Magazine article Screen International

'Hotel Transylvania 2' Checks into Top Spot at UK Box Office with $9.7M

Magazine article Screen International

'Hotel Transylvania 2' Checks into Top Spot at UK Box Office with $9.7M

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SONY

Winning the battle of the extended openings, Hotel Transylvania 2 has repeated its domestic success by debuting top of the UK box office.

Sony's animated sequel opened with $9.7m £6.3m) from its 542 sites, including $5.4m £3.5m) from two previous weekends of previews totalling four days. It's worth noting that its Fri-Sun tally of $4.3m £2.8m) would have also seen it chart first.

The result means that Hotel Transylvania 2 is already more than two-thirds of the way to its predecessor's final result of $12.5m £8.1m). With the school holidays coming up, it's well placed to achieve at least double that tally.

Also for Sony, The Walk suffered with a $209,000 £135,000) second weekend for $1.9m £1.25m) to date, meaning it'll end its run as one of the worst UK performances for director Robert Zemeckis.

FOX

London Film Festival opener Suffragette enjoyed a promising start in the UK, charting second after its seven-day opening.

The Pathe release (distributed by Fox in the UK) grossed an overall non-final $4.5m £2.93m) from its 530 sites, including $2.2m £1.39m) from Mon-Thurs. Based solely on Fri-Sun, Suffragette's $2.4m £1.54m) would have seen it chart fourth.

Given its older-skewing audience, Suffragette should enjoy healthy midweek returns and maybe even prosper at the weekend as counter-programming to the current family-friendly market.

Also for Fox, The Martian dropped a highly respectable 35% with a $3.7m £2.4m) third weekend for a strong $27m £17.5m) to date. That makes it Ridley Scott's fourth biggest release, with Hannibal's $33.4m £21.6m) next in its sights.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials stands at $13.4m £8.7m) following a $265,000 £171,419) sixth weekend.

WARNER BROS

Pan sailed into third on its UK bow, following last weekend's previews.

Warner Bros' fantasy prequel took $4.2m £2.73m) from its 506 sites, including $1.6m £1.06m) in previews. Based solely on Fri-Sun totals, Pan would have also charted third.

That marks the best opening for director Joe Wright in the UK, topping Pride & Prejudice's $3.9m £2.5m) from 397 sites. However, that film still achieved his best Fri-Sun result at $3.5m £2.26m).

Also for Warner Bros, The Intern added $414,000 £268,000) for $3.7m £2.4m) after three weeks in play.

UNIVERSAL

Rounding offthis week's top five was another new entry in the form of Crimson Peak.

Universal's gothic horror scared up $1.5m £967,030) from its 420 sites, marking one of Guillermo del Toro's lowest UK debuts for an English-language films, ahead of only Mimic's $755,000 £487,821) from 274 sites.

However, based solely on Fri-Sun totals, Crimson Peak opened ahead of Hellboy's $1. …

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