Magazine article Screen International

'The Conjuring 2' Scares off 'Me before You' to Debut Top of UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'The Conjuring 2' Scares off 'Me before You' to Debut Top of UK Box Office

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WARNER BROS

The Conjuring 2 has unsurprisingly topped the UK box office after a strong run since last Monday's [June 13] launch.

Warner Bros' horror sequel scared up $6.8m (£4.64m) from its 504 sites, including $2.7m (£1.86m) in previews. It's worth noting that its Fri-Sun tally of $4.1m (£2.78m) would have also seen it officially land the top spot.

The opening marks director James Wan's best-ever horror debut, ahead of Insidious Chapter 2's $4.21m (£2.88m) from 414 sites. The Conjuring 2's Fri-Sun tally was also higher than its predecessor's $3.15m (£2.16m) bow from 371 sites.

The Conjuring 2 will hope to thrive as the sole major genre effort out in the market at the moment, and should comfortably top The Conjuring's $15.4m (£10.5m) final UK result.

Also for Warner Bros, Me Before You continued its excellent run as it dropped one place to second. The adaptation fell only a third with $1.43m (£979,126) for $9.6m (£6.54m) after three weeks in play.

Barbershop 3: A Fresh Cut opened with $134,000 (£91,502) from its 111 sites, ahead of Barbershop 2's $107,000 (£73,402) from 45 sites but down on the original's $213,000 (£145,741) bow from 100 sites.

UNIVERSAL

Though it won't be counted until next week, The Secret Life Of Pets comfortably led the UK market over Saturday and Sunday.

Universal's latest Illumination Entertainment release scored the biggest ever Sat/Sun preview haul for an original animation with a mighty two-day total of $5.3m (£3.6m).

It not only bodes well for its official opening this Friday [June 24], but also suggests that Independence Day: Resurgence has a fight on its hands for the top spot this coming weekend.

Also for Universal, Warcraft: The Beginning fought to an additional $467,000 (£319,486) for $8.3m (£5.7m) after three weeks in play, while The Boss generated $432,000 (£295,321) for a ten-day tally of $1.87m (£1.28m).

EONE

After being pushed back a few months Gods Of Egypt still struggled to make a mark at the UK box office, despite charting third.

Battling negative reviews, eOne's action fantasy posted a non-final bow of $703,000 (£481,536) from its 405 sites, marking a site average of $1,736 (£1,189) and a total some way short of the $3.7m (£2.5m) UK debut of Alex Proyas' previous film, Knowing.

PARAMOUNT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows fell almost 50% with a $631,000 (£432,000) third weekend.

Paramount's sequel is now up to $8m (£5. …

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