Magazine article Screen International

'Bridget Jones's Baby' Passes £30M at UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'Bridget Jones's Baby' Passes £30M at UK Box Office

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UNIVERSAL

Threequel Bridget Jones's Baby passed £30m over its third weekend at the UK box office, posting a three-day total of £4,806,809. The film's running total stands at a mighty £32,849,268 as of Wednesday morning (Oct 5).

That result places the latest instalment comfortably ahead of 2001 original Bridget Jones's Diary (£21.32m at the same point) and 2004 sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (£26.91m) at the same point in their runs and distributor Universal will have the first film's total gross of £42m in its sights.

The result means that UK production outfit Working title has now passed $1bn (£770m) at the UK box office, buoyed by hits including the Bridget Jones franchise and Four Weddings And A Funeral, making them the first British company to hit that landmark.

FOX

As of Wednesday morning, one of the weekend's big releases - Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - stood at £4,017,553, having taken £3,353,598 over its three-day weekend.

That places it middle of the pack for Burton releases, below the likes of Alice In Wonderland, which opened with more than £10m, his biggest UK bow, but comfortably above his two more recent releases as a director, Frankenweenie (£741,863) and Big Eyes (£136,175).

Biographical sports film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story opened to £202,501.

LIONSGATE

Peter Berg's disaster movie Deepwater Horizon opened to £1,984,240 from 487 sites, including previews of £219,641. That result puts it behind Berg's 2012 action sci-fiBattleship, which opened to £3,763,348 (£1,508,708 previews) and went on to gross £7,796,069, but above his 2013 war drama Lone Survivor, which opened to £751,107.

Blair Witch added £119,591 over the weekend, taking its running total to £2,092,093.

SONY

Antoine Fuqua's western The Magnificent Seven posted a three day total of £1m, pushing it to £4.35m to date.

US horror Don't Breathe continued to tick along, suffering just a 22% drop by adding £220k over the weekend, taking its running total to £3. …

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