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UK Box Office Thread: Endgame breaks all opening records with astonishing £43.4m ($56m)!!

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Still looking quite busy on my end, 3 sell outs for the evening, but day shows are a lot quieter.

It'll be interesting to see how hard it drops next week, I reckon 70%

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Fifty Shades of Grey scores biggest 18-rated opening of all time in the UK with estimated £13.6m bow from 586 sites.

 

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On par with expectations but still an incredible result, I imagine £30-35m is the likely total.

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Jesus that's HUGE. About $21m at current exchange rates. Should clear $50m or so. Us Brits love us some softcore S&M (and some Jamie Dornan)

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Top thr Engagements UK
all FSOG
 
1-Odeon Leicester Square 
2-Vue Westfield London 
3-vue Westfield Stratford 20
4-NAC Showcase Bluwater 12
5-CW Glasgow 18
6-Cw Sheffield 20
7-Odeon Liverpool One 14
8- Vue Star city birmingham 25
9-Empire Basildon 15
10-Vue Plymouth 15
 
 
Top thrs all films
1-vue westfield 17
2-vue Westfield Stratford 20
3-Odeon Leicester Square 
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BASILDON?! What the fuck?!

They were horny and had nothing better 2 do
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Universal’s raunchy drama blows off opposition on way to $20.3m debut (£13.2m).

Fifty Shades of Grey spanked rivals at the UK box office over the Valentine’s Day weekend, amassing a colossal $20.3m debut (£13.2m).

The hotly anticipated book adaptation scored a whopping $35,400 (£23,000) screen average from around 580 sites, accounting for 58% of the total market-share.

The film’s weekend total is the biggest ever for an 18-certificate (Hannibal previously debuted on $9.8m/£6.4m), the largest for a non-franchise/sequel opening, the biggest February and Valentine’s Day debut and the biggest debut of 2015.

The film was also the biggest-ever opening for a Universal film, beating out the company’s previous record held by Despicable Me 2.

Ticket pre-sales were through-the-roof for the buzzed-about drama, in which Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star as student Anastasia Steele and the handsome but tormented billionaire Christian Grey.

Vue ticket sales surpassed the $1.5m (£1m) mark 10 days prior to the film’s release and sold at the highest-ever rate for the company.

According to the company, 80% of tickets were bought by women with an average of three tickets being bought per sale.

More than 300,000 people visited 83 Vue sites alone on Saturday, making it the chain’s biggest-ever Saturday attendance.

The film now looks set to surpass the UK’s highest-grossing 18-rated film of all time, The Wolf Of Wall Street, which took $35m (£22.7m); and David Fincher’s Gone Girl, another hit novel-turned-certificate-18, which has taken $34.5m (£22.4m) (and is still slowly ticking away). 

Meanwhile Universal’s Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything was buoyed by its BAFTA wins in its seventh week, taking a further $768,000 (£499,000) for an excellent cumulative of $29m (£18.9m).

Disney

Animation Big Hero 6 ranked second at the UK box office, totalling $2.8m (£1.8m) from 575 locations in its third week for a running total of $15m (£9.8m).

StudioCanal

StudioCanal’s family animation Shaun the Sheep Movie took a further $2.5m (£1.6m) in its second week from 554 sites (at an average of $4,600/£3,000), leading to a cumulative box office of $6.6m (£4.3m).

Also still in the top ten for StudioCanal is hit animation Paddington, which grossed a further $303,000 (£197,000) from 343 sites for a huge running total of $55.4m (£36m).

Fox

Kingsman: The Secret Service took $2.3m (£1.5m) in its third week from 514 locations for a running total of $16.6m (£10.8m).

The studio’s civil rights drama Selma scored a further $640,000 (£416,000) in its second week from 344 sites for a total of $2.6m (£1.7m).

Warner Bros

Warner Bros accounted for two top ten titles over the weekend in the shape of holdover Jupiter Ascending, which took $1.22m (£796,516) from 429 locations for a relatively meagre $4.3m (£2.8m), and Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war drama American Sniper, which made $957,000 (£622,000) from 401 locations in its fifth week for an impressive $18.8m (£12.2m) total box office.

eOne

Few were willing to take on Fifty Shades this weekend but fellow-openers did include the film version of eOne’s own mega franchise Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots, which arrived sixth in the UK, taking $1m (£660,000) from 370 screens.

The family animation, which only runs 55 minutes, is something of an experiment for the distributor, which charged a lower ticket price and played almost entirely in the mornings.

Altitude

Well-reviewed drama Love is Strange also entered the fray over the Valentine’s weekend, taking $97,000 (£63,000) from 42 sites.

Metrodome

Metrodome’s Coherence took $3,000 (£2,000) from two sites.

This week’s releases

This week’s releases include Paramount’s Project Almanac, which gets a saturation release from today; Universal’s Michael Mann thriller Blackhat; Sony comedy The Wedding Ringer; Warner Bros.’ Jennifer Aniston drama Cake; Artificial Eye’s The Duke of Burgundy; Soda’s Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter; and Dogwoof documentary Maidan.

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I'm impressed how well Peppa Pig did considering it had child pricing and only had a two day opening and limited to morning showings. 

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Half term should mean Big Hero 6 has a strong week. $30m is still within range.

Orange Wednesday will be massive for 50 Shades, especially as the offer ends soon. It'll plummet at the weekend, but should hold the record for biggest 18 film ever by Sunday.

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50 shades already at $30m as of Thursday. Orange Wednesday must've been massive. Last one next week.

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50 shades already at $30m as of Thursday. Orange Wednesday must've been massive. Last one next week.

That'll be a sad day. Fingers crossed the cinemas either expand bargain Tuesday style deals or flat out replace the offer in house.

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Vue will be doing 2for1 in March to on Wednesdays to replace it.

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FSOG only off about 60% last Fri, openings WS PA not worth mentioning

BH6 /SSTD huge jumps over LW

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