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Rushing to the top spot in the UK

The film stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda

Formula One film Rush  reached number one on its second weekend in the UK, overtaking previous number one Insidious: Chapter 2. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda and follows the famous rivalry between the both of them during the 1976 Formula One World Championship. This is the second director/screenwriter collaboration of Ron Howard and Peter Morgan after their highly acclaimed Frost/Nixon stage-to-screen adaptation in 2008. The duo’s third collaboration is also currently in the works and is a film called Heart of the Sea which also has Chris Hemsworth as the lead. As with all real life films made there is some debate regarding its accuracy, however, Niki Lauda was surprisingly pleased with the overall look of the film. He was quoted from Carjam Television Interview, September 2013, as saying: “When I saw it the first time I was impressed. There were no Hollywood changes or things changed a little bit Hollywood-like. It is very accurate. And this really surprised me very positively.” Rush made £1,336,449 at last weekend’s box office, making a total of £4,673,315 in the UK.

Insidious: Chapter 2 slipped down to second spot making £1,076,295 last weekend and a total of £4,943,940. The film returns to the Lambert family and their continued struggle with the supernatural. Being received to mixed reviews, Scott Foundas of Variety praised the “artfully eerie” cinematography work of John R. Leonetti and the “pervasively unsettling atmosphere” constructed by sound designer and Editor Joe Dzuban.

American action film White House Down, directed by Roland Emmerich, is about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group and cop who tries to stop them whilst also protecting the his daughter and the President of the United States. Although the film has made a total in the UK of £2,497,527, with £710,772 of that last weekend, Sony’s Marketing Executive is rumoured to have stepped down after a whole summer of flops, with White House Down being its latest. Sony haven’t issued a statement but reports that the first person stepping down is Sony’s worldwide marketing chief, Mark Weinstock have come from TheWrap and Variety. He had overseen recently successful worldwide campaigns for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Zero Dark Thirty and others, but the failure of the studio’s three 2013 summer films to be hits likely lead to him leaving. After Earth, White House Down and Elysium failed to draw audiences. White House was particularly hurt by Olympus Has Fallen’s release earlier in the year. Ticket sales for Sony’s films have fallen by 32 percent in the U.S. when Sony previously led Hollywood in 2012 with the most tickets sold.

Remaining in fourth is British romantic comedy, About Time, which made £701,473 last weekend. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, who plays a man who discovers he can time travel and uses the ability to try to make his life better, About Time has grossed £5,309,062 in the UK.

Diana is the greatly anticipated biographical film, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, about the last two years of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. The film, detailing her last endeavours including a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan, came in at just fifth place making £623,051 in its opening weekend. Diana has received overwhelmingly negative reviews from British critics with Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian calling the film ‘car crash cinema’.

Second week on release and Justin and the Knights of Valour has slipped down to sixth place, making £512,671 last weekend. The film, a Spanish 3D animated adventure, centres on the story of Justin, a young boy on a quest to become a knight. The film has totaled £1,480,973 in the UK.

In seventh place is new release, R.I.P.D, which made £506,521 in the UK. Based on the comic book, Rest In Peace Department, the film stars Ryan Reynolds who plays a recently slain cop who joins a team of undead police officers, one of which is played by Jeff Bridges working for the Rest In Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. R.I.P.D has been received with negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office; it has been labelled a box office bomb in the US with the opening weekend bringing in less than 10% of the film’s $130,000,000 (£80,575,170) production budget.

At eighth is The Call, about a 911 operator, played by Halle Berry, who takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has been abducted. She soon realises she must confront a familiar killer. Despite making only £409,975 in its opening weekend in the UK, and receiving generally mixed reviews, the film has proved a commercial success by grossing $17,000,000 (£10,536,753) in its first three days in the states, which has already surpassed its budget of $13,000,000 (£8,057,517). Halle Berry was nominated for Choice Movie Actress in a Drama at the Teen Choice Awards and Best Actress at the BET Awards for her performance in the film.

One Direction: This is Us made £365,148 last weekend bringing it to ninth place. The film has made £7,302,602 in the UK after four weeks on release.

Lastly, We’re the Millers has finally pushed Despicable Me 2 off the tenth spot after 12 weeks in the charts. The drug smuggling comedy made £343,877 last weekend which means it has grossed £7,675,487 in the UK to date.

Next week look out for Blue Jasmine, Austenland, In the Name Of, Prisoners, and Runner Runner.

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