UK Box Office

The winners: Sing, T2, La La Land and Split

Sing, T2 Trainspotting, La La Land and Split shrugged off the challenge from the weekend’s new releases to hold on to the top four places in the UK box-office chart. All fell by similar amounts, with Split and Sing declining 38% and 40% from the previous session, and La La Land and T2 Trainspotting dropping by 42% and 43%.

After 12 days, Illumination Entertainment’s Sing has rung up £15.3m – impressive when you consider that the February half-term holiday is still ahead. For comparison, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets had reached £16.6m at the same stage of its release last summer, on its way to a spiffy lifetime total of £42.9m. Sing faced competition from previews of The Lego Batman Movie.

With £10.6m so far, T2 Trainspotting is most of the way to matching the lifetime box office of 1996’s original Trainspotting – £12.4m. The belated sequel should overtake its predecessor by the end of the week (without taking into account ticket price inflation). T2 is also whizzing up the all time UK box-office chart for 18-certificate titles, and will soon overtake Inglourious Basterds (£10.9m), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (£11.8m) and Snatch (£12.3m). Fifty Shades of Grey remains uncatchable (at least by T2), with £35.1m.

The Oscar competitors

With £24.5m so far, La La Land has already overtaken the biggest-grossing titles among last year’s best picture Oscar nominees – The Martian (£23.5m), and The Revenant (£23.4m) – and is miles ahead of this year’s other best-picture nominees.

Hell or High Water is likely to remain the lowest-grossing of the nine titles, with £1.74m. Manchester By the Sea has reached £2.65m and probably won’t get substantially further than that. Ditto Arrival, which is at £9.39m. Hacksaw Ridgeis at £3.20m, and Lion an impressive £5m, with both films likely to enjoy more box office life. Lion fell a slim 21% at the weekend – the smallest decline of any film in the UK Top 20. Three best picture nominees – Fences, Hidden Figures and Moonlight – begin a platform run this weekend in order to qualify for this year’s Baftas, and then expand on February 17.

The multiplex battle: Rings, Resident Evil 6 and Gold

With £812,000, Rings is the highest grossing among the weekend’s new releases, but that was only enough to earn seventh place in the chart. That’s the lowest gross for a top-performing new release since Melissa McCarthy won that distinction in June 2016. On that occasion, The Boss landed in the chart in seventh place with £595,000, and chicklit adaptation Me Before You moved up to the top spot.

Rings is a reboot of DreamWorks’ English-language The Ring franchise, which yielded films in 2002 and 2005. The Ring 2 began with £2.06m and The Ring with £2.20m, so Rings has fallen well below those opening salvos.

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