Captain America is back to the top spot in the UK
Back into number one place is Captain America: The Winter Soldier after three weeks on release and falling to second place last weekend. The Easter holidays are probably the cause for the film rising to the top spot as many kids were free to go to the cinema, and this saw the film take £1,782,201 last weekend in cinema sales. The film revolves around Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) as he struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has taken a total of £14,618,819 in the UK.
Another film rising up the box office charts is American epic Noah, which moved from third to second place. The story of Noah is about a man who is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world. In its second weekend on release, Noah took £1,591,916 from cinemas and has made a gross of £5,868,788.
Down to third place is computer animated comedy Rio 2 which made £1,559,793 last weekend and after two weeks has totalled £6,763,364 in the UK. The film follows the story of Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re jolted from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon and features the returning voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, and George Lopez amongst others.
Remaining in fourth place is American Sci-fi film Divergent which made £1,003,202 on its second weekend on release and brings its gross in the UK to £4,013,006. The film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, is the first instalment in the Divergent film series and the story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Beatrice Prior is warned that she is Divergent and thus will never fit into any one of the factions. She soon learns that a sinister plot is brewing in her seemingly perfect society.
New in fifth place is British Hammer horror film The Quiet Ones which stars Jared Harris as a college professor attempting to create a poltergeist. The film is loosely based on the Philip experiment, a 1972 parapsychology experiment conducted in Toronto. The Quiet Ones received mixed to negative reviews with Sandy Schaefer of Screen Rant stating, ‘The leading performances by Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) are, in many ways, more captivating and unnerving than anything else in The Quiet Ones. Harris brings out the layers of Professor Coupland’s personality in a way that frequently leaves you wondering if there’s a sinister menace lurking beneath his sophisticated exterior.’ The Quiet Ones brought in £681,305 in its opening weekend.
In sixth place is comedy Muppets Most Wanted after three weeks in the charts, which made £602,492 last weekend in cinema ticket sales with this contributing to a total of £5,086,623 in the UK.
Reaching seventh place on its opening weekend is Irish black comedy drama Calvary, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, which made £571,489 last weekend. The film follows a good-natured priest (played by Brendan Gleeson) as he must battle dark forces around him after being threatened during a confession. Calvary also stars Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran and Isaach de Bankolé. Calvary received positive reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘An element or two of the story fail to ring true and at times it can feel a little incoherent or contrived, but with top-notch performances, delivering a first-rate script to tell a powerful and intellectually enriching story, against the backdrop of astonishing beautiful countryside and beaches, Calvary is a thoroughly rewarding experience.’
Indonesian martial arts film The Raid 2 is in eighth place on its opening weekend after making £454,150. Written and directed by British director Gareth Evans, the film is based only a short time after the first raid, and follows Rama as he goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force. The Raid 2 was banned in Malaysia despite receiving positive reviews with Maria Duarte of UK Screen stating, ‘The Welsh director clearly has an eye and a passion for martial arts as the set fight scenes are beautifully and exquisitely drawn and have a dance like and almost musical quality about them. Although they each surpass the other in their brutality and their innovative killings. They are however relentless and feel overly long with the final one set in an enormous kitchen lasting almost six and a half minutes.’
An impressive seven weeks in the box office charts for The Grand Budapest Hotel as it made £332,145 last weekend and has a total of £9,872,335 in the UK.
The Lego Movie remains strong in tenth place after nine weeks on release and racking up £32,512,022 in the UK, after making £196,050 last weekend.