U.K. Box Office: ‘It: Chapter Two’ At Top, While Polish Film ‘Polityka’ Reaches Fifth Place

Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' ″It Chapter Two″

Bill Skarsgard who plays Pennywise in "It Chapter Two" (Photo credit Emma McIntyre/FilmMagic)

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There were two notable new releases this weekend, September 6-8. It: Chapter Two took the lead, while Polish film Polityka’s entry, straight to fifth place, is the big surprise of this weekend’s U.K. Box Office.


The New Releases: It: Chapter Two and Polityka

Two years after the release of It in the U.K., the sequel to the Stephen King adaptation is now in cinemas. It: Chapter Two is still directed by Andy Muschietti, and is set 27 years after the kids from It banded together to defeat the terrifying clown, Pennywise (played again by Bill Skarsgård). The gang, starring Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James McAvoy among others, are now all grown up but must return to their hometown to destroy Pennywise once and for all. 

Back in September 2017, It had been the biggest September opening in the U.K. with over £10 million. It: Chapter Two did not break that record. This weekend the Warner Bros. sequel made an opening gross of £7.4 million, which includes the previews amounting to £452,258. The film showed in 652 cinemas.

The second-biggest new release this weekend in the U.K. was a Polish film. Polityka, directed by Patryk Vega and distributed by Phoenix, was screening this weekend in 261 movie theaters across the U.K. The film made an opening weekend gross of £517,255, attaining fifth place in the box office. The two-hour-long film centers on Polish politics in recent years and its consequences on the current political situation in Poland. 

Films by Patryk Vega break box office records in Poland. His film in 2017, Botoxx, had the best opening weekend of 2017, with 711,906 entries in Poland. It reached one million admissions after just six days, and 2 million after a month in Polish cinemas. In the U.K. Botox was released by Phoenix in October 2017 and also reached fifth place in the U.K. box office with an opening of £792,957, showing in 217 cinemas. 

Still in the Top 10

Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood has thus now fallen to second place. The film made a weekend gross of £1.08 million, showing in 631 cinemas. This is a 41% drop from the previous week. The film now has a total gross of £18.6 million after four weeks in theaters.

Angel Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, is now in third place with a weekend gross of £695,622, showing in 519 movie theaters. After three weeks in cinemas, the film now has a total gross of £5.9 million.

Disney’s The Lion King has been relegated, for the first time in eight weeks, to fourth place. The film took £686,991, a 44% drop from the previous week, showing in 608 cinemas. The “live-action” adaptation now has a total gross of £73.1 million.

Dora & The Lost City of Gold is in sixth place with a weekend gross of £393,429, a 37% drop, showing in 551 movie theaters. After four weeks since its release, the film now has a total of £4.8 million.

After twelve weeks in cinemas, Toy Story 4 is still in the top 10 of the U.K. box office. The film is in seventh place this weekend with £364,104, a 37% drop from last week, showing in 545 cinemas. The much-loved animated film produced by Pixar for Walt Disney Pictures now has a total of £64.59 million.

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is still in the top 10 with a weekend gross of £348,246, a 43% drop from last week, showing in 360 movie theaters. After six weeks in cinemas, the film now has a total of £19.75 million.

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There were two notable new releases this weekend, September 6-8. It: Chapter Two took the lead, while Polish film Polityka’s entry, straight to fifth place, is the big surprise of this weekend’s U.K. Box Office.


The New Releases: It: Chapter Two and Polityka

Two years after the release of It in the U.K., the sequel to the Stephen King adaptation is now in cinemas. It: Chapter Two is still directed by Andy Muschietti, and is set 27 years after the kids from It banded together to defeat the terrifying clown, Pennywise (played again by Bill Skarsgård). The gang, starring Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James McAvoy among others, are now all grown up but must return to their hometown to destroy Pennywise once and for all. 

Back in September 2017, It had been the biggest September opening in the U.K. with over £10 million. It: Chapter Two did not break that record. This weekend the Warner Bros. sequel made an opening gross of £7.4 million, which includes the previews amounting to £452,258. The film showed in 652 cinemas.

The second-biggest new release this weekend in the U.K. was a Polish film. Polityka, directed by Patryk Vega and distributed by Phoenix, was screening this weekend in 261 movie theaters across the U.K. The film made an opening weekend gross of £517,255, attaining fifth place in the box office. The two-hour-long film centers on Polish politics in recent years and its consequences on the current political situation in Poland. 

Films by Patryk Vega break box office records in Poland. His film in 2017, Botoxx, had the best opening weekend of 2017, with 711,906 entries in Poland. It reached one million admissions after just six days, and 2 million after a month in Polish cinemas. In the U.K. Botox was released by Phoenix in October 2017 and also reached fifth place in the U.K. box office with an opening of £792,957, showing in 217 cinemas. 

Still in the Top 10

Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood has thus now fallen to second place. The film made a weekend gross of £1.08 million, showing in 631 cinemas. This is a 41% drop from the previous week. The film now has a total gross of £18.6 million after four weeks in theaters.

Angel Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, is now in third place with a weekend gross of £695,622, showing in 519 movie theaters. After three weeks in cinemas, the film now has a total gross of £5.9 million.

Disney’s The Lion King has been relegated, for the first time in eight weeks, to fourth place. The film took £686,991, a 44% drop from the previous week, showing in 608 cinemas. The “live-action” adaptation now has a total gross of £73.1 million.

Dora & The Lost City of Gold is in sixth place with a weekend gross of £393,429, a 37% drop, showing in 551 movie theaters. After four weeks since its release, the film now has a total of £4.8 million.

After twelve weeks in cinemas, Toy Story 4 is still in the top 10 of the U.K. box office. The film is in seventh place this weekend with £364,104, a 37% drop from last week, showing in 545 cinemas. The much-loved animated film produced by Pixar for Walt Disney Pictures now has a total of £64.59 million.

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is still in the top 10 with a weekend gross of £348,246, a 43% drop from last week, showing in 360 movie theaters. After six weeks in cinemas, the film now has a total of £19.75 million.

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