|Rank||Film (distributor)||Three-day gross (Nov 17-19)||Total gross to date||Week|
|1.||The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes (Lionsgate)||£5.4m||£5.4m||1|
|2.||The Marvels (Disney)||£1.3m||£5.7m||2|
|3.||Saltburn (Warner Bros)||£776,444||£840,589||1|
|4.||Trolls Band Together (Universal)||£732,022||£14.8m||5|
GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.25
Lionsgate franchise title The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes recorded a strong £5.4m to top the UK-Ireland box office on its opening weekend.
Although down on the £12.2m, £12.7m and £11.3m starts of the final three original Hunger Games films, it did top the £4.9m opening of first title The Hunger Games from 2012.
Playing in 576 sites, The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes took an excellent £9,406 location average – among the highest opening location averages of 2023. Lionsgate will now look to push the film towards £20m, with the Christmas release period quieter than in previous years.
The Marvels struggled on its second session, falling 63% – although not as much as its 78% drop across international markets. Its £1.3m second weekend brought it to £5.7m total for Disney; it remains the lowest-grossing of all 33 Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date, and may struggle to match the £8.3m of the current low mark, second MCU title The Incredible Hulk from 2008.
Emerald Fennell’s awards contender Saltburn started with a £776,444 weekend through Warner Bros, at a healthy £1,391 average from 558 locations. Having started previews during last week, the MGM-produced title has £840,589 in total.
Universal’s Trolls Band Together put on the best hold of the weekend, dropping just 24% with £732,022 on its fifth session. The family animation is now up to £14.8m – down on the £25m of 2016’s Trolls, but still a decent result in the current market.
Sony’s seasonal horror Thanksgiving started with £486,148 from 460 sites at a £1,057 average.
Playing its first full weekend after opening on Sunday, November 12, Indian title Tiger 3 took £316,861 across Friday to Sunday for Yash Raj Films. The action thriller is at an impressive £1.2m from just eight days in cinemas – further evidence of the increasing popularity of Bollywood cinema at the UK-Ireland box office.
Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon recorded the biggest drop of its five-weekend run so far, falling 52.2% with £317,000 taking it to £9.6m total. This still represents an excellent result for Paramount, with the film Scorsese’s sixth-highest-grossing of all time in the territory, behind the £10.4m of 1992’s Cape Fear.
An event cinema release of stand-up comedy show Kevin Bridges – The Overdue Catch-Up took an impressive £260,624 on Friday, November 17 through Piece Of Magic Entertainment. Encore screenings over the weekend boosted that figure to £329,219; final reports plus mid-week screenings should see it end around £375,000.
Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or-winning Anatomy Of A Fall registered a decent hold across its second weekend, falling just 29% with £206,1230 taking it to £853,800 total. Releasing jointly by Picturehouse Entertainment and Lionsgate, its hold was the second-best in the top 15 after Trolls Band Together; and it is now predicted to cross the £1m mark by this time next week – a strong result for a film with significant non-English language dialogue.
Lionsgate’s The Miracle Club added £25,103 and is up to £1.8m from six weekends.
Torture horror Saw X added £5,454 on its eighth weekend, and has £6m in total, finishing as the seventh-highest-grossing of 10 Saw films.
Further results to follow.