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Insidious: Chapter 2 scares to the top in the UK

(From Left) Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins and Rose Byrne star in Insidious: Chapter 2

Straight to number one last weekend was, Insidious: Chapter 2, an American supernatural horror film which made £2,877,742 in its opening weekend in the UK. The film reunites director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, who have worked on several horror projects since meeting in film school. They have worked on the horror films Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious and now Insidious: Chapter 2 together. Two months ago, Wan had also had success with The Conjuring which reached number 1 at the US box office. Insidious: Chapter 2 returns with the Lambert family, played by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, who learn that their struggle with the supernatural is far from over when a long-buried secret plunges them back into a terrifying world of darkness. On September 16, 2013, a third film in the series was announced with Leigh Whannell signed on to return as writer, however when actor Patrick Wilson was asked about returning for another sequel he states ‘Josh Lambert has been through the ringer, and I think the movie sets it up well at the end. And that’s great, that’s how it should end.’

The biographical motor racing film Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth, is in at second place after making £2,099,308 in the box office. The film has received critical acclaim from critics with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating: ‘It’s sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.’ The film follows the story of the 1976 World Championship, Formula One driver Niki Lauda returns to face his rival James Hunt after suffering a catastrophic crash that almost costs him his life at the 1976 German Grand Prix.

Third place goes to White House Down on its opening weekend making a gross of £1,184,338. White House Down is an American action film following a policeman who while on a tour of the White House with his young daughter springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. The film has received mixed reviews generally favourable to the lead actors’ performances (Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx) but negative towards the director, Roland Emmerich.

About Time is down to fourth from first place, making a respectable £1,092,192 on its second week on release. Written and directed by Richard Curtis, About Time is a British romantic comedy revolving around time travel where a young man tries to change his past to have a better future. The film has grossed £3, 895,293 in the UK.

In fifth place is Spanish 3D animated comedy, Justin and the Knights of Valour, which features a star studded cast including Julie Walters, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, David Walliams and Freddie Highmore. The film follows Justin, a young boy who becomes a man as he embarks on a quest to become a knight. It made £831,011 on its opening weekend.

On it’s third week in the box office charts is One Direction: This is Us, the film is down to sixth place in the UK, making a total of £653,029 last weekend and grossing £6,796,192.

In seventh place is, We’re the Millers which made a total of £6,982,706 after four weeks. The American comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter has made a worldwide gross of $201,000,000 (£125,296,097.74) with the film making £595,627 last weekend in the UK.

Planes is in eighth place after making £453,363 totalling to £7,473,927 in the UK.

Riddick falls dramatically from second place to ninth place after making just £381,994 last weekend, grossing £2,354,833 in total in the UK.

Still in tenth position after 12 weeks in the charts is, 3D animation comedy Despicable Me 2 making a total of £45,820,056 in the UK alone, with last weekend profiting £380,009.

Next weekend look out for The Call, Diana, Cold Comes The Night and R.I.P.D.

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