Dexter Fletcher’s EDDIE THE EAGLE flies at UK BOX OFFICE boasts biggest opening for a British film since Spectre
Dexter Fletcher’s critically acclaimed crowd pleaser Eddie the Eagle boasted an opening figure of just over £2.8million today marking the biggest opening of a British film since “Spectre” in October 2015. The only mainstream opener of the week took to the skies at the number two position in the chart, trailing behind “Batman vs Superman” which retained the top position.
Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate’s European office comments “This charming, funny and empowering film proved to be a crowd pleaser just like Eddie Edwards was at the Olympics in 1988. The opening results show that Eddie the Eagle touched UK cinema goers hearts, provided an entertaining watch for the whole family and was a highly recommended visit to the cinema.”
Eddie the Eagle follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael Edwards (a.k.a Eddie), and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. Eddie the Eagle is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) stars as Eddie and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) as coach Bronson Peary. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith) and produced by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) alongside Adam Bohling, David Reid, Valerie Van Galder and Rupert Maconick.
Eddie the Eagle is joined by a supporting cast that includes Jo Hartley (‘This Is England’), Tim McInnerny (‘Blackadder’), Keith Allen (‘Robin Hood’), Iris Berban (‘Rosa Roth’) and Rune Temte (‘The Last Kingdom’) and Jim Broadbent (‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’).
Lionsgate UK released Eddie the Eagle in the UK and Ireland on April 1st, 2016, with previews from Monday 28th March.
EDDIE THE EAGLE IS OUT NOW