U.K. Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Shoots Down 'Hateful Eight'
Tarantino's eighth film, arguably the biggest release since the 'The Force Awakens' first landed four weekends ago, was no match for Disney's all-conquering space epic.
Whereas in the U.S. it topped newcomer The Revenant in its fourth weekend at the box office, over in the U.K., Star Wars: The Force Awakens came up against Quentin Tarantino and The Hateful Eight.
And having pushed past Skyfall on Friday to become the biggest film of all time in the country, Disney's space epic still had enough energy to see off the fresh-faced, gun-slinging competitor.
The Force Awakens added $8.62 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its 24-day total to $161.4 million. In the second spot, and the week's only new entry, The Hateful Eight took $4 million.
Although Tarantino's Western did enough to make it the director's third-best U.K. opening, behind Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds, the figures could have been higher were it not for a fallout between the local distributor and several exhibitors that resulted in the film not screening in three U.K. chains.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Daddy's Home secured the third spot in its third week with $3.27 million, while The Danish Girl and Joy jostled for fourth and fifth. Eddie Redmayne's latest BAFTA nomination possibly helped The Danish Girl hit $1.87 million in its second week, ahead of Joy's $1.51 million.
This week sees The Force Awakens' biggest challenge so far as The Revenant, buoyed by multiple Golden Globe wins and BAFTA nominations, launches wide across the U.K.