After a delay of more than a year, Disney has finally released the Marvel superhero adventure Black Widow in the UK and Ireland, and will offer the territory’s largest theatrical release since theaters began reopening in May.
The comic book adaptation, starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Cate Shortland, opened in 622 locations across the UK on Wednesday July 7 – two days before the US – and generated 1.2 million dollars pounds sterling from his first day of release. Revenue was impacted by England’s victory over Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals, which drew more than 26 million viewers on Wednesday evening.
The superhero film added an additional £ 1.04million on Thursday, adding up to £ 2.25million from premieres.
Disney will expand its rollout to 649 screens from today (July 9), marking the biggest release since UK cinemas began reopening on May 17, when pandemic restrictions were relaxed.
Originally slated for release in May 2020, the pandemic saw the release of Black Widow delayed – first to November 2020, then to May 2021, before moving to July.
But its opening weekend in the territory could be impacted by three factors. The first is that Black Widow will be available to stream on the Disney + platform for £ 19.99 from today. The second is that not all theaters have reopened and those that did cannot return to full capacity until July 19.
The third is England’s game against Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday night, which is sure to draw audiences as it is the first time in 55 years that the country has reached a major men’s football final. .
However, appetite should be high for the superhero movie as it has been two years since the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film, which cost £ 8.3million in its opening weekend in July 2019 and grossed £ 37million.
The MCU’s biggest box office hit to date remains Avengers: Endgame, which broke UK opening weekend records by taking £ 43.4million from 679 theaters from April 26-28, 2019. It reached £ 88.7million in the territory, which makes it the biggest release of the year.
With a Marvel feature opening wide, other distributors are planning smaller versions for a range of titles, intended to provide an alternative to a superhero mast.
Sony releases a documentary The truffle hunters by American filmmakers Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, who follows a group of older men as they roam the woods of northern Italy in search of the precious Alba truffle. The film, which debuted at Sundance 2020, will open in 37 locations.
Blue Finch Film Releasing to open Zaida Bergroth’s Finnish drama Tove in 22 localities. Other screens are set aside for Moomins creator Tove Jansson’s biopic for its second and third week release.
New Wave will open Pietro Marcello’s Italian romantic drama Martin eden in 19 localities. The feature film premiered at Venice 2019, where it won the Coppa Volpi for actor Luca Marinelli, before winning the Platform Award in Toronto later in the year.
Studio Soho Distribution to release Jeremy Hersh’s American drama The surrogate mother in 16 sites, including Picturehouse Central in London and HOME Manchester, but anticipates an increase in the number of screens.
Miracle Comms to open UK documentary Mosley: It’s complicated on nine screens and has two Q&A events scheduled with director Michael Shevloff next week. The film chronicles the life of Max Mosley, who reigned as the head of Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, from 1993 to 2005.
Kaleidoscope Entertainment to perform Irish comedy-drama by Dave Minogue Boys Poster an outing in 13 Irish sites this weekend.
Other openings include the Chinese period drama 1921, by Jianxin Huang and Dasheng Zheng, to be released on Trinity Film; Signature Entertainment’s action sci-fi Occupation Precipitation, directed by Luke Sparke; and the French drama of Anti-Worlds Releasing Giant, directed by Zoe Wittock and with Noémie Merlant, screened at Sundance and the Berlinale in 2020.
Major relics include Universal’s box office leader Fast & Furious 9, Sony’s family function Peter Rabbit 2: The Fugue, Warner Bros. musical In the heights and Paramount A Quiet Place, Part II.