Captain Marvel flexes her superpowers at UK box office

Brie Larson vehicle overtakes lifetime total of many Marvel films, while Britcom Fisherman’s Friends sails into second place

The winner: Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel may have dropped by 48% from its UK opening salvo, but a haul of £6.64m represents the second biggest weekend takings of the year so far, beaten only by its debut session of £12.75m. Captain Marvel’s total after 10 days is a spiffy £23.7m.

For comparison, just over a year ago, Black Panther declined by 35% on its second weekend, by which time it had reached £29.5m. However, thanks to the earlier film’s previews strategy, that total was earned over 13 days. Avengers: Infinity War fell 56% on its second weekend, so Captain Marvel is not burning out quite so rapidly. The superhero film, starring Brie Larson, has already overtaken the lifetime total of many Marvel titles, including Doctor Strange, both Ant-Man films, and the first two instalments of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. Reaching the £37m total of Captain America: Civil War is a realistic target.

The plucky alternative: Fisherman’s Friends

A scrappy Britcom about a bunch of grizzled Cornish fishermen singing sea shanties wasn’t the most obvious easy sell at the box office, so UK distributor Entertainment Films should be pleased with Fisherman’s Friends’ debut of £1.15m from 506 cinemas, landing in second place behind Captain Marvel.

This number failed to match the first weekend of wide play for the quirky British film Calendar Girls in 2003 (£1.76m), but the singing fishermen hardly boast equivalent appeal to Women’s Institute members who strip. Fisherman’s Friends shares writing credits with last year’s grey-pound romance Finding Your Feet, starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie. That one began with £923,000 from 489 cinemas, on its way to a total of £5.81m.

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