Box Office - Thor Beats the Heat to hold Top Spot

    Author Mia Blakeney

Box Office Round-up

On another weekend of hot and sunny weather, the top five was exactly the same as last weekend, with Thor: Love And Thunder comfortably holding on to the top spot with £4.1m, a drop of 56% from last weekend. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness fell 62% in its second weekend, so Thor: Love & Thunder has held up significantly better than that. It takes its total to £20.9m and with the school holidays kicking off in some parts of the country this week, it will hopefully post some decent midweek numbers too.

Minions: The Rise Of Gru stayed in second, adding £2.7m, a drop of 38% from last weekend. That takes its total to £23.1m after three weekends in cinemas. At the same point in its run, the first Minions was on £27.8m, so this sequel is tracking 20% down on the first film. Hopefully, it can make some of that deficit up when the school holidays kick off this week.  

Elvis posted a strong hold in third, falling 25% to £1m, for a new total of £16.2m. It’s now director, Baz Luhrmann’s second biggest film in the UK & Ireland, having just overtaken The Great Gatsby (£15.7m), and it looks like it might have the legs to get very close to Moulin Rouge’s final total of £18.5m.

After posting its first big drop last weekend, Top Gun: Maverick was back to terrific holds, falling just 19% this weekend to £811k, comfortably the best hold in the top 10. That takes its total to a huge £72.3m and it’s now the 14th biggest film in UK & Ireland history, having overtaken Avengers: Infinity War (£70.8m). This week it will overtake the next film in the list, Beauty And The Beast (£72.5m).

Outside of the top five, The Railway Children Return opened in sixth with a disappointing £365k. The original is a much-loved British film but fans were clearly not keen to turn out for it with the current sunny weather we’re experiencing. While it will have an opportunity to find a bigger audience in the school holidays, this is not a good start and it has a long way to go to reach Swallows And Amazons final total of £3.1m in 2016.

The box office was down 52% from last weekend but up 68% from the same weekend last year.  

Next Weekend

Where The Crawdads Sing is an adaptation of Delia Owens’ best-selling novel about a woman who raised herself in the marshes of the deep South and becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with. Harris Dickinson and Joe Alwyn co-star. It opened in North America last Friday and kicked off its run with a better than expected $17m (see below).

The Buzz

Bros is a comedy written by Billy Eichner and Nicholas Stoller and starring Eichner. It’s the first major studio comedy to feature an almost entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast.  Eichner and Luke Macfarlane play two men with commitment problems who attempt a relationship. The film has just been announced to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, almost two months ahead of its UK release on 28 October.

Across The Pond

Thor: Love and Thunder held on to the top spot, adding $46m, a drop of 68% from last weekend. That takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to $233.3m. Minions: The Rise of Gru came in second, adding $26m, a drop of 44%, taking its total to $262.6m. Where the Crawdads Sing was the weekend’s big surprise, opening with a better than expected $17m, which was enough for third place. Top Gun: Maverick came in fourth, adding $12m, dropping 23%, taking its total to a frankly ridiculous $618m. This week it will enter the top 10 biggest box office hits of all time in North America. Elvis completed the top five, adding $7.6m for a new total of $106.2m.