Paddington 2 has proved a runaway success for StudioCanal, who are toasting its box office success.

“I am so delighted to celebrate the company’s biggest and widest release to date with the opening weekend figures of Paddington 2. The #1 opening represents a significant milestone for us and we can’t wait to spread Paddington’s contagious message of kindness worldwide as the film continues its global roll out.” – StudioCanal Chairman and CEO Didier Lupfer

The movie release marks the company’s biggest opening weekend at the UK box office with Paul King’s second big screen movie of the lovable bear, fully financed by the studio in partnership with Heyday Films.

Paddington 2 opened across 606 sites, the company’s widest release ever, boasting a screen average of £13,606 and a weekend total of £8,258,942. The opening gross is a 59% increase from the first movie’s opening box office in 2014. The politest bear from Peru is number 1 at the UK box office, an incredible result for the film studio and their most ambitious production to date.

Paddington’s second big screen adventure accounted for 42% of this weekend’s gross box office and scored the 12th biggest opening weekend of 2017 overall as well as the 7th best 3-day opening of the year. IMAX delivered from its 36 sites with a grand total of £102,685.

Paddington 2 is based on the best-selling and internationally adored series of children’s stories by Michael Bond and is once again directed by BAFTA nominee Paul King, from a script by King and Simon Farnaby. The film is produced by multi award-winning David Heyman.

“We are thrilled that the British public have taken this incredible film to heart and have responded with such warmth and joy to Paddington’s return to the big screen. The response from audiences and critics has been remarkable.” – StudioCanal UK CEO Danny Perkins

Paddington has seen a renewed interest in recent years, as well as the publications, the two big screen outings, the classic TV series and endless merchandise, the sarnie loving bear is also the star of the 2017 festive advertising of department store Marks and Spencer, he can be spotted in Paddington’s Pop-Up London around the capital where fans can pose with him (pictured top) and in Newcastle Paddington is the star attraction in the annual Fenwick Christmas Window.

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