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United Kingdom Box Office for The BFG (2016)

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Theatrical Performance (US$)
United Kingdom Box Office $38,103,330Details
Worldwide Box Office $199,905,224Details
Home Market Performance
North America DVD Sales $8,834,984 Details
North America Blu-ray Sales $8,281,241 Details
Total North America Video Sales $17,116,225
Further financial details...

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Tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG, while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country.


Movie Details

Production Budget:$140,000,000
United Kingdom Releases: July 22nd, 2016 (Wide)
Video Release: November 29th, 2016 by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor.
(Rating bulletin 2424, 5/11/2016)
Running Time: 115 minutes
Keywords: Orphan, Orphanage, Giants, London, United Kingdom
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Animation/Live Action
Creative Type:Kids Fiction
Production Companies: Walden Media, Walt Disney Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Production Countries: United States


Mark Rylance    Big Friendly Giant
Ruby Barnhill    Sophie
Penelope Wilton    The Queen
Jemaine Clement    Fleshlumpeater
Rebecca Hall    Mary
Rafe Spall    Mr. Tibbs
Bill Hader    Bloodbottler
Olafur Olaffson    Maidmasher/Cook
Adam Godley    Manhugger/Lout #1
Michael Adamthwaite    Butcher Boy/Danish Driver
Daniel Bacon    Butcherboy
Chris Gibbs    Gizzardgulper
Jonathan Holmes    The Childchewer
Paul Moniz de Sa    The Meatdripper

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter    Melissa Mathison
Based on the novel by    Roald Dahl
Producer    Steven Spielberg
Producer    Frank Marshall
Producer    Sam Mercer
Executive Producer    Kathleen Kennedy
Executive Producer    John Madden
Executive Producer    Michael Siegel
Executive Producer    Kristie Macosko Krieger
Director of Photography    Janusz Kaminski
Production Designer    Rick Carter
Production Designer    Robert Stromberg
Editor    Michael Kahn
Costume Designer    Joanna Johnston
Composer    John Williams
Co-Producer    Adam Somner

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October 19th, 2016


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August 14th, 2016

Suicide Squad

A precipitous drop from last weekend won’t be enough to knock Suicide Squad off its perch at the top of the box office chart, according to studio estimates released on Friday. But a 67% fall is steep, even by modern standards. On the bright side, it is less than Batman v Superman’s 69% decline in its second weekend earlier this year, at least according to the estimates. A weak Sunday would put the two films basically neck-and-neck on that front, and it looks increasingly likely that Suicide Squad will end with less than $300 million domestically. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: It’s No Secret that Life of Pets Will Get a Sequel

July 12th, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets

As expected, The Secret Life of Pets earned first place on the weekend box office chart. However, almost no one was expecting it to dominate the way that it did with $104.35 million. There are some calling this film the best opening for a non-franchise animation film, but let’s face the facts... Universal started work on two or three sequels as soon as Friday’s Estimates came in. Meanwhile, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates has a good opening in the role of counter-programming with $16.63 million. Overall, the box office pulled in $217 million, which was 14% more than last weekend. More importantly, it is 1.3% more than the same weekend last year. Granted, this is lower than ticket price inflation, but since most people assumed the weekend would suffer a serious decline, this should be seen as a major victory. Year-to-date, 2016’s lead over 2015 grew a tiny bit hitting 2.4% at $6.00 billion to $5.86 billion. More...

Weekend Predictions: Secret Hopes to be Exposed to Audiences

July 7th, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets

It should be a good weekend at the box office, at least for The Secret Life of Pets. The film is earning great reviews and should become the biggest hit of the month. There is one downside: the competition. There are a lot of options for families among the films currently in theaters, plus another movie from a long-running franchise opening soon. Also opening this week is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which is an R-rated comedy hoping to survive in the counter-programming role. It could become a midlevel hit, or it could fail to open in the top five. This weekend last year, Minions opened with $115.72 million. The Secret Life of Pets is not going to top that. 2016 has better depth, but likely not by enough to win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Contest: Big Fun Prizes: Winning Announcement

July 6th, 2016


The winners of our Big Fun Prizes contest were determined and the entrants with the closest predictions for The BFG opening weekend were... More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Dory Wins with $51.44 million, but Tarzan has Near Legendary Opening

July 6th, 2016

Finding Dory

The Fourth of July weekend went very well as two of the three new releases beat expectations. However, none of them were able to top Finding Dory, which earned its third win in a row. The Legend of Tarzan was very close in second place, which surprised a lot of analysts, but there might be a logical reason for its success. The Purge: Election Year more than tripled its production budget during its opening three-day weekend, so there’s no chance the studio isn’t giddy over that. The only real disappointment was The BFG, which got lost in the crowd. The overall box office was up from last week, which is a pleasant surprise. Granted, it grew by just under 1.0% to $192 million over the three-day weekend. More importantly, it was 41% higher than the same three-day weekend last year. Add in Monday, and the year-to-date lead rose to $120 million or 2.2% at $5.71 billion to $5.58 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Dory wins 3-Horse July 4 Race

July 3rd, 2016


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Thursday Night Previews: The Purge Takes Care of the Competition with $3.64 million

July 1st, 2016

The Purge: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year earned the best Thursday previews out of the three wide releases with $3.64 million last night. This is the best in the franchise, just beating the $3.44 million the first film managed and well ahead of the $2.64 million the second film pulled in. On the downside, the film's reviews have slipped to just 57% positive. That's still good, for this genre and it might be a bigger than expected hit. More...

