The UK film release schedule for the week commencing 17 April 2009 is:
- Before I Forget (FR)
- Good (Vicente Amorim, 2007, UK/GER) #20 British release 2009
- I Love You, Man (USA)
- In Search of Beethoven (UK) Documentary
- In the Loop (Armando Iannucci, 2008, UK) #21 British release 2009
- Not Easily Broken (USA)
What’s wrong with Leicester? Why can’t we have the latest British films on our screens?
For the second week running there is no place in the multiplexes (or any screen) for new British films in Leicester and surrounding areas. In the Loop and Good, like 50 Dead Men Walking the previous week, failed to reach our local screens. This seems a shame since In the Loop performed very well at the box office on its opening weekend – ‘£467,000 from 104 cinemas, for a buoyant screen average of £4,509′ – making it 8th in the rank of weekend gross and the highest screen average apart from Fast and Furious (£5,011).
How does this compare to the two new American releases this week? Metrosexual comedy I Love You, Man (showing in Leicester at three sites) has the 3rd highest weekend gross (£1,122,258), but a screen average (£3,340) that is less than In the Loop‘s, and the relationship drama Not Easily Broken (on one screen in Leicester) is way down in 28th place for weekend gross and earning only £168 a screen! In comparison, Good is making nearly £2,000 per screen.
Can we have new British films in Leicester please? It seems, no we f****** can’t!