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)


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)


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.


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.


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).


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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