UK Box Office November 20-22: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 Opens Big but is Down on Previous Entries

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 debuted at number 1 this week with a solid $17 million. This number is a little lower than previous entries Mockingjay - Part 1 and Catching Fire so is the 3rd highest debut for the 4 movie franchise. No other films cracked the top 5.

Debuting at number 7 this week was The Dressmaker which took in $355,600 and number 10 also saw a new entry - The Perfect Guy took in $155,200. No other films opened within the top 10.

Here are the top 10 films this week:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - $16.97 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $16.97 million
2. Spectre - $5.76 million - Week 4 - Down 52% - Total: $127.06 million
3. The Lady in the Van - $2.43 million - Week 2 - Down 29% - Total: $9.70 million
4. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $813,002 - Week 6 - Down 42% - Total: $28.93 million
5. Brooklyn - $616,528 - Week 3 - Down 48% - Total: $5.70 million
6. Steve Jobs - $609,130 - Week 2 - Down 56% - Total: $2.68 million
7. The Dressmaker - $355,612 - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $355,612
8. Pan - $347,185 - Week 6 - Down 53% - Total: $13.11 million
9. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - $327,948 - Week 2 - Down 76% - Total: $2.01 million
10. The Perfect Guy - $155,200 - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $155,200

The top 10 made approximately $28.38 million million this weekend (60% being Mockingjay - Part 2) which is up 25.8% on last weekend but is also down 7.9% on the same time frame last year which saw Mockingjay - Part 1 debut with around $3 million higher than Part 2.

Taking the top spot with a slightly softer than expected $16.97 million is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. The film opened with around $3 million less than Mockingjay - Part 1 and Catching Fire. Mockingjay - Part 1 did receive the worst reviews out of the four so possibly that film could have put people off from seeing Part 2. Another reason for the slightly softer opening could be the recent attacks that have occurred. Mockingjay - Part 2 includes bombs, refugees and traps which may be too relatable to audiences right now which may have put them off from seeing the film. I would also like to mention right now that all my thoughts go to the people who have lost their lives around the World recently due to the attacks. Mockingjay - Part 2 has as solid reviews as Jurassic World which held really well - 71% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. The film should hold quite well until The Force Awakens in mid December and will probably perform quite well throughout the festive season. Mockingjay - Part 2 has a shot at hitting $50 million in the UK if it was to have solid weekday numbers and holds.

Dropping a steep(ish) 52% in its 4th weekend was Spectre - this sharp drop isn't surprising considering that the films screens have likely been taken over by Mockingjay - Part 2 (this is probably the reason for all of the steep drops in this chart). The film took in $5.76 million and has so far made $127.06 million in the UK. The film will probably start to see stronger holds until mid-December and could go on to hit $140 million in the UK. The film has had mixed reviews and audience feedback which probably explains why it isn't looking likely that the film will surpass Skyfall's $160 million.

The Lady in the Van had a fantastic hold this week - dropping just 29% in its second weekend. Like I said last week, this film is the only one targeted at the older audience right now which is probably a reason why it is doing so well. The film took in $2.43 million in the UK and has so far made $9.7 million. This has already surpassed the target I set for the film last week which suggests the film is having strong weekday numbers. The Lady in the Van has a chance at passing $15 million at this rate and if the film gets some Oscar buzz then $20 million could be likely.

Hanging around in the top 5 for the 6th week is Hotel Transylvania 2. The film took in $813,000 this weekend which is down 42% on last weekend which is a strong hold. Hotel Transylvania 2 will probably drop off fast from here as The Good Dinosaur opens next weekend and will likely take Hotel Transylvania 2's audience. The film has currently made $28.93 million in the UK and will definitely hit $30 million before it closes.

Popping back into the top 5 this week is the critically acclaimed Brooklyn. The film took in $616,500 this weekend which is down 48% on last weekend. This is quite a steep drop for a critically acclaimed film like this but may be due to The Dressmaker taking some of the screens (but not making the most of them). The film has made $5.7 million in the UK so far. Brooklyn will likely close with north of $6.5 million - after that, how far will it go?

6. Steve Jobs - The steep UK drop reflects the steep US second week drop. Prediction: $3.2-4 million.

7. The Dressmaker - I guess not many people want to see a Kate Winslet/Liam Hemsworth romance. Prediction: $0.7-1 million.

8. Pan - The ship is still sailing but it will probably say goodbye soon. Prediction: $13.4-14 million.

9. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - I predicted this steep drop last weekend. However, it is great to see the film survive a second week in the top 10. Prediction: $2.3-3 million.

10. The Perfect Guy - With such a limited release for a film that debuted at number 1 in the US, I am actually surprised this cracked the top 10. Prediction: $0.25-0.5 million.

Source: Rentrak

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