UK Box Office January 8-10: STAR WARS Spends Fourth Week at Number 1, THE HATEFUL EIGHT Sees Solid Debut

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens kept its place at number 1 this weekend for the 4th weekend in a row with another solid hold - the film has now been at the top for about a month! The highest debut came from Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (2nd - $4 million). 

No other films were able to crack the top 10.

Here are the top 10 films this week:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $8.67 million - Week 4 - Down 43% - Total: $156.57 million
2. The Hateful Eight - $4.01 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $4.01 million
3. Daddy's Home - $3.28 million - Week 3 - Down 23% - Total: $17.13 million
4. The Danish Girl - $1.87 million - Week 2 - Down 7% - Total: $5.48 million
5. Joy - $1.51 million - Week 2 - Down 32% - Total: $4.86 million
6. The Peanuts Movie - $1.00 million - Week 3 - Down 47% - Total: $12.09 million
7. The Good Dinosaur - $633,432 - Week 7 - Down 49% - Total: $19.10 million
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - $346,685 - Week 8 - Down 33% - Total: $41.7 million
9. In The Heart of the Sea - $292,787 - Week 3 - Down 54% - Total: $3.47 million
10. Bridge of Spies - $259,267 - RE-ENTRY - Up 29% - Total: $10.33 million

The top 10 made approximately $21.87 million million this weekend (40% being Star Wars) which is down 23.7% on last weekend and is also down 20% on the same time frame last year - lets hope this isn't a reflection of 2016s box office! This time last year saw a solid $10 million+ opening from Taken 3 - The Force Awakens wasn't that behind (in its 4th weekend!) but no wide release seemed to take advantage of this empty weekend - The Hateful Eight was a wide release but was rated an 18 by the BBFC so had quite a limited audience.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sat at number 1 for a 4th week in a row which could possibly be its last. The film took in $8.67 million, dropping 47% on last weekend. This is still quite a solid hold - especially for a film so long into its cinema run. The Force Awakens faces its first real batch of competition next weekend with The Revenant and Creed both looking to make a lot of cash. The Force Awakens did earn itself a few Oscar noms this week but The Revenant earned itself big Golden Globe wins and 12 Oscar nominations - I think The Revenant may be this years American Sniper - the big awards contender that ends up being quite mainstream! The Force Awakens has so far made over $156 million in the UK and it doesn't look like its going to stop making money anytime soon - I really do think $200 million is a realistic target for this film.

The highest debut (and only) this weekend came from The Hateful Eight. The Quentin Tarantino film took in $4.01 million - this debut is lower than Inglorious Basterds' $5.9 million and Django Unchained's $4.4 million. However, both of these films had quite long runs at the UK box office - seeing very light drops. Django ended up closing with just under $25 million - I think, if it holds well, The Hateful Eight could close with around or just below $20 million. An important thing to note is that this film isn't as acclaimed as previous Tarantino films - earning itself 3 Oscar nominations (Django got 5, Inglorious got 8). The film is also rated an 18 which means the audience could be somewhat limited. The film has had a generally solid response so it should be able to surprise $13 million and will probably settle with around $15-18 million.

Continuing its surprisingly impressive UK run is Daddy's Home - the film dropped just 23% this weekend, making $3.28 million. Daddy's Home has so far made $17.13 million in the UK - the sour reviews obviously haven't effected its performance. Its box office run suggests that the film has quite strong word of mouth. It probably also helps that it is the only film out at the moment that is light hearted and a comedy - all of the rest are either action packed or dramatic awards films. Daddy's Home will definitely make over $20 million - it could even reach $25 million by the end of its run. I have a feeling we may be in for a Daddy's Home sequel after its incredible performance.

Staying at number 4 for a second week is The Danish Girl. The Eddie Redmayne drama was shut out of the Golden Globes this week but people still went to see the film and it only dropped just 7% - what an impressive hold! The film did gain itself some Oscar nominations which probably helped the buzz around the film. The Danish Girl took in $1.87 million, taking its total to $5.48 million. The film has received solid reviews and solid word of mouth. It is probably the biggest British awards front runner so The Danish Girl will likely perform solidly overall in the UK. The Danish Girl will probably be able to take in $7 million by the end of its UK run and may even reach $8-10 million.

Dropping a light 32% to 5th place in its second weekend is Joy. Even though it was able to top The Danish Girl last week, Joy is behind that film this week. The Jennifer Lawrence flick took in $1.51 million. The film could possibly see a very strong weekend this coming weekend due to a Golden Globes win and an Oscars nomination for Jennifer Lawrence. This will likely help Joy - a film that has received mixed reviews but acclaim in big categories like acting may help its UK run. The film has so far made $4.86 million and has a shot at reaching $6-7 million by the end of its UK run.

6. The Peanuts Movie - A solid hold in its 3rd weekend. Prediction: $15 million.

7. The Good Dinosaur - Spending a 7th week in the top 10, The Good Dinosaur continues its ok UK run. Prediction: $21-23 million.

8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - Mockingjay becomes the oldest film in the top 10, spending an 8th week in the top 10. Prediction: $43 million.

9. In the Heart of the Sea - The film continues to sink to the bottom of the box office. Prediction: $3.7-4 million.

10. Bridge of Spies - Expanding into 56 more locations, 7 weeks into its release - awards season is really helping this film. Prediction: $10.5-11 million.

Source: Rentrak

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