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Prisoners steals the top spot in the UK

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Prisoners

Straight to the top spot in its opening weekend in the UK was American thriller Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. The story follows Keller Dover (Jackman) and his dangerous pursuit of the person he thinks kidnapped his daughter and her friend, when pressure mounts and he can no longer wait for the police to find her. Prisoners made £1,365,527 at last weekend’s box office after receiving rave reviews from critics with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reading: ‘Haunting, suspenseful, and masterfully acted, Prisoners has an emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for absorbing (and disturbing) viewing.’ At the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Prisoners was second runner up for the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award coming behind Philomena and 12 Years a Slave. Jake Gyllenhaal has also just been selected to receive the Best Supporting Actor of the Year Award at the 2013 Hollywood Film Festival for his performance in Prisoners as Detective Loki. Founder and executive director of the Film Festival, Carlos de Abreu, told The Hollywood Reporter that, ‘His is a truly compelling, subtly layered portrayal of a man tasked with the impossible and driven by the demons of his own past. Jake has given a myriad of outstanding performances throughout his career. But his work in this film achieves a new level of complexity, as reflected in the rave reviews the film has received.’

Down to second place is Formula One drama, Rush which made £987,549 in its third week. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda, and is about the 1976 Formula One Grand-Prix Championship following the events before and after the German Grand-Prix including Niki Lauda’s near-fatal accident. Rush has grossed £6,537,752 in the UK.

New in at third is Woody Allen’s comedy drama Blue Jasmine which follows the decline of a formerly wealthy New York socialite. The film has been widely compared to the film A Streetcar Named Desire. It shares a very similar plot and characters, although it has been suitably updated for modern film audiences. Blue Jasmine has received strong reviews from critics and many praised Cate Blanchett’s for her performance, saying it is one of her strongest yet and Woody Allen, with David Denby of The New Yorker stating, ‘in all, this is the strongest, most resonant movie Woody Allen has made in years.’ The film made £833,798 in its opening weekend in the UK.

American drama thriller Runner Runner is in at fourth after making £764,886 in its opening weekend. With a star studded cast and crew, directed by Brad Furman, and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Ben Affleck, the film is centered around a poor college student who goes bust after someone cheats him on an online poker game, and arranges to meet with the man he thinks has cheated him. Runner Runner has been met with negative reviews with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes saying, ‘It has an impressive cast and an intriguing premise, but Runner Runner wastes them on a bland, haphazardly assembled thriller with very little payoff.’

Down to fifth is horror Insidious 2, which after three weeks on release, made £572,554 last weekend. The film has grossed a worldwide total of $71,497,012 (£44,076,821.40). British romantic comedy About Time is in at sixth with a total of £6,263,595 in the UK, after bringing in £485,780 last weekend.

Roland Emmerich’s White House Down has dropped four places to seven after making £441,591. The film stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx and follows a former cop who tries to save his daughter and president (Foxx) after the White House is besieged by a paramilitary group. White House Down has made a total of £3,322,184 in the UK.

Spanish 3D animated fantasy film Justin and the Knights of Valour is in eighth position after three weeks, with £433,467 this weekend and £1,983,570 in total. Diana, biographical film about Diana, Princess of Wales last two years, is at ninth position making only £272,065 in its second week. The film received largely negative reviews and has totaled £1,387,184 in the box office.

After twelve weeks on release is Monsters University has reentered the top ten, rising from number fifteen to tenth place. The film has made £29,768,407 in the UK alone, with £271,863 of that coming from last weekend, placing it 54th place in the All Time Box Office Worldwide Grosses with a total worldwide grossing of $736,468,492 (£454,021,633.68).

Look out for next week: How I Live Now, Emperor and Thanks for Sharing.

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