Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Despicable Me 3' Enjoys Huge Opening

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Despicable Me 3' Enjoys Huge Opening

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Sony’s Baby Driver scores Edgar Wright’s second biggest UK debut.

(Note - Dollar conversions are based on today’s rates)

UK TOP FIVE

Ranking Film/Distributor Weekend gross Running total

1 Despicable Me 3 (Universal) $14.5m (£11.14m) $14.5m (£11.14m)

2 Baby Driver (Sony) $4.7m (£3.6m) $4.7m (£3.6m)

3 Transformers: The Last Knight (Paramount) $2.1m (£1.6m) $10.3m (£7.93m)

4 All Eyez On Me (Lionsgate) $1.19m (£911,235) $1.19m (£911,235)

5 Wonder Woman (WB) $1.18m (£909,000) $26.9m (£20.73m)

UNIVERSAL

Not even good weather could stop the Minions as Despicable Me 3 scored a huge debut as it landed top of the UK box office.

Universal’s latest Illumination Entertainment offering took an excellent non-final $14.5m (£11.14m) from its 612 sites, marking the fourth-biggest opening of 2017 to date and the third-biggest Fri-Sun debut.

The film achieved the biggest opening Saturday for an animation of all time, as well as Illumination’s biggest opening Friday and biggest opening Saturday of all time.

While Despicable Me 3 opened lower than Despicable Me 2’s $19.3m (£14.82m), that debut included $6.4m (£4.9m) in previews, meaning the third film grossed more over its first Fri-Sun, ahead of DM2’s $12.9m (£9.9m).

Despicable Me 3’s bow was just behind the $15m (£11.56m) debut of spin-off film Minions, which went on to amass $62.1m (£47.8m) in the UK, ahead of DM2’s $61.7m (£47.5m).

The threequel will hope to challenge those tallies, especially with Cars 3 its only main family competition over the coming weeks.

Also for Universal, The Mummy added $396,000 (£304,612) for $10.9m (£8.4m) after four weeks in play, while The Book Of Henry fell heavily in its second weekend and has taken only $174,000 (£133,714) to date.

SONY

Baby Driver may have had to settle for second, but sped to a promising UK debut all the same.

Sony’s action musical grossed $4.7m (£3.6m) from its 544 sites, including $1.56m (£1.2m) in previews, marking director Edgar Wright’s second best UK bow, behind Hot Fuzz’s $7.7m (£5.92m) from 427 sites, including $2.1m (£1.6m) in previews.

With critical acclaim and positive word-of-mouth, Baby Driver looks set for a sustained run over the coming weeks.

PARAMOUNT

Transformers: The Last Knight fell 59% (excluding previews) with a non-final $2.1m (£1.6m) second weekend.

Paramount’s action sequel is now up to $10.3m (£7.93m) after 11 days in play, and will end its run as the lowest-grossing outing of the series, currently Transformers: Age Of Extinction’s $25. …

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