Box Office: The Marvels fly to the top

    Author Emma Willis

Box Office Round-Up

Marvel have been used to opening at the top of the box office in the last decade and The Marvels duly opened in the top spot. The sequel to Captain Marvel opened with £3.5m.

Trolls Band Together fell to second adding £959k which takes its total to just under £14m. While it should still be around at Christmas, so there’s plenty of time to get to £20m, it will face stiff competition from Wish from 24 November and Wonka from 8 December.

Martin Scorsese’s historic crime epic, Killers Of The Flower Moon moved above Five Nights At Freddy’s into third, adding £663k for a new total of just over £9m. It has now overtaken Scorsese’s 2004 Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, which finished on £8.3m, to become the legendary filmmaker’s sixth highest grossing film in the UK. Next up is Cape Fear in fifth with £9.9m, which Killers Of The Flower Moon should have the legs to surpass.

While it’s falling fast, Five Nights At Freddy’s has still had a remarkable box office run and added £638k this weekend and is now just £130k from £10m, a mark that not many horror titles reach. In fact, since cinemas reopened in 2021, only two titles have hit £10m – A Quiet Place Part II and Smile.

Rounding out the top five is the Palme d’Or winning Anatomy Of A Fall, which opened with £413k, including £122k from previews. Last year’s Palme d’Or winning film, Triangle Of Sadness opened with £309k on its way to £1.7m, so hopefully Anatomy Of A Fall is looking a lifetime total north of that.

Outside of the top five, Nicolas Cage comedy-drama Dream Scenario opened with £385k in sixth, which includes £39k from previews, so its Friday to Sunday total was higher than Anatomy Of A Fall’s. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour is still in cinemas after its initial four weeks and is now up to £12m.


Next Weekend

The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes is based on Suzanne Collins’ novel and is a prequel to the hugely popular The Hunger Games series. Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute, Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) during the 10th Hunger Games.

Saltburn is the second film from Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman). Barry Keoghan stars as Oliver, a student at Oxford University who finds himself drawn into the world of a charming and aristocratic classmate, who invites him to his eccentric family's sprawling estate for a summer never to be forgotten.

Thanksgiving is a seasonal horror from Eli Roth (Hostel, Knock Knock, Cabin Fever). After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts - the birthplace of the infamous holiday.

May December is the latest film from Todd Haynes (Carol, Safe, Dark Waters). Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple buckles under pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past. Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore star.


The Buzz

Argylle is a brand new action comedy from Matthew Vaughn, a director who has become synonymous with the genre after directing Kick-Ass and the Kingsman series. Bryce Dallas Howard plays an introverted spy novelist is drawn into the activities of a sinister underground syndicate and the big name cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Dua Lipa, Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell and John Cena. The trailer also teases a mystery personality involved with the film and there are rumours on Tiktok that Taylor Swift is said personality. We’re forecasting 1m DCM admissions, making it one of the biggest films of Q1 and it’s particularly strong for 16-34 men (5 TVRs across the industry). It hits cinemas on 2 February.


Across The Pond

The Marvels opened in the top spot in North America with $47m. Five Nights At Freddy’s fell to second, adding $9m, a drop of 53% from last weekend, which takes its total to $127.2m. A remarkable total, especially when you consider the budget was $25m. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour is still going and added $5.9m, which takes its total to $172.5m. Priscilla expanded to over 2,000 screens and added $4.8m, which takes its total to a solid $12.7m. It’s set to become one of Sofia Coppola’s biggest films in North America. Killers Of The Flower Moon rounded out the top five, adding $4.7m which takes its total to $59.9m.