UK box office preview: can ‘Blinded By The Light’ become the latest music-themed hit?

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Gurinder Chadha’s Bruce Springsteen-themed coming-of-age tale Blinded By The Light is hoping to emulate recent successful music-inspired titles when it opens through eOne at the UK box office this weekend.

Set in 1987 in Luton, Screen Star of Tomorrow 2019 Viveik Kalra leads the cast as aspiring writer Javed, who finds an escape from a disapproving father and a town overrun by skinheads through the music of Springsteen. It is inspired by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings From Bury Park.

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The film is Chadha’s eighth feature; she began with Film4-backed Bhaji On The Beach, which opened to £20,519 and ended on a decent £309,715 in 1993.

Her highest gross in the territory was the £11.6m grossed by Bend It Like Beckham after a £2m opening in April 2002. With a worldwide gross of $76.6m (£63.1m), it is the highest-grossing football-themed film of all time.

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Chadha has also had decent results with 2004’s Bride And Prejudice (opened: £1.7m, ended: £5.2m), 2008’s Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging (opened: £929,246, ended: £5.5m) and 2017’s Viceroy’s House (opened: £921,309, ended: £4.1m).

Blinded By The Light will take inspiration from the recent success of music-themed features. For comparison, Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born remake started on £4.1m last October, going on to an impressive £30.2m. Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody opened to £9.5m and ended on £55m – the fifth highest grossing title of 2018 – while Elton John story Rocketman recently closed out on £23.2m after a £5.3m start.

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Cinemas could be helped by the poor weather forecast across much of the UK this weekend.

It’s a comparatively slow week for new films, leaving open the possibility of The Lion King holding top spot for a fourth week in a row.

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