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One Direction to the top of the UK

The band prepare to perform on stage.

Straight in at the top last weekend, was the British 3D concert film One Direction: This is Us, which follows the pop band One Direction on the road, featuring their performances at London’s O2 arena and their X Factor performances. The film is directed by Morgan Spurlock, who unsuccessfully negotiated to direct similar films such as Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Katy Perry: Part of Me, who claims he took on the film because of the band’s fast track career to stardom. There are further claims that the film is not scripted, with the footage genuine and aims to show the star’s real personalities, how they interact and how they relax when not working. One of the band members, Niall Horan remarked: ‘that the film crew had access all areas, even filming them in the toilet.’ Producer Simon Cowell also comments as well as footage of fans telling stories. The world premiere was held in Leicester Square in London on 20th August and the film opened on 29th August in the UK bringing in £3,471,872 last weekend.

Down to second spot is action sci-fi film Elysium, a story set in 2154 where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the population reside on a ruined and poverty stricken Earth. A man, played by Matt Damon, takes on a mission to save his life which turns into possibly bringing equality to the two worlds. Elysium brought home a total of £1,210,315, making a gross of £5,896,129 in the UK over two weeks. Being given generally favourable reviews, on Rotten Tomatoes, the websites consensus reads, ‘After the heady sci-fi thrills of District 9, Elysium is a bit of a comedown for director Neill Blomkamp, but on its own terms, it delivers just often enough to satisfy.’

In at third is, We’re the Millers is an American comedy film starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter which made £1,122,303 last weekend at the box office, with an overall total of £4,059,023 in the UK. Despite receiving mixed reviews, the film has more than tripled its budget of $37 million with a worldwide taking of $152 million.

Newly opening last weekend at fourth was, American crime-comedy film Pain & Gain, directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. The film is based on a story published in 1999 from a series of Miami New Times articles written by Pete Collins and compiled in Collins’ 2013 book Pain & Gain: This is a True Story, which follows stories of several victims of an organised gang that included bodybuilders affiliated with Sun Gym, which details issues such as kidnapping, torture and murder. The film made £1,016,136 in the UK, although there has been some controversy about how accurate the film is to the story with Slate culture bloggers David Haglund and Forrest Wickman wrote, in a post titled “How True is Pain & Gain?”: “In addition to the usual Hollywood streamlining and the amping up of certain scenes, the changes seem largely designed to make the central criminals more sympathetic. Whether you think that’s a respectable thing to do will depend on what you think of their actual story – and perhaps, of the movies in general.

In fifth is Walt Disney Pictures film Planes’ which made £797,311 last weekend, making a total of £5,862,200 after three weeks in the top five, whilst newcomer The Way, Way Back has broken through to number six after premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film surpassed well known and Oscar nominated films to become one of the most financially successful films to come out of the festival this year. It made £532,487 at the box office last weekend.

American horror film You’re Next has crept into seventh place by making £523,549 at the box office. The story follows the Davison family, who come under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway and the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbours a secret talent for fighting back. The film has received generally positive reviews with R. Kurt Osenlud of Slant Magazine giving the film 4 stars, stating the film “brazenly merges the home-invasion thriller with the dysfunctional family dramedy”.

In eighth place is comedy Grown Ups 2 which made £416,161 last weekend, bringing its total to £7,438,612.

To round off the top ten are two 3D animated comedies with Despicable Me 2 at ninth place making £394,650 at the box office, after an impressive ten weeks in the top ten bringing its total to £44,811,674. Lastly at tenth is Monsters University after eight weeks in the top ten which has made a total of £28,527,915 in the UK with it grossing £389,339 last weekend.

Look for About Time, Riddick and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints next week.

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