U.K. Box Office: 'Secret Life of Pets' Wins as Revenue Share Rises Despite Brexit-Driven Pound Drop
'Independence Day: Resurgence' had to settle for the second spot in a week where the overall dollar takings were the biggest international market share of the year so far.
Despite Friday being declared "Independence Day" by several Brexit campaigners who had been pushing for the U.K. to leave the European Union, the film Independence Day's long-awaited sequel had to settle for second spot in the box office.
The Fox sci-fi follow-up Independence Day: Resurgence took home $7.3 million on its opening weekend across more than 1,000 screens, but fell way short of the top spot.
With a 42 percent share of the overall box office, Universal's The Secret Life of Pets dominated proceedings, grossing $13.4 million, including previews, making it the biggest original animated film opening of all time in the U.K.. Excluding previews, its three-day weekend of $8.1 million is the fourth-biggest original animation opening behind Inside Out, Monsters Inc. and Up.
Thanks to the combined force of ID2 and Pets, the U.K. managed to overcome any potential lost revenue following the Brexit vote, which saw 10 percent shaved off the value of the pound compared to the dollar. In figures from Rentrak/Comscore, the U.K.'s cumulative figure of $27.7 million over the weekend actually gave it a 13 percent share of the international market, its biggest of the year so far.
With these two major new openings, last week's No. 1 pic The Conjuring 2 was pushed to third, scaring up $2.1 million to bring its two-week gross to $10.4 million.
Further down, Me Before You continued its solid run, adding $900,000 to take it to $10.8 million after four weeks, while The Nice Guys rounded out the top five with $270,000 for a $4.6 million cume.
This weekend will see the big-screen return of Patsy and Eddy in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.