Box Office: Villeneuve’s Victory

    Author Mia Blakeney

Box Office Round-up

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two holds at No.1 with £5.8m, dropping just 37% from its opening weekend and achieving a per-theatre average of over £8k. It is on track to pass Dune in the coming days having grossed £19.2m to date. At the same point of release, 2021’s Dune was at £13.2m, over halfway to its lifetime total of £22.5m.

Coming in at the second spot is Wicked Little Letters, moving up from last week and adding £894k with another strong hold (-24%) in its third weekend. With a total to date of £6.0m, it’s now the top-grossing British comedy released post-pandemic, overtaking The Duke (£5.2m). In the all-time British comedy chart, it has passed 2018’s Finding Your Feet (£5.9m) and will top Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa shortly (£6.1m).

Bob Marley: One Love is at No.3 with £828k, dropping 39% in its fourth week. Reinaldo Marcus Green’s biopic has a current total of £15.1m.

Universal / Illumination’s Migration takes the fourth spot with £670k in week six, dropping 31%. The animated comedy is now the second-highest release of the year, just behind Dune: Part Two with £18.3m.

The top new release is Imaginary opening at No.5 with £650k. The latest Blumhouse picture has scored the biggest horror opening of the year so far, ahead of January’s Night Swim (£590k) and Baghead (£330k). In Comscore’s PostTrak exit poll, viewers scored Imaginary on par with the horror norm at 2.5 stars and 66% Total Positive.

Hindi-language horror Shaitaan is the second-highest new opener at No.6 with £114k. Titanic – The Musical is at No.7 with £110k over the 3-day weekend, adding to its Thursday opening for a total to date of £217k. Wonka remains in the Top 10 in its fourteenth week, grossing £107k to chart at No.8. Paul King’s picture has a cume of £63.0m and ranks No.25 in the all-time chart, now just £3k behind Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring at No.24. Polish comedy Sami Swoi. Poczatek added 10% to its opening gross for a second weekend of £106k, giving it a total of £217k so far. Closing the chart at No.10 is Madame Web in its fourth week, adding £95k for a total to date of £4.1m.

The overall box office is down 30% from last weekend. Year-to-date, 2024 has now improved to 2% ahead of the same period in 2023.

Next Weekend

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The Buzz

Borderlands is the big screen adaptation of one of the most popular video game series of all-time. The game is an action role-playing first-person looter shooter set in a space Western science fantasy setting on the planet Pandora, and it’s created and produced by Gearbox Software. According to Wikipedia, the series has sold 83 million copies worldwide making it one of the biggest selling series of all-time. The film adaptation is directed by Eli Roth (Thanksgiving, The House With A Clock In Its Walls) and has a pretty stellar cast, including Cate Blanchett, Jamie-Lee Curtis, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Ariana Greenblatt. Its cinemas on 9 August.

Across The Pond

Despite expecting Dune: Part Two to stay in the top spot for the weekend, it looks like Kung Fu Panda 4 has taken the first place with $58.3m which is a promising expectation in the lead up for its UK release on 28 March. Dune Part Two therefore falls back to the 2nd spot with $46m, taking its total to $157m across the US. Despite this, the sci-fi sequel holds the top spot as the most successful film of 2024 so far. New Blumhouse horror Imaginary grossed $10m for its opening weekend, becoming second best horror so far in the US (compared to Night Swim which grossed $11.7m on its opening weekend). Cabrini follows and takes the 4th spot with $7.6m, followed by Bob Marley: One Love with $4.1m, taking its total to $89.3m, and keeping its place as second most successful film of 2024 after Dune Part Two.