returns now has a running total of £42.1m, and has overtaken Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to be the sixth-highest grossing film of 2018.
- Outside of the top 10, The Favourite added £999k to take its total to a favourable £13m. The rest of the top 10 is made up almost entirely of new releases, with Dragon Ball Super: Broly, The Mule and A Dog’s Way Home.
Overall, the box office is down 10% from last weekend and ranks 34th out of the latest 52 weekends. It is down 31% versus the same weekend last year, which again had a very strong line-up; this time nine releases generated over £1m and five of those took over £2m. This was an unprecedented achievement.
- How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the final instalment of the much-loved trilogy. As Hiccup fulfils his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away.
- Green Book is set in America in 1962, and tells the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip, a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley, a highly-educated African-American classical pianist.
- Can You Ever Forgive Me? stars Melissa McCarthy as celebrity biographer. Lee Israel. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.
- Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.
Boy Erased tells the story of Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Bruce DeMara writes in the Toronto Star ‘The film boasts a range of great performances by fine actors, including the up-and-coming and soon to be ubiquitous Lucas Hedges. It also offers a screenplay penned by Edgerton that treats the subject and its opposing views with care and consideration.’ David Edelstein agrees with this in the New York Magazine, writing ‘Edgerton proves an incisive filmmaker. Every beat has weight. Every close-up registers. He values silence - he trusts you to feel things along with his characters.’ Boy Erased opens in UK cinemas on 8 February.
Across The Pond
Glass maintained its place atop the box office on both sides of the Atlantic, adding $19m to take its cumulative total to $73m. The Upside added $11.9m in second place, whereas Aquaman added $7.3m to take its total to a whopping $316m. The Kid Who Would Be King is the only new entry in the top five, opening with $7.1m. The top five is completed by Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which now has a total of $169m.