UK-Ireland box office resilient against heatwave as ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’ stays top


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Rank Film (distributor)           Three-day gross (July 15 – 17) Total gross to date                         Week
 1. Thor: Love And Thunder (Disney) £4.1m £20.9m 2
 2. Minions: The Rise Of Gru  (Universal) £2.7m £23.1m 3
 3. Elvis (Warner Bros) £1m £16.2m 4
 4. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount) £810,000 £72.3m 8
 5. Jurassic World Dominion (Universal) £382,204 £32.5m 6

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.20

A strong slate of holdovers at UK-Ireland cinemas proved resilient against the continuing heatwave, with Thor: Love And Thunder leading the box office chart again and strong performances from Top Gun: Maverick and Elvis.

Disney blockbuster Thor: Love And Thunder took £4.1m on its second weekend. This drop of 55.4% was more than most holdovers; however, that was to be expected given both the film’s lofty starting point, and the typical path of Marvel titles, which tend to be front-loaded in their box office runs.

It is now up to £20.9m from 11 days in cinemas, passing the £20.1m total of Thor: The Dark World from 2013, and becoming the 18th -highest-grossing of 28 Marvel Cinematic Universe titles to date.

Universal’s Minions: The Rise Of Gru took £2.7m on its third weekend, a fall of 38.1%. It is now up to £23.1m – beyond the £20.2m of 2010’s Despicable Me, although the totals of 2013’s Despicable Me 2  (£47.5m), 2015’s Minions  (£47.8m) and 2017’s Despicable Me 3  (£47.9m) will most likely be out of reach.

Warner Bros’ Elvis stayed just above the £1m mark on its fourth weekend in cinemas, dropping just 23.1% with £1m taking it to a £16.2m cume.

Top Gun: Maverick was the best performer in the top five, dropping just 20% for Paramount with £810,000 bringing it to a £72.3m cume from eight weekends. Currently the 14th -highest-grossing film of all time in the UK and Ireland, it will catch 2017’s Beauty And The Beast  (£72.5m) and 2011’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (£73.2m) within the next week, and will have its eyes set on an all-time top 10 finish, with 2019’s The Lion King currently in 10th with £76m.

Jurassic World Dominion added £382,204 on its sixth weekend – a 31.7% drop that was about par for the weekend. It has £32.5m in total, and will finish behind 1993’s original Jurassic Park (£48.8m), 2015’s Jurassic World  (£64.5m) and 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  (£41.6m), but ahead of 1997’s Jurassic Park: The Lost World (£25.8m) and 2001’s Jurassic Park 3 (£18.3m).

Openers feel the heat

While the big-name holdovers performed well against the weather, it was a tougher climate for new films.

Studiocanal’s The Railway Children Return was the highest-grossing opener, taking £365,481 from 626 locations at an average of £584.

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Disney’s Lightyear added £162,000 on its fifth session – a 28.7% drop – and is up to £9.3m.

As one of few horror titles currently in the market, The Black Phone added £149,164 for Universal on its fourth session (a 28.1% drop), and is up to a respectable £3.6m.

UK comedy Brian And Charles dropped 45.6% from its opening weekend, with £26,890 taking it to a £155,836 cume for Universal.

Lionsgate comedy-drama Good Luck To You, Leo Grande fell just 24.2% with £20,898 on its fifth session. The film is up to £930,571, and will look to hold on for another couple of weekends to reach the £1m mark.

Curzon’s Spanish comedy The Good Boss with Javier Bardem opened to £15,253 from 31 sites at an average of £492, and is up to £18,761 including previews.

Mubi’s Cannes 2021 title A Chiara had a £6,699 opening including previews.

UK documentary Donna took £417 from six locations over the weekend for Bohemia Media, and has £595 including previews.





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