“Paddington 2” Arrives In UK Cinemas With Record-Setting Opening Weekend

Paddington 2’s success isn’t surprising. Writer-director Paul King returns to the franchise following his big-hearted adventure for the eponymous bear in the first film. Paddington 2 has set a new record for Studiocanal, earning the company’s biggest opening weekend return in the UK.

Paddington 2 has set a new record for Studiocanal. The film has earned the company’s biggest opening weekend in the UK. Its performance at 606 sites saw it make over £8.2 million. It’s significant, partly because of the widespread increase of film streaming and straight-to-digital new film releases. Paddington 2’s success shows audiences are still willing to spend money to see movies on the big screen.

The film accounted for 42% of this weekend’s gross box office and scored the 12th biggest opening weekend of 2017 overall as well as the 7th best 3-day opening of the year.

Studiocanal’s Chairman and CEO Didier Lupfer comments: “I am so delighted to celebrate the company’s biggest and widest release to date with the opening weekend figures of Paddington 2. The #1 opening represents a significant milestone for us and we can’t wait to spread Paddington’s contagious message of kindness worldwide as the film continues its global roll out.”

Just as significantly, critics are saying the film is as good as or better than the first film. That’s no easy feat given the delights of Paddington’s previous big screen outing.

Karen Jankel, daughter of the late Michael Bond CBE who created the best-selling and internationally adored series of children’s stories from which the films are based, also praised the new film. “It was hard to imagine how Paddington 2 could be as wonderful as the first film but it has actually surpassed it.

“I found myself laughing from beginning to end, not to mention reaching for the odd tissue. As my father wrote on Paddington’s label when he created him all those years ago, ‘Please Look After This Bear. Thank You’. I’m delighted to say that everyone involved in making Paddington 2 has followed those instructions to the letter.”

Paddington 2 is on general release in the UK now. It is released in the USA on January 12.

The film opens in other Studiocanal territories on the following dates: Germany, November 23; France, December 6 and Australia and New Zealand on December 26.

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