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Rio 2 flies to the top spot in the UK

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Straight to the top spot is American computer animated comedy Rio 2 which made £2,882,680 on its opening weekend. Produced by Blue Sky Studios, the film is the sequel to the 2011 computer-animated film Rio. Rio 2 features the returning voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, and George Lopez among others, and follows the story of Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. Rio 2 received mixed reviews with Mark Adams of Screen Daily saying, ‘As a delightfully bright and breezy bit of 3D animated entertainment Rio 2 hits the sweet spot, and will no doubt be a box office hit with its blend of good-natured jungle adventure, songs and gags. The only frustrating thing is that it feels very much like a by-the-numbers sequel, lacking the verve, ebullience and left-field humour that made 2011’s Rio such a surprise hit.’

Down to second place is last week’s top film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier after making £2,764,030 last weekend. The film revolves around Steve Rogers as he embraces his role in the modern world whilst battling a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier and has made a total of £10,933,395.

New in third is American epic Noah, based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, which made £2,511,397 in its opening weekend. The film has an impressive cast such as Russell Crowe (as Noah), Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Douglas Booth. The story of Noah is about a man who is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world. The reviews for Noah have been generally positive, however our very own Jason Korsner has given the film a particularly scathing review by stating, ‘Despite the magnitude of the tale at its heart, the grandeur of the ark and the dramatic tensions weaving between its inhabitants, the film feels somewhat uninspired, lacking in energy, incoherent and oddly small in scope rather than necessarily claustrophobic. The effects are impressive enough and the performances earnest but the message strays far enough from the biblical texts to seem irrelevant, making it feel more like a big-budget melodramatic Greenpeace campaign advert.’

Another new entry in fourth place is American Science Fiction film, Divergent, which is based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth and brought in £1,767,295 on its opening weekend. The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Beatrice Prior is warned that she is Divergent and thus will never fit into any one of the factions. She soon learns that a sinister plot is brewing in her seemingly perfect society. Divergent has received mixed reviews from critics with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘With an adherence to YA formula (The YA formula means ‘young adult’ refering to young adult novels using a similar formula which is the protagonist/heroine is an awkward girl moving to or already living in a small town/village. A stranger (the hero) lives in/moves to that town/village, he has dark hair and pale skin. This guy notices the awkward girl and he is most likely a paranormal being (vampire, werewolf, angel, demon, fallen angel etc.). The heroine and the stranger feels magically drawn together and loves each other at first glance. Then something tries to keep them apart (he wants to eat here, some evil wolves come or a bad guy tries to kill the heroine) and then they live happily ever after. Films that have used this before are Twilight, The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey.) that undercuts its individualistic message, Divergent opens its planned trilogy in disappointingly predictable fashion.’

Down to fifth place is comedy Muppets Most Wanted with £897,395 and has made a gross of £3,513,823 in the UK. While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

Falling from third to sixth after six weeks on the box office charts The Grand Budapest Hotel made £611,999 making the total to £9,152,006 in the UK.

New in seventh place is La Bohème, which is an opera in four acts, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The opera has made £374,522 in its opening weekend.

New in eighth place is the black comedy, The Double, which is written and directed by Richard Ayoade and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, made £281.794 in its opening weekend. The film is based on the novella The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky and is about a man who is driven nearly to breakdown after finding out his life has been usurped by a doppelgänger. The Double has received positive reviews with Jason Korsner stating, ‘Ayoade’s direction effectively builds the tension as the doppelganger gradually takes over the original’s life and the script, co-written with Harmony Korine’s brother Avi, sharply tackles everything from personal problems to society’s ills with aplomb while continuously engaging the audience with a darkly comic, creepily quirky, psychological horror.’

An outstanding eight weeks in the top ten for animated comedy The Lego Movie as it has made a gross of £31,993,600 in the UK with £264,574 being made last weekend, bringing it into ninth place.

American thriller Non-Stop is in tenth place after making £189,815 last week bringing its total in the UK to £9,150,776.

Look out for next week: The Raid 2, Calvary, The Quiet Ones and The Last Days on Mars.

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