Bad Neighbours straight to the top spot in the UK
New in the top spot is American comedy Bad Neighbours, which stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and made £8,446,240 on its opening weekend. The story follows a couple with a new-born baby as they face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. Bad Neighbours received mixed reviews with Henry Barnes of The Guardian stating, ‘Bad Neighbours needs a tuck. The pacing is wobbly, the targets are too big. There are some lazy gags about post-natal sex (“she’s got these huge tits, but she insists on wearing a wife-beater. It’s like fucking Tony Soprano!”) and too much focus on Scoonie’s schlong. But it’s also an extremely funny comedy that pushes Rogen’s instinctive good nature to the limit. His stoner schtick helps to take the edge off much of the film’s crassness and gives it back some charm.’
After four weeks on top The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has fallen to second after bringing in £1,286,356 in ticket sales last weekend. Peter Parker returns as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has made a total of £22,281,550 in the UK alone.
Down to third place is romantic comedy The Other Woman which revolves around three women who team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing cheat who has been seeing them all. The Other Woman made £928,788 in its third week on release bringing its gross in the UK to £7,121,577.
Rising to fourth place after an incredible six weeks is comedy Rio 2 which made £551,655 last weekend bringing its total to £13,289,929.
Down to fifth place is historical disaster film Pompeii which made £505,186 last weekend contributing to its gross in the UK of £2,230,156. The story revolves around a slave-turned-gladiator as he finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.
Down to sixth place is computer animated Tarzan which stars the voice talent of Kellan Lutz and Spencer Locke as Tarzan and Jane and made £440,643 last weekend. The film follows Tarzan (Lutz) and Jane Porter (Locke) face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan’s parents, after they died in a plane crash. Tarzan has made a total of £1,611,347 after two weeks on release.
New in seventh place is American thriller Sabotage which made £300,521 on its opening weekend. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the leader of an elite DEA task force who find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house. Sabotage received negative reviews with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘Sabotage boasts one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finer post-political performances, but it’s wasted in a movie driven by gruelling violence that punishes seemingly without purpose.’
New in eighth place is the opera La Cenerentola which made £285,597 on its opening weekend. The libretto was written by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the fairy tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault. The opera was first performed in Rome’s Teatro Valle on 25 January 1817.
After an outstanding seven weeks in the box office charts, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is at ninth place after making £252,908 last weekend bringing its total to £19,095,843.
New in tenth place is British-Irish comedy film Frank which brought in £202,747 on its opening weekend in the UK. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy and follows the life of Jon (Gleeson), a young wanna-be musician, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. Frank received generally positive reviews with Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian stating, ‘Frank works as satire, as memoir, as comedy bromance, but it works mostly because it is just so weird.’ Criticism for the film was largely based on how the film developed towards its end.
Look out for next week: Godzilla, In Secret, The Two Faces of January and Concussion.