UK Box Office

The winners: mature titles

It’s no change at the top of the UK box office as Suicide Squad, Finding Dory,Jason Bourne and The BFG all retain their lock on the top four places. Suicide Squad suffered by far the biggest decline, down 62%, but was nevertheless the clear winner, with weekend takings of £4.24m. After 10 days, the Warner/DC release has grossed an impressive £22.2m here. That compares with £25.9m forDeadpool after two weekends of play – but that was a 12-day figure for Deadpool, thanks to its previews strategy. Another apt comparison might be Disney/Marvel’sGuardians of the Galaxy, which stood at £13.8m after two weekends.

Finding Dory added another £7m, bringing its 17-day total to a robust £27.3m. Last summer’s big Pixar movie Inside Out had reached £22.9m by the same stage of its run, and it ended up with an impressive £39.1m.

Jason Bourne and The BFG both added about £3.3m. With £23.5m, The BFG is now the eighth highest-grossing release of 2016, behind The Jungle Book, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory and Zootropolis. The latter is on £23.9m, so The BFG will soon overtake it. Rounding out the Top 10 for the year so far are The Revenant and Suicide Squad.

Battle of the new releases

Raunchy comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is the top new release, landing in fifth place with £1.07m, including previews of £370,000. That’s a fair bit down on Dirty Grandpa, in which Zac Efron teamed up with Robert De Niro, and which began in January with £2.05m, including £605,000 in previews. This time, Efron’s co-stars are Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza.

The real winner: Pete’s Dragon

With an opening gross of £844,000, Disney’s Pete’s Dragon was the box-office winner among the new releases, if previews are left out of the Mike and Dave number. With family films enjoying consistent returns every day, Disney can be confident of a sustained run for the well-reviewed Pete’s Dragon until the end of the school holidays.

Battle of the genre pictures: Nerve v The Shallows

Just behind Pete’s Dragon are two high-concept thrillers – Nerve and The Shallows –neck and neck with £803,000 and £801,000 respectively. Again, preview numbers are skewing the true picture. Strip them out, and The Shallows wins convincingly with £710,000 against £608,000 for Nerve. The Shallows offers the simple proposition of bleeding, bikini-clad surfer Blake Lively and a circling shark. Nerve delivers a teenage Emma Roberts sucked into a game of escalating dares decided by a mobile phone app.

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