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Godzilla crushes the top spot in the UK

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Straight to the top spot on its opening weekend is science fiction monster film Godzilla, which topped the charts after making £6,385,483. The film is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise as it retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a terrifying force of nature and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins and Bryan Cranston. Godzilla has received generally positive reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘The action scenes – whether destructive fights or American paratroops raining from the sky – are skilfully handled and justify the price of a cinema ticket, but efficient as Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston are, the audiences – and in truth the director – are more interested in the battle of the beasts and the destruction of American infrastructure than they are in the little people running around at their feet.’

Down to second place on its second week on release is American comedy Bad Neighbours which made £1,406,306 last weekend. The film, which stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, follows a couple with a newborn baby as they face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. Bad Neighbours has made a total of £11,373,056 in the UK.

Falling to third place is superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which after five weeks in the charts has made another £449,989 bringing its gross in the UK to £23,159,636.

Romantic comedy The Other Woman is in fourth place after making £446,582 last weekend in cinema ticket sales. The film tells the story of three women who come together to plot mutual revenge on a man who has been cheating on them all. After four weeks on release, The Other Woman has made a total of £8,038,810.

New in fifth place is American thriller film The Two Faces of January, which is based on the 1964 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, as it made £328,438 on its opening weekend. Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac star in the film which centres on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee Greece  after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer. The Two Faces of January has received mixed reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘With sumptuous scenery and couture costumes, The Two Faces of January is a well told but simple narrative that feels like it’s rooting for the wrong guy. It’s enjoyable but forgettable and does more for selling Greek holidays than suspense thrillers.’

After an impressive seven weeks in the box office charts, animated comedy Rio 2 has made a total of £13,538,480 with £202,200 coming from last weekend in the UK.

Down to seventh place is computer animated film Tarzan which on its third week on release has made £137,882 bringing its total to £1,792,836 in the UK.

Historical disaster film Pompeii is in eighth place after making £112,527 on its third week on release. 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. Pompeii has made a gross of £2,556,773 in the UK.

New in ninth place is Japanese animated historical film The Wind Rises as it made a total of £80,693 on its opening weekend. The film takes a look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. The Wind Rises was the highest-grossing Japanese film in Japan in 2013 and received universal acclaim. It won and was nominated for several awards, including nominations for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. In a review of the film in The Asia-Pacific Journal, Matthew Penney stated, ‘What Hayao Miyazaki offers is a layered look at how Horikoshi’s passion for flight was captured by capital and militarism […] (the film) is one of Miyazaki’s most ambitious and thought-provoking visions as well as one of his most beautifully realized visual projects.’

In tenth place is Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier which made £77,677 last weekend and after eight weeks on release has made a total of £19,261,224.

Look out for next week: X-Men: Days of Futures Past, Blended and Postman Pat The Movie.

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