The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sticks at the top in the UK
Sticking in first place for its third week running is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which brought in £1,984,667 last weekend in cinema ticket sales. Andrew Garfield returns as Spider-Man/Peter Parker as he runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has made a total of £19,772,238 and seems to be in the news again as fans who saw the movie have started petitions for the DVD release to include a ‘Director’s Cut’ as the marketing for the film saw some scenes cut such as Martin Sheen reprising his role as Uncle Ben and Chris Zylka reprising his role as Flash Thompson, among others.
Remaining in second place is romantic comedy The Other Woman which stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Kinney. The film revolves around three women who team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing cheat who has been seeing them all. The Other Woman has made £1,447,983 on its second week on release bringing its gross in the UK to £5,283,875.
New in third place is historical disaster film Pompeii, produced and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, which made £1,165,551 on its opening weekend in the UK. The film stars Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, and Kiefer Sutherland. The story revolves around a slave-turned-gladiator as he finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him. Pompeii received negative reviews from critics with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘Pompeii is a bit of a guilty pleasure, but before the disaster-movie kicks in, it’s a pale imitation of a variety of sword-and-sandals classics, a transfer of upstairs-downstairs drama to the Roman arena and a predictable, unoriginal and formulaic narrative and once the volcano starts to explode, it’s a somewhat over-the-top and incoherent romp.’
New in fourth place is animated film Tarzan which is voiced by Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Anton Zetterholm and Jaime Ray Newman and is based on the classic book Tarzan of the Apes (1914) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The plot follows Tarzan (Lutz) and Jane Porter (Locke) who face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan’s parents, after they died in a plane crash. Tarzan made £808,174 on its opening weekend but received predominantly negative reviews from critics, who panned the film’s storyline and animation. Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter states, ‘All of this feels awfully simplistic, like a 10-minute cartoon sketch bloated into a full-length movie, and one that’s backed by an over-explanatory voiceover that can sometimes sound awkward.’
Comedy adventure Rio 2 is holding strong in the box office charts after making £460,886 last weekend bringing it to fifth place and a total of £12,410,619 after five weeks on release.
Six weeks on release sees superhero film Captain America: The Winter Soldier in sixth place after making £357,448 last weekend bringing its gross to £18,622,069 in the UK alone.
In seventh place is American epic Noah, based on the story of Noah’s Ark, which made £236,058 in cinema tickets last weekend and brings its total to £9,580,366 after five weeks on release.
Down to eighth place on its second week is sci-fi film Transcendence which made £229,178 last weekend. The film stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, and Morgan Freeman and the story follows Dr. Will Caster (Depp) as he works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine. A radical anti-technology organisation fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain. Transcendence has made a gross of £1,730,623.
After four weeks on release, Irish black comedy Calvary ascends to ninth place after making £203,752 last weekend bringing its total to £2,405,254 in the UK.
New in tenth place is British action comedy Plastic which made £154,441 on its opening weekend. The film stars Ed Speleers, Will Poulter, Alfie Allen, Sebastian de Souza and Emma Rigby and follows the story of Sam & Fordy who run a credit card fraud scheme, but when they steal from the wrong man, they find themselves threatened by a sadistic gangster. Plastic received generally negative reviews with Mark Kermode of The Observer stating, ‘Will Poulter plays it admirably straight, but has the look of a man who would really rather be somewhere else. As would we all. The visuals are sub-sub-MTV and the script appears to have been written by Zoo readers. Coming soon to a small screen near you.’
Look out for next week: Sabotage, Before the Winter Chill and Frank