‘Wonka’ Stays Atop U.K., Ireland Box Office, ‘Poor Things’ Makes Strong Debut

Warner Bros.’ “Wonka” continued its reign over the U.K. and Ireland box office with £2.2 million ($2.8 million), according to numbers from Comscore.

After six weekends at the box office, the Timothée Chalamet starrer has a sweet total of £56.1 million.

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Disney’s Golden Globe-winning “Poor Things,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and featuring Emma Stone in a Golden Globe-winning performance, debuted with £1.8 million. In its third weekend, in third place, Sony’s “Anyone But You” collected £1,246,921 for a total of £5.3 million. Just below, with £1,246,292, in its second weekend, was Warner Bros.’ “One Life,” for a total of £5.8 million.

Rounding off the top five was Sky Cinema/Studiocanal release “The Beekeeper” with £956,380. The other debut in the top 10 was Warner Bros.’ “The Boys In The Boat” that bowed in 10th place with £270,297.

Among the new releases, opening mid-week on Jan. 17 is the keenly anticipated “Mean Girls,” starring Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Reneé Rapp, Jaquel Spivey, Avantika, Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, Tina Fey and Tim Meadows, which Paramount is opening wide across more than 300 locations. On Thursday, Pathé Live is opening concert film “Queen Rock Montreal.”

Award season contenders opening on the Friday include Signature Entertainment’s “The End We Start From,” directed by Mahalia Belo, starring Jodie Comer, Joel Fry, Katherine Waterston, Gina McKee and Mark Strong, and Universal’s Alexander Payne film “The Holdovers,” featuring Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Dominic Sessa.

Bulldog is releasing Slamdance-winning comedy “The Civil Dead,” while BFI Distribution has documentary “Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer” and the 50th anniversary re-release of “The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser,” both of which are part of the Werner Herzog retrospective at London’s BFI Southbank flagship venue. Central City Media is releasing acclaimed Hong Kong drama “In Broad Daylight,” which scored several nominations at the Golden Horse and Shanghai film festivals.

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