Poirot Holds the Reins of a Quiet Box Office Weekend
A Haunting in Venice is the third installment in the Kenneth Branagh-directed trilogy based on Agatha Christie’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot. Loosely based on the 1969 novel Hallowe’en Party, the film marks a huge difference in tone and genre from previous installments. The gothic atmosphere and genuine whodunnit-meets-horror vibes captured the interest of audiences thrilled to dive into a different Poirot adventure.
Judging by the excellent performance at the box office, it looks like the U.K. and Ireland are particularly curious to find out how the beloved detective would find a Sherlock Holmes-like logical solution in what appears to be a supernatural and paranormal premise.
A Great Local Result…
Local box office results can be dictated by several elements. A Haunting in Venice can count on Kenneth Branagh’s insane appeal in the U.K. and Ireland.
Poirot’s horror-ish adventure is holding strong at the U.K. and Irish box office, where it easily retained the top spot, earning £1.4 million ($1.8 million), a mere 32% drop from last week’s £2.1 million ($2.6 million), climbing up to a total of £4.9 million after two consecutive weekends at number 1. While being below 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, which debuted with £5.1 million and finished at £24.2 million, the film is ahead of Branagh’s second title, Death on the Nile (2022), which was at £4.7 million at this stage and totaled around £8 million.
Second place goes to Lionsgate’s Expend4bles, which debuted with £761,444, and closing up the top 3, there’s former number 1 The Nun II with £703,819 in its third weekend for a total of £5.1 million.
…In An Overall Disappointing Worldwide Run
Unfortunately, things aren’t looking too good for A Haunting in Venice when considering its domestic U.S. box office (“domestic” since it’s an American production) as well as its international cume.
Despite being the best-reviewed film in the trilogy, it looks like A Haunting in Venice is going to play out more like its disappointing predecessor, Death on the Nile (2022), rather than the box office sensation that Murder on the Orient Express (2017) was. American audiences didn’t turn out great for this film. After debuting to a mere $14.3 million and failing to dethrone The Nun II in its sophomore session, it dropped by 55.9% in its second weekend, grossing $6.3 million and finishing third. The international cume doesn’t look great either – $46 million for a $72 million total worldwide against a $60 million budget. When factoring together all promotional expenses and theater fees, it’s hard to tell if the film will even manage to break even.
A Haunting in Venice is produced by Kinberg Genre and TSG Entertainment and is distributed by 20th Century Studios. It stars Kenneth Branagh (also directing and producing) as detective Hercule Poirot, as well as a staggering A-list cast including Tina Fey, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan, and Kelly Reilly. Make sure to check out this spooky yet intriguing murder mystery!
A Haunting in Venice (2023) Official 20th Century Studios Trailer
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