Magazine article Screen International

'Captain America: Civil War' Hit by the Sun as It Posts Big Drop at UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'Captain America: Civil War' Hit by the Sun as It Posts Big Drop at UK Box Office

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Not even superheroes can defy the sun at the UK box office.

Disney's Captain America: Civil War posted a hefty 67% as it retained the top spot with a $6.9m (£4.8m) second weekend. By comparison, Batman v Superman fell 68%, Avengers: Age Of Ultron 52% and Avengers 49%.

Civil War stands at $39.4m (£27.4m) after ten days in play and is already the fifth biggest Marvel outing, with Guardians Of The Galaxy's $41m (£28.5m) to be overtaken shortly.

Marvel's latest will hope to rebound this coming weekend with a minimal drop, especially with the arrival of a fellow superhero heavyweight in the form of X-Men: Apocalypse on May 18.

Also for Disney, The Jungle Book experienced its first big drop, falling 63% on its way to a $3m (£2.1m) fourth weekend for a superb $53m (£36.8m) to date.

The live-action remake is set to become the biggest film of 2016, currently Deadpool's $54.5m (£37.87m), in the coming days.

Zootropolis hopped to an extra $252,000 (£175,000) for $33m (£22.9m) after seven weeks in play.


Bad Neighbours 2 was also arguably hit by the weather on its UK debut.

Universal's comedy sequel partied to a $2.4m (£1.69m) bow from its 491 sites to chart third, posting a site average of $4,954 (£3,443).

That is less than half the opening $5m (£3.49m) Fri-Sun tally of Bad Neighbours as part of an overall debut of $12.4m (£8.64m) from 506 sites, with the film going on to take an impressive $23m (£16m).

This coming weekend will give a clearer indication if people stayed away because of the weather or out of apathy.


Florence Foster Jenkins recorded director Stephen Frears' fourth-best UK bow as it charted fourth.

The Pathe release (distributed by Fox in the UK) opened with a non-final $1m (£710,741) from its 559 sites, including around $188,000 (£130,000) in previews.

Like with the rest of the market, the weather would have impacted the film, but it will hope to record healthy midweek grosses given its older-skewing audience.

Also for Fox, Secret Cinema's production of 28 Days Later... added $225,000 (£155,944) for $1.1m (£733,705) to date. With three weeks leftof its run, it will hit £1m.

Demolition fell a hefty 83% with a $57,000 (£39,126) second weekend for $695,000 (£480,931) to date. It will finish its run as one of director Jean-Marc Vallée's lowest UK performers. …

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