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Inbeweeners warn off Expendables competition at the UK top spot

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safe_imageContinuing to dominate the UK charts is comedy The Inbetweeners 2, ahead of the latest Expendables sequel, with £4,309,832. It’s a little early to say what The Inbetweeners 2’s future trajectory will be, however it should benefit from arriving a week earlier in the year than its predecessor, giving it one more week of play during the school-holiday period as it has already grossed £22,370,541 in the UK.

Holding steady in second is sci-fi fantasy Guardians of the Galaxy that enjoyed a third weekend tally of £2,114,664. The latest blockbuster from Marvel has now made £18,798,710 since opening on 31 July.

Disappointing entry in third for ensemble action film The Expendables 3, starring Sylvester Stallone, which brought in £1,689,927 on its opening weekend. The film took less than its predecessor, number 2, which made £1.98m on its first weekend in August 2012, despite the fact that the makers of the latest instalment had hoped to attract a younger audience with a 12A certificate.

Down to fourth place is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as it brought in £1,093,872 last weekend bringing its total to £29,557,135 making it the current top 10’s biggest earner.

Among family films, the top summer title is How to Train Your Dragon 2, which added another £647,613 to its gross, which now stands at £21,165,875. Animated films grossing in the £20-22m range include Monsters vs Aliens, Arthur Christmas, Tangled, Kung Fu Panda and Despicable Me and after a slow start, Dragon 2 is delivering the goods, and the worldwide gross now stands at $536m (£322m) whereas its predecessor took $495m (£297m) over the course of its lifetime.

Secret Cinema’s current production of Back to the Future retains sixth place in its third weekend by banking another £531,767, adding to its total of £2,121,843. With the five-week run a total sell out, Secret Cinema has just announced two new dates: bank holiday Monday 25 August and Wednesday 27 August and these added dates take the potential total box office from around £3.5m to £3.85m, if they sell out. Seventh sees sequel Planes 2: Fire & Rescue standing steady with £507,044 from last weekend and tallying £2,487,625 from the last three weeks on release.

However, comedy The Nut Job has fallen one place again to eighth place taking £303,849 from its third weekend on the charts and reaching a total of £2,612,704 in the UK.

Our second new release has landed on a disappointing ninth place as Hector and the Search for Happiness brings in an unhappy £240,222. The film stars Simon Pegg as  a psychiatrist who travels the world in the hope he will find contentment. Pegg has featured in two massive Hollywood franchises (Mission: Impossible and Star Trek) and is the lead actor in Edgar Wright’s so-called Cornetto trilogy of British comedies, with UK grosses ranging from £6.69m (Shaun of the Dead) to £21.15m (Hot Fuzz). However Pegg has seen some flops in the UK for example 2012’s A Fantastic Fear of Everything made £63,000 in its lifetime and although Hector hasn’t performed as poorly, it still contrasts with his previous British and Hollywood hits. Critics have reacted generally negatively with Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter stating, “With all that globe-trotting, along with the use of fey devices (flashbacks to childhood, use of child actors, bits of simplified animation), to suggest Hector’s inner thoughts, the whole thing starts to be reminiscent of last year’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but with less budget and a much worse script — and that’s really saying something.”

Rounding the top ten off is historical action film Hercules which, on its fourth weekend, received £202,469 to make its gross of £5,178,467 in the UK.

For the fifth week in a row, the arthouse market threw up no particularly powerful title, meaning that Richard Linklater’s Boyhood remains the top contender once again in fourteenth place with £2,467,468 after its sixth week of release. However, among newcomers, the best of the bunch was The Rover, which stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, in 20th place with £73,696.

Next week expect the exciting release of Daniel Radcliffe’s rom com What If, exorcism horror Deliver Us From Evil, tornado disaster Into The Storm, and Scarlett Johansson stars as sci-fi actioner Lucy, which has had an impressive run in the US already.

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