Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Wonder Woman' Fights off 'The Mummy'

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Wonder Woman' Fights off 'The Mummy'

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Universal’s reboot has to settle for second as Warner Bros’ latest DC outing retains lead.

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

UK TOP FIVE

Ranking Film/Distributor Weekend gross Running total

1 Wonder Woman (WB) $4.43m (£3.48m) $16.4m (£12.84m)

2 The Mummy (Universal) $4.25m (£3.34m) $4.25m (£3.34m)

3 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (Disney) $1.9m (£1.49m) $20.4m (£16m)

4 Baywatch (Paramount) $1.45m (£1.14m) $8.9m (£6.98m)

5 Take That: Wonderland Live From The O2 (CinemaLive) $1.28m (£1.01m) $1.28m (£1.01m)

WARNER BROS

Despite the arrival of The Mummy, Wonder Woman reigned supreme over the UK box office for the second straight week.

Warner Bros’ latest DC outing fell only 31% (excluding previews) on its way to $4.43m (£3.48m) second weekend. It has now lassoed $16.4m (£12.84m) after taking $4.1m (£3.2m) over its first Mon-Thurs period.

By the end of next weekend at the latest, it will have surpassed Batman Begins’ $20.9m (£16.42m) UK result, and it also has a great chance of recording a hat-trick at the top of the chart.

Also for Warner Bros, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword stands at $6.1m (£4.82m) after four weeks in play.

UNIVERSAL

Battling generally negative reviews, The Mummy had to make do with second on its UK debut.

Universal’s reboot grossed $4.25m (£3.34m) from its 575 sites, marking a site average of $7,400 (£5,811). It’s far from a cursed opening, but it will be disappointing not to beat Wonder Woman’s second weekend.

It is at least a more successful bow than Universal’s first attempt to launch the Dark Universe, Dracula Untold’s $2.18m (£1.71m) debut from 449 sites. But even though it was released in 1999, Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy opened bigger with $4.8m (£3.77m) from 441 sites.

DISNEY

Falling 46% in its third weekend, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge sailed to an extra $1.9m (£1.49m) to remain in third.

Disney’s latest adventure for Captain Jack Sparrow has now reached $20.4m (£16m) in the UK and should pass £20m in the coming weeks, although it will end its run as the lowest-grossing Pirates outing so far.

Also for Disney, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has become only the fifth superhero film to hit £40m at the UK box office, with Marvel’s latest adding $388,000 (£305,000) for a terrific $51. …

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