Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Topples 'Logan'

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Topples 'Logan'

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UK TOP FIVE

(Note - Dollar conversions are based on today's rates)

WARNER BROS

Kong: Skull Island brought a swiftend to Logan's UK reign as it debuted top of the box office.

Warner Bros' King Kong reboot opened to a healthy $7.6m (£6.22m) bow from its 565 sites, including $748,000 (£612,000) from Thursday (March 9). Its Fri-Sun tally of $6.8m (£5.61m) would have also seen it land at number one.

The opening compares favourably to Legendary's Godzilla reboot, the first instalment of their MonsterVerse, which opened with $7.8m (£6.39m) from 550 sites and bigger previews of $1.45m (£1.19m).

That film went on to take $21m (£17.2m) in the UK which seems like a sturdy target for Kong: Skull Island, although it will have to compete with the arrival of Disney's likely huge Beauty And The Beast remake this Friday (March 17).

Also for Warner Bros, The Lego Batman Movie fell almost 50% with a $1m (£820,000) fifth weekend for $31.7m (£26m) to date.

John Wick: Chapter 2 and Fist Fight stand at $7m (£5.77m) and $891,000 (£729,000), respectively.

FOX

Logan fell 45% (excluding previews) with a non-final $4.7m (£3.86m) second weekend as it dropped to second.

Fox's latest X-Men offering is now up to a promising $20.6m (£16.86m) after 12 days in play, already making it the biggest solo Wolverine outing in the UK and the fifth-biggest Fox Marvel outing, including Deadpool.

Logan should hit £20m by the end of this coming weekend at the very latest, which would make it only the third X-Men film (excluding Deadpool) to cross the £20m mark.

Also for Fox, Viceroy's House fell 37% on its way to a $700,000 (£572,904) second weekend for $2.9m (£2.34m) to date, having added around $1m (£850,000) across its first Mon-Thurs period.

Hidden Figures has accumulated $6.5m (£5.31m) after four weeks in play, while Bollywood title Badrinath Ki Dulhania posted a UK debut of $229,000 (£187,585) from its 58 sites.

ALTITUDE

Moonlight remained in fifth as it dropped only 35% with a non-final $582,000 (£476,419) fourth weekend.

Altitude's Best Picture winner is now up to an excellent $4.1m (£3.35m) in the UK and will be playing in 431 sites overall this week, but not all sites will be playing for the full week.

UNIVERSAL

Sing fell out of the UK's top five for the first time in its seventh week of release.

Universal's latest Illumination Entertainment hit dropped 43% with $560,000 (£458,352) for $34.2m (£28m) to date, and will still hope to stick around long enough to hit £30m.

Also for Universal, Fifty Shades Darker is now the second biggest 18-rated film of all time at the UK box office. …

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