‘Warcraft: The Beginning’ debuts top of UK box office but ‘Me Before You’ leads Fri-Sun weekend
6 June, 2016 | By Ian Sandwell
Previews push Universal’s video game adaptation to the top spot with non-final $5.23m (£3.62m) bow.
Further distributor results to come…
UK TOP FIVE
|Ranking||Film/Distributor||Weekend gross||Running total|
|1||Warcraft: The Beginning(Universal)||$5.23m (£3.62m)||$5.23m (£3.62m)|
|2||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows(Paramount)||$5.05m (£3.5m)||$5.05m (£3.5m)|
|3||Me Before You(WB)||$2.57m (£1.78m)||$2.57m (£1.78m)|
|4||Alice Through The Looking Glass(Disney)||$2m (£1.35m)||$10.1m (£7m)|
|5||X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox)||$1.8m (£1.25m)||$22.9m (£15.85m)|
Warcraft: The Beginning marched into top spot at the UK box office with its seven-day opening.
Universal’s video game adaptation defied fellow Bank Holiday Monday [May 30] opener Turtles with a non-final $5.23m (£3.62m) opening from its 505 sites, including $3.13m (£2.17m) from Mon-Thurs.
Warcraft’s debut was front-loaded with almost 30% coming from its first day haul of $1.47m (£1.02m), which suggests it could be a fast burner at the UK box office.
Also for Universal, Bad Neighbours 2 partied to a further $191,000 (£132,188) for $9m (£6.22m) after five weeks in play.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadowshad to settle for second place on its UK debut.
Paramount’s sequel sliced to a seven-day $5.05m (£3.5m) opening from its 513 sites, including $2.92m (£2.02m) in previews from 475 sites. Like Warcraft, its biggest day came from its opening day haul of $1.04m (£720,000).
The opening is down on its predecessor’s $6.9m (£4.79m) bow from 522 sites, including $2.26m (£1.56m) in previews, on its way to $20m (£13.9m) in the UK.
Me Before You is off to an excellent start in the UK, topping the market over the Fri-Sun weekend.
Warner Bros’ adaptation grossed $2.57m (£1.78m) from its 441 sites, marking a strong site average of $5,832 (£4,036).
It’s the first Jojo Moyes book to be adapted for the big screen, but Me Before You outpaced the debuts of the majority of Nicholas Sparks film adaptations, behind only Dear John’s $2.9m (£2m) from 402 sites.
Also for Warner Bros, Top Cat Begins is up to $449,000 (£311,000) following a $59,000 (£41,000) second weekend.
Alice Through The Looking Glass fell 41% with a $2m (£1.35m) second weekend as it dropped to fourth.
Disney’s fantasy sequel enjoyed a strong school holidays as it led the market from Tue-Thur with $3.8m (£2.6m). It is now up to $10.1m (£7m), still more than £3m away from Alice In Wonderland’s opening weekend.
Also for Disney, The Jungle Book fell a respectable 28% in its eighth weekend with $816,000 (£565,000) for an outstanding $64.4m (£44.6m), currently Disney’s seventh biggest release of all time in the UK.
Captain America: Civil War now stands at $52.7m (£36.5m) and will soon overtake Batman v Superman’s $52.9m (£36.6m).
X-Men: Apocalypse rounded off this week’s top five with a non-final $1.8m (£1.25m) third weekend, falling 51%.
Fox’s latest X-Men instalment is now up to $22.9m (£15.85m) and will soon overtake X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s $23.5m (£16.28m) to become the fifth biggest outing in the series.
Also for Fox, Kung Fu Panda 3 and Florence Foster Jenkins have amassed $20.2m (£13.99m) and $4.3m (£2.99m), respectively.
ICON FILM DISTRIBUTION
In a busy week for new releases, Icon Film Distribution’s The Nice Guys acquitted itself well to chart sixth.
Shane Black’s latest directorial effort shot to a $1.45m (£1m) debut from its 486 sites, marking a healthy $2,980 (£2,065) site average. It will hope to post solid midweek numbers too.
The Nice Guys will shortly overtake Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’s $2.3m (£1.6m) UK result, although it’s worth noting that it received a smaller release at 157 sites.
Also for Icon Film Distribution, A Hologram For The Kingstands at $1.1m (£748,533).
Posting the best hold in the top ten, The Angry Birds Movie fell only 8% with a $1.2m (£850,000) fourth weekend.
Sony’s animated video game adaptation flew to $2.3m (£1.6m) over Mon-Thur and has now catapulted to $12.6m (£8.7m).
Also for Sony, Money Monster fell more than 50% on its way to a $520,000 (£360,000) second weekend for $2.9m (£2m) after ten days in play.
CURZON ARTIFICIAL EYE
Helped by an expansion to 125 sites, Curzon Artificial Eye’s Love & Friendship posted a minimal drop with a $346,000 (£239,631) second weekend.
The film is now director Whit Stillman’s best-ever UK performer with a terrific $1.2m (£843,572) to date and, given its likely healthy midweek numbers, should pass the £1m mark by the end of this week.
This week sees saturation releases for Universal’s The Boss and Lionsgate’s Mother’s Day, while Vertigo Releasing’s Learning To Drive receives a wide release.
Dogwoof’s Where To Invade Next, Studiocanal’s When Marnie Was There and Sony’s Miracles From Heavenare among the films receiving a limited release.
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