“Warner Bros.’ enchanting film ‘Barbie’ and Universal’s captivating creation ‘Oppenheimer’ have once again held onto their leading positions at the U.K. and Ireland box office for an impressive fourth consecutive weekend.
Greta Gerwig’s delightful work, ‘Barbie,’ has brought in an additional £4.4 million ($5.6 million), contributing to a grand total of £78.2 million. According to the insights from Comscore, this achievement propels it past Universal’s ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie,’ establishing itself as the most successful cinematic journey of 2023 in this region.
In a display of continued strength, Christopher Nolan’s thought-provoking masterpiece, ‘Oppenheimer,’ secured an extra £3.1 million in earnings, elevating its cumulative revenue to a commendable £47.7 million. This accomplishment ensures it maintains its rank as the third-highest-grossing film of the year, surpassing even Disney’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.’
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ thrilling sequel, ‘The Meg 2,’ reeled in an impressive £1.5 million during its second weekend, solidifying its total earnings at a noteworthy £7.5 million. On another note, Sony’s new contender, ‘Gran Turismo,’ made a promising debut, generating a respectable £1.05 million.
The cinematic landscape is truly brimming with excitement and diversity.”
The top 10 also witnessed the debut of two films from India. ‘Jailer,’ a Tamil-language production from Big Films/Ayngaran International starring superstar Rajinikanth, claimed the seventh spot with box office earnings totaling £727,742. Additionally, ‘Gadar 2,’ a sequel to the 2001 blockbuster ‘Gadar,’ starring Sunny Deol, premiered in 10th place, bringing in a total of £212,419.
On August 16, Trafalgar Releasing is set to unveil ‘The Hiding Place,’ a film based on the true story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family. Their brave actions during WWII, hiding numerous Jewish refugees and facing the consequences, form the heart of the narrative. This rendition, adapted for the stage and filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, follows a previous adaptation in 1975.
Upcoming this weekend, audiences can anticipate two wide releases: Universal’s ‘Strays,’ a film centered around canines featuring voice talents such as Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Will Forte, Randall Park, and Isla Fisher; and Warner Bros.’ superhero flick ‘Blue Beetle.’ Both movies are scheduled to premiere in over 300 locations each.
Peccadillo Pictures will introduce ‘Lie With Me,’ a film delving into the innocence and allure of first love. Additionally, Reliance Entertainment’s Indian film ‘Akelli’ will showcase the Bollywood debuts of ‘Fauda’ actors Tsahi Halevi and Amir Boutrous.
Park Circus presents the 50th-anniversary 4K restoration of Sidney Lumet’s film ‘Serpico,’ featuring Al Pacino.”