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Gravity hits the UK top spot

The highly anticipated science fiction thriller, Gravity, has soared to the top by grossing £6,238,375 on its opening weekend. The film is directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón, who you may know as the director of Children of Men, and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Bullock and Clooney play astronauts who survive the mid-orbit destruction of a Space Shuttle and attempt to return to Earth. Gravity has more than quadrupled its $100,000,000 (£62,181,320.73) production budget by making a worldwide total of $476,442,205 (£296,258,055.59). The film opened at the 70th Venice International Film Festival where it received universal acclaim from critics and audiences and directing the praise towards Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography, Steven Price’s musical score, Cuarón’s direction, and Bullock’s performance. Jason Korsner of UK Screen states, ‘From the point of view of audience enjoyment and cinematic accomplishment, Gravity is unlikely to be beaten this year – or possibly for years.’ Gravity has even received praise from filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who has named it one of the best ten movies of 2013 so far and also James Cameron who said, ‘I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.’

Down in second place is Thor: The Dark World which has made £13,973,977 in the UK box office in its second week.  The film follows the story of Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, who must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Tom Hiddleston, as bad guy Loki, also reprises his role from the first. Thor: The Dark World grossed £2,979,564 last weekend.

British drama film starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena, is in third place making £1,407,318 last weekend. The film follows a world-weary political journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Coogan), as he picks up the story of an Irish woman‘s (Dench) search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Philomena met with positive reviews and has made a total of £4,762,182 with Jason Korsner of UK screen stating, ‘In many ways, Philomena is an odd-couple road movie across space and time which manages to squeeze a surprising amount of humour out of the stunningly bleak story at its heart.

Captain Phillips is at fourth place with £1,063,974 being made last weekend, bringing its total to £13,344,620. 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 its third week on release, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has made £946,924 last weekend bringing its total in the UK to £10,133,968. The film, which is in at fifth place, 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.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is in sixth place after making £675,311 last weekend.  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 made a total of £5,292,385 in the UK.

Fourth week in the box office charts for 3D animated sports film, Turbo as it brings in £576,827 last weekend, making it to seventh place. A remarkable cast voice the characters including Ryan Reynolds, who voices Theo aka Turbo, Snoop Dogg, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Michelle Rodriguez and Samuel L. Jackson as the film makes a gross of £10,431,843 in the UK.  Turbo is in fifth place after making a total of £9,711,401 last weekend.

The controversial Ender’s Game, which was in the news for the authors’ opinions on homosexuality, is in eighth place, in its third week of release, making £173,541. The American science fiction tells the story of the International Military as they seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender’s Game has brought in £2,832,047 in UK profits.

In ninth place is Bollywood superhero film, Krrish 3, which follows Krrish and his scientist father have to save their family, and the world, from an evil man named Kaal and his team of human-animal mutants led by the ruthless Kaya. The film made £147,633, bringing its total to £717,930 in the UK last weekend.

Lastly, One Chance, a film about Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts and his life struggles, has made a total of £2,224,014 with £133,816 coming from last weekend.

Look out for next week: The Butler, The Counsellor, Don Hemingway and Don Jon.

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