22 Jump Street remains on top in the UK
Retaining the top spot is action comedy 22 Jump Street which made £2,255,100 last weekend bringing its total after two weeks on release to £9,771,503. The film which sees Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprising their roles from 21 Jump Street as Greg Jenko and Morton Schmidt, two police officers who go deep undercover at a local university where they have to navigate through early adulthood to catch their criminals.
Remaining in second position is Disney’s Maleficent which made £1,570,437 last weekend in cinema ticket sales. 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. Maleficent has grossed £13,620,598 so far in the UK.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is sticking to third place after making £902,146 last weekend and this brings its total to £24,793,554 in the UK after four weeks on release. 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.
Sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, remains in fourth position on its third week after making £744,496 last weekend. The film 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 grossed £5,688,796 in the UK so far.
In a quiet week for new releases, new in fifth place is American psychological horror film Oculus, directed by Mike Flanagan, which made £413,578 on its opening weekend. The film is based upon an earlier short film made by Flanagan called Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan and the plot revolves around the story of a young woman who is convinced that an antique mirror is responsible for the death and misfortune her family has suffered. Oculus has been met with positive reviews from critics with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘With an emphasis on dread over gore and an ending that leaves the door wide open for sequels, Oculus could be just the first spine-tingling chapter in a new franchise for discerning horror fans.’
New in sixth place is British drama Belle which made £407,120 on its opening weekend. The film is directed by Amma Asante and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton, and James Norton. Belle is inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle beside her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray at Kenwood House, which was commissioned by their great-uncle, William Murray, and the film centres on Dido’s relationship as a young woman with an aspiring lawyer; it is set at a time of legal significance as a court case is heard on what became known as the Zong massacre, when slaves were thrown overboard from a slave ship and the owner filed with his insurance company for the losses. Belle received generally positive reviews with Sandy Schaefer of Screen Rant stating, ‘The final result is a mold-breaking film that offers all the appeal of a handsome period drama, combined with a different, but insightful, perspective on the subject of race-based social inequality.’
Down to seventh place after making £223,407 last weekend is monster film Godzilla which has a total of £16,876,460 after five weeks on release.
Falling down to eighth place is comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West which made £167,143 last weekend and after three weeks on the charts has totalled £3,003,210 in the UK.
New in ninth place is American biographical crime thriller Devil’s Knot which made £122,892 on its opening weekend. The film is based on a true story as told in Mara Leveritt’s 2002 book of the same name, concerning three teenagers known as the West Memphis Three, who were convicted for killing three young boys and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. Devil’s Knot stars Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Colin Firth, Dane DeHaan, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Stephen Moyer, Elias Koteas, Amy Ryan, and Alessandro Nivola and received negative reviews from critics with Mark Kermode of The Observer stating, ‘While the director’s focus may be clear, the film itself is more frustrating, raising unanswered questions not only about the murders, but also about the efficacy of dramatising them.’
Re-entering the charts is Rio 2 which made a modest £83,650 last weekend and after an impressive eleven weeks on release has grossed £15,095,099 in the UK alone.
Look out for next week: The Fault In Our Stars, Jersey Boys and 3 Days To Kill.