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Alpha Papa barely manages to reach top spot in the UK box office

Steve Coogan returns as Alan Patridge.

Alan Partridge’s first big screen outing has secured the top spot in the UK box office on its opening weekend of release. Steve Coogan returns to portray Alan Partridge, a fictional radio and television presenter created by Coogan, Armando Iannucci and other writers for the BBC Radio 4 show On the Hour, in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. The film follows a disgruntled DJ who loses his job and returns to an office party with a gun and holds the party hostage. The only person he will talk to is Partridge, who quickly sees this as an opportunity to stage a triumphant return to the limelight. Following the World Premiere in Anglia Square in Norwich, where the film beat out new releases such as Grown Ups 2 and The Lone Ranger, Alpha Papa made £2,175,850 over a 5 day box office opening. Alan had this to say at the premiere, ‘Now is not a time for gloating or celebration, more a time for healing old wounds, a time to say ”let us join together in thanks that I am number 1 at the box office” Halleluja.’

Narrowly missing out on the top spot was Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which made £2,137,835 at last weekend’s box office, despite receiving generally negative reviews. The fantasy adventure film is sequel to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  and continues the adventures of Jackson as he and his friends go in search of the Golden Fleece at the titular  Sea of Monsters to save a magical tree that protects their home from foes.

Third spot goes to the American buddy comedy film produced by Adam Sandler, which sees the return of the ‘grown ups’ in the form of Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade in Grown Ups 2. Three years after the events of Grown Ups the story returns to Lenny Feder (played by Sandler) as he relocates his family back to Connecticut where he and his friends grew up. Another new release last weekend, the film took £2,075,831.

Slipping down to fourth on its second week in the box office is horror film, The Conjuring, which made £1,620,713. From the director that gave us Insidious, James Wan, The Conjuring follows Ed and Lorraine Warren, Paranormal investigators who work to help a family terrorised by a dark presences in their farmhouse. The Conjuring has made a total of £5,852,046 in the UK.

American Western film The Lone Ranger is in fifth place on its opening weekend. Starring Johnny Depp as Tonto, the narrator of the story, and Armie Hammer, as The Lone Ranger, the story follows Native American warrior, Tonto, as he recounts the untold tales of John Reid, and what made him transform from a man of the law into a legend of Justice. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the man who gave us the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and Rango, the film only took £1,342,196.

After five weeks in the top 5, Monsters University hits sixth place making £1,200,912 last weekend, bringing its total to date in the UK as £23,998,963.

The Smurfs 2 made £1,137,593 and dropped six places to number seven on its second weekend, much like The Heat which made £954,132 in the box office dropping it down to number eight.

At nine is The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, which has made a total of £11,957,742 in the UK to date after making £936,956 last weekend.

Newcomer to the charts is Indian action comedy film Chennai Express, which revolves around the tale of a young man as he makes his way from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what happens on the journey as he falls in love with the daughter of a local don. After its opening weekend in the UK, the film took £935,671, only narrowly beaten by The Wolverine.

Next week look out for Kick Ass 2, 2 Guns, Aftershock and Bachelorette.

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