UK Box Office Weekend 16th December 2016: Rogue One opens big but not as big as The Force Awakens last year
Robert Hyde |
21st December 2016 |
With the global release of any Star Wars films its going to feel like the world stops with baited breath watching how the film will perform, and this week is no different with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
In the end Rogue One opens in the UK to £17 million, a very good opening and a shade above fellow splinter film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
When compared to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens it doesn't compare, it is about half of the opening gross from this time last year, not surprising as there is less anticipation and this is Star Wars in uncharted territory.
There can be no complaining though, like Fantastic Beasts, we are going to get more of these films and as they find their feet and get fans then the grosses will grow and grow.
Fantastic Bests falls from the top after 4 weeks at number 1 to 3 and a weekend gross of £1.4 million, it is less than £10,000 behind the number 2 film Moana.
It has now taken £45 million in the UK and is the 39th top grossing film of all time.
With the new Star Wars film there were no other new films this week hitting the chart.
Longest running film this week is Trolls which has been around for 9 weeks and highest total grossing movie is Fantastic Beasts.
A year ago
A theme will start to emerge in the coming years is the Star Wars film at the top on this date and this time last year Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was new at the top, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 fell hard to number 5.
Five years ago
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made its debut at the top while Arthur Christmas fell to number 3.
Ten years ago
Happy Feet made it 2 weeks at the top while the top new film was Eragon at number 4.
Fifteen years ago
There was no moving Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone as it stayed at the top for a 5th weekend while top new film was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham at number 3.
Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians made it to the top on its debut weekend while The Long Kiss Goodnight fell from the top to number 3.
Twenty five years ago
The Addams Family was new at the top while Point Break fell to number 4 after 3 week at number 1.