The Weekend Round-up
- Spider-Man: Far From Home swung in with £14m in its opening weekend, including £5.7m, from midweek previews. This a huge 50% ahead of the opening of Spider-Man: Homecoming (£9.3), and is the second highest opening weekend this year after Avengers: Endgame. It’s also really good, adding further proof that with great movies comes great box office totals.
- Toy Story 4 was finally knocked off its perch in its third week, falling down to second place but adding a nonetheless impressive £5.5m. It has now overtaken Aladdin (£34.6m) to become the third-highest grossing release this year and it is tracking only 9% behind Captain Marvel which is the second-highest release (£39.4m).
- Yesterday fell to third place over the weekend, but the British public are still watching the movie here, there and everywhere, as it has the smallest drop of the Top 10, down only 25% from its opening weekend. The musical comedy now has a total of £5.6m, with this total getting better all the time. With a little help from their friends, British cinemagoers will hopefully give all their loving to a film they’ve got to get into their life.
- Westlife- The Twenty Tour Live claims fourth spot on the box office top 10. This adds a further boost to the Event Cinema sector with £876k (almost all from Saturday only), and is the fourth-highest Event Cinema opening this year (excl. Secret Cinema). The boys from Dublin have fought off fierce competition from Love Island’s Maura to claim the role of Britain’s favourite Irishmen of the week.
- Midsommar completes the top five with £812k, which is 57% behind the opening of the Ari Aster’s previous title Hereditary (£1.8m)
- Outside of the top five, The Queen’s Corgi opened with £517k in sixth place, and Luc Besson’s Anna opened with £197k, which is a disappointment compared to the director’s previous release Valerian And the City Of A Thousand Planets, which opened on £1.2m.
The overall box office is up 36% from last weekend, ranking 6th out of the latest 52 weekends. It is up a colossal 215% versus the same weekend last year, when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom remained at the top of the chart for the fifth consecutive weekend with £2.1m followed by The First Purge opening at No.2 with £1.9m. Year to date deficit is now at its lowest since the first weekend of January, only 2% behind 2018.
- Annabelle Comes Home is the latest instalment in The Conjuring franchise. An unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens evil spirits who all set their sights on a new target.
- Stuber is a light-hearted buddy comedy. When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu picks up a passenger who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he's thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.
- The Dead Don’t Die is the latest work from Jim Jarmusch. No one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: The Dead Don't Die - they rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living.
- Pavarotti is a documentary on the legendary opera singer. Created from a combination of Luciano Pavarotti's genre-redefining performances and granted access to never-before-seen footage, the film will give audiences around the world a stunningly intimate portrait of the most beloved opera singer of all time.
Little Women is an adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel and Greta Gerwig’s follow-up to Lady Bird, making it on paper one of the frontrunners for the 2020 awards season. Vanity Fair have published an exclusive first look at the film, featuring new photos of the stellar cast, including Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Timothy Chalamet, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. You may as well rename the film Awards Season: Endgame. Read the full article on Vanity Fair’s website here.
Across The Pond
Spider-Man: Far from Home opened in top spot across the pond, with an opening week total of $185m. Toy Story 4 dropped down to second place in its third, adding $34.3m to take its total to $306.6m. Third place was taken by Yesterday, which is now on $36.7m in America. Anabelle Comes Home dropped to second place in its second, and now has a cumulative total of $50m. Aladdin completed the top five, adding $7.6m to take its total to $320.8m,