UK Box Office Predictions: Bad Boys, Bombshells, and Box Office Bounces

UK box office predictions January 10th – 12th: How did we do?

Our guesses faired better than last week, but there were still a few surprises that took us off guard. We’d expected 1917 to fight its way through some impression competition to the top, but we didn’t see Little Women rising back up the charts to second place! Strong word of mouth and good reviews, have obviously helped out this period drama.

We were also surprised that Jumanji: The Next Level dropped to fifth, which was caused by the Gentlemen holding better than expected in fourth.

Check out our past UK box office predictions.

What’s happening at the UK Box Office this week?

This weekend looks set to be quite chaotic, with likely boost for 1917, Little Women and JoJo Rabbit following their numerous Oscar nominations, as well as six noteworthy new releases. Opening on over 300 screens are Bombshell, Bad Boys For Life and Just Mercy. There are also three wildcard releases, opening on over 100 screens, A Hidden Life, Waves and Weathering With You. Frankly anything could happen.

All three big releases, have received positive reviews. Empire describe Bombshell as “one of the most compelling stories of the #MeToo movement is told unflinchingly, empathetically and authentically, with Charlize Theron completely nailing the knotty character of Megyn Kelly.” Total Film Magazine called Bad Boys For Life “a pleasing throwback to ‘90s action movies.” The Independent praised Just Mercy for delivering “refined sober filmmaking”. 

Regardless, because the Oscar season has officially kicked off we think the new releases will be the losers this weekend with 1917 keeping the top spot, and Bombshell failing to break into the top five. With no Oscar nominations, we can see Just Mercy finding itself lost in a very crowded January market.

Weekend Box Office Predictions: Top 10 UK Films, January 17th – 19th

1. 1917
2. Bad Boys For Life
3. Little Women
4. Bombshell
5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
6. The Gentlemen
7. Jumanji: The Next Level
8. JoJo Rabbit
9. Just Mercy
10. Frozen 2

A Quick Note On Our UK Box Office Predictions…

These UK box office predictions are complete guesses from the Fantasy Film League team! We have no insider studio connections and we base our predictions on cinema screening estimates and data from past film performances.

Don’t forget these are the UK predictions and we use the US Top Ten as well for our Fantasy Film League game. While they can be similar there are always differences!

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