UK Box Office

The all-conquering fourth instalment in the dino-franchise becomes only the second film ever to rake in £10m-plus on its second weekend of UK release.

Engines revving ... Jurassic World shows no signs of slowing down at the box office

Engines revving … Jurassic World shows no signs of slowing down at the box office

The winner: Jurassic World

After its giant opening of £16.84m (plus previews), you’d expect Jurassic World to take a big tumble in its second session – that’s the typical pattern, especially for a franchise picture. So Universal should be delighted with a drop of 34%, the smallest decline of any film in the top 10 except Secret Cinema’s Empire Strikes Back event.

Jurassic World’s three-day opening number was the fourth biggest of all time, behind the final two Harry Potter films and Skyfall. But the dinosaur picture is already exhibiting stronger legs than Potter: second-weekend takings of £11.13m are ahead of the second frames of both those Harry Potter films, and behind only Skyfall’s second session. In other words, Jurassic World is only the second film ever to score £10m-plus in its second weekend of UK release.

With £38.52m so far, after just 11 days of play, Jurassic World is exceeded in total box-office by only one of 2014’s releases: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (lifetime: £41.26m). Adding Monday’s takings into its tally, Jurassic World is now at £39.69m, and will soon sail past the Hobbit film. So far, the top-grossing release of 2015 is Avengers: Age of Ultron, with £48.23m. Jurassic World looks likely to reach that total by the end of the weekend.

Jurassic World is the third £30m-plus UK grosser this year for Universal, joining Fifty Shades of Grey (£35.0m) and Fast & Furious 7 (£38.5m). Disney achieved the same feat with a trio of 2013 releases, Iron Man 3, Monsters University and Frozen, although Frozen had yet to pass the £30m barrier by the end of the calendar year. Universal is, in fact, highly likely to score a fourth £30m-plus hit this year, with its Despicable Me spinoff Minions.

The event: Take That Live

From a single showtime on Friday, Take That Live took more money than any of the big new releases did over the whole weekend. In fact, its £965,000 takings from 421 cinemas were exceeded at the weekend only by Jurassic World.
The Take That number is the best ever for a live music event at UK cinemas, ahead of André Rieu’s Maastricht concert last July (£852,000; £957,000 including encore showings, and Westlife’s farewell gig in 2012 (£571,000; £573,000 including encores). Take That Live is still behind One Direction: Where We Are, which boasts a cumulative total of £1.03m. However, this pre-filmed concert played at multiple showtimes when it opened last October, so the comparison is not quite apt.

In terms of event cinema overall, the big hitters remain theatrical performances such as the National Theatre’s War Horse (£2.93m total) and Frankenstein (£2.44m).

The new wide releases

Three films with brand-name cachet were released at the weekend, targeting a diverse set of audiences. On paper, Entourage, based on the hit HBO show, appeared to be the most commercially sturdy of the trio. The Longest Ride, adapted from a Nicholas Sparks book, looked likely to connect with audiences that have shown up for the author’s previous romantic melodramas. Mr Holmes, starring Ian McKellen, had the advantage of strong recognition and affection for the popular literary sleuth.

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