Box Office Round-up
It’s official, Top Gun: Maverick is a box office sensation. After opening with £11.2m from Friday to Sunday last week, it dropped a frankly ridiculous 8% this weekend to £10.3m. For context, the two biggest films of 2022 to date, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness and The Batman dropped 62% and 45% respectively on their second weekends. That takes Top Gun: Maverick to £38.4m and this week it will soar part the two blockbuster comic book films to become the biggest film of 2022 to date and as it soars past £50m, it’s going to take some toppling this year. Just a reminder that, until this weekend, Tom Cruise’s biggest film in the UK & Ireland is 2005’s War Of The Worlds, while the most successful Mission: Impossible film, Mission: Impossible – Fallout only managed to gross £24.4m.
While it’s about to be overtaken by Top Gun, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness still had a strong weekend posting its best hold to date, falling just 16% to £1.2m. That takes its total to £40.7m and it’s now less than £85k behind The Batman, which it will surpass this week.
Alex Garland’s new film Men opened in third with £519k, which includes £204k from previews after opening on Wednesday. This is Garland’s second directorial effort to hit cinemas, with his first, Ex Machina, opening with £1.1m and finishing on £2.9m. Men is proving quite divisive and looks set for a total of less than half of Ex Machina.
Taking advantage of the lack of new family films this half-term, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 increased on last weekend’s total by a whopping 62% to £456k, which takes its total to £26.2m. Another family film topped that hold though as The Bad Guys increased on last weekend’s total by 101%, adding £401k for a new total of £12.9m.
Over the weekend, another title from India cracked the top 10, as Vikram opened in sixth with £399k.
Overall, the box office was down 26% from last weekend.
Jurassic World: Dominion is the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy and sees dinosaurs running amok, eating humans and generally being a nuisance. Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum co-star together for the first time since Jurassic Park, so those dinosaurs better watch out.
Where The Crawdads Sing is the summer’s big literary adaptation. Delia Owens’ novel has been a bestseller and has sold over 10m copies worldwide. The film has moved around the film slate a bit recently, but it looks to have finally settled on 22 July, once NOPE vacated that date. This morning the Booker prize winning novelist of Girl, Woman, Other, Bernadine Evaristo tweeted ‘I didn't expect such a beautifully-written, gorgeously-immersive literary novel which is also a page-turner. I spun out the last few pages because I didn't want it to end.’ The film stars Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones in the lead role and is being produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company. They specialise in female-led literary adaptations having previously been responsible for Gone Girl and Wild on cinema, and Big Little Lies and The Morning Show on television. Where The Crawdads Sing is the literary adaptation for ABC1 women this summer and is in cinemas on 22 July.
Across The Pond
Top Gun: Maverick is soaring in North America too, falling just 32.1% on its second weekend to $86m, which takes its total to $291.6m. At the moment it looks like it could get to $500m. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came in second, adding $9.3m, which takes its total to $388.7m. The Bob’s Burgers Movie came in third, adding $4.5m for a new total of $22.2m, while The Bad Guys came in fourth, adding $3.3m for a new total of $87.3m. Downton Abbey: A New Era completed the top five, adding $3m, which takes its total to $35.7m.