The Iron Lady Box Office – IT’S REALLY NOT GRIM UP NORTH


Media reports that The Iron Lady is playing to empty cinemas in the North of England and packed houses in the South have been contradicted by the official statistics from IBOE (the independent box office reporting body) – see below.

The success of The Iron Lady, both throughout the UK and in countries as divergent as Australia and Spain, proves that the mainstream appeal of the story has nothing to do with UK party politics or voting demographics.

STATISTICS

The Iron Lady was released last Friday 6 January on 439 sites across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

The film is number 1 at the UK box office following a very strong opening of £2.2m, which is 62% of the opening weekend of The King’s Speech the same time last year.

The Iron Lady enjoyed a strong reception in each and every nation and region in the UK, with almost 7% of box office from Scotland compared to 6% for The King’s Speech, over 6% from Ireland compared to 3.7% for King’s Speech, and 5% from the Yorkshire region compared to 4.7% for the King’s Speech.

The Iron Lady punched above its weight in John Prescott’s home town of Hull, delivering a bigger opening weekend than The King’s Speech, a feat also achieved in the former steelworkers’ stronghold of Sheffield. In Glasgow Parkhead Cineworld it delivered almost twice the box office of The King’s Speech in its opening weekend with over £2,000 at that site alone.

Cinemagoers also beat the picket lines in Chesterfield, with the film delivering 68% of The King’s Speech numbers in the local Cineworld site – ahead of the national average of 62%.

The film is a Pathé, Film4, UK Film Council presentation with the participation of Canal+ and Cine Cinema in association with Goldcrest Film Production LLP of a DJ Films Production.

THE IRON LADY tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

The film stars Academy Award-winners Meryl Streep as Lady Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher. Their young selves are played by Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd. The rest of the cast of family and friends, politicians and advisers, is made up of the very best of British acting talent, including: Olivia Colman​, Nicholas Farrell​, Susan Brown, Roger Allam, Anthony Head, Julian Wadham, Pip Torrens, Nick Dunning, Richard E Grant, David Westhead​, Angus Wright and John Sessions.

The film is a Pathé, Film4, UK Film Council presentation with the participation of Canal+ and Cine Cinema in association with Goldcrest Film Production LLP of a DJ Films Production.

Pathé will distribute the film in France; and Fox will distribute the film in the UK on behalf of Pathé.