22 Jump Street lands on the top spot in the UK
Straight to the top spot is American action comedy 22 Jump Street which made £4,854,991 on its opening weekend. The film sees Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprise their roles from 21 Jump Street, as Greg Jenko and Morton Schmidt, as this time they go deep undercover at a local university where they have to navigate through early adulthood to catch their criminals. 22 Jump Street received generally positive reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘It’s completely silly but thoroughly enjoyable and although, at times, it becomes a little too knowing for its own good, you’d have to be a bit of a Grinch not to leave with a smile on your face.’
Down to second place on its second week on release is Disney’s Maleficent which made £2,605,230 last weekend bringing its total so far in the UK to £11,056,088. The film is a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty and portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent (played by Angelina Jolie) who is driven to curse a young princess only to realise that the princess may be the only person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is down to third place after making £1,764,749 last weekend. The film focuses on two time periods as the X-Men send Wolverine back to 1973 in a desperate effort to change history and save the future of mutant kind. X-Men: days of Future Past has made a gross of £23,085,822 after only three weeks on release.
After two weeks on release sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow has fallen to fourth place after making £1,234,487 last weekend. The film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and is based on the Japanese light novel, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and follows the journey of a military officer who finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. Edge of Tomorrow has totalled £4,290,937 in the UK so far.
Comedy film A Million Ways to Die in the West falls behind in fifth place after taking less than half of the fourth film in the chart with £480,118. The film stars Seth MacFarlane with a supporting cast that features Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, and Liam Neeson in the story of a cowardly farmer as he begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, but he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gunslinger, announces his arrival. After two weeks on release, A Million Ways to Die in the West has made £2,558,207 in total from cinema ticket sales
D-Day 70 Years On’ is in seventh place as it made £287,767 and was the UK’s largest concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The incredible story was retold at the Royal Albert Hall through drama and narration featuring Sir Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and a military band featuring musicians from all the UK services.
Down to eighth place is British comedy Postman Pat: The Movie which brought in £247,344 last weekend adding to its gross to make £2,788,045 in the UK.
New in ninth place is American-French biography film Grace of Monaco which made £238,862 on its opening weekend. The film stars Nicole Kidman in the titular role with a supporting cast consisting of Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Derek Jacobi, Paz Vega, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Milo Ventimiglia, and Tim Roth. Grace of Monaco is the story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a threatened French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. The film opened the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, playing out of competition however, has met overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘Coming soon after Naomi Watts’ outing at the eponymous Diana, Grace of Monaco could give Australian actresses pause for thought before playing real-life princesses in future.’ The BBC presented the film as a new high profile film but as it was received so negatively by critics it seems audience listened and the film turned out to be every bit a disappointment as critics predicted.
After five weeks on release comedy Bad Neighbours is in tenth place with £177,581 making its gross in the UK as £15,735,680.
Look out for next week: Devil’s Knot, Oculus and Belle.