Nicolas Cage has screamed and inappropriately raised his voice all the way to the top of the charts in the UK over the weekend. Knowing racked up £2.5m over the three days, knocking Marley & Me down to second with £1.7m.
The Haunting in Connecticut comes in at three with £1.1m, showing the continued appetite for barely passable horror films for cinema-goers around the UK. Paul Blart: Mall Cop has slammed in fourth with £1m while The Damned United, the Peter Morgan/Michael Sheen project about Brian Clough’s tenure as Leeds manager, came in fifth on its opening weekend with £618,929.
It seems Cage is an unstoppable box office machine with his superdumb, sci-fi mystery thriller things. Why? How? Don’t ask me.
Monsters vs Aliens was by far the blockbuster release of the week in the states, and it lived up to part of its name with a dominating $58.2m, the biggest debut of the year thus far, topping the $55.2m racked up by Watchmen. Not only did it top the charts, it managed to do so with 58 per cent of the gross coming from 3D screens, working out to enough to take it top of the charts on 3D tickets alone, according to figures gleaned from ComingSoon.net.
The Haunting in connecticut, the new Lionsgate horror filler, managed $23m with Knowing taking a 40.2 per cent second week drop to take $14.7m. I Love You, Man came in fourth with Duplicity rounding out the top five.
The Monsters vs Aliens blockbuster opening is likely to bring about new talks of the potential for 3D movies, although I would argue that there still remains a long way to go before 3D comes headlong into the mainstream when you have something to open against and it’s not squarely aimed at the young children market.