What wowed audiences last month?
October has avoided a largely dominant film with several impressively reaching in excess of £6 million. Released two weeks ago, Captain Phillips and Turbo have both already exceeded that target, with the Tom Hanks thriller, Captain Phillips, bringing in almost £8 million to date. We’re expecting both films to remain in the chart for the next few weeks, but with more contenders moving in on the November audiences we expect their market share to drop from here.
Prisoners continued its steady figures and ended the month with almost £7 million after five weeks in the charts, which is slightly surprising considering it’s dark subject matter. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal’s star power, along with positive reviews, obviously helped this to become a major success and certainly filled a gap in the quiet first half of the month for audiences.
Impressively, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has already made almost £4 million from UK audiences in its first week and looks set to dominate the kids audience for the next couple of weeks. This is a great example of the power of a sequel, as although Turbo did very well, audiences always like a tried and tested option.
October has also been a month of slow burners with Sunshine on Leith and Filth doing well in their fourth and fifth weeks. Both have taken over £3.5 million and for small UK indie films they’ve held their own against bigger titles, with UK audiences still being drawn to home grown stories and settings. Blue Jasmine has also done well with almost £5 million in takings over the last five weeks – for a Woody Allen film that isn’t at all bad.
With Thor already in cinema’s we’re expecting big things from the hammer wielding god. After Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa storming the U.S. box office last week we’re expecting the comedy to do fairly well here too, but we don’t expect it to top any of the weekly charts.
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