‘Free Guy’ passes £11m atop UK-Ireland box office; ‘The Nest’ makes decent start | News

Rank Movies (Distributor) Three-day gross (Aug 27-29) Total gross to date Week
1 Free Guy (Disney) £ 1.6m £11.2m 3
2 candy man (Universal) £1.1m £1.46m 1
3 The PAW Patrol Movie (Paramount) £563,000 £ 5.9m 3
4 Andre Rieu’s 2021 Summer Concert: Together Again (Piece of Magic Entertainment) £432,000 £432,000 1
5 Jungle Cruise (Disney) £402,000 £11.14m 5

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.38

Disney’s Free Guy led the UK-Ireland box office for a third successive weekend with a £1.6m Friday to Sunday result, as Picturehouse Entertainment’s The Nest scored a strong result for an independent title.

Free Guy’s result was down 29% on its previous session, representing another decent hold for the studio. The film now has £11.2m from three weekends, having taken a further £600,000 on Bank Holiday Monday.

Universal’s candy man began with £1.1m from Friday to Sunday, well clear of the £350,111 and £226,413 starts of the previous two candy man films. Playing in 605 locations, this result comes out as a reasonable £1,835 location average. Including the Monday screenings it now has £1.46m.

In third place, Paramount’s The PAW Patrol Movie fell 46% on its previous session, with £563,000. A strong £244,000 on Bank Holiday Monday has brought it to £5.9m from three weekends.

Dutch violinist Andre Rieu again proved a reliable draw in the event cinema space, with Piece Of Magic Entertainment’s release of Andre Rieu’s 2021 Summer Concert: Together Again on Saturday August 28 taking £432,000 with over 100 reports still to come in. The distributor’s projections once all figures have arrived put the film around the £500,000 mark, with further encore screenings running through this week.

Elsewhere on Disney’s slate, Jungle Cruise added £402,000 – a 39% drop – and has £11.14m from five weekends. The Night House fell 63% on its second session, with £117,000 taking it to £725,000 in total; while Black Widow added £67,000 and is now at £18.7m. It will finish as the 18th highest-grossing of 24 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, ahead of Ant-Man And The Wasp’s £17.8m and behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s £ 19.4m.

Warner Bros’ The Suicide Squad dropped 42% and fell from third to sixth place, with £377,000 taking it to £13.36m from five. Space Jam: A New Legacy added £262,000 – a 40% drop – to reach £11.86m, while Hugh Jackman vehicle Reminiscence is already struggling on its second weekend, dropping a sizeable 81% with £49,000 taking it to £500,000 total.

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Also for Universal, People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan dropped 52% on its second session, with £267,329 taking it to £1.65m total. The Croods 2: A New Age fell 40%, with £245,581 bringing it to £8.7m from seven weekends; while Spirit Untamed dropped 50% with £89,850, reaching £3m total.

Titles closing out for the studio include Fast & Furious 9, adding £17,824 to reach £16.4m; M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, adding £17,070 for £3.36m; and The Forever Purge, with £16,894 taking it to £3.6m – the third highest-grossing of the five Purge films.

The second-highest new opener of the weekend after candy man was Sony’s comedy-drama Our Ladies. The Scottish film took £124,950 from Friday to Sunday, at an averge of £320; including £23,189 from previews.

Also for Paramount, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins dropped 67% on its second session, with £117,000 bringing it to £955,000 total.

Nest finds a home

Picturehouse Entertainment’s release of Sean Durkin’s The Nest was a leading independent success this weekend, opening to £97,348 from 131 locations at an average of £743, with almost identical takings on both Saturday and Sunday. In the post-pandemic theatrical climate, a £743 average represents a decent return.

Including preview screenings and Monday’s results, the film has a good start of £157,209 – up on the £110,156 of Durkin’s previous film, 2012 release Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Sony’s Don’t Breathe 2 added £62,676 for £952,993 total from three weekends; while Peter Rabbit 2 continues to take money on its 15th weekend in cinemas, with £41,620 bringing it to £20.08m.

Parkland Entertainment’s The Last Bus starring Timothy Spall and Phyllis Logan opened to £52,191, and has £70,965 in total, at an average of £570.

For Signature Entertainment, animation Ainbo: Spirit Of The Amazon opened to £43,737 and has £63,034 in total; while limited releases included Demonic (£4,600 including Monday) and The Toll (£1,756 including Monday).

Mod-themed drama The Pebble And The Boy opened to £19,330 from 65 sites for Munro Films, and has £27,076 in total to date.

For eOne, Cannes 2021 title Stillwater added £18,815 on its fourth weekend, and has £1.2m in total.

Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams added £16,948 for National Amusements to reach £82,598 from two weekends.

Bollywood romance Puaada added £14,303 on its third weekend, and is now up to £196,454, through Media House Global.

Vertigo Releasing’s Censor fell 72% on its second session, with £14,258 bringing it to £138,345 cume.

Cannes 2020 label title Souad opened to £4,755, and has £9,280 in total for BFI Distribution.

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‘Free Guy’ passes £11m atop UK-Ireland box office; ‘The Nest’ makes decent start | News