UK Box Office July 10-12: MINIONS narrowly defeat TED 2

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The Minions continued to reign as box office champions for a third week in a row. Ted 2 was narrowly defeated and took second place ($6 million).

Also opening in the top 10 was Love & Mercy ($164K, 9th) and Song of the Sea ($112K, 10th).

Here is the top 10:
1. Minions - $6.50 million - Week 3 - Down 33% - Total: $43.06 million
2. Ted 2 - $6.03 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $6.03 million
3. Jurassic World - $2.89 million - Week 5 - Down 28% - Total: $89.02 million
4. Terminator Genisys - $2.60 million - Week 2 - Down 56% - Total: $11.39 million
5. Magic Mike XXL - $1.49 million - Week 2 - Down 39% - Total: $6.23 million
6. Amy - $648,938 - Week 2 - Down 20% - Total: $2.04 million
7. Secret Cinema: Empire Strikes Back - $447,690 - Week 6 - Down 1% - Total: $3.41 million
8. Spy - $275,002 - Week 6 - Down 42% - Total: $15.05 million
9. Love & Mercy - $164,810 - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $164,810
10. Song of the Sea - $112,513 - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $112,513

The top 10 made $21.12 million this week. This is down 12.5% on last weekend and is down 46.4% on the same time frame last year which saw a HUGE $20 million opening from the latest Transformers film.

Minions continued to rule the box office this weekend - they are officially the rulers of the World too! - Minions has done fantastic business overseas! The film dropped a light 33% in its 3rd weekend which is really impressive. Minions has currently made $43.06 million in the UK and will probably go on to make around $58-70 million by the end of its run. One thing Minions doesn't have going for it is critical acclaim - the movie holds a 54% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only a 60% audience approval - will Minions continue to hold well?

Opening in second place this week and just a few hundred thousand away from the top spot is Ted 2. The sequel to the 2012 hit did impressive business and took in just over $6 million. This is much better than the films performance in the US (US Opening divided by ten is usually the UK Opening). However, lets not praise the opening of the film too much as it is less than half of what the original opened to ($14 million). The first Ted went on to make $48 million in the UK, expect this film to make around $16-25 million. The reason that this film hasn't performed as strongly is due to weaker reviews - 46% on Rotten Tomatoes and weaker audience feedback - 64% in comparison to the first Ted. Also, were audiences burned by A Million Ways to Die in the West? Finally, is Mila Kunis a box office draw as her departure seems to have left the Ted series hanging on whether a third instalment will be green lit...

Holding on to third place this week with a very strong hold is Jurassic World. The movie took in $2.89 million, dropping just 28% on last weekend. Even though competition is getting fiercer, Jurassic World seems to be able to managed - this has been helped by positive reviews and strong word of mouth. The movie has so far taken in $89.02 million and could have a shot at the $100 million mark.

Dropping to 4th place this weekend is Terminator Genisys. The movie took a steep 56% fall which is what is usually expected from a summer blockbuster. Genisys took in $2.6 million this weekend. The movie's tumble is probably down to terrible reviews (26% on Rotten Tomatoes) and middling word of mouth. Genisys has so far taken in $11.39 million and will probably close with $15.5-18 million.

Closing out the top 5 this week is Magic Mike XXL. The movie held incredibly strongly - falling just 39% in its second weekend. The film took in $1.49 million which shows that the fans may not have turned up for opening weekend, but they are still willing to turn up. XXL has now taken in $6.23 million at the UK box office and will probably close with around $10-12 million.

6. Amy - The critically acclaimed documentary holds well and drops just 20%. : $3-4.5 million

7. Empire Strikes Back - Dropping an extremely light 1%, Empire Strikes Back is making the most of its Secret Cinema run. Prediction: $4-5 million

8. Spy - Even though it started off with a disappointing debut, the Melissa McCarthy flick has held incredibly well. Prediction: $16.2-17.2 million.

9. Love & Mercy - another indie film has another sweet debut in the top 10. Prediction: $0.6-1.2 million

10. Song of the Sea - The Oscar nominated animation managed to debut inside the top 10 due to steep drops from other contenders . Prediction: $0.5-1 million.

Source: Rentrak

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