UK box office preview: 'First Man' to challenge holdovers

Screen | 10/12/2018 | Tom Grater
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After a bumper weekend at the UK box office last week, which saw three titles open to more than £4m, this week sees Universal’s awards contender First Man enter the chart.

Starring Ryan Gosling as the titular ‘first man’ – the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong – the film chronicles NASA’s attempts to pip the Soviet Union in the space race. It’s the next feature from director Damien Chazelle following the awards smash La La Land, and is likely to again be a contender in this year’s race.

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La La Land opened to £6.6m in the UK and topped out at £30.4m, while Chazelle’s debut feature Whiplash opened to £574,000 and closed on £2.3m.

Otherwise, it’s a relatively sparse week for new openers. Warner Bros will be looking for animation Smallfoot to tap into the ever-eager family market, which has seen strong returns this year for the likes of The Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3, Sherlock Gnomes and Coco.

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