Robert Downey Jr as Dolittle proved a hit with UK cinemagoers over the weekend.

Here’s a bit of a surprising box office story. Over the weekend, the much-maligned and hugely expensive Dolittle movie, starring Robert Downey Jr, made it to the UK. It did so off the back of its middling US box office performance, but has enjoyed a better than expected opening here.

The movie opened at number one at the UK box office, holding off a strong challenge from Birds Of Prey, with a £3.12m weekend gross. Including paid previews, the film’s takings now stand at just over £5m here.

Birds Of Prey, meanwhile, is a film that, unlike Dolittle, will return a profit fairly quickly for its parent studio. The movie opened in second, with £2.83m at the box office. Less than Warner Bros was hoping for, granted, but far from the box office disaster that some are looking to report it as.

The standout over the past weekend at the UK box office though was Parasite, that opened with £1.08m from 136 screens. Off the back of its Best Picture Oscar win, its screen count in the UK is being upped to over 400 from this weekend, and an already exceptional run for a subtitled film in UK cinemas is set to get even better.

For those who have seen Dolittle, incidentally, and want some help deciphering the ending, we just happen to have penned an article about that

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