BOX OFFICE RESULTS
#1 PADDINGTON 2
WHO BEARS WINS!
Fuelled by simply wonderful word of mouth – everyone who’s seen it can’t stop raving about it – Paddington 2 continues to prove as tasty to British audiences as, well, a marmalade sandwich. This instant-classic sequel, directed by Paul King and featuring Ben Whishaw as the voice of our beloved little bear, has spent three out of its four weeks at the top of the UK charts and is closing in on the original’s box office tally.
If you haven’t watched it yet, we cannot encourage you enough. It really is the perfect Christmas movie, whether you’re eight or 88. Seen it?
“Paddington 2 is ridiculously, unspeakably brilliant. It’s funny, it’s touching, it’s inventive and despite being about a bear it’s about as deeply human as cinema gets. For my money, it’s one of the best films of the year.”
“The purest and most joyful cinema experience of my year happened tonight. As Paddington 2 finished the young boy behind me stood on his seat and banged his hands on the chair in front shouting ‘I LOVE THIS’ over and over again.”
“Paddington 2 has no business being as good as it is. Watched the whole thing with a huge goofy grin on my face. I think that’s the first film this year to make me teary (with both sadness and joy). I melted. It’s just superb.”
#2 DADDY'S HOME 2
BAD DADS = GOOD BOX OFFICE
Another sequel that’s tickling the UK’s funny bone is Daddy’s Home 2, which placed third on its debut last weekend, but has climbed to second place in the rankings as word gets around. Set at Christmas time (hurrah!), this guffaw-inducing follow-up sees Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) at loggerheads once again when their very different fathers – hilariously played by John Lithgow and Mel Gibson – arrive for the holidays. Throw in John Cena’s bully-dad Roger and it really is every daddy for himself.
Currently sitting on a jolly worldwide tally of 6 million, which includes .6 million amassed on these very shores, a Daddy’s Home 3 looks increasingly likely, although how they’ll top the high-jinks in this one, goodness knows.
#3 JUSTICE LEAGUE
BOX OFFICE HEROICS
Another week, another super-heroic haul at the box office for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The film has now taken .2 million in the UK and 7 million around the world - it’s a huge hit in China where it’s now the biggest DC movie ever with .5 million!
Here at ODEON we can’t get of this meta-human team-up. Batman. Superman. Wonder Woman. Aquaman. The Flash. Cyborg. Just saying those six names out loud sends shivers down the spine. With jaw-to-the-floor action from minute one to the closing credits, this is a comic-book actioner to savour.
THE WONDER OF YOU
We’ve been waiting eagerly for Wonder and it hasn’t disappointed with wondrous reviews both here and around the world – and a hefty box office haul too. Based on R.J. Palacio’s lovely book – the touching back story for which can be read here – this remarkable film tells the story of 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, a young boy with facial differences who just wants to fit in.
Starring Room’s Jacob Tremblay as Auggie (in an astonishing performance), and Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his devoted, protective parents, this is a warm hug of a film that will have you laughing, crying and punching the air with joy.
#5 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
RIGHT ON TRACK
And still Kenneth Branagh’s train keeps on chugging on. Now into its fifth week, the star-studded Murder On The Orient Express continues to delight and intrigue audiences with a combined UK box office take of .8 million, and a worldwide haul of well over 0 million. That’s brilliant!
If you haven’t caught this one yet – pun most definitely intended – be quick, as this luxury locomotive will be pulling out of ODEON stations for good in the next few weeks.
ODEON PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEKEND
Stronger – an inspiring true story starring Jake Gyllenhaal in award-worthy form – will make its mark!