The Weekend Round-Up
The big Oscar front-runner, The Revenant, finally ended Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ four week run at the top of the UK box office, as it opened with an fantastic £5.2m, which included £146k from previews. That’s a terrific result, beating the £4.7m that Leonardo DiCaprio’s last film, The Wolf Of Wall Street, opened with in January 2014. That film topped out at £22.7m, which will be the target for The Revenant.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell to second, adding £3.1m for a new record total of £114m.
Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor helped Creed to an opening weekend of £2.2m (including £65k from previews).
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home had another strong weekend, falling just 34% to £1.5m for a terrific cume of £14.1m.
The Hateful Eight dropped to fifth and was the biggest casualty from The Revenant’s storming opening. It fell 60% to £1.1m, for a new cume of £5.2m. While it opened on a par with Django Unchained last weekend, that film fell just 14% on its second weekend to £2.4m.
After strong holds last weekend, The Danish Girl and Joy in sixth and ninth respectively, fell sharply and now sit on £5.5m and £4.4m.
Room opened in seventh with £674k (including £91k from previews). It was only on at 197 locations though, which could suggest that distributor, StudioCanal plan on increasing the screen count over the coming weeks.
The box office was up 4% from last weekend and up 4% from the same weekend last year, when the top four films were Taken 3, American Sniper, The Theory Of Everything and Into The Woods.
The Big Short is the next big awards contender to open. It lands on Friday, and is the tale of four denizens of the world of high-finance who predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. It is sharp, funny and horrifying and has been nominated for five Oscars and five BAFTAs.
Ride Along 2 is also out on Friday. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube return in the sequel to the 2014 hit that banked £4.2m at the box office.
Our Brand Is Crisis is one of the awards hopefuls that failed to register any nominations at the Oscars of BAFTAs. Sandra Bullock stars as a battle-hardened American political consultant who is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate.
The 5th Wave is the latest young-adult fiction adaptation. Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Cassie, who is on the run and desperately trying to save her younger brother. Surprisingly, it’s been given a 15 certificate by the BBFC, which will limit its potential audience.
13 Hours is the latest film from Transformers director, Michael Bay. It tells the tale of an assault on a US compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos. U.S. war films have opened on each of the last three January’s, with Zero Dark Thirty (2013) and Lone Survivor (2014), being moderate box office successes and American Sniper (2015) really hitting the mark.
Across The Pond
On Martin Luther King weekend, Ride Along 2 opened with $41m. The Revenant had a great hold in second, falling just 26% to $37.5m. It now has a strong cume of $95.7m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally relinquished the top spot, dropping to third and adding $33m for and new total of $859m. another one of the weekend's new wide releases, Michael Bay's 13 Hours, opened with $19.2m in fourth and Daddy’s Home was in fifth with $11.9m, for a new cume of $131.9m.
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