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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at the top in the UK

American computer animated comic science fiction film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 raced to the top making £3,658,618 last weekend in the UK. The film is the sequel to the 2009 film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs which was loosely based on the book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett; however Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was based on an original idea and not the Barrett’s follow up book, Pickles to Pittsburgh. The story follows Flint Lockwood, who now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. He is forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. On the run up to the film’s release, Sony Pictures Animation partnered with some food companies to deliver more than 200,000 pounds of food for Feeding America to help families and children in need. Also in support of the film’s release Sony produced four animated short films and computer-animated wraparounds called Earl Scouts, Super Manny, Steve’s First Bath and Attack of the 50ft Gummi.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has been received to positive reviews with Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter, saying ‘While not as delightfully breezy as the original, an engaging voice cast and hordes of “Foodimals” still manage to serve up a tasty sequel.’

On its second week on release, Captain Phillips has made a total of £7,905,991 in the UK coming in second. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the film is the true story of mariner Captain Richard Phillips, played by Tom Hanks, who was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009 led by Abduwali Muse, played by Barkhad Abdi. Captain Phillips made £3,658,618 last weekend with UK Screen reviewer Jason Korsner adding, ‘Paul Greengrass has deservedly built up a reputation as the go-to director for action; from the second and third Bourne films, to United 93 and Green Zone, he’s developed a technique unmatched in its ability to unsettle the audience and thrust them into his world.’

In third place, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa pulls in £1,940,476 on its opening weekend. The American hidden camera comedy film is the fourth instalment in the Jackass film series. The film’s plot revolves around 86 year-old Irving Zisman who is ordered to take his 8 year old grandson to see his father after his mother is jailed. Bad Grandpa has a loose plot that connects the pranks and stunts which were performed in the first three films which had no plot. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was received to mixed to positive reviews, Rotten Tomatoes consensus  states, ‘Never quite as funny as it wants to be, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa still offers viewers the timeless pleasures of seeing an old man get his privates stuck in a vending machine.’

Slipping down to fourth place, 3D animated sports film Turbo follows the story of an ordinary garden snail whose dream to become the fastest snail in the world comes true. The film made £1,323,885 last weekend bringing its total in the UK to £6,206,300. Turbo will be followed by a television show, airing on Netflix, called Turbo: F.A.S.T (Fast Action Stunt Team) in December 2013.

Ender’s Game, an American science fiction film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, is in fifth place on its opening weekend. The film tells the story of the International Military as they seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.  There has been some controversy regarding Orson Scott Card’s criticism of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as in July 2013 the group Geeks Out launched a website to boycott the film. Andy Lewis and Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, ‘The new scrutiny of Card’s views could be a problem for the $110 million ‘Ender’s Game’ movie.’ In response to the boycott, Card released a statement shortly following to Entertainment Weekly stating, ‘Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984. With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. […] Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.’ Producer of Ender’s Game, Roberto Orci responded in Entertainment Weekly saying, ‘The movie should be judged on its message, not the personal beliefs of the original author.’ The film made a total of £1,158,548 last weekend.

In sixth place is British film One Chance which made £717,857 in its opening weekend. The film is all about the story of Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian says, ‘Like Slumdog Millionaire, it’s a film in which a British TV show has a starring role, and perhaps in the future every small-screen franchise product will get its own movie deal.’

Escape Plan is down in seventh place after earning £499,858 last weekend on its second week on release. Starring action heavyweights Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film follows the story of Ray Breslin, played by Stallone, a structural engineer who is incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, and meets his cellmate Emil Rottmayer, played by Schwarzenegger, who aids his escape. Escape Plan has made a total of £2,002,988.

After five weeks in the box office, Prisoners is at eighth place making a total of  £6,804,208 in the UK and £316,700 last weekend.

At ninth place is British Musical Sunshine on Leith, which follows the story of two men, who try to readjust to life after serving in Afghanistan also, featuring thirteen songs by The Proclaimers. After 4 weeks on release the film has made £3,865,774 with £254,200 coming from last weekend.

Lastly, Blue Jasmine is still in the box office top ten after making £212,747 in its fifth weekend on release. The film follows a wealthy socialite, played by Cate Blanchett, who goes to stay with her sister after losing her money and becoming homeless. Blue Jasmine has totaled £4,586,664 in the UK.

Look out for next week: Thor: The Dark World, Drinking Buddies, Philomena and Krrish 3.

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