‘Peter Rabbit 2’ tops UK box office on first day as over 400 cinemas reopen | News


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Rank Film  (Distributor) Single-day gross (May 17) Week
1 Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Sony) £226,840 1
Nomadland (Disney) £96,567 1
3 Godzilla Vs. Kong (Warner Bros) £93,868 1
Spiral: From The Book Of Saw (Lionsgate) £73,184 1
5 The Unholy (Sony) £37,967 1

GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.42; figures provided by ComScore

Sony’s family sequel Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway topped the UK box office on the first day that cinemas were allowed to reopen in the territory, with more than 400 cinemas reporting takings on Monday, May 17.

Will Gluck’s mix of live-action and CGI comedy, which sees Peter become bored of life in the garden and head for the big city, grossed £226,840 from 334 locations for a £679 average.

Cinemas were allowed to reopen in England, Scotland and Wales from Monday, and 401 cinemas reported takings on the first day. However, many are yet to reopen, with the lower number plus social distancing measures restricting the takings of the films on release.

Chloé Zhao’s multiple Oscar winner Nomadland, released by Disney, landed second place in the chart, taking £96,567 on its cinema debut. It played in 259 locations, taking £373 average, having previously released on the Disney+ streaming service on April 30.

Warner Bros’ Godzilla Vs. Kong, available on VoD services in the UK since April 1, took the third spot, grossing £93,868 from 296 locations for a £317 average.

Franchise horror Spiral: From The Book Of Saw, released by Lionsgate, took £73,184 from 193 locations for a £379 average and fourth place.

Sony also had horror The Unholy in the top five, which grossed £37,967 on opening day from 171 locations for £222 average.

Warner Bros was the leading distributor on the reopening day, with six titles in the top 15 including Mortal Kombat (£31,015 from 216, £144 average); Judas And The Black Messiah (£27,843 from 187, £149 average); Those Who Wish Me Dead (£23,627 from 157, £150 average); Tom & Jerry: The Movie (£12,148 from 177, £68 average); and The Little Things (£10,424 from 120, £87 average)

Other titles playing in cinemas included Oscar winners Minari, following up its April 2 digital release by taking £12,556 from 67 sites for a £187 average for Altitude; and Vertigo Releasing’s Sound Of Metal, taking £8,194 from 70 locations for a £117 average.

Disney also had Raya And The Last Dragon playing in 40 sites, taking £6,200 at an average of £155; while Zee Studios released Bollywood title Radhe: The Most Wanted Bhai in 20 cinemas, taking £5,779 at an average of £289.



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