The Weekend Box Office Round-up
The wizarding world is no stranger to the top of the box office and the third Fantastic Beasts film, The Secrets Of Dumbledore duly opened in the top spot with £5.9m. While the Fantastic Beasts films haven’t been as popular as the Harry Potter films, that opening is still on the low side, with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the first film in the series, opening with £15.3m, and the second, The Crimes Of Grindelwald opening with £12.4m. With the long Easter weekend next weekend, hopefully it will hold up well. The first film finished on a whopping £54.7m, and the second film finished on £34m. This third film will be hoping to reach mid-£20m.
Last week’s top film, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, fell to second adding £2.9m for a new total of £10.6m. After 10 days in cinemas it’s already over half way to surpassing the final total of the first film (£19.3m) and with the schools off this week, and some schools off next week, it should get there. The other major Easter family film, The Bad Guys posted the best hold in the top 10, falling 29% to £1.1m, which takes its total to £4.9m. Like Sonic, it should play well over the next couple of weeks.
Morbius took something of a tumble on its second weekend, falling 70% to £724k. That takes its total to £5.1m and after 11 days in cinemas it still hasn’t surpassed the opening weekend of Venom: Let There Be Carnage (£6.2m). It’s going to be the lowest performing film with the Marvel name attached for quite some time. The Batman rounded out the top five, adding £624k, a drop of 48% from last weekend, which takes its total to £39.2m. It has now surpassed the final total of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (£36.6m) to become the fourth highest grossing DC Comics movie to date.
Outside of the top five, The Outfit opened in seventh with £97k, which includes £13k from previews.
Overall, the box office was down 8% from last weekend.
The Lost City stars Sandra Bullock as a reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model who gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure. Channing Tatum and Brad Pitt co-star and it’s in cinemas on Wednesday.
Operation Mincemeat is a true-life British espionage drama starring Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald and Matthew Macfadyen. During WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops. It’s directed by John Madden (Shakespeare In Love, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).
The Northman is an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father's murder. The terrific cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and the queen (Björk).
Benedetta is the latest film from Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct). A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair. Virginie Efira, Daphne Patakia and Charlotte Rampling star.
Across The Pond
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 opened in the US with a terrific $71m bow, that’s a marked improvement on the first film’s $58m debut. Morbius took a huge tumble in second, falling 74% to $10.2m for a new total of $57.1m. The Lost City added $9.2m in third, a drop of 38% from last weekend, taking its total to $68.9m. Ambulance opened in fourth with a disappointing $8.7m, and completing the top five is The Batman with $6.6m, for a new total of $359.1m.