Need for Speed to the top spot in the UK
Straight to the top spot is American action film Need for Speed which made £2,011,249 on its opening weekend. The film is an adaption of the Need for Speed series of video games by Electronic Arts. Need for Speed stars Aaron Paul as street racer Tobey Marshall, who sets off to race cross-country, as a way of avenging his friend’s death at the hands of a rival racer. The film received generally mixed or negative reviews with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘With stock characters and a preposterous plot, this noisily diverting video game adaptation fulfils a Need for Speed and little else.’
Moving up to second place on its third weekend on release is The Grand Budapest Hotel which brought in £1,309,103 last weekend. The film, which is directed by Wes Anderson, stars Ralph Fiennes as a concierge who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. The Grand Budapest Hotel has made a total of £4,115,618 in the UK alone.
Third place is held by 300: Rise of an Empire on its second weekend on release after making £1,223,370 last weekend and a gross of £5,351,262 in the UK. The film is the follow up to the 2007 film 300 and follows the story of Greek general Themistokles as he leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Five weeks in the charts for The Lego Movie making £998,176 last weekend bringing it to fourth position. The film has totalled £30,063,416 in the UK to date.
American thriller Non-Stop is in fifth place after making £901,107 last weekend and grossing a total of £6,905,787 over its three weeks on release.
Comedy Ride Along is in sixth place with £426,034 being made last weekend, tallying its gross in the UK to £3,540,829.
In seventh place is American war drama, The Book Thief which made £281,937 last weekend and after five weeks on release has totalled £3,366,007.
Down to eighth place is computer animated comedy Escape from Planet Earth making £257,812 last weekend with a total of £721,489 in the UK. The film sees astronaut Scorch Supernova finding himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman is in ninth place with £242,010 coming from last weekend after six weeks on release, with a gross £12,364,901 in the UK.
In tenth place is American science fiction Under the Skin, an adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name. The film is about an alien who preys on men in Scotland and made a total of £238,694 in the UK on its opening weekend. Under the Skin received generally positive reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘It will unquestionably divide audiences, getting under the skin of cine-literate viewers with an appetite for disturbing science fiction drama, but getting stuck in the craw of people who require more explanation, more action or more detailed narrative.’
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