Animated features have topped the U.K.’s first box office since the lockdown. Disney-Pixar’s Onward and Universal’s Trolls World Tour came first and second over the weekend, respectively.
Unsurprisingly, the numbers were low: Onward took £21,626 (USD$27,000) from 47 locations and Trolls World Tour took £16,941 (USD$21,000) from 33 locations, according to market research firm Comscore. In all, 72 theaters reported takings in England and the Republic of Ireland; all venues remained shut in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. English cinemas reopened on Saturday, so reported no Friday takings.
What’s more striking is that, once again, animated films have demonstrated their pulling power amid the pandemic. Four years after its first run, Zootopia leapt back to the top of the U.S. rankings the weekend before last. Meanwhile, last weekend in Japan, Studio Ghibli’s library titles claimed the top three spots.