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Mrs Brown’s Boys holds its own at the top of a depressing UK chart

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie remains top spot of a dismal UK box office chart, which has seen the lowest tally of the top fifteen films since October 2013 and the second worst gross since the beginning of the year. Although the charts has hit a predictable low point, BBC Ones’ hit Mrs Brown’s Boys has grossed £2,188,761 on its second week and a total in the UK of £9,299,344 making it the 15th highest grossing film of the year so far. Whilst the film still has a way to go to beat The Lego Movie, which is currently the highest-grossing movie of 2014 with £33,247,402, it has still out-grossed many of its rivals such as science fiction film Robocop whose box office run ended at £7.7 million and young adult fiction film Divergent that could only manage £6.4 million at the UK box office.

Number one spot would have gone to action film Transformers: Age of Extinction which grossed £4.7 million. However, it couldn’t be entered in the charts as it opened on Saturday.

The top three films remain in the same position with romantic drama The Fault in Our Stars holding onto second place, adding £961,640 to make its total of £8,605,638 and action comedy 22 Jump Street following in third with £663,228 after five weeks on release, grossing £16,554,354 in the UK to date.

Due to the depressing box office figures, computer animated action film How to Train Your Dragon 2 has risen from sixth place to fourth with £475,270 taken from last weekend’s cinema ticket sales. The film is loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell and is the sequel to the 2010 computer-animated film How to Train Your Dragon and is the second in the trilogy. Taking place five years after the first film, the plot follows the dragon,Hiccup, and his friends as young adults. Its total so far in the UK stands at £1,459,256.

New in the charts is American comedy Tammy which entered at fifth place with £471,429. Melissa McCarthy produced, co-wrote and starred as Tammy, a woman who has lost her job and found out her husband has been unfaithful, and who decides to hit the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother. The film was received negatively by critics with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘Melissa McCarthy remains an engaging screen presence, but her efforts aren’t enough to keep the jumbled Tammy on track.’

Falling down the charts, but remaining in the same order, starts with Disney’s Maleficent which with £448,697 and after six weeks on release has grossed £17,364,817 placing it firmly in sixth place.

Following this in seventh and eighth place, and after only two weeks on the charts, is comedy film Chef, which made £192,601 tallying its total in the UK to £1,099,247 and romantic comedy Walking on Sunshine, whose gross stands at £890,844 with £160,402 coming from last weekend.

After an impressive seven weeks on the box office charts, Marvel’s X-Men: Days of Future Past made £160,402 adding to its total to make £26,856,504 in the UK, to take ninth place.

Lastly on the charts is action film Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, in tenth place bringing in £115,500 from last weekend and after six weeks totalling £7,601,860.

Just missing out on the top ten is Swedish film The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, which is based on the novel of the same name by Jonas Jonasson, which came in eleventh place with a modest £102,570 on its opening weekend. The film received mixed reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘While there’s much to enjoy, this rather clumsy blend of historical hijinks with a surreal crime caper – whose title is so long the French shortened it to “The old man who didn’t want to celebrate his birthday” – is a bit of a cinematic cliché and narratively lazy and unsatisfactory, which might sound odd, given that there is certainly a lot going on – but over 100 years, you’d perhaps expect that..’

Although British talent seems to be doing well overseas at the Emmy nominations, our own Noel Clarke’s new film The Anomaly bombed in the charts making only £17,712 and reaching 25th place in the box office charts.

With the summer holidays starting in most of the UK, next week’s box office should return in better standing as we will see the inclusion of Transformers, plus two indie treats Begin Again and Boyhood, which was filmed over 12 years and is likely to attract art house fans.

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