Mr. Peabody and Sherman overpowers the UK top spot
Conquering the top spot is American 3D computer-animated comedy, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, who are based on the characters from the Peabody’s Improbable History segments of the 1960’s animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The film, which is the first DreamWorks animated film to feature characters from the Classic Media library since DreamWorks Animation’s 2012 acquisition of Classic Media, made £3,916,559. In the film, Mr. Peabody and Sherman use Peabody’s invention, the WABAC machine and go back in time to experience world changing events and interact with some of the greatest characters from the past. Although before long, they find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future. The film received positive reviews from critics with Rotten Tomatoes consensus stating, ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman offers a surprisingly entertaining burst of colourful all-ages fun, despite its dated source material and rather convoluted plot.’
Moving in to the second spot on its opening weekend is science fiction action film Robocop, which is loosely based on the 1987 film of the same name and makes it the fourth instalment of the Robocop franchise. The film stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role and made £2,410,948 in the UK. Robocop is set in 2028 Detroit, and follows Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) as he is critically injured in the line of duty; the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp see their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. The film was received to mixed reviews, with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘As an action thriller, it’s well made, with impressive effects, slick fight choreography and imaginative production design (he rides a motorbike that looks as exciting as the Dark Knight’s), but the plot feels formulaic and flabby and the script lacks the dark humour that imbued its predecessor.’ Gary Oldman, who also stars in the film, appeared on The Graham Norton Show (7th February 2014) and when asked about a possible sequel he commented, ‘I think they’re hoping. Of course.’
Ripped off the top spot after four weeks, and down to third place, is Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street which went on to make another £1,604,519 from last weekend’s ticket sales, which brought its total to £16,548,909.
New in fourth place is American biographical drama film, Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, which made £1,086,938 on its opening weekend. The film, set in 1985 Dallas, follows hustler Ron Woodroof as he works around the system to help HIV patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. After its premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Dallas Buyers Club received universal acclaim from critics and audiences, who greatly praised the film for its acting (particularly for McConaughey and Leto), screenplay and direction. Jason Korsner of UK Screen states, ‘While it’s a moving story, well told, the two key selling points of this film are its two stars, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Both are rightly sweeping up all the trophies they can handle as awards season continues its inevitable journey to their – well, the Oscars.’ At the 86th Academy Awards, Dallas Buyers Club is pending six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, for McConaughey, and Supporting Actor, for Leto.
Fifth week, and slipping down to fifth place, for historical drama 12 Years a Slave, which made £893,948 last weekend and grossed £14,587,323 in the UK alone.
In sixth place is Frozen, which after ten weeks on release has made another £518,352 to add to its total of £37,001,278 in the UK.
Second weekend on release and falling down from third to seventh place is American romantic comedy That Awkward Moment which has made £480,796 last weekend. The film that stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and Jessica Lucas, follows the story of three best friends who find themselves at that confusing moment in every relationship when you have to decide where is this going? The Awkward Moment has made a gross of £1,441,963 in the UK.
Lone Survivor is in eighth position in the box office charts after its second weekend brought in £389,315 from ticket sales. The film dramatises the failed United States Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings, in which a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team was tasked to track Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. Lone Survivor, which stars Mark Wahlberg, has grossed £1,140,879.
American Hustle brought in £284,291 last weekend, lining it up to ninth place. The film has made £12,481,305 in the UK. American Hustle follows con man, Irving Rosenfeld (played by Christian Bale), along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser (played by Amy Adams), as they are forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (played by Bradley Cooper).
In tenth place is Rusalka – Met Opera which made £277,460 last weekend in ticket sales. The opera follows the water nymph Rusalka as she falls in love with a human, the prince no less, she wants to become human herself and live on land to be with him.
Look out for next week: Her, Endless Love, Cuban Fury, The Lego Movie, and The Monuments Men.