|Rank||Film (distributor)||Three-day gross (Apr 22-24)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1.||Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Paramount)||£1.64m||£20.2m||4|
|2.||Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore (Warner Bros)||£1.59m||£16.5m||3|
|3.||The Lost City (Paramount)||£1.4m||£5.6m||2|
|4.||Operation Mincemeat (Warner Bros)||£758,285||£2.6m||2|
|5.||The Bad Guys (Universal)||£737,853||£9.4m||4|
GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.27
Paramount’s Sonic The Hedgehog 2 has retaken the UK-Ireland box office lead from Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, on a weekend when no new titles managed to break into the top five.
The film has £20.2m in total, and has surpassed the £19.3m of the 2020 first film, marking an excellent result for Paramount.
Fantastic Beasts 3 dropped 40% on its third session for Warner Bros, with £1.59m bringing it to £16.5m total. It will end well down on the £54.7m and £34m of the first two Fantastic Beasts films.
Paramount secured two of the top three spots for the second consecutive weekend, with The Lost City holding third place with a £1.4m second session, dropping 21%. It is now up to £5.6m total.
Warner Bros took fourth spot as well, with John Madden’s war drama Operation Mincemeat dropping 19% on its second weekend with £758,285 bringing it to a £2.6m cume.
Universal’s The Bad Guys re-entered the top five on its fourth weekend, with £737,853 (a decent drop of only 6%) bringing it to £9.4m total.
Takings for the top five stood at £6.1m – a 24.2% decrease on last time out, and 41.9% down since the start of the month. Exhibitors will be looking for Universal’s Downton Abbey: A New Era to provide a spring boost next weekend.
Universal’s Viking drama The Northman gave a decent performance on its second weekend, falling 29% with £696,693 taking it to £2.4m. This is already a record gross for director Robert Eggers, surpassing 2016’s The Witch (£1.2m) and 2020’s The Lighthouse (£1.4m).
The highest-ranking opening title this weekend was Lionsgate’s The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent starring Nicolas Cage, which opened to £469,339 from 563 sites at an average of £844. Including previews, the film has £516,697.
Former number one The Batman dropped 43% on its eighth weekend, with £155,461 bringing it to £40.5m total. Compared to other superhero titles, it is just ahead of 2019’s Captain Marvel (£39.5m), and may still catch 2017’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (£41m).
Another superhero title, Sony’s Morbius, fell 45% on its fourth weekend, with £120,000 taking it to £6.2m total.
Sing 2 added £43,902 for Universal, and has £32.7m from a never-ending 13-weekend run in cinemas – past the £29.5m of the first film from 2017.
On an impressive fifth weekend in cinemas, Mubi’s The Worst Person In The World scored an excellent 6% increase, with £33,796 taking it to £887,425 and maintaining hopes of it crossing the £1m barrier before its run is over.
Audrey Diwan’s Venice 2021 Golden Lion winner Happening opened to £17,042 from 37 sites for Picturehouse Entertainment, and has £27,701 including previews.
Estonia-set Cold War love story Firebird opened to £15,801 from 42 sites for Jade Films, and has £28,582 including previews.
Tailoring crime thriller The Outfit added £11,126 for Universal, and has £227,370 from three weekends.
Michael Bay’s Ambulance drove in £8,873 for Universal, and has just shy of £1.6m from five weekends – a low figure compared to Bay’s previous work.
Laura Wandel’s Cannes 2021 Un Certain Regard title Playground opened to £6,611 from 18 screens including previews for New Wave Films.
The Nan Movie is closing out after six weekends for Warner Bros, adding £3,220 to reach £1.7m.
Playing on Thursday, April 21, event cinema release Henry V took £202,601 at an average of £373 for National Theatre Live, and has £209,453 including encores. A further 125 screenings are booked for the coming weeks.