The Weekend Box Office Round-up
As expected, with No Time To Die less than two weeks away it was a quiet weekend at the box office, but despite that Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings posted another strong hold on its third weekend, falling 34% to £2.4m. That takes its total to £15.8m and in the next week it should overtake the final total of 2015’s Ant-Man (£16.3m) and 2018’s Ant-Man And The Wasp (£17.8m). The next target after that is Black Widow on £18.8m and then 2016’s Doctor Strange on £23.2m, although No Time To Die might throw a spanner in the works on that last one.
Free Guy had another sensational hold, falling just 2% on its sixth weekend to £675k. That takes it over the £15m mark and it’s now on £15.3m, and with very few new releases this weekend ahead of No Time To Die, expect another strong hold next weekend. The lack of new releases this week also helped last week’s new releases that had opened quietly. Respect fell just 11% to £378k and after 10 days in cinemas has banked £1.1m.
Candyman is another film that posted a solid hold, falling 23% to £323k, which takes its total after four weekends in cinemas to £4.3m. The Paw Patrol Movie rounded out the top five, adding £323k, a drop of 23% from last weekend, which takes its total to £7.6m. It’s still the most popular animation on offer at the moment, and should be for a couple more weekends before the October half-term films arrive.
Outside of the top five, families clearly still want to go to the cinema, despite there not being a new major family title released since The Paw Patrol Movie, as Jungle Cruise, The Croods 2: A New Age, and Space Jam: A New Legacy all almost matched, or surpassed in the case of The Croods 2, last weekend’s totals. The only new entry this week was Small World in 10th, which once again proves the appeal of Polish cinema in the UK as it opened with £106k.
Overall the box office was down 25% from last weekend, but that’s no real surprise with so few new releases until No Time To Die on 30 September.
It’s another quiet weekend for new releases ahead of the release of No Time To Die on 30 September.
The Many Saints Of Newark is a prequel to The Sopranos looking at the formative years of New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano. It stars Michael Gandolfini (son of James) as Tony Soprano and it’s in cinemas on Wednesday 22 September.
The Green Knight is the latest film from David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, A Ghost Story) and stars Dev Patel in a fantasy retelling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It’s a day-and-date release on Amazon Prime.
Dune is David Lynch’s version of Frank Herbert’s novel that’s getting a re-release ahead of Denis Villeneuve’s epic vision on 21 October. It’s… er… interesting.
Across The Pond
Shang-Chi again posted a strong hold in the US, falling 38% to $21.7m, which takes its total to $176.9m. It’s set to become the first film since Bad Boys For Life to cross the $200m mark. Free Guy added $5.2m in second, a drop of just 6.8% from last weekend and that takes its total to $108.6m. Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho opened in third with a disappointing $4.5m, while fourth place was taken by Candyman, which added $3.5m for a new total of $53.2m. Malignant completed the top five, adding $2.7m for a new total of $9.8m.