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About Time to the top in the UK

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson star as Mary and Tim in About Time

At the top spot last weekend was About Time, a British romantic comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis who has already had hits in this genre with Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually. The film, that Curtis has said is likely to be his last as a director, stars Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson and American actress Rachel McAdams following his technique of a British actor and American actress to play lead characters. About Time follows the life of Tim (Gleeson), who at the age of 21 learns he can time travel and alter what has happened in his own life.  About Time made £1,761,079 at the box office last weekend.

At second place, Riddick is the third installment in The Chronicles of Riddick film series after Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, which made £1,415,141 last weekend. The film is written and directed by David Twohy who previously wrote and directed the first two films. Vin Diesel returns to play the title character of Riddick, who was left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Riddick received mixed reviews, many critics on Rotten Tomatoes, agreeing it was an improvement over The Chronicles of Riddick, although stating, “It may not win the franchise many new converts, but this back-to-basics outing brings Riddick fans more of the brooding sci-fi action they’ve come to expect.”

Making £1,122,137 on its second weekend at the box office, One Direction: This is US has made a total of £5,822,032 in the UK bringing it down to third place. The film documents the band One Direction as they embark on a tour and how the band really behaves in their free time.

We’re the Millers is in at fourth, making £918,971 last weekend. The American comedy follows a veteran pot dealer that creates a fake family as his plan to move a large shipment of weed into the US from Mexico. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts and Casey Mathis and despite being received to generally mixed to negative reviews We’re the Millers has been a financial success with a worldwide take of $181,000,000 against a budget of $37,000,000. The film has made a total of £5,788,783 ($9,191,429.65) in the UK alone.

Slipping down three places to fifth place is science-fiction action film Elysium starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The film takes place in 2154 on a luxurious space station called Elysium, where only the very wealthy can live and on a ruined Earth, where the rest of the population lives. Making a total of £7,429,389 in the UK and receiving generally positive reviews, the films made £776,884 on its third weekend.

At sixth, American 3D animation film Planes has made £620,814, bringing its total to £6,918,840 on its fourth weekend in the top ten.

Pain & Gain, action crime-comedy starring Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie, has made £401,920 dropping it down to seventh. Despite being released to controversy surrounding how accurate the film is compared with the original story, it received mixed reviews and has made £1,923,892 in the UK so far.

After eleven weeks in the top ten, returning to eighth place is Despicable Me 2, which made £316,278 last weekend. Despicable Me 2 has turned out to be a massive box office hit by grossing over $835,000,000 worldwide, with a total of £45,395,057 ($72,078,271.50) being made in the UK, over its budget of $76,000,000.

In ninth place is Grown Ups 2 making a total of £7,983,406 in the UK with £314,249 coming from last weekend’s box office.

Another American animated comedy success is Monsters University which has made £294,762 in its ninth weeks being released. The film has made a total of £29,083,561 in the UK.

Look out for Insidious 2, Rush, 42 and White House Down next week.

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