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Apes hold the top spot from Hercules in the UK

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes maintained the top spot last week, beating out Hercules, with another £3,752,511 bringing its gross in the UK to £16,969,650 on just its second week in release. The film is the second of the latest Planet of the Apes franchise, following the growing and genetically evolving apes, as they find themselves at a critical point with the human race. Dawn was received to critical acclaim and 20th Century Fox has stated that another sequel is on the books, due for a 2016 release.

Missing out on the top spot by more than half of the Number Ones’ takings, is American adventure film Hercules which pulled in £1,449,120 on its opening weekend. It stars Dwayne Johnson as the title role and is one of two Hollywood studio Hercules films to be released this year, the other of which being Summit Entertainment’s The Legend of Hercules. The plot revolves around Hercules, the Greek demigod, finding his sword-for-hire life is out to the test when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his help in defeating a tyrannical warlord. The film was met by mixed reviews with Scott Foundas of Variety stating, “It’s grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson.)” however, Odie Henderson of RogerEbert.com gives a scathing review concluding with, “Watching Hercules, you can feel your intelligence being insulted in almost every frame.”

Narrowly missing out on second place is American horror The Purge: Anarchy, on its opening weekend earning £1,165,143, entering it in third. The film stars Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, and Michael K. Williams, with Edwin Hodge reprising his role of Dwayne from the first movie – in which the plot centres on one day a year that all crime is legal. This film sees a young couple who are caught out in the annual purge as their car breaks down right as it commences. Anarchy received mixed reviews with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, “Gritty, grisly, and uncommonly ambitious, The Purge: Anarchy represents a slight improvement over its predecessor, but it’s still never as smart or resonant as it tries to be.”

Two films falling two places in the charts are fantasy How to Train Your Dragon 2 in fourth place, which made £990,959 bringing its total after five weeks to £15,111,906 and action film Transformers: Age of Extinction which in fifth place made £803,063 on its third weekend taking its gross in the UK to £17,375,039.

Another new entry on the charts is American science fiction film Earth to Echo which debuted in sixth place making £618,379. The film, which is shot in found footage format, follows a group of kids after they receive a series of encrypted messages and decide to embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. Earth to Echo was received to mixed reviews with many saying it is much too familiar with films such as E.T  and Wall-E and Mark Kermode of the Observer stating, “There are moments of grand spectacle too, with decent enough special effects adding heft to the otherwise dopey finale. Worth seeing for those who haven’t seen it all before.”

Rising to seventh place is drama Boyhood which brought in £279,701 on its third week on release and taking its total to £1,426,480 in the UK.

Another new entry on the charts is Hindi action thriller Kick which made £239,850 on its opening weekend. The film features Salman Khan in the lead role and became the highest opening day grossing film in India so far this year. The story follows an adrenaline junkie who walks away from a whirlwind romance and embraces a new life as a thief, though he soon finds himself pursued by veteran police officer and engaged in a turf war with a local gangster. Kick received positive reviews with Aparna Mudi of Zee News stating, “The movie is exactly what it promises – a larger than life Salman Khan movie which the director knows will go down well with his massive fan following.”

Falling to ninth place is Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie which collected £228,764 from cinema ticket sales last weekend bringing its total in the UK to £13,890,655 after five weeks on release.

And ending the top ten is computer animated film The House of Magic which made £223,047 on its opening week. The plot follows Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm, as he stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. The House of Magic was received generally negatively by critics, but in a kind review Andy Lea of the Daily Star states, “Parents will miss the double-edged comedy of a Toy Story movie but this bright and breezy adventure should keep them from nodding off.”

Next week expect the exciting release of The Nut Job, Step Up 5: All In and Mood Indigo.

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