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Still in at top spot for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

For the second week, the epic fantasy adventure film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is at the top spot, after taking £5,358,380 from cinemas last weekend. The storyline follows hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he travels with the wizard Gandalf and a company of thirteen dwarves across Middle-earth to combat the dragon Smaug. The revenue from last weekend has brought The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a total of £14,684,006 in the UK.

In second place is American comedy film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which made £4,545,934 in its opening weekend. The film is the sequel to the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate all reprise their roles from the first film. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues sees San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, the film sees him return to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. The film has been met with generally positive reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘You’ll either love it or hate it, but there’s plenty of scope for new gags and catch-phrases that will stay with the target audience for years to come.’

Down to third place is computer animated musical fantasy Frozen with £3,919,280 made last weekend. Hailed by critics as the best Disney animated musical since the studio’s renaissance era which saw films like The Lion King, Frozen has made a total of £14,217,794 after its third weekend.

Walking with Dinosaurs is in fourth position after making £982,023 in its opening weekend. The film is produced by BBC Earth and named after  the BBC’s 1999 television documentary miniseries. Walking with Dinosaurs is about dinosaurs in the Late Cretaceous period 70 million years ago. The film was received to generally unfavourable reviews with the website Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘Walking with Dinosaurs boasts painstaking visual brilliance, but it’s unfortunately clouded by a clumsy script that’s dominated by juvenile humour.’

Hindi action thriller Dhoom 3 is in fifth place making £884,567 in cinema tickets last weekend. It is the first Bollywood movie to be released in the IMAX format. The film revolves around a circus entertainer, the adult Sahir co-stars in a circus alongside the gymnast Aaliya, though his true motive is to rob the show’s owners, whom he believes were responsible for his father’s murder. When released, Dhoom 3 broke several records on its opening days in India and abroad, Box Office India declared Dhoom 3 ‘the biggest hit of 2013’ after two days of release,  with the film grossing INR2 billion rupees (£18,948,715.33 or $31,000,000) worldwide in just three days. Dhoom 3 received positive to mixed reviews from critics upon release. The film has been praised for its direction, cinematography, action sequences, exotic locations, Katrina’s dance performances and Khan’s intense portrayal of a villain. While the script was noted by some critics for its surprising twist, it was also criticised by others for being unimaginative and dull. However, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said, ‘On the whole, DHOOM-3 is one solid entertainer loaded with attitude and star power that will leave fans of the series salivating for more’.

Dropping from third to sixth position, in its fifth week in the box office charts is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, reprising their roles as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. The film has grossed £29,599,685 in the UK, with £775,379 coming from last weekend’s cinema tickets.

Seventh position goes to British comedy film, The Harry Hill Movie which made £549,736 in its opening weekend. The star studded cast features Harry Hill, Julie Walters, Simon Bird, Matt Lucas, Sheridan Smith, Julian Barratt and Jim Broadbent. Harry Hill plays himself, and he’s living with his nan (Julie Walters), and his pet hamster (voiced by Johnny Vegas). When the hamster gets sick, they bring it to the vet (which is run by Simon Bird), who is working for Harry’s evil twin brother Otto (played by Matt Lucas). Otto wants Harry’s pet for some evil reasons.

British animated film, Moshi Monsters: The Movie is in eighth place after making £334,748 in its opening weekend. The film follows Katsuma, Poppet, Mr. Snoodle, and the other Moshi Monsters in an action-packed, song-filled race against time. The film was received to mixed reviews with Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian stating that, ‘fans of the online game Moshi Monsters may find the film version an incredibly annoying and baffling bore.’

In ninth place is Gravity, after an impressive seven weeks in the charts, which has made £328,292 on release and totalled £26,091,645 in the UK. The film has been praised for Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography, Steven Price’s musical score, Cuarón’s direction, and Bullock’s performance.

In tenth place, falling from fifth is Saving Mr Banks which made £206,965 in last weekend’s takings grossing £3,009,956 in total. It has been met with positive reviews and praise directed towards the acting, screenplay, and production merits.

Look out for next week: All is Lost, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and 47 Ronin.

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