UK-Ireland Box Office Preview: ‘DC League Of Super-Pets’ Is Widest Animated Release Ever | New


Warner Bros. DC League of Super Pets is receiving the widest release ever in the UK and Ireland for a fully animated title this weekend, opening in 725 locations.

It is the eighth widest outing of all time in the territory, alongside Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi from 2017.

Among the animated films, DC League of Super Pets topped Disney’s 2019 719 locations The Lion King remake. It is slightly behind Disney’s opening 743 venues Mary Poppins Returns as of 2018 – a mostly live-action film with animated sequences.

It is the second widest opening ever for Warner Bros, behind Elvis since June of this year in 744 sites and in front Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets in 712 sites as of April.

The figure is the latest in a string of substantial openings for studio titles, with five of the 10 widest openings ever since theaters reopened after the pandemic.

However, a wide opening does not guarantee a grand total in the eight-digit region. Elvis started with £4m (though it’s now at £18.4m and still in the top five), while Universal Downton Abbey: A New Erathe second biggest release of all time on 748 sites, started with £3.1m, closing at £14.9m.

Another animated feature, Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, started with £10.4million in early July; it reclaimed the top spot last weekend, reaching £28.2m. DC League of Super Pets doesn’t have the same franchise support as that film, though it hopes to benefit from the DC name, school vacations, and the voice-pairing of regular live-action collaborators Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kevin Hart to attract the public.

Directed by Jared Stern and Sam Levine, the film follows two inseparable dogs who fight crime; one of them must master his powers for a rescue mission when the other is kidnapped.

Road travel

With just one new studio title this weekend, there is opportunity for several independent releases, including some favorites from last year’s festival.

Take the road

Picturehouse Entertainment is releasing a comedy-drama Take the road in 37 locations. The film is the feature debut of Iranian filmmaker Panah Panahi, son of famed director Jafar Panahi, who was recently arrested by Iranian authorities and sentenced to serve a six-year prison sentence handed down to him in 2010.

Take the road made its acclaimed debut at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes 2021 – FilterCritics called it a “phenomenal first feature” that is “at times extremely funny and quietly devastating to others”.

It has won awards including Best Film in Official Competition at the BFI London Film Festival, as well as awards from Mar del Plata, San Francisco and Singapore.

Jafar is the producer of his son’s film; Panah previously edited her father’s drama in 2018 3 faces.

Dogwoof distributes Sara Dosa’s documentary fire of love at 68 venues, with further Imax screenings to come on Tuesday, August 2.

The film, made up of footage shot by and volcanologists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival online in January. He has since performed at numerous festivals including SXSW, Sundance London and Jerusalem, as well as non-fiction events True/False, CPH:DOX and Hot Docs.

Vertigo Opens Emer Reynolds’ British-Irish Drama Stroll in 255 locations. Starring Olivia Colman and newcomer Charlie Reid, the film follows a woman seeking to give up her newborn baby, who is joined on the run by a street urchin.

Curzon leads a 35-site version of the 1984 classic Paris, Texas as part of his current Wim Wenders season; Dreamz Entertainment releases its latest Bollywood title Vikrant Rona; while Anime Ltd is playing The deer king in eight locations this weekend, after taking £21,703 from 109 locations on Wednesday and Thursday.

DC League of Super Pets will look to challenge the remnants of last weekend, which include Minions: The Rise of Gruby Disney Thor: Love and Thunder and Sony Where the Crawdads sing.

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