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Prisoners remain in the top spot in the UK

Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello star in Prisoners

American thriller Prisoners holds strong in number one spot in the UK for a second week earning £1,107,641 in box office takings last weekend, pulling in a total of £3,375,912 in ten days. The thriller follows two families, in a Pennsylvanian suburb, celebrating Thanksgiving when their two daughters go missing. Anthony Quinn, from The Independent, described the film as “harrowing enough to make you wince.”

In second place is Filth which is a crime comedy-drama film written and directed by Jon S. Baird based on Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same name.  The film centers on a bigoted and corrupt cop as he schemes and manipulates his way through festival season in a bid to secure a promotion and win his wife and daughter back. Filth was first released in Scotland on September 27, 2013 where it earned £250,000 in box office revenue during its opening weekend. Shot in Edinburgh and Glasgow and starring Scottish actor James McAvoy, the film nearly doubled the opening weekend of previous Welsh adaption Trainspotting. It grossed £842,167 when released last weekend on general release in the UK, bringing its total to £1,269,774.

Sunshine on Leith is a British musical film, adapted from the stage musical of the same name and features songs by The Proclaimers. The film enters the chart in third place and follows the story of two men, Davy and Ally, who return home from serving in Afghanistan and struggle to readjust to life in Edinburgh. Sunshine on Leith is the second film from director Dexter Fletcher, first being British gangster film Wild Bill, who is probably better known for his acting in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and television series Hotel Babylon. The film was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and grossed £770,239 in its opening weekend in the UK. Daily Mail critic Chris Tookey states, ‘This may not be the best film of the year, but it’s one of the most likeable.’

Fourth place goes to Blue Jasmine, directed by Woody Allen and starring Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins, is about a troubled New York Socialite who arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. The film brought in £724,693 last weekend at the box office, making a total of £2,203,425 in the UK. Jason Korsner of UK Screen gave the film 3 and half stars out of five stating, ‘The film is a success, but that’s more down to the performances than the story-telling. It’s entertaining in its own right and well above his nadir, but while hinting at what Allen can do, it’s more teasing than pleasing.’

Down from second place to fifth place, is Formula One film Rush about the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Championships.  The film made £708,598 on its fourth week in the box office, grossing £7,904,039 in the UK.

At sixth place is crime thriller Runner Runner starring Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, and Ben Affleck, which made £503,111 on its second weekend. When a poor college student is cheated by an online poker game, he arranges to meet with the man who he thinks cheated him. Runner Runner, which has received generally negative reviews from critics, has made £1,793,257 total in the UK.

Justin and the Knights of Valour is in a Spanish 3D animated comedy has made a gross of £2,456,623 bringing it to seventh place. The film stars Antonio Banderas and has generated negative reviews made £381,294 last weekend.

Supernatural horror Insidious: Chapter 2 is down to eighth place with £313,491 in the UK. The writer and director are already in talks of a sequel after its box office success worldwide, with the film grossing £6,664,167 in the UK. Student online newspaper The Stylus, Grace Azzolino reviewed the film and states, ‘Insidious: Chapter 2 relies on the audience following the plot of the cyclical events that overlap in time and space. The plot of the second movie was more complex than the first. The film does an impressive of job keeping the audience guessing, but also leaving them able to follow the story.’

British romantic comedy About Time is at ninth which was received to mixed reviews with UK Screen’s Jason Korsner saying, ‘At the premiere of the film, Curtis said he might never direct again. If this is anything to go by, it would be no great loss; it’s sad to say of someone of such experience and success, but he needs to spend a bit more time thinking about the script.’ The film made £288,289 last weekend, bringing its total in the UK to £6,892,795.

To round off the top ten, is White House Down after four weeks in the box office charts has made £284,061 last weekend and £3,859,543 in total in the UK.

Films to watch for next week: The Fifth Estate, Machete Kills and Romeo and Juliet.

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