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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino's biggest movie in the UK


It's official: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has displaced Django Unchained to become Quentin Tarantino's biggest UK release.

According to box office figures released by Forbes, Tarantino's ninth feature (if you don't count Kill Bills 1 and 2 as separate) has taken £16.4 million after three weeks. This means it has overtaken Django's total of $15.7m.

This is surely down to a combination of the Tarantino prestige factor (amplified by the fact he doesn't make films regularly), the all-star cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, and intrigue surrounding the movie's subject matter.

The plot revolves around a fictional duo: washed-up Western TV actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his loyal stuntman Cliff Booth (Pitt). They're compelled to navigate the changing landscape of Tinseltown in 1969, a landscape also inhabited by real-life actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), while the spectre of the notorious Manson Family hangs in the background.

The film's UK success comes as Pitt discusses the potential for an extended TV miniseries. It was widely reported at the Cannes premiere back in May that Tarantino was forced to cut a lot out of the movie, including scenes with regular collaborator Tim Roth and more sequences involving Charles Manson himself (Damon Herriman).

Pitt recently sat down for an interview with the New York Times, in which he discussed his enthusiasm for said mini-series. Pitt draws comparison with Tarantino's recent work on The Hateful Eight, the director's 2016 Western that he re-edited as a Netflix show in order to accommodate more footage.

"On the other hand, I look at series where you can spend much more time on characters and story and explore angles you don’t always get to do in films," Pitt said. "So much of these films end up on the cutting-room floor because they just don’t fit in that box.

"That’s why I think it’s interesting that Tarantino took The Hateful Eight and ostensibly repurposed it as a three-part series. It’s almost the best of both worlds: You have the cinema experience that exists, but you can actually put more content into the series format."

Given the film already runs at 165 minutes long, there's clearly more than enough material to spin multiple episodes out of it.

Whether you're yet to see the movie or can't wait to watch it again, click here to book your tickets for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and tweet us your thoughts @Cineworld. Namely: should Tarantino do this as a series, or an extended theatrical cut?