UK box office preview: 'The Grinch', 'Widows' look to displace 'Rhapsody'

Screen | 11/9/2018 | Ben Dalton
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Universal’s family animation The Grinch and 20th Century Fox’s Steve McQueen-directed heist thriller Widows are two of the titles looking to usurp Bohemian Rhapsody, after two weeks at the top of the UK box office for the Queen rock biopic.

Looking to tap into the early seasonal market, 3D animation The Grinch is the latest adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s children’s books, about a grumpy green creature who seeks to ruin Christmas for the residents of Whoville. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the titular character, with Cameron Seeley, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury and Pharrell Williams as additional voice cast.

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Universal’s live-action 2000 film How The Grinch Stole Christmas (called The Grinch in the UK), directed by Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey, opened with £3m from 430 sites (a £7,125 average) in the UK and went on to gross £15.2m ($21.6m at the time of release). Universal’s release of another Dr Seuss adaptation, The Lorax, grossed £7.9m in the UK in 2012.

Fox’s Widows, produced by the UK’s See-Saw Films and developed with Film4, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and opened the BFI London Film Festival last month. Starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elisabeth Debicki, Carrie Coon and Cynthia Erivo, the film opened on Tuesday and took £729,289 in its first three days of previews.

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McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is the director’s highest-grossing film in the UK to date. The drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o opened with an impressive £2.5m from 207 sites (£12,127 average) in 2014. That number was buoyed by strong awards buzz that brought three Oscars including best picture. It grossed £20m in total.

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