Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'King Arthur' Slices to $3.2M Debut

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'King Arthur' Slices to $3.2M Debut

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WARNER BROS

Thanks to its previews, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword managed to debut top of the UK box office.

Warner Bros' reboot sliced to a $3.2m (£2.5m) bow from its 565 sites, including $750,000 (£577,955) in previews. Its Fri-Sun tally of $2.49m (£1.92m) would have seen it battle with Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 for second.

The debut marks director Guy Ritchie's fourth biggest overall UK opening, ahead of his previous film, The Man From UNCLE's $1.88m (£1.45m) bow from 503 sites in 2015.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword also opened ahead of Antoine Fuqua's take on the legend as his King Arthur landed in 2004 with $2.48m (£1.91m) from its 400 sites, going on to take $9.2m (£7.07m) in the UK.

FOX

Leading the Fri-Sun weekend, Alien: Covenant fell 56% (excluding previews) with a non-final $2.76m (£2.12m) second weekend as it dropped to second.

Fox's sci-fihorror has now scared up $12.5m (£9.6m) and faces further blockbuster competition with the arrival of Pirates 5 this Friday, but will hope to act as counter-programming to the family-friendly market currently.

It won't catch Prometheus' final UK haul of $32.2m (£24.8m) though.

Also for Fox, Snatched charted fourth with a $1.09m (£838,772) bow from its 465 sites, marking a $2,341 (£1,804) site average.

That missed out on being director Jonathan Levine's best-ever UK debut, behind Warm Bodies' $1.16m (£895,509) opening from 315 sites, and is also behind Trainwreck's $1.21m (£931,981) bow from 464 sites.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul banked $1m (£774,587) in weekend previews ahead of its release this Friday (May 26), while The Boss Baby took an extra $538,000 (£414,806) for $34.8m (£26.8m) to date.

Secret Cinema's production of Moulin Rouge! has now amassed $5.1m (£3.91m).

DISNEY

In its fourth weekend, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 returned to the top of the market on Saturday and Sunday.

Disney's latest Marvel offering fell 41% on its way to $2. …

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