The Weekend Round-up
- 1917 is proving to be the biggest awards season title for at least seven years. It added £4.5m on its third weekend, which is a hugely impressive drop of just 27% from last weekend, and that takes its total to £26.3m and it has now overtaken Darkest Hour, which finished its run with £24.1m. In terms of recent big awards season films La La Land grossed £30.5m 2017, while Les Misérables grossed £40.8m in 2013. 1917 looks likely to overtake La La Land in the next week and should get very close to Les Misérables’ final total by the end of its run, especially if it wins the major awards, starting with the BAFTAs on Sunday.
- After a great start last weekend, Bad Boys For Life capitalised on it with a terrific hold this weekend. The Will Smith and Martin Lawrence action-comedy added £2.7m, a drop of just 28%, which takes its total to £8.3m. While its difficult to compare them, with them being released so far apart, Bad Boys For Life will this week overtake Bad Boys II’s final total of £8.7m to become the biggest film in the series.
- Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield was this week’s highest new entry, opening with £1.5m, including £49k from previews. Iannucci’s last film, The Death Of Stalin, opened with just under £1m in 2017, and finished on £5.2m, so The Personal History Of David Copperfield will be looking to top that. The last major Charles Dickens adaptation to get a big screen release was 2012’s Great Expectations which finished its run on £2.5m.
- Little Women again had a good weekend, adding another £1m for a new total of £18.5m. It has now outperformed all of 2019’s awards season titles, having overtaken The Favourite’s final total of £17m.
- Jumanji: The Next Level completed the top five, adding £921k over the weekend, a drop of just 14% from last weekend. That takes its total to £33.6m and its now less than £5m from the final total of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’s (£38.5m). With the lack of new family films in cinemas for a couple of weeks, it should have at least one more good weekend too.
- Outside of the top five, it wasn’t a great weekend for new releases. Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue opened in 10th with £484k, while The Grudge opened in 11th with £462k.
Overall the box office is down 14% from last weekend and up 23% from the same weekend last year when the top films were Glass, Mary Queen Of Scots, Vice and Stan And Ollie.
- Queen & Slim is a thriller starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a couple whose first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.
- A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood is an Oscar-nominated drama starring Tom Hanks and is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.
- The Lighthouse is the latest drama from Robert Eggers (The VVitch). Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe play two lighthouse keepers who try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
- The Rhythm Section is a thriller from Eon Productions, who make the Bond films. Blake Lively plays a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.
- Richard Jewell is the latest film from Clint Eastwood. Paul Walter Hauser plays American security guard Richard Jewell who saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is vilified by journalists and the press who falsely reported that he was a terrorist.
Promising Young Woman launched one of the most striking and talked about trailers of recent months in December. Carey Mulligan plays a young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past who seeks out vengeance against men who cross her path. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend and early reviews suggest it lives up to the promise of its trailer. The Playlist called it ‘provocative, gleefully subversive, and – if I may – ballsy’. The Hollywood Reporter called it ‘a gutsy and pertinent debut’ for Director, Emerald Fennell, while Little White Lies praised its lead performance, saying ‘Carey Mulligan is on blistering form in Emerald Fennell’s darkly comic, provocative debut feature.’ It’s in cinemas on 17 April and you can watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/7i5kiFDunk8.
Across The Pond
Bad Boys for Life held on to the top spot with $34m, which takes its total to $120.6m. 1917 came in second again, falling just 28% to $15.8m, which takes its total to $103.9m. Dolittle posted a solid hold in third, falling 43% $12.5m, which takes its total to $44.7m. Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen opened in fourth with $11m and Jumanji: The Next Level completed the top five, adding $7.9m for a new total of $283.4m.