The winner: American Made
After The Mummy rather humiliatingly failed to land the UK top spot on its release in June, Tom Cruise now makes it second time lucky this summer with the chart-topping arrival of American Made. Having said that, the Doug Liman thriller’s opening weekend box office of £1.07m is the lowest for a number one title in 2017, and is in fact the lowest since mid-October 2013, when Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal child-kidnap drama Prisoners remained at the top spot for a third week, and WikiLeaks-themed flop The Fifth Estate was the top new entry.
The also-rans: Logan Lucky and Detroit
While American Made achieved a site average close to £2,000, fellow debutants Logan Lucky and Detroit both managed per-cinema numbers in the £1,500 ballpark. Those numbers are nothing for distributors StudioCanal and eOne to celebrate, but neither are they embarrassments. Back when it acquired Logan Lucky, StudioCanal may have had higher hopes for a Steven Soderbergh-directed heist thriller starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig, but now it must make do with a UK opening of £705,000 from 482 venues. Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit has begun with £559,000 from 378 sites, with previews taking that tally up to £658,000.
The flop: Rough Night
Landing outside the top 10 with £244,000 from 378 cinemas, Rough Night, which stars Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon and Zoe Kravitz, is the latest underperforming Hollywood comedy of 2017. This poor result follows weak performances by Will Ferrell starrer The House, Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn team-up Snatched and the big-screen reboot of Baywatch. Only Girls Trip, now at £7.8m including bank holiday Monday, could be termed a comedy hit this year – unless you count genre hybrid Get Out.
Dunkirk crosses the £50m barrier
The weekend period saw Dunkirk gross a number below £1m for the first time since its late-July release (£999,000, in fact), but distributor Warners will be celebrating the film passing the £50m box-office milestone. Including bank holiday Monday, the Christopher Nolan second world war film has now reached £52.0m, thus pushing into the top 25 box-office hits of all time at UK and Ireland cinemas. Beauty and the Beast (£72.4m) remains the top release of 2017.Read More…