UK Box Office

Decent weather and a lack of strong commercially appealing new releases saw a continuing decline in UK box office, down 13% on the previous session, and 33% below the equivalent frame from 2015, when Pitch Perfect 2 topped the chart. Disney Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War resisted the challenge of Sony Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie, hanging on to the top spot for the third week, and with a decent 42% decline. After 17 days, the box office is a robust £32.2m. Civil War is the fourth 2016 release to cross £30m here, following Deadpool,Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Jungle Book. Civil War is just behind the pace of Batman v Superman, which stood at £33.3m at the same stage of its run.

The runner-up: The Angry Birds Movie

Sony’s adaptation of the Rovio game debuted with a so-so £2.12m. The biggest animated hit so far this year is Disney’s Zootropolis, which debuted in March with £5.31m, including previews of £1.73m. The Angry Birds Movie would probably have made a splashier debut had it arrived in 2013 when development of the film was announced – but lengthy production schedules for animated features tend to resist any attempt by studios to speed them up.

The 2016 champ: The Jungle Book

Still in the box-office top three in its fifth week of play, and with £39.3m, Disney’s The Jungle Book has just overtaken Fox-Marvel’s Deadpool (£37.9m) to become the biggest hit of the year so far. Takings were just 24% down on the previous weekend – evidence that audience word of mouth continues to hold up on the Rudyard Kipling adaptation. The film looks certain to overtake the lifetime total of Alice in Wonderland (£42.5m) and could well catch The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (£44.4m) – two family titles that far exceeded box-office expectations.

The also-rans

A quintet of mid-size films was released collectively on 721 screens, delivering a poor total of £783,000, including previews. Best result was achieved by John le Carré adaptation Our Kind of Traitor, starring Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgård: £358,000 from 245 sites, yielding an average of £1,461.

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