Eddie The Eagle, which garnered an A CinemaScore in the U.S., is doing quite well across the pond in the UK. The Dexter Fletcher-helmed audience favorite opened big with $3.9M, marking the biggest opening of a British film since the James Bond movie Spectre opened in October 2015 with $80.4M. Eddie The Eagle debuted in the No. 2 slot only behind sophomore player Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to $48.9M including previews in December of 2015.
Batman V Superman opened to $20.7M in the UK last weekend, which was the biggest March opener ever in the territory.
Eddie The Eagle is the story of Michael Edwards, who is driven to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, he is unrelenting in his goal to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games.
The film stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Eddie and Hugh Jackman as Peary. The film is produced by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Adam Bohling, David Reid, Valerie Van Galder and Rupert Maconick.
Lionsgate UK released the film in the UK and Ireland on April 1 after previews that started on March 28.