UK Box Office December 18-20: THE FORCE AWAKENS, SISTERS Moves In & Bollywood Triumphs

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens unsurprisingly took the top spot this weekend with a HUGE debut! The film took in over $50 million at the UK box office! Sisters had a solid start, coming second with $1.8 million. Bollywood also had an impact on the top 5 with Dilwale taking 4th place with just over $1 million.

Also opening within the top 10 was Bajirao Mastani which took 7th with around $445,000. It's A Wonderful Life also re-entered the top 10 with $145,000.

Here are the top 10 films this week:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $50.64 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $50.64 million
2. Sisters - $1.81 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $1.81 million
3. The Good Dinosaur - $1.33 million - Week 4 - Down 31% - Total: $12.04 million
4. Dilwale - $1.08 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $1.08 million
5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - $782,755 - Week 5 - Down 60% - Total: $39.71 million
6. Spectre - $443,414 - Week 8 - Down 64% - Total: $138.17 million
7. Bajirao Mastani - $443,056 - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $0.44 million
8. Christmas With The Coopers - $384,377 - Week 3 - Down 45% - Total: $2.91 million
9. Bridge of Spies - $315,909 - Week 4 - Down 73% - Total: $9.15 million
10. It's A Wonderful Life - $144,269 - Week 1 - RE-ENTRY - Total: $3.04 million

The top 10 made approximately $57.37 million million this weekend (88% being Star Wars) which is up an incredible 545.15% on last weekend and is also up a huge 147.76% on the same time frame last year. There is no major entries now at the box office until the new year so it will be interesting to see how The Force Awakens holds and how long it can stay at number 1.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened hugely at the UK Box Office this weekend with a massive $50.64 million. That is likely the biggest opening the UK box office has even seen - breaking Spectre's record. Now, Spectre opened with around $63 million and it was released on a Monday so had a Monday-Sunday total. The Force Awakens only had a Thursday-Sunday total and still managed to open huge - I predict that the actual weekend numbers for The Force Awakens were higher than Spectre's. This isn't surprising as the film has been breaking box office records all around the world. The film has had an incredibly strong reaction - 94% of critics approve it on Rotten Tomatoes. The worst thing I have heard about the film is that it has a similar story to episode 4 - if that is the worst thing that has been said, The Force Awakens certainly hasn't done a bad job at satisfying audiences. The Force Awakens will now benefit a lot from the Christmas period so expect $100 million to be a lock for the films total - if it holds well, it could reach $150 million. The film also has two weeks of children being on school holidays which is another benefit. It will be interesting to see the films hold next weekend - has the marketing campaign done enough to convince non-Star Wars fans to go and see it? The Force has truly awakened the UK Box Office.

In a distant but solid second is Sisters. The film opened with $1.8 million - the film has had previews for the past week so expect a steep drop next weekend. This debut is quite promising for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who have no where near as high profiles as they do in the US. Sisters has received solid reviews - around 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and good word of mouth. I really liked the film so it is nice to see it doing solid business. The film should be good counter-programming for the non-Star Wars fan. For this reason, Sisters should hold up well over the Christmas period. I would like to optimistically set a $6 million goal for this film.

The rest of the box office got shredded and shaken this weekend but The Good Dinosaur still managed to have a solid 31% hold in its 4th weekend. The film took in $1.33 million. So far, The Good Dinosaur has made $12.04 million in the UK. This is still very low for an animated film from such a big studio like Disney. The Good Dinosaur has to compete with The Peanuts Movie next weekend so it will be interesting to see how it holds. The film will benefit from school holidays and the Christmas period - $15 million is still a reachable target.

Dilwale took 4th place this weekend with an estimated $1.08 million. This is very strong for a Bollywood film - they usually are unable to crack the top 5 at all. However, another common feature of Bollywood films is that they have steep second week drops. This film will likely close with around $2-2.7 million.

Slipping from 1st to 5th in its 5th weekend is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. The film dropped a steep 60%, taking in $785,000. The film has now made $39.71 million in the UK so will definitely reach $40 million. Even though it is coming to the end of its UK run, it will benefit from the Christmas period and the School Holidays which may help it reach a figure like $42 million. Mockingjay dropped this steep due to its screens being occupied by The Force - this is the same for Spectre (all 3 are blockbuster films that mass audiences went to see).

6. Spectre - A 64% drop in its 8th weekend, Craig literally dropped his weapons and let the Force in. Prediction: $140-145 million.

7. Bajirao Mastani - Two Bollywood films in the top 10 in one week? Hollywood better watch out! Prediction: $0.9-1.5 million.

8. Christmas With The Coopers - One of the strongest holds in the top 10, Christmas movies always perform solidly. Prediction: $4-5 million.

9. Bridge of Spies - Has the buzz disappeared? The film sees a shockingly steep 73% drop in its 4th weekend. Prediction: $9.7-10 million.

10. It's A Wonderful Life - 2015 just became Wonderful. Prediction: N/A

Source: Rentrak

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