Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Justice League' Edges Past 'Paddington 2'

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Justice League' Edges Past 'Paddington 2'

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Warner Bros’ latest DCEU outing underwhelms on UK bow.

‘Justice League’

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

UK TOP FIVE

Ranking Film/Distributor Weekend gross Running total

1 Justice League (WB) $9.6m (£7.26m) $9.6m (£7.26m)

2 Paddington 2 (Studiocanal) $8.8m (£6.61m) $22.4m (£16.89m)

3 Murder On The Orient Express (Fox) $3m (£2.27m) $23.5m (£17.75m)

4 Thor: Ragnarok (Disney) $1.55m (£1.18m) $37.5m (£28.25m)

5 A Bad Moms Christmas(STXinternational) $1.01m (£762,357) $7.7m (£5.81m)

WARNER BROS

Justice League may have landed the top spot on its UK box office debut, but did so in underwhelming fashion.

Warner Bros’ latest DC outing posted an opening of $9.6m (£7.26m) from its 580 sites, only ahead of Wonder Woman’s $8.2m (£6.18m) from 599 sites, including $1.6m (£1.22m) in previews, in terms of DCEU movies to date.

Even the critically derided Suicide Squad managed a UK debut of $14.9m (£11.25m) from its 573 sites last year, going on to take $44.6m (£33.6m), with Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice also surpassing £30m.

Justice League would require some sturdy holds to have a chance of reaching £30m, although it seems unlikely given that sequels like this are usually front-loaded.

For comparison, Avengers Assemble managed a UK opening of $20.9m (£15.78m) from its 524 sites, including $3.4m (£2.55m) in previews, going on to take $68.8m (£51.87m) in the UK.

Also for Warner Bros, The Lego Ninjago Movie has assembled $12.4m (£9.38m) after six weeks in play.

STUDIOCANAL

Paddington 2 fell only 20% from its record-breaking opening with a non-final $8.8m (£6.61m) second weekend.

Studiocanal’s critically acclaimed sequel is now up to a strong $22.4m (£16.89m), way ahead of Paddington’s $13.7m (£10.33m) tally at the same stage in its run. It would be some drop if the sequel didn’t overtake Paddington’s $50.3m (£37.9m) result.

Expect Paddington 2 to continue to prosper over the weekends and continue to do good business until Christmas.

FOX

Murder On The Orient Express fell 48% with a non-final $3m (£2.27m) third weekend as it dropped to third.

Fox’s Agatha Christie adaptation is now up to a decent $23.5m (£17.75m) following another healthy midweek period, taking $3.3m (£2.5m) across Mon-Thurs and leading the market on every day but Thursday (November 16).

Also for Fox, Kingsman: The Golden Circle has amassed $32.9m (£24.84m).

PARAMOUNT

Ahead of its release on Wednesday (November 20), Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 banked a non-final $2.07m (£1.56m) from its 478 sites over the weekend, although the previews won’t officially be counted in the chart. …

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