Magazine article Screen International

'Bridget Jones's Baby' Hits Mega £21M as It Retains UK Lead

Magazine article Screen International

'Bridget Jones's Baby' Hits Mega £21M as It Retains UK Lead

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UNIVERSAL

Bridget Jones's Baby comfortably held onto the number one spot at the UK box office with an excellent second weekend.

Universal's threequel dropped only 20% from its record-breaking opening with an outstanding $8.4m (£6.45m) for $27.6m (£21.22m) after ten days in play. It enjoyed a prosperous first Mon-Thurs as it took $8.7m (£6.7m) to dominate the market.

Despite opening behind Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, Baby has now overtaken the sequel, which stood at $26.7m (£20.69m) at the same stage and had previews included.

You wouldn't bet against it being at £25m before this coming weekend and going on to record a third straight week as the UK's number one. Bridget Jones's Diary's $54.3m (£42m) result could well be an achievable target.

Also for Universal, Kubo And The Two Strings fell by a slim 19% on its way to a $658,000 (£506,120) third weekend for $3.03m (£2.33m) to date. It will end its run as the lowest-grossing Laika outing to date.

SONY

The Magnificent Seven is offto a decent start at the UK box office despite the domination of Bridget.

Sony's remake rode to a $2.7m (£2.1m) debut from its 543 sites, marking star Denzel Washington's third-best UK opening. For director Antoine Fuqua, the film achieved his best-ever Fri-Sun result ahead of The Equalizer's $2.5m (£1.89m) from 444 sites.

Southpaw is currently Fuqua's best-ever UK result with $11.2m (£8.7m) and The Magnificent Seven is in a strong position to challenge that.

Also for Sony, Don't Breathe fell a respectable 36% with a $476,000 (£368,000) third weekend for $3.9m (£3m) to date, while Sausage Party has now amassed $9.4m (£7.3m) following a $442,000 (£342,000) fourth weekend.

DISNEY

Falling only 9% in its ninth weekend, Disney's Finding Dory swum to an extra $569,000 (£440,000) for a mighty $53.4m (£41.3m) so far.

Also for Disney, Pete's Dragon has now flown to $6.2m (£4.83m) following a $155,000 (£120,000) seventh weekend.

WARNER BROS

Despite its strong reviews, The Girl With All The Gifts lacked bite on its UK bow.

Warner Bros' adaptation scored a $559,000 (£432,000) debut from its 368 sites, marking a $1,520 (£1,174) site average. It will hope that its reviews can lead to better midweek numbers.

Also for Warner Bros, The Infiltrator fell around 50% with a $238,000 (£184,000) second weekend for $1.07m (£824,000) after ten days in play.

LIONSGATE

Blair Witch fell 54% (excluding previews) as it scared up a $477,000 (£368,865) second weekend. …

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