The Weekend Round-up
- Dolittle features Robert Downey Jr’s first starring role since Avengers: Endgame and it has also proved a hit at the box office, although not on the scale of Avengers. The family adventure opened with £5.1m, which includes £2m from previews. Dolittle is primed to take advantage of the half-term audience next week and last year, The LEGO Movie 2 opened on the same weekend with £4m on its way to £18.7m, which would be a good target for Dolittle.
- Birds Of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn opened in second with a disappointing £2.8m. Margot Robbie’s incarnation of Harley Quinn first appeared in Suicide Squad in 2016, and that film opened with a huge £11.3m. Of recent 15-cert comic book films, Joker opened with £12.6m, while Venom opened with £5.6m. Birds Of Prey looks like performing more in line with Shazam!, which opened with £3.8m and finished its run on £13.4m.
- 1917 had yet another great weekend, falling just 19% - the best hold in the top 15 – to £2.3m. That takes its total to £35.9m and it looks like just a matter of time before it crosses the £40m mark. Les Miserables in 2013 is the last big January title to reach that milestone.
- On a fantastic weekend for Parasite, it opened in fourth with £1.4m, which includes £311k from previews. It’s already on track to be one of the highest grossing foreign language titles in recent history and today or tomorrow will surpass the final total of 2019’s biggest foreign language film, Pain & Glory, which finished its run with £1.5m. With the historic Oscar wins behind it, Parasite is looking at setting a new benchmark for foreign language cinema.
- Bad Boys For Life completed the top five and took its first major tumble, falling 46% to £1m. It’s now on £13.1m and is already the biggest grossing film in the series, so it’s setting a new benchmark for the inevitable Bad Boys 4 to reach.
- Outside of the top five, Little Women has now crossed the £20m mark in 10th. A terrific result.
Overall the box office is up 45% from last weekend and 8% from the same weekend last year when the top films were The LEGO Movie 2, Alita: Battle Angel, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Green Book.
- Emma is a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel. Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Emma Woodhouse, who realises she has a talent for match-making, but is unable to get her own romantic life in order.
- Sonic The Hedgehog is the big screen debut for the legendary video game character. After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help it defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on it.
Spiral is a new story ‘From The Book Of Saw’. With a story from Chris Rock, he co-stars alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the kind of cast not yet seen in aSaw film. Rock is a detective who is investigating crimes perpetrated by a sadistic mastermind. It’s set to be a big hit with the 18-34 audience and the new trailer launched last week. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/FWiUQp0yM34.
Across The Pond
Birds of Prey managed to top the box office in the US with $33.3m, while Bad Boys for Life fell to second, adding $12m for a new cume of $166.3m. 1917 posted a terrific hold falling just 5% to $9m, which takes its total to $132.5, and Dolittle came in fourth, adding $6.7m for a new total of $64m. Jumanji: The Next Level completed the top five, adding $5.5m, or a new cume of $298.5m.