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American Hustles the Hobbit it to the UK top spot

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Knocking The Hobbit off the top spot on its opening weekend is crime comedy-drama, American Hustle which opened to £3,632,094 in the UK. Christian Bale and Amy Adams play two con artists who are  forced to work with a FBI agent, played by Bradley Cooper, to set up corrupt politicians such as the mayor of Camden, New Jersey, played by Jeremy Renner. American Hustle is loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s.The film received near-universal critical acclaim and among others, has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and ten BAFTAs. Rotten Tomatoes consensus states, ‘Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell’s most irrepressibly vibrant direction.’

After three weeks in the number one spot, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been retired to second place in its fourth weekend by making £3,200,972. The film, in which Martin Freeman and Sir Ian Mckellen star, has grossed an impressive £37,316,942 in the UK.

Frozen to third place, tallying £2,922,721 from last weekend, bringing its total after the past five weeks ticket sales, to £30,807,697.

American comedy Last Vegas starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline, made £1,811,695. The film follows four best friends, in their late sixties, who decide to have a stag party in Las Vegas and has been received by mixed reviews from critics. Jason Korsner of UK Screen states, ‘It achieves what it’s trying to achieve and has no pretensions to be what it isn’t. It’s a simple concept, efficiently executed and leaving you just a little less frightened to be getting older.’ Last Vegas has made it to fourth place on its opening weekend.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a spinoff of the Paranormal Activity horror film franchise and hit fifth spot after making £1,584,354 last weekend. The film is the first of the franchise to be made of ‘found footage’ and follows Jessie as he begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbour. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was received to assorted reviews, Mark Harrison of website Den of Geek states, ‘Like a ghost train, it doesn’t slow down for long enough to let you notice that some of the scares are a little hollow, but it’s not enough to disguise that this one feels awfully similar to Chronicle, a far better found footage movie.’

Third week in the box office charts for comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate, as it continues to add to its total in the UK by making £1,543,091 from last weekend making it to £12,009,016.

Seventh place is biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which is based on the 1995 book of the same name by Nelson Mandela, which chronicled Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.. It was released in the US on November 29, 2013, less than a week before Mandela died. In the UK Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom made £1,472,500 on its opening weekend after being received by critics as mixed to positive reviews, as Jason Korsner of UK Screen states, ‘Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom lacks focus and becomes a long, staccato trip through a long and important life that digs below the surface of only Mandela himself and the second of his three wives.’

Slipping from fourth to eighth place is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which tells the story of  a day dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. The film that was received to varied reviews, has made a total of £5,257,251 with £1,184,474 coming from last weekend’s cinema sales.

Ninth place is held by BBC Earth’s Walking with Dinosaurs which made £757,637 to bring its total to £4,473,986 in its third weekend on release.

Lastly, in tenth place is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which after seven weeks in box office release has made a gross of £32,995,876 in the UK alone, with last weekend’s ticket sales bringing in £538,493.

Look out for next week: 12 Years a Slave, 1: Life on the Limit, Bounty Killer and The Railway Man.

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