X-Men Origins: Wolverine followed its super-sized bow in the US with a chunky haul in the UK too, taking £6.6m during its first five days on release. It meant Miley Cyrus and her Hannah Montana: The Movie had to settle for second, despite the youngster’s publicity wave throughout the week trying to promote the film.
Hannah Montana took a solid £2.03m to finish in second, over double the take of previous number one State of Play, taking £0.98m to just nip in ahead of Matthew McConaughey and his Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
Zac Efron clung onto fifth with 17 Again, followed up by Monsters vs Aliens, Fast & Furious, I Love You, Man, In The Loop and The Uninvited to round out the top ten.
The only disappointment of the week was the £123,309 taken by Is Anybody There?, the new film from Sir Michael Caine.
It’s likely Wolverine’s time at the top will be obliterated in the coming week with the release of Star Trek but, after a very troubled route to cinemas, this one really did some solid business, as can be shown from the ridiculous number of further X-Men projects now being flung into development.
Monsters vs Aliens had no problems in making to the top of the UK box-office in the past weekend, taking £4.3m over the three days to trounce Richard Curtis’ The Boat that Rocked.
The latter managed £1.8m to come in second, but that might be considered a slight disappointment given the normal box-office dominance of Curtis-involved films in the UK.
Knowing dropped from first to third with £968,664 followed up by Marley & Me and The Haunting in Connecticut.
Monsters vs Aliens was no big surprise but Curtis’ movie suffered from its weak reviews. When the economy hits a downturn, it’s less likely people will take a chance on seeing a film which has been given a mixed reception, something which wouldn’t have harmed other Brit-coms during the boom years.
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.
Marley and Me strode to the top of the UK-box office this week as Watchmen tracked its heavy second week drop off seen in the US. Marley and Me opened with a pretty strong £4.4m, adding to its blockbuster levels achieved in the US. Watchmen racked up GBP1.4m in second with Gran Turino, Slumdog Millionaire and a strong showing for The Young Victoria making up the top five.
The latter was a good showing, although not surprising given the predilection of people in the UK to see homegrown movies which avoid too much sex and violence. As an addition to that, Bronson, to be reviewed on our podcast this week, came in tenth place amid controversy from the Daily Mail crowd that it glorifies violence, an opinion likely only backed by conjecture from conservative papers and not by actual experience of the film. Although, reading Tookey’s review, you’d have an argument that you can see the film and still not have an educated opinion.
Full charts here.