The Weekend Box Office Round-up
Free Guy continues to be the box office story of the summer, holding on to the top spot for the third successive weekend. It also posted the best hold in the top 10, falling just 29% to £1.6m. It added a further £600k on bank holiday Monday and is now up to £11.2m. That takes it past the total of Jungle Cruise, another Disney title, which was available to watch at home on the day or release, unlike Free Guy.
This week’s highest new entry was Candyman, an updating of the classic 1992 horror. It opened with £1.1m over the weekend, and added £351k on Monday for a total of £1.5m. This is another solid start for a horror movie – clearly the gold star genre since cinemas re-opened. Word-of-mouth on this one appears to be good but it will face competition from another horror, Malignant, from 10 September.
The Paw Patrol Movie came in third, adding £563k, and then added a further £245k on Monday for a new total of £5.9m. The school holidays end this week for most schools, so the road ahead looks to be a bit quieter for this and other family films.
Fourth spot this week was taken by an event cinema release and it’s historically one of the biggest, Andre Rieu’s Summer Concert series. This one is entitled Together Again and opened with £420k. It added another £6k on Monday and is now on £426k, and while pre-pandemic these releases would regularly gross over £1.5m, the audience is almost exclusively made up of older viewers who have been slower to return to cinemas, so £426k feels like a positive step, showing this audience are starting to return.
Jungle Cruise completed the top five, adding £403k over the weekend and another £190k on Monday for a new total of £11.1m. It’s the eighth biggest film of 2021 and the eighth to have grossed more than £10m. Outside of the top five, The Suicide Squad has crossed the £13m mark, after adding £378k in sixth.
Overall the box office was down 27% from last weekend.
Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is the latest Marvel film to hit cinemas. Shang-Chi (Simi Liu), the master of unarmed weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization. It also stars Awkwafina and Tony Leung and is a cinema exclusive.
Across The Pond
Candyman topped the box office in the US with an impressive $22.3m, which is even more impressive when you consider it only had a production budget of $25m. Free Guy fell to second but posted another great hold, falling just 27% to $13.5m, which takes its total to $79.3m. PAW Patrol: The Movie came in third, adding $6.6m, which takes its total to $24.1m. Jungle Cruise was in fourth, adding $5m, which was enough to take it past the $100m mark – only the fifth film of the year to cross that mark. It’s now on $100.1m. Don't Breathe 2 completed the top five, adding $2.8m for a new total of $24.6m.