2016 Preview: July

July 1st, 2016

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Weekend Predictions: Dory Looks to Complete Threepeat, while BFG looks for a Big Opening

June 30th, 2016


It's the first weekend of July, which means I should probably start the monthly preview. (I'm kidding. Although, I did have a computer crash this morning and lost a few hours of work. Save early. Save often.) Like last week, Finding Dory should earn first place over the weekend, while there are a trio of wide releases hoping to take advantage of the holiday. The BFG is the biggest in terms of box office potential. The Legend of Tarzan is the biggest in terms of production budget. Finally, The Purge: Election Year is the biggest in terms of profitability. This weekend last year, Inside Out climbed over Jurassic World for first place, as both films earned just under $30 million, Finding Dory will make almost that much combined. More...

Contest: Surge of Independence: Winning Announcement

June 30th, 2016

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Contest: Big Fun Prizes

June 24th, 2016


July begins next weekend and there are three films hoping to make an impact at the box office. The Purge: Election Year might not hit $50 million domestically, but that's fine given its low production budget. The Legend of Tarzan should do a little better, but it had a troubled production and it cost more than $150 million to make. That leaves The BFG, a.k.a., the Big Friendly Giant. It is a live action family film released by Disney. It's aimed at too young an audience to be a monster hit, but it has a shot at $100 million, which is more than the other two films can say. As a result, it is the only real choice for the target film in this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for The BFG.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a Frankenprize of previously reviewed DVD and / or Blu-rays. I grabbed a few more boxes from storage, so we can do winner's choice again. The choices are, two movies, one TV on DVD release, or three single-disc kids DVDs. I'm out of mystery box items, unless I find some more later on. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a Frankenprize, as described above. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will win the final Frankenprize.

Note: It is a long weekend, but we only use the three-day, Friday through Sunday box office for this contest. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/07/22 1 $6,923,065   680 $10,181   $6,923,065 1
2016/07/29 3 $4,462,180 -36% 667 $6,690   $19,212,390 2
2016/08/05 4 $2,238,745 -50% 614 $3,646   $26,408,538 3
2016/08/12 4 $1,436,286 -36% 607 $2,366   $30,406,199 4
2016/08/19 5 $1,614,423 +12% 562 $2,873   $33,656,949 5
2016/08/26 7 $867,580 -46% 543 $1,598   $35,913,181 6
2016/09/02 6 $935,463 +8% 510 $1,834   $38,117,408 7
2016/09/09 9 $441,076 -53% 468 $942   $38,708,548 8
2016/09/16 12 $324,234 -26% 413 $785   $38,633,605 9
2016/09/23 10 $317,078 -2% 369 $859   $38,603,987 10
2016/09/30 12 $205,257 -35% 329 $624   $39,018,592 11
2016/10/07 - $85,594 -58% 228 $375   $37,372,268 12
2016/10/14 - $84,406 -1% 218 $387   $36,729,484 13
2016/10/21 15 $93,457 +11% 229 $408   $36,915,452 14
2016/10/28 14 $87,621 -6% 179 $490   $37,004,771 15
2016/11/04 - $26,992 -69% 111 $243   $38,239,388 16
2016/11/11 - $40,961 +52% 148 $277   $38,214,939 17
2016/11/18 - $40,917 n/c 145 $282   $37,660,243 18
2016/11/25 - $29,915 -27% 125 $239   $38,103,330 19

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Argentina 7/15/2016 $800,000 0 0 0 $800,000 7/18/2016
Australia 7/1/2016 $1,999,963 433 433 2264 $11,433,181 10/11/2016
Brazil 7/28/2016 00$0
Bulgaria 9/16/2016 $0 0 0 0 $201,550 11/22/2016
China 10/13/2016 $13,480,000 55252 55252 64287 $21,060,000 11/6/2016
Czech Republic 9/2/2016 $107,570 114 114 391 $358,284 11/3/2016
Italy 12/30/2016 $1,367,353 0 0 0 $4,844,313 2/2/2017
Japan 9/17/2016 00$0
Lithuania 6/30/2016 $31,761 14 70 157 $149,626 8/26/2016
Mexico 8/12/2016 $1,471,437 0 0 0 $3,916,817 8/30/2016
Netherlands 7/21/2016 $447,228 137 137 1591 $4,011,857 10/26/2016
New Zealand 7/1/2016 $28,833 22 145 890 $2,270,892 9/12/2016
North America 7/1/2016 $18,775,350 3357 3392 11626 $55,483,770 9/7/2017
Portugal 7/8/2016 $137,776 89 89 373 $687,367 6/8/2017
Russia (CIS) 7/1/2016 $2,059,776 1189 1189 3951 $5,889,162 8/10/2016
Slovakia 8/26/2016 $755 4 71 199 $120,313 12/16/2016
Slovenia 7/1/2016 $10,485 21 27 76 $32,856 8/3/2016
South Korea 8/4/2016 $0 0 128 261 $898,186 10/19/2016
Spain 7/8/2016 $761,212 579 579 1766 $2,912,045 11/10/2016
Thailand 7/8/2016 $400,000 0 0 0 $400,000 7/11/2016
Turkey 6/30/2016 $92,202 250 250 902 $537,220 8/10/2016
United Kingdom 7/22/2016 $6,923,065 680 680 7145 $38,103,330 11/30/2016
Rest of World $45,794,455
Worldwide Total$199,905,224 9/7/2017

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