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‘Argylle’ Beaten by Animation Film ‘Migration’ at U.K., Ireland Box Office

In a battle of two Universal titles at the U.K., Ireland box office, animation film “Migration” flew to the top, besting star-studded caper “Argylle” in the process.

“Migration” debuted with £3.5 million ($4.4 million), according to numbers from Comscore. “Argylle,” a global under performer, bowed in second place with £2 million.

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In third position, in its third weekend, Paramount’s “Mean Girls” earned £843,601 for a total of £6.8 million. Disney’s “All of Us Strangers” collected £797,004 in fourth place in its second weekend for a total of £2.7 million.

Rounding off the top five was A24’s “The Zone of Interest,” which debuted with £585,855. The only other bow in the Top 10 was Curzon-Amazon MGM’s “American Fiction” with £389,375.

Coming up, opening mid-week on Wednesday Feb. 7 is horror-comedy “Dagr” from Fizz and Ginger Films. Feb. 8 sees the release of Tamil-language sports and gangster drama “Lal Salaam,” headlined by Indian superstar Rajinikanth.

There are a plethora of releases on the Friday. Modern Films is opening Steve McQueen’s war documentary “Occupied City” that bowed at Cannes 2023.

Three feature films from Disney and Pixar are releasing in cinemas this year ahead of the June theatrical debut of “Inside Out 2.” 2022 film ‘Turning Red” is opening on the Friday, followed by 2020’s “Soul” in March and 2021’s “Luca” in April.

Lionsgate is opening sports biography “Iron Claw,” starring Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and Harris Dickinson.

In time for the Chinese New Year celebrations, Trinity is opening comedy-drama sequel “Table for Six 2,” starring Stephy Tang, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Ivana Wong, Lin Min Chen, Peter Chan Charm Man, Tse Kwan Ho, Jeffrey Ngai and Ho Kai Wa.

Vertigo Releasing is opening BFI London Film Festival winner “Gassed Up,” while Mubi is releasing Cannes winner “The Settlers” and Tull Stories Sheffield-winning documentary “Your Fat Friend.”

On the children’s front, Trafalgar Releasing is bowing “Peppa’s Cinema Party” and Signature Entertainment is providing a wide release to “The Jungle Bunch World Tour.”

Bollywood film “Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya,” starring Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon, is also releasing on the Friday.

Ahead of the March release of “Dune 2,” Warner Bros.’ is re-releasing “Dune.” There are a brace of classic film re-releases from Park Circus – Po-Chih Leong’s 1986 neo-noir comedy-drama “Ping Pong” and the 90th anniversary, 4K restoration of Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night.”

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