‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Embraced By Russia As Offshore Rollout Begins – Intl B.O.
We do not yet have a full cume for the first days in all markets, but initial figures show U.N.C.L.E. dominating Russian play with $1.2M on 1,804 screens and a 60% share after two days. Warner says that’s twice the No. 2 movie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation which is in its 2nd frame. In the UK, U.N.C.L.E. bowed on Friday to $749K at 505 venues, including some IMAX plays.
Performance is strong in London, particularly the West End, and the South with those regions gaining higher than average market shares. WB puts Friday’s figure in the range of The Bourne Identity, Red and Get Smart. While helmer Guy Ritchie has a big fan base in the UK — thanks to the Sherlock Holmes franchise, but also his early cult faves Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch — U.N.C.L.E. is also looking at the nostalgia factor for the 1960s TV series that starred Robert Vaughn and was popular here. In this market, U.N.C.L.E. is up against the 3rd frame of Rogue Nation as well as the debuts of Trainwreck and Pixels.
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