Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 still stellar as A Dog's Purpose sniffs out UK box office

Mindhorn, Sleepless and Unlocked also debut in the Top 10 as Marvel’s Guardians joins the year’s top earners in its second week

The winner: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

By taking £27.4m in 10 days, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 has almost matched the UK lifetime of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, which earned £28.5m in 2014. But although Vol 2 is clearly on course to be much bigger than its predecessor, its burnout rate has been faster.

The original film, which was based on a lesser-known Marvel property, began with just under £5m (plus £1.37m previews), falling a gentle 33% in the second frame. This time around, with huge fan anticipation for a second helping, Vol 2 began with a stellar £13.1m, but then fell 57% in the second session.

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Vol 2 is in fifth place for the year so far, behind Beauty and the Beast (the runaway winner with £71.2m), La La Land (£30.4m), Sing (£28.7m) and Fast & Furious 8 (£28.1m). Add in The Lego Batman Movie, The Boss Baby, Logan and Fifty Shades Darker and already 2017 has produced nine films achieving £20m-plus in the UK. At the same stage last year, there had been only six: The Jungle Book, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zootropolis and The Revenant. The difference in the number of big hits is reflected in the fact that UK box office for January-April 2017 is up 18% on the first four months of 2016.

The runner-up: A Dog’s Purpose

Landing in second place with £1.3m, Lasse Hallström’s heartwarmer A Dog’s Purpose was the clear winner among the new releases, seeing off Jamie Foxx in Sleepless (£369,000) and Noomi Rapace in London-set thriller Unlocked (£258,000).

However, £667,000 of the opening tally for A Dog’s Purpose comes from extensive previews. It actually grossed a more modest £633,000 over the 5-7 May weekend. Factor in discrepancies in cinema counts, and the three new films didn’t perform so differently. Ignoring previews, site averages were : A Dog’s Purpose, £1,261; Sleepless, £856; Unlocked, £943.

The indie alternative: Mindhorn

Released into a more targeted 96 cinemas, British comedy Mindhorn achieved the strongest average of any of the new releases (£1,931) thanks to a debut of £185,000. Previews boost that opening number to £280,000. Attempting to put that result into perspective isn’t so easy, since indie British comedies have been thin on the ground lately, and most British comedies of recent years have been spun off TV shows such as Dad’s Army, The Office, The Inbetweeners, Absolutely Fabulous, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Bad Education.

Exceptions have included films with a more family skew, including Bill (featuring the Horrible Histories talent) and What We Did on Our Holiday (from the makers of Outnumbered). A more apt comparison might be Bunny and the Bull (2009), which featured Mindhorn’s Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby in its cast. The Paul King comedy began with a poor £27,500 from 27 cinemas, on its way to an £88,000 total.

The crowd-pleaser: Get Out

Still in the top 15 is Jordan Peele’s US indie horror Get Out, which passed the £10m mark in its eighth week of release. The film began with £2.16m, thereafter registering relatively modest declines, buoyed by strong word-of-mouth. Budget is a reported $5m; global box office is now $205m.

The market

Given the lack of commercially potent new titles, it’s no surprise to see the market tumble from the previous frame down 42%), although it’s a shade up (3%) on the equivalent session from 2016, when Bad Neighbours 2 and Florence Foster Jenkins were the top new titles. Look for a strong recovery with the imminent arrival of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.

Top 10 films, 5-7 May

1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, £6,097,082 from 634 sites. Total: £27,419,501 (two weeks)

2. A Dog’s Purpose, £1,300,097 from 502 sites (new)

3. Fast & Furious 8, £817,596 from 490 sites. Total: £28,124,754 (four weeks)

4. The Boss Baby, £663,776 from 568 sites. Total: £25,647,161 (five weeks)

5. Beauty and the Beast, £418,813 from 517 sites. Total: £71,180,862 (eight weeks)

6. Sleepless, £369,135 from 398 sites (new)

7. Their Finest, £325,717 from 452 sites. Total: £3,249,198 (three weeks)

8. Mindhorn, £280,483 from 96 sites (new)

9. Unlocked, £258,452 from 274 sites (new)

10. Baahubali: The Conclusion (Hindi version), £183,913 from 81 sites. Total: £601,408 (two weeks)

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Other openers

Whisky Galore!, £49,205 from 43 sites

Lost in London, £25,248 (including £19,786 previews) from six sites

The Journey, £24,813 (including £6,145 previews) from 34 sites

The Kitchen: World Chef Battle, £10,521 from 18 sites

Don Carlo – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Live, £7,531 from 30 sites

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, £7,482 from 12 sites

Harmonium, £4,653 from seven sites

Sakhavu, £4,150 from 39 sites

Shock Wave, £1,922 from two sites

Burden, £1,173 from one site

1971 Beyond Borders, £582 from nine sites

• Thanks to comScore. All figures relate to takings in UK and Ireland cinemas.


Charles Gant

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