Magazine article Screen International

'The Girl on the Train' Retains UK Lead as 'Miss Saigon' Sings to Record Opening

Magazine article Screen International

'The Girl on the Train' Retains UK Lead as 'Miss Saigon' Sings to Record Opening

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UK TOP FIVE

EONE

The Girl On The Train held offall newcomers continued its journey as the UK's number one for the second straight week.

eOne's adaptation of Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel fell only 34% (excluding previews) on its way to a $4.15m (£3.41m) second weekend for an excellent $16.6m (£13.64m) after 12 days in play.

It's currently tracking well ahead of Gone Girl which stood at $11.9m (£9.8m) at the end of its second weekend, sustaining well to reach $27.2m (£22.4m) at the UK box office.

Also for eOne, The BFG and Supersonic stand at $36.7m (£30.13m) and $812,000 (£667,591), respectively.

SONY

Inferno had to settle for second place on its UK debut due to the continued success of The Girl On The Train.

Sony's latest Dan Brown adaptation uncovered $3.65m (£3m) from its 555 sites, a decent opening given its softreviews. However, it is the lowest opening of the series to date by some distance, behind Angels & Demons' $7.4m (£6.05m) from 506 sites.

The Da Vinci Code opened with $11.6m (£9.5m) from 523 sites on its way to a series high to date of $37m (£30.42m). Angels & Demons took $22.8m (£18.79m), and Inferno would have to sustain strongly to challenge that.

Also for Sony, The Magnificent Seven corralled $255,000 (£210,000) for $7.2m (£5.9m) after four weeks in play, while Don't Breathe has now scared up $4.5m (£3.7m).

WARNER BROS

Boosted by last week's previews, Storks flew into third spot on its UK bow.

Warner Bros' animation delivered $2.72m (£2.24m) from its 529 sites, including $1.18m (£972,000) in previews. Its Fri-Sun tally of $1.54m (£1.27m) would have seen it chart sixth.

It's co-director Nicholas Stoller's first animation and marks his second-best opening in the UK, behind Bad Neighbours. The opening is some way behind Warner Animation Group's first film, The Lego Movie's $9.8m (£8.05m) from 547 sites.

Previews of Trolls provided family competition this weekend and Storks will face the full opening of Fox's animation over the upcoming school holidays.

UNIVERSAL

Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance recorded the biggest-ever debut for an event cinema release in the UK.

Universal's broadcast hit the high note with a non-final $2.38m (£1.96m) from its 593 sites on Sunday [October 16]. That tops the previous record holder, Billy Elliot - The Musical Live's $2.31m (£1.9m) debut from 553 sites in 2014. …

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