Disney’s James Cameron’s magnum opus “Avatar: The Way of Water” topped the UK and Ireland box office with £7.6 million ($9.1 million) for the third weekend in a row and is now running at £44.9 million per published count, according to ComScore.
Sony’s “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody” made a strong debut in second place with £3.3 million. The studio’s Roald Dahl adaptation “Matilda the Musical” continued its great run in the region in third place, collecting £2 million for a sixth weekend total of £20.8 million. The single version of the film was released on New Year’s Day.
In fourth place, Disney’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” took £436,156 in its eighth weekend and now has a total of £33.2 million.
Rounding out the top five was another Disney title “Strange World” with £280,777 for a sixth weekend total of £3.1 million.
The weekend’s other notable debut was Austrian Oscar international feature shortlisted film “Corsage”, starring Vicky Krieps, which bowed in sixth place with £203,121.
In wide release this coming weekend is Universal’s “Teal,” directed by Chinoni Chukwu and starring Danielle Deadwiler, Jalyn Hall, Jamie Rennell, Whoopi Goldberg, which tells the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice over 14 years. older son, Emmett Till, who was brutally beaten to death in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi; and Sony’s “A Man Called Otto,” directed by Marc Forster and starring Tom Hanks, in which embittered widower Otto Anderson meets his new neighbor, a quick-witted, pregnant woman named Marisol, which leads to an unlikely friendship that turns his world upside down. Gives the opposite
Other releases include MUBI’s Berlin and San Sebastian-winning Carla Simon film “Alcaras” and a brace of films from Vertigo Releasing – Grimfest-winning horror “Piggy” and the action-packed “The Enforcer” with Antonio Banderas, Kate Bosworth and Mogen Aria.
Curated by Asif Kapadia and Ian Haydon Smith, the master’s “Rashomon” is getting a theatrical release as part of the British Film Institute’s comprehensive two-month Akira Kurosawa season.
Next Monday, January 9, Disney is releasing Sam Mendes’ movie “Empire of Light,” starring Olivia Colman, Michael Ward and Colin Firth.