In this week’s box office update, we can tell you officially that Liam Neeson’s new film, Honest Thief has stolen the number one spot from Tenet.
Another weekend over, another casualty on the cinema chain as Vue announce a quarter of their cinemas will close midweek.
Independent Chain Empire Cinemas also set to temporarily close half their sites as they battle to save costs across November with the recent Bond cancellation with the plan to re-open again in December.
We still have Peter Rabbit 2 expected to release, along with Death On The Nile (December 18th) and Wonder Woman 1984 (December 25th) and there’s money to be made playing older Christmas titles too.
But how has the box office fared for the first weekend of half-term and beyond?
Everybody’s favourite, Tenet now sits at (as we predicted) $341.5m worldwide taking another £134,000 over the weekend, £17.1m in total since its release in the UK.
Tenet Has 8 Weeks At The Top Of The UK Box Office
After 8 weeks at the top of the UK box office, it fell to fourth, and the Liam Neeson vehicle Honest Thief came straight in at number one with a £209,383 gross across the weekend.
In at number 2 was Two By Two: Overboard the animated sequel taking £191,966 and at number 3, the remake of The Secret Garden with Colin Firth, Julie Walters taking £153,976 in it’s opening weekend.
The release also came onto Sky Cinema at the same time, and I think you can be pleased with those numbers in the current climate.
The film also didn’t play in Odeon or Vue cinemas meaning that figure came primarily from independents.
The top 5 films box office was 40% up against last weekend, which is impressive despite cinemas in Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland now being closed due to Coronavirus measures.
The next couple of weeks could be vital for cinemas across the globe as New York begins to open up cinemas outside the city, with a hopeful eye that the governor also allows the city to do the same.
New York Is Begining To Open
With one of the largest markets beginning to re-open domestically for the USA, if it proves safe and successful, this is where we will see confidence and movement in release dates for the better.
However, whilst the main market of NY, San Francisco and Los Angeles remain closed, it pretty much stagnates Hollywood releases.
Tenet opens up in Brazil next week, and the gross outside of America begins to chase the $300m mark (currently sitting at $289m outside America).
Whilst it’s figures remain disappointing for some, as noted by Forbes it’s actually still one of the top grossing original movies since Interstellar and it’s performance outside of America is commendable.
The week ahead sees the release in the UK of The Craft: Legacy, Relic and the Burnt Orange Heresy along with a host of old school Horror re-releases for Halloween.
Are you watching something this half term?
Let us know what you are watching, what you are seeing in the comments below!
Also, let us know what you make of these box office updates and seeing that Honest Thief is number one.