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Kingsman sequel enjoys better UK opening than most summer blockbusters

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Story by Jack Foley

MATTHEW Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle has enjoyed a better UK opening weekend than many of this summer’s blockbusters.

The darkly comic spy adventure, which brings back Taron Egerton and Colin Firth, took £6.2m, with Wednesday and Thursday previews bringing its five-day total £8.53m.

Even without the previews, The Golden Circle performed better than most of 2017’s summer blockbusters, including Alien: Covenant, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Wonder Woman, The Mummy, Transformers: The Last Knight and War for the Planet of the Apes.

It also beat the £3.56m debut for 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, or £4.24m including previews.

The figures also mean that Vaughn can lay claim to having the second-biggest spy franchise in the marketplace after James Bond in the UK.

Also performing really well at the UK box office was the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, which added another £2.85m at the weekend, taking its 17-day tally to £26.5m – the highest ever gross for a horror film in the UK.

IT is also the 11th-biggest hit of 2017 in the UK, behind Beauty and the Beast, Dunkirk, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, La La Land, Fast & Furious 8, Sing, The Boss Baby and The Lego Batman Movie – but it is expected to overtake at least half of those titles by the end of its run.

Elsewhere in the UK top five, Dame Judi Dench’s latest royal drama Victoria and Abdul slipped to third spot, with £1,239,085 in its second weekend, while Darren Aronofsky’s mother! and animated hit The Emoji Movie occupied fourth and fifth.

Thanks to the arrival of the new Kingsman film, the market rose by 23% from the previous weekend, and is also 20% up on the equivalent weekend from 2017.

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