Magazine article Screen International

'Spectre' Retains Top Spot at the UK Box Office with $19.9M

Magazine article Screen International

'Spectre' Retains Top Spot at the UK Box Office with $19.9M

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SONY

Those who thought the softer critical response could lead to a steep second weekend drop for Spectre have been proved wrong.

Sony's latest Bond mission fell just 33% (excluding previews) on its way to a stunning $19.9m (£13.2m) for $96.5m (£64m).

At some point today [Nov 9], it will overtake Jurassic World's $96.8m (£64.2m) as the highest grossing film of 2015 to date after just 15 days in play.

That does, however, rank behind Skyfall's second weekend of $24.3m (£16.1m) as it posted just a 20% drop, and Spectre also fell narrowly short of Skyfall's record as the fastest film to £50m, achieving it on Thursday (Nov 5) after 11 days.

After 14 days in play though, Spectre is still tracking ahead of Skyfall which stood at $92.8m (£61.6m). Skyfall went on to post a third weekend of $15.7m (£10.45m) and that is the benchmark Spectre has to aim for if it wants to keep pace.

It has already overtaken Daniel Craig's previous outings as Bond in 2006's Casino Royale ($83.8m/£55.6m) and 2008's Quantum of Solace ($77.2m/£51.2m).

Spectre at least has a pretty clear run for the next ten days in the UK market, before Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 arrives on Nov 19.

Also for Sony, Hotel Transylvania 2 fell more than 50% but still managed a decent $1.7m (£1.12m) fourth weekend to liftits UK haul to a more-than-healthy $26.4m (£17.52m).

LIONSGATE

This week's highest new entry came in the form of Lionsgate's Brooklyn as it charted third with a terrific $1.6m (£1.04m), including previews, from its 306 sites.

Having opened in Ireland on Wednesday [Nov 4], Brooklyn went on to achieve the biggest opening of an Irish film in Ireland since Michael Collins in 1996 with $653,000 (£432,432) from 87 sites.

It also marks the biggest overall debut for director John Crowley by some distance and will shortly become his highest grossing outing, currently Intermission's $3.2m (£2.14m).

Also for Lionsgate, Sicario has amassed $7.2m (£4.78m).

WARNER BROS

Pan dropped a slim 25% as it posted a $786,000 (£520,526) fourth weekend. Warner Bros' fantasy prequel has now sailed to a solid $11.9m (£7.86m), given its softdomestic run.

ENTERTAINMENT

Rounding offthis week's top five, Entertainment's Burnt cooked up a $673,000 (£445,777) from its 365 sites.

That opening falls short of being director John Wells' best UK bow, which remains August: Osage County's $810,000 (£536,953) from 302 sites. …

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