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‘Kung Fu Panda’ Bests ‘Godzilla x Kong’ at U.K., Ireland Box Office as Amy Winehouse Biopic, ‘Civil War’ Loom


Universal’s “Kung Fu Panda 4” topped the U.K. and Ireland box office with £2.8 million ($3.6 million), according to numbers from Comscore. The film now has a total of £12.7 million after two weekends.

Also in its second weekend, Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” collected £1.9 million in second place for a total of £9.1 million.

In third place, in its third weekend, Sony’s “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” added £1.3 million for a total of £12.1 million. In fourth position, in its sixth weekend, Warner Bros.’ “Dune: Part II” collected £1.1 million for a total of £36.8 million. Universal’s “Monkey Man,” directed by and starring Dev Patel, debuted in fifth place with £810,253.

There were three more top 10 debuts – Disney’s “The First Omen” in sixth place with £521,573, Entertainment Film Distributors’ “Seize Them!” in eighth with £132,207 and Disney’s “Luca” in 10th with £110,964.

There are three mid-week releases on Wednesday, April 10. To coincide with the Eid festival, Bollywood films, Yash Raj Films release “Bade Miyan Chote Miyan,” an action film starring Akshay Kumar Tiger Shroff and Prithviraj Sukumaran; and Zee Studios’ sports drama “Maidaan,” headlined by Ajay Devgn, are bowing. And Trafalgar Releasing is opening concert film “SUGA | Agust D TOUR ‘D-DAY’ THE MOVIE,” featuring the eponymous BTS member.

On the Friday, Studiocanal is releasing Sam Taylor-Johnson’s biopic “Back to Black” where singer Amy Winehouse‘s tumultuous relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil inspires her to write and record the groundbreaking album “Back to Black.” The cast is headlined by Marisa Abela as Winehouse and also includes Jack O’Connell, Eddie Marsan, Lesley Manville, Juliet Cowan, Bronson Webb and Harley Bird Ansu Kabia.

Entertainment Film Distributors is giving a wide release to Alex Garland’s “Civil War,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny and Stephen McKinley, set in a dystopian future America where a team of military-embedded journalists races against time to reach Washington, D.C., before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

New Wave is opening Victor Erice’s Cannes title “Close Your Eyes,” where a Spanish actor disappears during the filming of a movie. Although his body is never found, the police conclude that he has suffered an accident at the edge of a cliff. Many years later, the mystery returns to the present day.

Metfilm Distribution is releasing Berlin-debuting refugee drama “Opponent”; Icon, father-daughter road-trip film “Bleeding Love,” starring real-life father and daughter Ewan and Clara McGregor, Clara; and Curzon, the Oscar nominated German drama “The Teachers’ Lounge.”

Park Circus is opening the 4K restored, 25th anniversary release of Lynne Ramsay’s “Ratcatcher.”