Sex Tape goes viral on the UK top spot
Swinging straight into the top spot is American comedy Sex Tape which took £1,431,058 on its opening weekend in the UK, comfortably stopping sci-fi thriller Lucy holding on to the top spot for a third week. Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel the film follows a married couple, who wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has been uploaded to the cloud and synced to devices that they had given to friends and family, leading to a frantic search for the devices so that they can delete the film.
Its release came just days after nude photos of high profile figures including Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton were leaked online by an iCloud hacker but ultimately, it appears to have worked wonders for Sex Tape.
It was received generally poorly by critics, with a mixed review from Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, “The first thing to say is that there are some nice comic performances here – particularly from Jason Segel and a nice supporting turn from the ever reliable Rob Lowe – making it an enjoyable enough watch. But narratively, it’s simply nonsense.”
Knocked off the top spot and settling in second place is sci-fi thriller Lucy which took £1,197,432 last weekend, making it over £200,000 shy of the top spot. Scarlett Johansson plays a woman whose brain becomes extremely powerful after taking a strange new substance while acting as a drug mule and the film was received to positive reviews with particular praise for Johansson’s performance, entertaining or intriguing themes and visuals. After three weeks on release the film has made a total of £10,445,937, easily surpassing the £7.1m result of The Fifth Element, marking it as the best ever UK performer for director Luc Besson.
The second highest new entry goes to Rowan Joffé’s adaption of the 2011 novel Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson which entered in third by making £790,271. The film, which stars Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Anne-Marie Duff, follows a woman (Kidman) who wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her. It has been received to mixed reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, “Before I Go To Sleep is a slow-burning psychological thriller that gives you so long to think about all the possible outcomes, that by the time it eventually fizzles out, the denouement won’t be a surprise; worse, you’ll be anticipating another twist – that never comes.”
Fourth place sees the third highest new entry, American comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot Journey, which brought in £694,875 on its opening weekend. It stars Dame Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon and is based on the novel of the same name, written by Richard C. Morais. The film centres on the Kadam family as they leave India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Again, this film has been met with mixed reviews with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, “Director Lasse Hallström does lovely work and Mirren is always worth watching, but The Hundred-Foot Journey travels predictable ground already covered by countless feel-good dramedies.”
Remaining in fifth spot is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy after bringing in £678,943 on its sixth weekend on release, marking its gross in the UK as £25,827,380.
Slipping from second to sixth place is comedy Let’s Be Cops which added another £663,761 to its tally in the UK, making its gross £3,141,708 after just two weeks on release.
Although falling to seventh place, comedy The Inbetweeners 2 has still surpassed expectations as it has crossed the £30m mark, making it the third 2014 film to do this and after this weeks’ £633,341 tally making its total £32,305,797 in the UK. If it continues this way, the film will find itself dethroning The Lego Movie as the year’s highest grosser with £34.3m.
Our last new entry in eighth goes to American psychological thriller The Guest which entered the charts with £313,003. The film is directed and edited by Adam Wingard, and written by Simon Barrett, who both worked on 2011 thriller You’re Next together, and stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer and Lance Reddick. The film revolves around soldier who introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. The Guest was received poorly by critics with Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent stating, “Wingard’s claims that the film is intended to expose the reality of post-traumatic stress syndrome are laughable but he has a magpie-like flair for taking ideas from other movies (everything from The Manchurian Candidate to The Terminator and The Night of the Hunter) that rekindles memories of Tarantino.”
Ninth place sees the second week for romantic drama If I Stay which brought in £237,755 from cinema ticket sales. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, and Aisha Hinds. The story follows 17-year-old Mia Hall (Moretz) as she deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic car accident involving her family. In a coma, Mia has an out-of-body experience, and watches as friends and family gather at the hospital where she is being treated. Mia watches as her memories flash before her eyes as she comes to realise that she must decide if she should wake up and lead a life far more difficult than she ever anticipated, or slip away and die. It has grossed £1,138,233 so far in the UK.
Rounding off the top ten is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for the second week in a row with £168,137 on its eighth week tallying £32,347,911 in total in the UK putting it just ahead of The Inbetweeners 2 on its way to dethrone The Lego Movie.
Next week sees the release of the highly anticipated John Le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man, and new releases 3D stop motion animated fantasy- comedy The Boxtrolls, British drama Pride and English/Hindi satirical film Finding Fanny.