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Elysium hits the top spot in the UK

Matt Damon stars in Elysium

With two other big film openings last weekend, Sci-Fi film Elysium has hit the top spot with a gross of £3,127,005. Elysium is set in the year 2154 where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population reside on a ruined Earth. Lead character, Max (played by Matt Damon) takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarised worlds. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, Elysium achieved its commanding lead by more than doubling the take of the second placed film in last weekend’s box office. Blomkamp’s previous film District 9 took £2,288,378 without the benefits of previews, comparing the Friday-to-Sunday takings; we may have expected Elysium to have taken more, considering District 9’s feature debut and star actors. Despite receiving generally positive reviews, the film is being compared unfavourably to District 9 and is seen as a comedown for the director.

In second place was Warner Bros.  film We’re the Millers, which stars Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter as a fake family created by a veteran pot dealer (Sudeikis) to help him be discrete in moving a huge shipment of weed into the US from Mexico.  The film made £1,508,326 on its opening weekend in the UK.

Slipping down to third place was Planes, making £1,165,315 on its second weekend.  Released by Walt Disney Pictures and produced by DisneyToon Studios, Planes is a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars franchise and the first film in a planned Planes trilogy. The film has grossed £4,096,501 in the UK after two weeks on release.

Also opening last weekend was the eagerly anticipated The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones which is an action adventure fantasy film based on the book series, of the same name, by Cassandra Clare. Coming in at fourth, the film follows Clary Fray who learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons when her mother disappears. She joins forces with other warriors and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld. It made £1,143,385 and features British actors in leading roles such as Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Lena Headey, however the film has met with largely negative reviews with Forbes magazine calling the five-day weekend gross in the US as “the biggest bomb of the weekend”.

Grown Ups 2 is still holding strong in the top five, starring and produced by Adam Sandler, The film made £678,466 last weekend, bringing its gross to £6,417,368.

Falling from third to sixth place in a miserable second week of release was 2 Guns. Following a naval intelligence officer and DEA agent, who finds themselves on the other side of the law after a failed attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. Starring Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg the film made £639,968 last weekend, grossing £2,996,738 in the UK.

Kick Ass 2’s hype subsided last weekend, slipping into seventh position on its second weekend by bringing in a total of £2,996,738 in the UK, the film has been met with mixed reviews both home and away. The film made £613,817 last weekend.

Holding firm in the top ten after seven weeks released is the 3D animated comedy Monsters University which was at a respectable eighth last weekend. The comedy follows Mike and Sully as we see them experience life at University before they were friends. Animated films success this summer could be due to the summer holidays; however Monsters University has received mostly positive reviews with Peter Travers of Rolling Stone giving the film three out of four stars, saying “It’s all infectious fun, despite the lack of originality. In the art of tickling funny bones, Crystal and Goodman earn straight A’s.” Making £592,070 last weekend, Monsters University has grossed £27,570,037 in the UK.

Despicable Me 2 seems to be rising up the charts by reaching number nine last weekend, after re-entering the charts at ten the weekend before. It generated a total of £43,861,335 in the UK, by making £566,019 last weekend.

Similarly, another animated comedy, The Smurfs 2, is at number ten after making £546,075 last weekend.

Next weekend, look out for The Way, Way Back, You’re Next, One Direction – This is Us and Pain and Gain.



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