Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Sing' Scores Show-Stopping $13.1M Debut

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Sing' Scores Show-Stopping $13.1M Debut

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UK TOP FIVE

UNIVERSAL

Following its record-breaking previews, Sing has made its official bow at the top of the UK box office.

Universal's latest Illumination Entertainment hit enjoyed a show-stopping $13.1m (£10.45m), including $5.26m (£4.2m) from two days of previews last weekend, from its 556 sites. It is worth noting that its Fri-Sun tally of $7.82m (£6.25m) would have also seen it chart top.

That marks Illumination's third-best UK opening and their best-ever bow for an original offering, ahead of The Secret Life Of Pets' $12m (£9.58m), including $4.54m (£3.63m) in previews, from 592 sites.

Pets went on to take a bumper $45.5m (£36.4m) in the UK and with February half-term coming up, Sing could enjoy a similar run despite the competition from The Lego Batman Movie, previewing this coming weekend and opening February 10.

Also for Universal, Split fell a slim 23% with a $2.49m (£1.99m) second weekend as it dropped to fourth.

M. Night Shyamalan's thriller is now up to a promising $7.53m (£6.01m) in the UK and will soon become the director's fifth best result, ahead of After Earth's $8m (£6.4m). It will need another good hold to challenge The Village's $12.9m (£10.31m).

SONY

T2 Trainspotting arrived in style at the UK box office as it charted second.

Sony's long-awaited sequel journeyed to a strong non-final $6.4m (£5.1m) debut from its 589 sites, marking a terrific site average of $10.835 (£8,659). That marks director Danny Boyle's best-ever UK debut by some distance, ahead of The Beach's $3.03m (£2.42m) from 311 sites.

It's also the third biggest Fri-Sun opening of all time for an 18-rated film, behind only Fifty Shades Of Grey and Hannibal, and fourth-biggest 18-rated opening overall behind Legend as well.

Unsurprisingly T2 Trainspotting went down a storm in Scotland, with only two non-Scottish cinemas in the top 20 sites for the film this weekend.

Also for Sony, Passengers has now amassed $15.9m (£12.7m) after six weeks in play.

LIONSGATE

La La Land may have been dethroned as the UK's number one, but it can celebrate crossing £20m this weekend.

Lionsgate's awards contender fell a respectable 30% as it danced to a $3.87m (£3.09m) third weekend for an excellent $26.2m (£20.94m) to date. With its PGA win pointing to Oscar success, it should run until the end of February at least.

Also for Lionsgate, Hacksaw Ridge rounded offthis week's top five with a $1.85m (£1.48m) debut, including $274,000 (£219,072) in previews, from its 432 sites.

That's ahead of Apocalypto's $1.7m (£1.36m) debut, but behind The Passion Of The Christ's $2.13m (£1.7m) haul from its first weekend of nationwide release. In a crowded market, it could struggle to sustain. …

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