HITS AND MISSES 20-22 JULY: NOSTALGIA FOR THE KNIGHT
With THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, the final part of Chris Nolan’s momentous Batman trilogy hitting cinemas from Friday it came as no surprise that the Michael Mann-in-pants potboiler clocked a mammoth £14.3M over the weekend, comfortably beating out all other competition to the top spot and far exceeding the £11.2M weekend launch of THE DARK KNIGHT back in 2008. An excellent result. At second place, kid-friendly fourquel ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT upset the tables by beating out previews for next week’s opener THE LORAX with a solid second week take of £2.1M. While at third place, THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN took just over £1M in the third week of a run that has thus far scored a mammoth £22.3M for the lucrative, though evidently front-loaded web-spinner.
At fourth place, starry stripper yarn MAGIC MIKE clocked a meaty £883K, at fifth those underperforming previews for THE LORAX took £362K from saturation launch, while at sixth bittersweet romcom THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT took £77K to put the film at a decent £4.7M thus far, with longevity the flick’s saving grace after an initially disappointing launch. At seventh position, last week’s sleeper smash COCKTAIL dropped to £70K in a run that has yielded £555K for the London-set Bollywood romcom, while at eighth apocalyptic flop SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD drooped to £60K in only its second week of play. At ninth place MEN IN BLACK 3 took £47.5K at the tail end of a £22M run, while finally at tenth KATY PERRY: PART OF ME felt so paper thin/like a house of cards/one blow from caving in, with a risible £38K in week 3 to put the saturation release film at just £1M thus far.
Of the remaining openers, only a high profile re-release for Hitchcock’s silent classic THE LODGER stood out, with a decent £23.7K total from an eleven site launch, mostly running as one off shows. Kristin Scott Thomas vehicle IN YOUR HANDS launched soft to £14K and a £1,100 screen average, while Ice-T’s exhaustive doc on the history of rap SOMETHING FROM NOTHING disappointed at £10K from at 35 site platform to put the film at £24K after extensive previews and special events.
Over in the states, unofficial figures put THE DARK KNIGHT RISES at a launch of £162M, at least £10M below industry expectations after the Colorado massacre last week. At second place, the second week of ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT yielded £20.3M to put the film at £89M to date, while at third, THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN trailed off to just under £11M, putting the film at £229M after three weeks of play.
It’s slim pickings from this Friday with only a saturation release for colourful CGI Seuss toon THE LORAX going up against the second week of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. But limited launches for fascinating missing rocker doc SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN and haute cuisine vérité piece EL BULLI should more than make up for the lull, while a re-release for overlooked Brit kitchen sink thinker WOMAN IN A DRESSING GOWN should keep cinephiles happy while they wait for Batman to vacate the premises.