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A Star Is Born posted a sensational second weekend hold, repeating its £3.1m opening with a 0% drop. Including midweek takings and previews, the film has moved to £9.6m.
While the film has been boosted by strong word-of-mouth and critical reaction, one further explanation for that result is that the UK’s third biggest multiplex chain, Vue Cinemas, didn’t play the film in its opening weekend due to a disagreement over bookings terms. However, that dispute was resolved at the end of last week, and the film played in all 89 Vue sites this weekend. In total, the film played in 612 cinemas this weekend, in contrast with 537 in its opening session.
Feature - Animation - Smallfoot - UK - Family
Feature animation Smallfoot tapped into the UK’s strong family market for its debut, delivering a result of £2.3m from 556 sites. Featuring a voice cast including Channing Tatum, James Corden and Zendaya, the film tells the story of a yeti that is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “human” really do exist.
The film was produced by the Warner Animation Group, which is behind Storks (which also started with £2.3m in the UK, ending on £7.5m), The Lego Movie (£8m opening and £34.4m total gross), The Lego Batman Movie (£8m and £24.4m), and The Lego Ninjago Movie (£3.6m and £9.7m).
Smallfoot - Property - Storks - Comparison - Sense
Smallfoot is an original property, so the Storks comparison makes sense and as such its opening is in line with expectations. The UK is currently a good market for family animations, and with the only real competition currently being The Incredibles 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3, both of which are reaching the back end of their runs, Smallfoot could yet have a long tail.
Crazy Rich Asians added £93,000 and is up to £5.6m, and The Nun is up to £11.3m after adding £85,000.
Venom - £3m - Weekend - Drop
Venom added £3m in its second weekend, a drop...
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