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Kick Ass 2 kicks ass in the UK

Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Hit Girl

The British-American superhero action- comedy film Kick Ass 2 reached the top spot at last weekend’s UK box office.  The sequel to Kick-Ass is written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and follows the costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, as he joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, his nemesis, the Red Mist, plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. The film made £2,482,187 on its opening weekend, despite being released to controversy, as on 23rd June, Jim Carrey withdrew support for the film due to the violent nature of the story in respect of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, ‘My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.’ However lead actress Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays Hit Girl, defended the film by saying, ‘”It’s a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn’t go to see Pocahontas because you are going to think you are a Disney princess. If you are that easily swayed, you might see The Silence of the Lambs and think you are a serial killer. It’s a movie and it’s fake, and I’ve known that since I was a kid… I don’t want to run around trying to kill people and cuss. If anything, these movies teach you what not to do.”

In second place is Planes which made £1,735,940 in its opening weekend. The film is a spin-off to the Cars Franchise and the first film in the planned Planes Trilogy. The story follows a crop-dusting plane, with a fear of heights, who lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race. Originally, Planes was set to be released in North America as a direct-to-video film in Autumn 2013 and have a theatrical release in Europe, however, completed scenes of the film impressed Disney enough to instead plan the movie for theatrical release.  This is the first DisneyToon Studios film released theatrically in North America since Pooh’s Heffalump Movie eight and a half years earlier in 2005. The sequel Planes:  Fire & Rescue is due to follow in 2014.

Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Bill Paxton and James Marsden star in the action comedy 2 Guns, where a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. The film made it to third place, taking £1,423,738 at last weekend’s box office .

Down one to fourth place is, Grown Ups 2 which made £1,119,025 on its second weekend, despite receiving heavily negative reviews upon its release. It features an ensemble cast including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Salma Hayek. The film has taken a total of £4,770,646 in the UK and was produced by Sandler’s production company Happy Madison and distributed by Columbia Pictures.

The Conjuring is still holding strong in the top five, after three weeks on release. It has made a total of £8,121,962 in the UK and has been met with mostly positive reviews, the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads, for example, ‘Extremely well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up the dread with a series of smartly delivered, terribly effective, old-school scares.’ It made £973,073 on its third weekend dropping it to number five.

Pixar’s Monsters University is still sitting pretty at number six taking £892,945 last weekend, bringing its total in the UK to £26,251,949. The animated comedy is the sequel to Monsters Inc. and follows Michael “Mike” Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan as they start their days at university and when they weren’t always such best friends.

Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa has flopped miserably during its second weekend dropping from top spot to seventh place making £852,967 at last weekend’s box office. When famous DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over by a media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege. In total the film has made £4,201,795 in the UK.

Dropping one spot to eighth is The Smurfs 2 which made £836,599 last weekend, bringing its gross to £8,669,411.

Another miserable flop on its second weekend, was Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which dropped from number two to ninth place, only bringing in £834,538, whereas Despicable Me 2 has in fact re-entered the charts at number ten making £768,575 last weekend, grossing £42,676,372 after eight weeks on release.

Look out for Elysium, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Lovelace and We’re the Millers next week.



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