Mark Cosgrove’s Weekly Blog – 10th Oct

Cinema Curator at Watershed and Chair of the Film Hub South West, Mark Cosgrove feeds back on the highs and lows of Watershed’s screenings this week…

The Wife

The Wife continues her dominance at the box-office at Watershed posting a strong second weekend and the highest of all our films playing Friday – Sunday. It is, not surprisingly, doing particularly well at matinees and early evening which makes sense with a film skewed towards an older market.

New film Blindspotting on the other hand is performing well at the late evening slot and attracting a younger more diverse audience. I’m pleased to say that Watershed did the second highest figure in the country with the highest being in London. I am sure these admissions for us are helped by the work we have being doing over the years with Come the Revolution, the recent focus on Spike Lee and the success of BlacKkKlansman.

Skate Kitchen in its second weekend was not as strong as I was hoping but still achieved some good admissions on limited shows. Maybe the attractions of Lady Gaga have seduced that younger female crowd. Black 47 ended its run on a high which was pleasing as I had underestimated how this film was going to play. For the week ahead I will keep The Wife for a third week on matinee shows primarily and Blindspotting on late evenings with fingers crossed for the Damian Chazelle/Ryan Gosling partnership.

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