Magazine article Screen International

'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' Retains UK Box Office Lead despite Hefty Drop

Magazine article Screen International

'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' Retains UK Box Office Lead despite Hefty Drop

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WARNER BROS

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice retained its lead at the UK box office despite a hefty week-on-week drop.

Warner Bros' superhero brawl fought to a further $6.6m (£4.66m) for $39.5m (£27.83m) after ten days in play. That's a drop of almost 70% on its record-breaking opening, despite only one other major release this weekend.

For comparison, Man Of Steel fell 56% in its second weekend, Avengers: Age Of Ultron fell 52% and Avengers fell 49%. Batman v Superman will hope to arrest the slump as otherwise it could struggle to match this year's biggest superhero film to date Deadpool, currently at $53.4m (£37.62m).

One thing in Batman v Superman's favour is that there's still another week of school holidays, meaning midweek numbers should be solid. It will hope to have passed Man Of Steel's $42.6m (£30m) result by the end of this week.

LIONSGATE

After opening on Easter Monday [March 28], Eddie The Eagle flew to a $4m (£2.83m) debut from its 572 sites to chart second.

Lionsgate's biopic banked $1.8m (£1.29m) from Mon-Thurs, meaning its Fri-Sun tally of $2.2m (£1.55m) would have seen it land in third behind Zootropolis. It achieved a healthy site average of $7,055 (£4,096).

Eddie The Eagle looks well set to become director Dexter Fletcher's best-ever UK result, currently Sunshine On Leith's $6.5m (£4.6m) tally.

Also for Lionsgate, London Has Fallen crossed the £10m mark with a $435,000 (£306,457) for a strong $14.5m (£10.24m) to date.

In its Irish release, Sing Street boosted 1% for a $134,000 (£94,594) third weekend for $813,000 (£572,126) to date. It opens in the rest of the UK on May 20.

DISNEY

Zootropolis fell a slim 24% (excluding previews) in its second weekend as it dropped to third.

Disney's animation hopped to a further $3.8m (£2.7m) to stand at $17.9m (£12.6m), after adding more than $6.4m (£4.5m) from its first Mon-Thurs. It's already surpassed Kung Fu Panda 3 in the battle of the Easter family offerings.

In terms of Walt Disney Animation Studios outings, the next targets for Zootropolis will be Bolt's $25.5m (£17.94m) and Big Hero 6's $28.1m (£19.72m).

FOX

Kung Fu Panda 3 dropped 34% on its way to a non-final $1.1m (£759,014) fourth weekend.

Fox's threequel is now up to $15. …

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