‘Napoleon’ Rules U.K., Ireland Box Office

Sony’s magnum opus “Napoleon,” directed by Ridley Scott, debuted atop the U.K. and Ireland box office with a regal £5.2 million ($6.6 million), according to numbers from Comscore.

In its second weekend, Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes” dropped down a spot to second place with £2.6 million for a total of £10.1 million. Disney’s “Wish” debuted in third position with £2.4 million.

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In fourth place, in its second weekend, Warner Bros.’ “Saltburn” earned £572,728 for a total of £1.9 million. Rounding off the top five was Disney’s “The Marvels” that collected £485,099 in its third week for a total of £6.5 million.

Trafalgar Releasing’s concert film “Cliff Richard: The Blue Sapphire Tour 2023” bowed in sixth place with £329,826. Universal’s 20th anniversary rerelease of Richard Curtis’ evergreen romantic comedy “Love Actually” entered the charts at No. 10 with £104,728.

The coming weekend all eyes will be on Trafalgar’s concert film “Renaissance: A Film By Beyonce.” Also opening is concert film “Yoshiki: Under the Sky” from Duff Media. The widest release is “CBeebies Christmas Panto 2023: Robin Hood,” which Modern Films is opening across more than 300 locations.

Universal is opening “Eileen,” starring Thomasin McKenzie, Shea Whigham, Sam Nivola and Anne Hathaway across 100 locations, which is also the count for “There’s Something In The Barn” from Vertigo Releasing.

Awards season is upon us and consequently there are a number of acclaimed arthouse releases. These include Dogwoof’s “Queendom,” MUBI’s “Fallen Leaves,” New Wave’s “Totem” and Signature Entertainment’s “Femme.”

Also opening are “Teddy’s Christmas” from Miracle/Dazzler and “Battle Over Britain” from Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

There are three anniversary releases this weekend – the 20th anniversary of “Elf” from Warner Bros.; the 40th anniversary 4K remaster of “Scarface” from Park Circus; and the 25th anniversary of “Saving Private Ryan” from Paramount.

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