The Weekend Round-up
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice lived up to its billing as a huge blockbuster by opening with £14.6m, the highest opening ever for a superhero film, eclipsing the £14.4m Avengers: Age Of Ultron kicked off with last April. That’s also the record opening for March.
Zootropolis made a great start, opening with £5.3m, which includes £1.7m from previews the previous weekend. That makes it the best start for a family film this year, beating Kung Fu Panda 3’s £3.2m. With the school holidays in full swing for the next two weeks, it should add to that number quite considerably.
Kung Fu Panda 3 dropped to third but added another £1.2m for a cume of £9m.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 opened in fourth with £984k. The first film opened with £1.5m in 2002.
10 Cloverfield Lane completed the top five but had a steep drop of 52% to £771k. After ten days in cinemas the exciting sci-fi sequel has banked £3.3m.
Outside of the top five, Deadpool became the fifth highest grossing superhero film of all time after it overtook Iron Man 3 (£37m), and now sits on £37.3m
Overall the box office was up 195% from last weekend and up 85% from the same weekend last year when the top four films were Cinderella, Home, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water and Get Hard.
Eddie The Eagle goes nationwide on Friday, after previewing from Easter Monday.
The Huntsman Winter’s War opens on Monday, 4 April. This prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman sees Chris Hemworth return as the Huntsman. Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt star as two evil sisters who attempt to conquer the land; while the Huntsman and his forbidden lover, Sara (Jessica Chastain) set out to stop them. Snow White And The Huntsman grossed £15.8m in 2012.
Sausage Party is a brand new animation written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is The End, The Interview) and is about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. As you’d expect from those writers this animation is definitely not for children and after a rough cut was premiered at SXSW a couple of weeks ago, the early reviews suggest it’s one to watch. The Hollywood Reporter said it’s a film that ‘proves to be not just more than a boundary-stretching exercise but one of the funniest arguments for the non-existence of God in some time… Fans of This is the End and similar Rogen & Co. outrages will eat it up.’ It’s out in the UK on 12 August.
Across The Pond
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice set a new record opening for March, kicking off its run with $166m. Zootopia continued its impressive performance in second, adding $24m for a new cume of $241.4m. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 opened in third with a solid $17.9m and Miracles From Heaven fell 35% to $9.7m in fourth, for a new cume of $34.3m. The Divergent Series: Allegiant completed the top five, adding $9.4m, bringing its total to $46.5m.
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