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Pete's Dragon has the rest of the month of school holidays, and people know it's meant to be great. I wouldn't write it off just yet. 

 

Hell I haven't been to see it yet. Reason? The Olympics. You can bet that's played its part, as well as the nice weather. 

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Weather forecasting models hinting at the prospect of next weekend being a washout, which could be huge for all the family movies. Maybe one or more of them even grow versus this weekend? (I don't know if that would be a realistic possible outcome. Others on here will presumably have evidence either way?)

 

Can't say I'm shocked at the low opening for Pete's Dragon. As well as the immense competition both theatrical (Dory, BFG, Pets) and otherwise (Olympics, outdoor activities), it didn't seem to have a big marketing push here, or at least not one I was exposed to.

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Bombs away here in the Uk for Pete's Dragon! That's diabolical. 

 

Shallows also did under £1m (including previews)

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Ranking Film/Distributor Weekend gross Running total
1 Suicide Squad(WB) $5.5m (£4.24m) $28.6m (£22.21m)
2 Finding Dory(Disney) $3.3m (£2.56m) $35.3m (£27.3m)
3 Jason Bourne(Universal) $1.9m (£1.46m) $22.5m (£17.45m)
4 The BFG (eOne) $1.43m (£1.11m) $30.4m (£23.5m)
5 Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates (Fox) $1.38m (£1.07m) $1.38m (£1.07m)

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That's a good number for Mike and Dave. I didn't know it got released in the UK this week. 

 

Awful for Pete's Dragon. It's release date really screwed it up though. It has the possibility to recover because it's a family film but that's such a big hole to climb out of. 

 

Very disappointing for The Shallows. Although not surprised if like you guys say there was little marketing. It seems Sony is putting their promotional efforts into their marketing for it in Austrailia. 

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52 minutes ago, Nova said:

That's a good number for Mike and Dave. I didn't know it got released in the UK this week. 

 

Awful for Pete's Dragon. It's release date really screwed it up though. It has the possibility to recover because it's a family film but that's such a big hole to climb out of. 

 

Very disappointing for The Shallows. Although not surprised if like you guys say there was little marketing. It seems Sony is putting their promotional efforts into their marketing for it in Austrailia. 

 

The Shallows actually beat Mike and Dave for the three day weekend which is good considering it had little marketing and less show times not to mention preview wise, The Shallows only had one day of previews compares to Mike and Dave's two days of previews 

 

Pete's Dragon might not be able to recover because there is another family film coming this weekend in the form of Swallows and Amazons, I'm not expecting huge numbers but it'll hurt Pete's Dragon more than Dory and The BFG

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WARNER BROS

Suicide Squad comfortably saw off all new releases to lead an unchanged top four at the UK box office for the second straight week.

Warner Bros’ DC Entertainment adaptation fell 62% with a $5.5m (£4.24m) second weekend for $28.6m (£22.21m) after ten days in play. It enjoyed a strong first Mon-Thurs session with more than $8.4m (£6.5m) taken as it led the market on each day.

By comparison, 2016’s other superhero outings Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman and Deadpool fell by 67%, 68% and 59%, respectively, although they all opened bigger than Suicide Squad.

David Brent: Life On The Road will likely prove to be the stiffest competition for Suicide Squad this weekend as it seeks a UK hat-trick. However, it will still hope to hold well in order to join the £30m club in the coming weeks.

DISNEY

With new releases struggling to make an impact, Finding Dory recorded an impressive drop of only 35% with a $3.3m (£2.56m) third weekend.

Disney’s latest Pixar offering has now swum to $35.3m (£27.3m) after adding almost $5.8m (£4.5m) midweek. It is now the tenth-biggest Pixar outing, with A Bug’s Life($38m/£29.45m) and Monsters University ($39.7m/£30.7m) firmly in its sights.

Since its release, Finding Dory has increased sites each week from 592 sites at opening to 628 last week and now 643 sites, a rare climb for a saturation release.

Also for Disney, Pete’s Dragon was soft on its UK bow but did post the best Fri-Sun tally of the new openers with $1.1m (£841,477) from its 563 sites.

That’s significantly down on recent live-action Disney adaptations, although the original film is less well-known.Pete’s Dragon will hope to take flight over the remaining weeks of the school holidays as a result of its critical acclaim.

UNIVERSAL

Jason Bourne fell 40% on its way to a $1.9m (£1.46m) third weekend as it remained in third.

Universal’s action sequel is now up to $22.5m (£17.45m), but has fallen behind current series-high, The Bourne Ultimatum, which stood at $22.9m (£17.74m) at the same stage.

Also for Universal, The Secret Life Of Pets hopped to $366,000 (£283,160) for an excellent $42.7m (£33.05m) after eight weeks in play.

EONE

The BFG continued its strong UK run with a 35% drop in its fourth weekend as it marched to $1.43m (£1.11m) from its 614 sites.

eOne’s Roald Dahl adaptation is now up to $30.4m (£23.5m) after adding $2.8m (£2.2m) midweek. It is currently director Steven Spielberg’s fifth-biggest UK performer and still has time to surpass The Lost World’s $33.3m (£25.8m).

FOX

This week’s highest new release came in the form of Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates as it rounded off the top five.

Fox’s raunchy comedy partied to a non-final $1.38m (£1.07m), including $478,000 (£370,000) in previews, from its 452 sites. Based solely on Fri-Sun tallies, the film would have charted seventh behind Pete’s Dragon and The Shallows.

