The Guardians’ headline, “Cinemas admissions on course to be the lowest since records began” is a pretty a damning verdict to the current climate, especially as far a box office records are concerned.
The week before they were heralding the rise in the boom with Independent UK cinemas as multiplexes continue to close across the UK.
Evidently with the constant delays (for those of you living under a rock, or perhaps isolating without much news), Bond/Black Widow/Wonder Woman, and Soul now on Disney Plus, it’s evidently the worst year for cinema. Ever.
But cinemas are still open, cinemas are still showing a wave of new fresh new content and really, the industry as a whole needs everyone’s support.
Looking at the past weekend, it’s not all doom and gloom, some studios are still releasing material audiences want to see. Especially as we get closer to Halloween.
Across the pond, Hocus Pocus has taken an estimated $3 million since the beginning of October, as re-releases go this year this is great business for Walt Disney.
The film is also playing in parts of Europe and the UK, and with Halloween fast approaching there’s plenty of time to see that number tick over.
Hocus Pocus is making money at the box office
Originally the 1993 release was a diabolical critical failure, infamous reviewer Roger Ebert gave it one star out of 4, calling it a “confusing cauldron”
Bizarrely it was released in July, in order to capitalise on the schools holiday, but it’s a pinnacle fixture in most 90’s/00’s families Halloween viewing, and seemingly taking the current box office by storm.
In the UK, Tenet held onto the weekend’s top spot taking a further £295k from Fri-Sun (£16.6m total. It now sits at £324m worldwide.
Still reeling from the announcement of the Cineworld closure of all 127 sites (including Picturehouse) the UK box office was understandably lower than previous expectations.
StudioCanal released the horror film Saint Maud, Variety called it “an unholy terror”, and it certainly terrorized audiences, taking 2nd spot on the weekend’s box office within the UK.
Playing in over 350 locations it took £263k, and probably has a lot of legs to move as we get closer to Halloween.
The UK box office from the weekend 9-11th October.
Tenet – £296,049
Saint Maud – £263,433
Akira (Rerelease) – £201,244
After We Collided – £194,277
As UK cinemas continue to struggle there was a fantastic collaborative piece in the Guardian this week worth a read.
What have you seen this week?
Excited for Hocus Pocus?
Let us know in the comments below!