Box Office: Trolls Together Strong

    Author Mia Blakeney

Box Office Round-up

The big half-term family title, Trolls Band Together, opened in the top spot with £3.1m. The first Trolls movie opened with £5.4m in 2016, but that included over £2.4m from previews, so its first Friday to Sunday total was £3m. That film finished its run with a shade under £25m, so hopefully Trolls Band Together can have similar legs. It’s the only major family film in cinemas for over a month, until Wish is released on 24 November, so it has the opportunity for a strong run. Famously, the second Trolls film Trolls World Tour was due out in April 2020 but ended up skipping cinemas altogether for obvious reasons.

Martin Scorsese’s historic crime epic, Killers Of The Flower Moon, opened in second with £2.5m (including £172k from previews). This is an impressive debut for a film with a testing run-time (3 hours 26 minutes), and once again proves that older audiences will turn out for high quality drama on the big screen. In terms of Scorsese’s biggest opening weekends, it ranks third all-time behind The Wolf Of Wall Street (£4.6m) and Gangs Of New York (£2.6m).

Last weekend’s top film, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour fell to third with £2.4m, a drop of 59% from last weekend. That takes its total after two weekends in cinemas to £8.7m and it has already overtaken the final total of One Direction: This Is Us (£8m). Over the next week it should overtake the final total of Michael Jackson’s This Is It (£9.7m)

Leo is the latest South Asian film to land in the upper reaches of the top 10. A Kollywood film (from Tamil Nadu), Leo stars Joseph Vijay as a mild-mannered cafe owner in Kashmir, who when he fends off a gang of murderous thugs, gains attention from a drug cartel who claims he was once a part of their cartel. It opened on Thursday and got off to a blistering start, grossing £545k on Thursday alone. It added a further £612k over the weekend for a four-day total of £1.2m and it’s yet another South Asian hit in 2023.

Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie rounded out the top five, adding £802k, a drop of 40% from last weekend. That takes its total to £4.5m and it should add a decent chunk to that across half-term this week. The last Paw Patrol film finished on £8.8m in 2021 and this film won’t be far behind.  

Outside of the top five, The Great Escaper added £326k in seventh. After stellar midweek showings it has now crossed the £3m mark and over the next week it should overtake The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry’s final total of £3.4m. The Creator has crossed the £6m mark in ninth.

Next Weekend

Five Nights At Freddy’s is an adaptation of the video game of the same name. A troubled security guard begins working at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. During his first night on the job, he realizes that the night shift won't be so easy to get through. Pretty soon he will unveil what actually happened at Freddy's. It’s in cinemas from Wednesday.

Retribution is the latest action film to star Liam Neeson. Neeson plays a bank executive who receives a bomb threat while driving his children to school, that his car will explode if they stop and get out.

The Buzz

Hot on the heels of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour film coming to cinemas, we now have an early Christmas present from Queen Bey with the release of Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé. According to Variety, the film will have an "ambitious scope", incorporating highlights from the tour, the long-awaited visual album of Renaissance, and documentary footage of the development of both the album and the tour. One of the most famous music artists in the world, Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour is currently the highest grossing performance tour by a female artist of all time, entertaining almost half a million people on the UK dates alone. The tour followed the album hitting #1 on the UK album charts - Beyoncé’s fourth UK No.1 record of her solo career – and receiving rave reviews. Fans have eagerly been awaiting ‘the visuals’ and a chance to re-live the tour. The Beyhive is buzzing, and brands should be too. We’re expecting it to be one of the most efficient films for 16-34 women in 2023, with 36% of the audience expected to be from this demographic – that’s more than Love Island. Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé is in cinemas on Thursday 30 November.

Across The Pond

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour held on to the top spot with $31m, a drop of 66% from last weekend, and takes its total to $129.8m. An incredible result for a concert film. Killers Of The Flower Moon opened in second with a strong $23m. The Exorcist: Believer fell to third, adding $5.6m for a new total of $54.9m. Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie fell to third, adding $4.5m for a new total of $56.1m. The 30th anniversary re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas banked a decent $4.1m. It’s out here in the UK in a few weeks.