With Creed II due to hit UK cinemas on Friday, there’s a strong possibility that the film will top the UK charts next week with the highest weekend gross. Disney is never to be underrated with the release of Ralph Breaks The Internet also on Friday. Both films opened in the states last week and given that it was the Thanksgiving holiday period, the figures were pretty healthy with Creed II in particular punching an opening weekend gross of $35.5 million dollars from 3441 cinemas – a site average of $10,338.
Not quite the knockout punch as it ranked number 2 overall to Ralph Breaks the Internet which posted $56 million. Across its’ opening 5 days, Creed II posted $55.8 million making it the 7th largest Thanksgiving five-day opening of all time and the largest opening for a live-action film over the Thanksgiving weekend ever. Impressive figures for a film, initially slated to be directed by Ryan Coogler but now under the stewardship of Steven Caple Jr, a director who first came to my attention with his debut feature The Land – executive produced by Nas and also notable for the acting prowess of a certain Erykah Badu.
Widows (directed by Steve Mcqueen) continues to post steady figures on both sides of the pond. In the states, the film posted $8.2 million dollars in its 2nd week from 2803 cinemas, number 8 overall with a total cumulative gross of $25.8 million. In the UK, the film remains in the top 10, coming in at 7 with a weekend gross of £457k from 441 cinemas. Across 3 weeks, the film has grossed £5.2 million pounds.
Another film of interest which opened in the UK last Friday to very little press was Nobody’s Fool, directed by one of the most prolific black producers and directors in the world – Tyler Perry. The 19th movie in which Tyler has either produced and/or directed since Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005, posted a weekend gross of £70.7k from 128 cinemas. It was enough to make the UK top 15 with a site average of £552 pounds. It’s safe to say that like Steve McQueen last week, Perry is bankable though the UK (through Lionsgate) only started releasing films directed by Perry in 2010.
Next March, Perry will release A Madea Family Funeral, his 20th overall and the last which will feature the iconic Madea character. The film is on course to take career box office figures in the U.S for Tyler Perry and Lionsgate to over $1 billion dollars – a significant achievement. You have to go back to 2009 to find the highest grossing Tyler Perry film to date – Madea Goes To Jail – which grossed $90.5 million dollars across 9 weeks.
Incidentally, Nobody’s Fool is still playing in U.S cinemas, posting $900k in its’ 4th week from 608 cinemas. To date, the film has grossed $30.5 million dollars. More numbers next week…
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Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe is a producer, film columnist, radio broadcaster and award winning film exhibitor who founded the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) in 2005. Emmanuel is also a jury member of the BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York.