Peter Rabbit 2 has given cinemas in the UK a huge shot in the arm, becoming the first movie in 18 months to cross £20m at the UK box office.

The biggest film to hit UK cinemas since the end of lockdown? Appreciating the headline of this one has given it away, it’s not Fast & Furious 9, or Black Widow, or even, er, Spiral: From The Book Of Saw. No, that honour goes to Peter Rabbit 2, a film that’s a marked improvement on its predecessor, and that was the first major studio new release when cinemas finally reopened.

It’s been quite the hit. And I’m indebted to our old friend Tom Linay for spotting that not only did Peter Rabbit 2 crossed the £20m mark at UK cinemas over the weekend, it became the first film since the pandemic hit to do so. In fact, and this might just be a pub quiz question worth writing down, it’s become the first film to cross £20m at the UK box office in some 18 months, with Sam Mendes’ 1917 the last to do so.

The film continues to play in UK cinemas, and all things being equal, the new James Bond adventure No Time To Die should give it a run for its money next month. That said, expect Peter Rabbit 2 to end up in the box office top five in the UK when everything’s tallied up. Peter Rabbit 3 is surely a formality by this stage.

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