The winner: The Girl on the Train
Resisting the challenge of Tom Hanks’s globetrotting symbologist in Inferno, The Girl on the Train hangs on to the top spot, with a gentle decline from the previous weekend of 34%. After 12 days, the murder mystery has grossed an impressive £13.7m, which compares with £9.8m for Gone Girl at the same stage of its run. Gone Girl enjoyed a lot of staying power, ending up with £22.4m in the UK – more than double the number it had reached after two weekends.
The runner-up: Inferno
The film franchise adapted from Dan Brown’s novels continues its downward trajectory with the release of Inferno. The Da Vinci Code kicked off the series in 2006 with a debut of £9.50m, on its way to £30.51m. Angels & Demons followed three years later, opening with £6.05m including £939,000 in previews, and ending up with £18.79m. Now Inferno begins with £2.97m – a significant drop from the Angels & Demons number. Based on the performance of the previous film, Inferno looks to be heading for a total of about £11m.
The family film: Storks
When The Lego Movie delivered UK box office of £34.3m (and $469m worldwide) in 2014, Warner Bros announced itself as a power player in animation, up there with Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks and Universal Illumination. Now the pressure is on the studio to deliver again, this time without the benefit of the Lego brand.
Despite the tagline “From the studio that delivered The Lego Movie” and the involvement of Chris Miller and Phil Lord – executive producers here – Storks is struggling to position itself in that lineage. The film has opened with £2.25m, including previews of £974,000. Strip out the previews, and Storks would have debuted in sixth place. The number compares with a debut of £8.05m including previews of £2.16m for The Lego Movie.
One problem Storks faced was DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, which enjoyed previews on Saturday and Sunday, grossing more than £2m. There is every sign that Trolls is going to prove stiff competition for Storks when it opens on Friday.
The arthouse battle: American Honey v My Scientology Movie
When Universal picked October 14 as its release date for Andrea Arnold’sAmerican Honey, it may have been concerned that Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blakewould be arriving a week later. But the distributor probably wasn’t paying much attention to a film slated for one week before American Honey: Louis Theroux’s documentary My Scientology Movie.
American Honey debuted with £175,000 from 101 cinemas, including previews of £30,000. This compares with an opening of £161,000 from 82 cinemas including £9,000 in previews for Arnold’s previous feature Wuthering Heights(2011), and £103,000 from 47 cinemas for the earlier Fish Tank. Strip out the previews and American Honey opened lower than Wuthering Heights. When Universal acquired international rights to American Honey, a commercial breakthrough looked on the cards – but it has not transpired so far.
In its second weekend of release, My Scientology Movie delivered £122,000 from 49 cinemas, taking the 10-day tally to £770,000. It seems the film is reaching a younger audience than typically seen for big-screen documentaries, thanks to the popularity of Theroux, who has conquered a new demographic via Netflix. Many cinemas are offering encore showings of the Adam Buxton-hosted Q&A, which went out live to cinemas last Monday from Royal Festival Hall, London.Read More….