Captain America: The Winter Soldier avenges the top spot in the UK
Straight to the top spot is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and the ninth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film revolves around Steve Rogers’ struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles against a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier and brought in £6,037,850 in its opening weekend. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has received very positive reviews with Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter stating, ‘takes the bold (for Marvel) step of reducing CGI spectacle to a relative minimum in favor of reviving the pleasures of hard-driving old-school action, surprising character development and intriguing suspense.’ A third instalment was confirmed in January 2014 with a scheduled release date of May 2016.
New in second place is American musical comedy Muppets Most Wanted which debuted in the UK to £2,214,906. The film, which is the eighth theatrical film featuring the Muppets and the sequel to 2011’s The Muppets, stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. The film was received well by critics with Alonso Duralde of The Wrap stating, ‘Muppets Most Wanted remains sensational and celebrational, proving beyond a doubt that these beloved characters will continue to lead a plush life on the big screen for years to come.’
American thriller Non-Stop has risen to fourth place on its fifth week in the box office charts after making £360,226 in cinema ticket sales. The film, that has taken a total of £8,745,562 in the UK, follows an air marshal, played by Liam Neeson, as he springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
In fifth position on the box office charts is Need for Speed after taking £337,943 last weekend, bringing its gross in the UK to £4,399,097 after three weeks on release.
After an impressive seven weeks in the charts, The Lego Movie is holding strong in sixth place with £323,397. The film follows an ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, as he is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. The Lego Movie has grossed £31,636,562 in the UK alone.
Fantasy war film 300: Rise of an Empire is down to seventh place after making £237,879 last weekend and bringing its total in the UK to £7,449,264.
In eighth place, down from sixth, is British film Starred Up which made £201,822 last weekend in cinema ticket sales. Directed by David Mackenzie and scripted by Jonathan Asser, the film follows a troubled and explosively violent teenager who is transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match. On its second week on release Starred Up has grossed £1,062,827 in the UK.
The Legend of Hercules is in ninth place making £189,881 in its opening weekend. The film, which stars Kellan Lutz, tells the origin story of the mythical Greek hero, who is betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love. Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. The Legend of Hercules was widely panned by critics, with Rotten Tomatoes states, ‘Cheap-looking, poorly acted, and dull, The Legend of Hercules is neither fun enough to qualify as an action movie nor absorbing enough to work on a dramatic level.’
Down to tenth place is dark comedy A Long Way Down which made £107,538 and totalled £741,524 after two weeks on release. The film follows four strangers who happen to meet on the roof of a London building on New Year’s Eve, each with the intent of committing suicide.
Look out for next week: Noah, Rio 2, Honour and The Double.