Knives Out at UK Box Office – Roundup 29th Nov-1st Dec 2019

This article was written exclusively for The Film Magazine by Charlie Gardiner of Funny Old World.

Frozen II holds the top spot in the UK box office again!

Frozen II is dominating the box office as we head into the festive season. Fuelled with charm and magic it is a sure hit for audiences of all ages.

Also creating a storm at the UK box office this weekend was Rian Johnson’s comedy murder mystery Knives Out with its jam packed cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon and Chris Evans to name but a few. The whodunnit falling comfortably into the second spot, taking close to £3mil within its first few days of release. With such a debut, it’s likely to remain in the top ten in the run up to Christmas.

Falling back from last week’s takings was Le Mans ’66 with just £500,000 this weekend, bringing its UK total to £5.3mil. The motorsport drama starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon is a favourite for awards season nominations this year, earning itself a solid 8.3/10 on IMDb and a 19/24 in The Film Magazine’s review.

Elizabeth Banks’ remake of Charlie’s Angels had a slow opening this weekend, taking just under £550,000 over the last couple of days to bring it in at number 5 in the UK chart.

The full weekend UK box office chart 29th November – 1st December 2019:

1. Frozen 2 (Walt Disney Studios) – 2 – £8,711,498 (£27.3m)
2. Knives Out (Lionsgate UK) – 1 – £2,937,305 (£2.9m)
3. Last Christmas (Universal Pictures) – 3 – £1,654,646 (£9.95m)
4. Blue Story (Paramount) – 2 – £850,427 (£2.9m)
5. Charlie’s Angels (Sony Pictures) – 1 – £547,004 (£547k)
6. Le Mans ’66 (Walt Disney Studios) – 3 – £492,097 (£5.3m)
7. 21 Bridges (STX Entertainment) – 2 – £259,832 (£1.3m)
8. Joker (Warner Bros.) – 9 – £231,482 (£57.5m)
9. Proceder (Magnet Films) – 1 – £161,939 (£162k)
10. The Addams Family (Universal Pictures) – 6 – £109,923 (£9.5m)

The film everyone’s talking about at the moment is Paramount’s street violence drama, Blue Story, which due to recent events in the UK had been banned from cinemas up and down the country before being reinstated again this weekend – full story. Blue Story is a feature film adaptation of Rapman’s YouTube series, featuring two friends who find themselves as rivals in a street war.

There may have been no changes to the top films of 2019 this week, but this is all likely to change in the coming weeks when we see big studio releases such as the final instalment of Star Wars in Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker, Jumanji: The Next Level and Tom Hoopers highly anticipated screen adaptation of the hit musical Cats.

1. Avengers: Endgame (Walt Disney Studios) – 25th April 2019 – $2,797,800,564
2. The Lion King (Walt Disney Studios) – 19th July 2019 – $1,655,955,981
3. Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony) – 2nd July 2019 – $1,131,928,519
4. Captain Marvel (Walt Disney Studios) – 8th March 2019 – $1,128,274,794
5. Toy Story 4 (Walt Disney Studios) – 21st June 2019 – $1,073,366,308

With Walt Disney Studios still holding the reigns for the UK Box Office 2019, we look forward to the last few weeks of the year and what’s still to come.

Coming up this week we’ve got Shia LeBouf’s autobiographical drama Honey Boy, Edward Norton’s 1950’s drama Motherless Brooklyn and the sequel to the 2017 reboot Jumanji, Jumanji: Next Level.

Jumanji: Next Level takes audiences back into the video game we saw in the first of the reboots back in 2017. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black set off on another jungle adventure when they are sucked back into the game. In Next Level we are introduced to new characters and new dangers that await the gang in what should be a fun-filled, fast paced, action adventure film suitable for the whole family. Catch it in cinemas from this Friday!

Honey Boy hits cinemas this week after receiving rave reviews at the London Film Festival earlier this year. Telling the story of a young child actor’s struggle with his abusive and overbearing father at his side. The film was written by Shia LeBouf while he spent time in rehab back in 2017 and is an autobiographical take on the life he lived when growing up in Hollywood. Lucas Hedges stars as a grown up Otis (the name Shia decided to use to replace his own) and Noah Jupe plays the younger version of Otis throughout. Honey Boy will be in select cinemas from December 6th.

Also coming to the cinema on the 6th December is Lucy in the Sky. Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm star in a space adventure drama about a determined woman who becomes an astronaut. Struggling to come to terms with how small her life back home seems when she’s in space, Lucy goes on an intense emotional journey and her reality starts to unravel.

The French action/thriller The Wolf’s Call is also getting its UK cinema release this coming Friday in select cinemas, as is the romantic drama Ordinary Love, which is already receiving standout reviews for the performances of Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville. This heartfelt drama tells the story of a middle-aged couple as they deal with every day life whilst Joan (Manville) is diagnosed with breast cancer. See it in cinemas from December 6th.

Motherless Brooklyn finally makes its way into UK cinemas after having a much earlier release in the US. We see Edward Norton direct and star as the private investigator Lionel Essrog as he struggles with ongoing Tourettes syndrome whilst trying to solve the murder of his closest and only friend.

With lots of exciting new films coming our way as we head into December, what will top the charts next weekend?

Written by Charlie Gardiner

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