Rian Johnson’s ensemble whodunnit Knives Out and Elizabeth Banks’ action reboot Charlie’s Angels lead the openers at the UK box office this weekend, as Rapman’s Blue Story heads into its second weekend following a controversial week.

Entering cinemas as Lionsgate’s widest-ever UK release in 637 locations, Knives Out is Johnson’s fifth feature, and first since 2017 blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. It sees a detective investigate the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. A stellar cast includes Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Plummer among others.

Johnson’s Star Wars entry is the sixth highest-grossing film of all time in the UK, with £82.7m. That represents comfortably his biggest gross. His other work includes 2012’s Looper (opened: £2.4m, closed: £10.2m), 2010’s The Brothers Bloom (opened: £38,861,…



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