Magazine article Screen International

Kung Fu Panda 3' Takes out 'London Has Fallen' to Top UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Kung Fu Panda 3' Takes out 'London Has Fallen' to Top UK Box Office

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FOX

After its healthy previews last week, Kung Fu Panda 3 has landed top of the UK box office on debut.

Fox's animated threequel grossed a non-final $6.8m (£4.76m), including $2.3m (£1.6m) in previews, from its 583 sites. It's worth noting that its Fri-Sun tally of $4.6m (£3.17m) would have also seen it chart in first place.

However, that marks the lowest overall opening of the trilogy, down on Kung Fu Panda 2's $8.9m (£6.19m) from 514 sites and Kung Fu Panda's $8.7m (£6.06m) from 446 sites.

In terms of Fri-Sun tallies though, Kung Fu Panda 3's $4.6m (£3.17m) is ahead of Kung Fu Panda 2's $4.4m (£3.07m), although still down on the first film's $6.3m (£4.38m).

Also for Fox, Deadpool dropped a slim 28% on its way to a $1.4m (£962,257) fifth weekend for an excellent $51.4m (£35.8m). It should still be able to overtake Iron Man 3's $53.2m (£37m) as the fifth biggest superhero film of all time.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip has now overtaken Chipwrecked as the second biggest performer of the series. The fourth outing added $425,000 (£295,332) for $22.6m (£15.71m) to date.

The Revenant and The Other Side Of The Door stand at $32.9m (£22.86m) and $778,000 (£541,112), respectively.

EONE

The Divergent Series: Allegiant got offto a sluggish start at the UK box office even though it charted second.

eOne's continuation of the young adult franchise took a non-final $2.6m (£1.83m), including $377,000 (£262,069) in previews, from its 528 sites. Its Fri-Sun tally of $2.3m (£1.57m) would have seen it chart third behind London Has Fallen.

That's slightly ahead of Divergent's $2.5m (£1.77m) but that was achieved from fewer sites (423) and without previews. It's some way short of The Divergent Series: Insurgent's $4.2m (£2.94m), including $554,000 (£384,965) in previews, from 497 sites.

Also for eOne, Oscar winner Spotlight dug up a further $252,000 (£174,979) for $8.4m (£5.85m) after seven weeks in play.

LIONSGATE

London Has Fallen has already outgrossed Olympus Has Fallen at the UK box office.

Lionsgate's action sequel held well to enjoy a $2.6m (£1.8m) second weekend as it dropped to third, and now stands at $9.3m (£6.44m) after 11 days in play to overtake Olympus Has Fallen's $8.8m (£6.1m) result.

London Has Fallen now stands a decent chance to hit the £10m mark given a lack of direct competition opening this weekend.

Also for Lionsgate, The Choice unsurprisingly struggled following its softopening, taking just $35,000 (£24,391) for a ten-day tally of $382,000 (£265,807). …

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