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Smurfs hit big in the UK

The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2 came up trumps at last weekend’s box office. The American 3D animation comedy film, is loosely based on the comic series of the same name and is the second in the projected trilogy.  The film is dedicated to Jonathan Winters, who was a comedian and actor for many years and voiced Papa Smurf in the TV series, The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 and who died shortly after completely this film. The film made £3,220,911 on its opening weekend in the UK.

In at second for its opening weekend, The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, follows the story of an uptight FBI agent paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord. The film made £2,500,522.

Directed by James Wan is the American supernatural horror film, that claims to be based on a true story, The Conjuring, which is debuting at third. Making £2,156,124, the story focuses on Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators, who come to the aid of the Perron family who are experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in 1971. The Conjuring failed to emulate its success at the US box office, where it topped the chart in its opening weekend.

Slipping down to fourth, from the previous week’s top spot, is The Wolverine, which made £1,800,640, bringing the gross to £9,532,590 at last weekend’s box office. The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman and is the sixth instalment of the X-Men series.

At fifth was Monsters University, after four weeks in the top five, the computer animated comedy made £1,753,216 and making a total of £20,836,976 in the UK.

In at number 6 was Despicable Me 2, which follows Gru, who is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. The film made £1,289,450 at last weekend’s box office.

RED 2 made £1,023,349, bringing it in at number seven. The film follows retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses, as he reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

At number eight, The World’s End, which made £681,301 and tells the story of five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

Only God Forgives is at number nine, and brings the Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn back together with his lead actor Ryan Gosling. Only God Forgives focuses on Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death. The film took £465,917 on its opening weekend.

To round off the top ten is Now You See Me, a story revolving around an FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off a bank heist during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. The film made £436,597 at last weekend’s box office after seven weeks on release.

Look out for Grown Ups 2, The Lone Ranger and Alan Partridge this weekend.

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