‘Wonka’ Debuts Atop U.K., Ireland Box Office

‘Wonka’ Debuts Atop U.K., Ireland Box Office

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Warner Bros.’ “Wonka,” starring Timothee Chalamet, has debuted atop the U.K. and Ireland box office with £8.9 million ($11.2 million), according to numbers from Comscore.

In its third weekend, Disney’s “Wish” climbed up to £1.9 million in second place for a total of £5.8 million. In its fourth weekend, in third place, Lionsgate U.K.’s “The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes” collected £961,055 for a total of £14.7 million.

Not far behind was Ridley Scott’s epic “Napoleon,” distributed by Sony, which took in £951,101 in its third weekend in fourth position for a total of £11.3 million.

Rounding off the top five was Warner Bros.’ “Saltburn” that earned £417,609 in its fourth weekend and now has a total of £4.1 million.

Bollywood blockbuster “Animal,” starring Ranbir Kapoor, grossed £401,015 in its second weekend in sixth place for a total of £1.6 million.

The only other debut in the top 10 was Vertigo Releasing’s “The Peasants” that collected £74,441 in 10th position.

A keenly anticipated release this upcoming weekend is “The Three Musketeers: Milady,” the second instalment of the saga based on Alexandre Dumas’ timeless tales of friendship, loyalty and royal intrigue, starring François Civil, Vincent Cassel, Pio Marmaï, Romain Duris and Eva Green. Entertainment Film Distributors is opening the film wide across more than 300 locations.

Equally anticipated is Anime Ltd’s “Godzilla Minus One,” the latest take on the evergreen giant monster. On the evergreen theme, Meg Ryan and David Duchovny star in Universal’s romantic comedy “What Happens Later,” Ryan’s second directorial venture after 2015’s “Ithaca.”

Angel Studios is opening science fiction film “The Shift,” while Peccadillo Pictures is bowing “The Lost Boys,” which premiered at the Berlinale. From 606 Distribution comes 2022 Venice winner “Monica” and Central City Media is debuting Hong Kong music drama “Band Four,” headlined by Cantopop star Kay Tse.

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