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Paddington 2 sets new UK box office record on opening weekend

Paddington 2

Story by Jack Foley

PADDINGTON 2 has become Studiocanal’s biggest ever overall UK opening with a whopping £8.26m ($10.8m).

The critically-acclaimed sequel easily surpassed the opening figure of its predecessor (£5.13m), while also beating the opening figures posted by most of this summer’s blockbuster titles, as well as recent hits Kingsman 2 and Blade Runner 2049.

The film looks well on course to top the £37.9m total that the original film took over the 2014 festive period.

Paddington 2 accounted for 42% of the weekend’s box office in the UK, and is also the 12th biggest opening of 2017 – and third best if you only take into account three-day openings.

The follow-up sees Paul King returning to the director’s chair, with Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville and Ben Whishaw (voicing the titular bear) reprising their roles. Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson join the live-action/CGI adventure.

The success of Paddington 2 was enough to derail Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded Murder On The Orient Express, which nevertheless enjoyed a strong second weekend with £4.4m, bringing its 10-day UK total to £13m.

The murder-mystery, based on the novel by Agatha Christie, is set to become Branagh’s second-biggest directorial outing in the UK, ahead of Thor.

Thor: Ragnarok fell to third with a £3.07m third weekend. The three-quell has now taken £25.87m to date in the UK, making it the eighth highest-grossing Marvel movie to date, with Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s £28.5m next in its sights.

Rounding out the UK top five were A Bad Moms Christmas, which took £1.27m for a two-week UK total of £4.18m, and Jigsaw, which took £414,932 in its third weekend, for a UK total of £4.54m.