Earlier this year, fellow Zac Efron comedy Dirty Grandpastarted its UK run with $2.6m (£2.05m), including $781,000 (£604,675) in previews, from its 424 sites.

Also for Fox, Ice Age: Collision Course and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie stand at $8.7m (£6.76m) and $20.4m (£15.77m), respectively.

LIONSGATE

Nerve charted seventh on its UK bow with $1.04m (£803,004), including $253,000 (£195,738) in previews, from its 372 sites.

Lionsgate’s technological thriller recorded a sturdy site average of $2,789 (£2,159), and will hope its smart online campaign can help the film make an impact in an increasingly busy marketplace.

SONY

The Shallows bit into $1.03m (£798,000), including $118,000 (£91,000) in previews, from its 379 sites as it charted eighth on its UK debut. It would have been sixth solely on Fri-Sun takings.

Overall, Sony’s single-location thriller achieved director Jaume Collet-Serra’s fourth-best UK bow, behind his three collaborations with Liam Neeson, and will hope to attract solid midweek business due to strong reviews.

Also for Sony, Ghostbusters captured a further $145,000 (£112,000) for $13.4m (£10.4m) to date. As expected, it is director Paul Feig’s second-best UK performer, behindBridesmaids.

PARAMOUNT

In its fourth weekend, Paramount’s Star Trek Beyondphased to an extra $612,000 (£474,000) for $18.4m (£14.21m) to date.

PICTUREHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT

Including $2,300 (£1,817) in previews, Picturehouse Entertainment’s Wiener-Dog walked to a UK debut of $112,000 (£86,423) from its 38 sites.

That’s narrowly up on director Todd Solondz’s previous best opening, Happiness’ $109,000 (£83,998), though it’s worth noting that it only opened in 11 sites.

CURZON ARTIFICIAL EYE

2015 Palme d’Or nominee Valley Of Love posted a non-final UK bow of $35,000 (£27,438), including previews, from its 23 sites through Curzon Artificial Eye.

SODA PICTURES

With a site expansion set for Friday [Aug 19], Soda Pictures’ Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words recorded a $5,100 (£3,960) UK debut from its two site release at the BFI Southbank and IFI Dublin.

UPCOMING RELEASES

This week sees saturation releases for Warner Bros’ Lights Out, eOne’s David Brent: Life On The Road, Lionsgate’sNine Lives (opens Aug 17) and Studiocanal’s Swallows And Amazons.

Kaleidoscope’s Asterix And Obelix - Mansion Of The Gods receives a wide release, while Metrodome’s The Childhood Of A Leader, Vertigo Releasing’s Black and Studiocanal’s Tickled are among the films receiving a limited release.

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17 minutes ago, Jonwo said:

 

The Shallows actually beat Mike and Dave for the three day weekend which is good considering it had little marketing and less show times not to mention preview wise, The Shallows only had one day of previews compares to Mike and Dave's two days of previews 

 

Pete's Dragon might not be able to recover because there is another family film coming this weekend in the form of Swallows and Amazons, I'm not expecting huge numbers but it'll hurt Pete's Dragon more than Dory and The BFG

Thanks for the information! I didn't know that about Mike and Dave and The Shallows. Obviously show times, marketing and previews have an effect on the weekend numbers lol So its nice to get the whole picture. 

 

But poor Pete's Dragon. By all accounts it's actually a good film. Just bad timing/luck, I guess. It will be interesting to see how the other family films coming in effect the existing ones. 

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2 minutes ago, Nova said:

Thanks for the information! I didn't know that about Mike and Dave and The Shallows. Obviously show times, marketing and previews have an effect on the weekend numbers lol So its nice to get the whole picture. 

 

But poor Pete's Dragon. By all accounts it's actually a good film. Just bad timing/luck, I guess. It will be interesting to see how the other family films coming in effect the existing ones. 

 

Swallows and Amazons probably won't dent Dory and BFG, it'll have more of an effect on Pete, Pets and Ice Age, the latter two have now less showtime since they've been out the longest.

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MONDAY: 1-SUICIDE SQUAD 2-FINDING DORY 3-THE BFG 4-JASON BOURNE 5-PETE'S DRAGON

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July's cinema admissions were 16.6m, which is up 4.5% from July 2015 and the busiest July for five years.

 

July's box office was £132.4m, which is up 13% from July 2015. The biggest films were The Secret Life Of Pets, Ab Fab, The BFG and Star Trek

 

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I'm assuming Dory wasn't included as it will be included in the August admissions. 

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Weather has been amazing all week, however, finally some good news for cinemas, this weekend is looking much wetter and cooler, first time in week for us, sure cinemas will be pleased to hear that.

 

However, next week it's meant to be getting hot again. We've had a great August so far here in the south, looks like it's set to continue.

 

As for new releases, doubt David Brent is going to do very well, I don't even know who would want to watch that shit. Can't see more than £3m. 

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35 minutes ago, Heretic said:

Weather has been amazing all week, however, finally some good news for cinemas, this weekend is looking much wetter and cooler, first time in week for us, sure cinemas will be pleased to hear that.

 

However, next week it's meant to be getting hot again. We've had a great August so far here in the south, looks like it's set to continue.

 

As for new releases, doubt David Brent is going to do very well, I don't even know who would want to watch that shit. Can't see more than £3m. 

 

Im thinking £2-3m as well, probably will be between David Brent and Dory for number 1 

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1 hour ago, Jonwo said:

 

Im thinking £2-3m as well, probably will be between David Brent and Dory for number 1 

Dory?

SS will make more.

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Finally, some rainy weather in London. Small drops all round!

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