In the US, The Conjuring 3 (The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It) topped the box office charts knocking off A Quiet Place 2 with $24m across the weekend.
This becomes Warner Bros. Pictures’ 5th number one film at the box office for 2021, helped massively because of the fact they seem to be the only studio releasing big films…
A Quiet Place Part 2 finished on $19m in its second week, and whilst historically this would be odd to see two ‘horror’ titles against each other, the box office numbers suggest audiences are happy to watch both.
The film continues to chase the first domestic (US) $100m film and is catching up on Godzilla vs Kong and we can expect A Quiet Place Part 2 (which opened to almost $50m) to reach it soon.
Disney and Cruella (which has been rumoured to have already signed off on a sequel…) came third with $11m dropping almost 50% from the week prior. And including its international gross over the past 2 weeks sits around $80m.
Notably, Disney do not release numbers from Disney Plus so we can only guess too if it has been a success or not via demand.
UK Box Office…
In the UK (which has already had The Conjuring 3 released for a week), A Quiet Place Part 2 stormed to the top of the box office for top spot for the first time, taking over from Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.
According to Comscore coming in at 3rd was Cruella with around $1m followed by The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
Sitting in fifth was the new release Dreamhorse starring Toni Collette, taking around 100k across a wide release over the weekend.
A really disappointing result for Warner Brothers for the drama-comedy, and we’ve already heard a few grumbles that the marketing and film ‘title’ aren’t doing it any justice with potential audiences.
Elsewhere in the UK, cinema operators have yet to find out what changes if any will be made when Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirms if the next stage of the ‘road map’ out of lockdown will proceed on June 21st.
The UKCA has not informed members of any changes or plans for social distancing or masks within cinemas.
Speculation has grown over the past week that potentially distancing may remain in place for at least two weeks, whilst other rumours have suggested distancing may go, but masks will remain in cinema venues.
As we’ve seen in the US, capacity limits are increasing as the government relaxes restrictions as the vaccine rollout continues, but the Prime Minister is expected to announce a short delay to the road map as the country rushes to vaccinate ahead of the ‘Indian’ variant.
The impact of this news on the biggest film released since the Pandemic began in these shores, Fast & Furious 9 cannot be understated.
The film is a sure-fire blockbuster popcorn fuelled spectacle that is expected to drive people in large numbers to the cinema for a healthy gross. If distancing is removed and more seats can be sold this would be a huge positive for Universal and cinemas alike.
The film has already grossed a whopping $250m in its first three weeks playing in China.
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