1917 Fights Off David Copperfield, Bad Boys – UK Box Office Chart 24-26th Jan 2020

Three weeks after its initial release, Sam Mendes’ World War One epic 1917 still holds first place in this weekend’s UK box office chart.

As we get ever closer to the most prestigious awards ceremony on the film calendar, Mendes is looking even more likely to take home the top award for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. 

Besides 1917’s continued success, the biggest news from this week’s chart is the establishing of Sony Pictures’ long awaited Bad Boys sequel Bad Boys For Life in the top 10 following its debut last weekend.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return in this action packed comedy set 25 years after the original 1995 hit Bad Boys. Dealing with all new challenges, from career changes to mid-life crisis’, the boys find themselves caught up in one last job involving a dangerous leader of the Miami drug cartel. 

Bad Boys For Life had a huge opening weekend in the US ($62.5 million) and tops the US box office chart for the second week running, gaining a very respectable second place here in the UK after its first full week of release.  

Coming in at third place this weekend is the highly acclaimed The Personal History of David Copperfield, directed by Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin) and starring Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton amongst many other familiar faces. After receiving critical acclaim at the BFI London Film Festival in 2019, The Personal History of David Copperfield has been highly anticipated by cinema goers.

With a BAFTA nomination to its name, there’s a strong chance The Personal History of David Copperfield could be hanging around the top ten for weeks to come. 

Full Weekend UK box office chart 24th – 26th January:

Film titleWeeks of releaseWeekend totalTotal UK box-office to date
1. 1917 (Entertainment One UK)3£6,190,049£26,297,179
2. Bad Boys For Life (Sony)2£2,744,312£8,276,495
3. The Personal History of David Copperfield (Lionsgate)1£1,524,147£1,524,147
4. Little Women (Sony)5£1,004,904£18,498,695
5. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)7£921,225£33,592,531
6. The Gentlemen (Entertainment Film)4£883,621£9,327,531
7. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)6£541,886£57,376,281
8. Spies in Disguise (Disney)5£508,588£6,340,164
9. Jojo Rabbit (Disney)4£502,851£6,319,296
10. Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue (Paramount)1£483,886£483,886

A new year means a new top five and as we wave goodbye to Avengers: Endgame from the top spot and welcome 5 newcomers to our list of the top 5 films since January 1st 2020: 

Film titleRelease dateTotal
1. 1917 10th January 2020£26.3 million
2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker19th December 2019£18.2 million
3. Little Women26th December 2019£15 million
4. Jumanji: The Next Level11th December 2019£12.2 million
5. The Gentlemen1st January 2020£9.3 million



Looking ahead to what’s coming up, Friday 31st January is a big day for film releases in the UK.

Eight new films will be opening in cinemas up and down the country with something for everyone.  

Robert Eggers new fantasy horror, The Lighthouse, will be opening in cinemas this Friday. Similar to his previous film The VVitch (2015), The Lighthouse is a folklore horror with twists of fantasy and disillusion starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Defoe as two lighthouse keepers attempting to maintain their sanity whilst working on a remote island off the coast of New England in the 1890s. 

Two breathtaking performances carry this weird yet wonderful film that is sure to be a hit with varied audiences around the UK. 

Elsewhere Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick in the new action-crime drama The Rhythm Section. We see Lively as we have never seen her before in this gritty drama about a regular woman dealing with the grief of losing her entire family in a tragic plane accident. 

Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Burnell, The Rhythm Section is directed by “The Handmaid’s Tale” director Reed Morano, and also stars Sterling K. Brown and Jude Law. 

Continuing the strong weekend of releases is Richard Jewell which tells the story of an American security guard who saves thousands of innocent lives when a bomb is found at the 1996 Olympics only for him to then get falsely accused of planting the bomb himself. 

Clint Eastwood directs a stellar cast in this nail biting drama-thriller about an innocent man who sets out to get justice. 

Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya; BlackKklansman) stars, with support from Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates, the latter of whom is nominated for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Academy Awards. 

With a relatively successful opening weekend in the US for an independent film ($4.7 million), Richard Jewell is likely to do well here in the UK despite increased competition.

Watch the trailer here.

Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys star in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, telling the story of the beloved Mr. Rogers (Hanks) as he is the subject of a profile article written by Lloyd Vogel (Rhys) for Esquire magazine. 

Tom Hanks has bagged himself his sixth Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Mr. Rogers in this heartfelt drama directed by Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and with a domestic opening of $13.2million it’s sure to be popular in the UK. 

Watch the trailer here.

After the outstanding success of Get Out (2017), cinema fans have been watching Daniel Kaluuya’s every move to see what he will pull out of the bag next, and his next venture on the silver screen is likely to impress. Queen & Slim is the dramatic telling of a first date gone wrong when a policeman pulls over the two lead characters as they drive home, things taking a turn for the worse soon after. Kaluuya stars alongside Jodie Turner-Smith with Melina Matsoukas in the director’s chair on her feature length directorial debut. 

Watch the trailer here.

Terry Gilliam (Monty Python) writes and directs the adventure-comedy The Man Who Killed Don Quixote starring Adam Driver and Jonathon Pryce. 

After attempting to get this film made for the last 29 years, Gilliam says it nearly killed him, but sees it as a true passion project. 

Loosely based on the book “Don Quixote”, the film tells the story of Toby (Driver), a fanatical filmmaker who eventually struggles to tell dreams from reality. 

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will play in select cinemas from Friday 31st January. 

Inmate Zero is a horror film telling the story of a medical trial gone wrong, when a repurposed high security prison becomes the home for disease riddled survivors. Directed by Russell Owen and featuring the talent of Meg Alexandra and Gabz Barke, Inmate Zero will be screening from Friday.

The final film making its way into cinemas this weekend is Anjaam Pathiraa. When investigative officers are faced with the threat of a serial killer, it is a race against time to find the truth. This film is directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas. 

Charlie Gardiner

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