The Amazing Spider-Man remains in the top spot in UK
Remaining strong in first place is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which made £3,366,372 on its second weekend on release and bringing its total to £16,536,056. The film sees Andrew Garfield returning as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy with Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field also starring. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 revolves around Peter Parker as he runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.
New in second place is the American romantic comedy film The Other Woman which made £2,662,870 on its opening weekend. The film stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Kinney. The Other Woman revolves around three women who team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing cheat who has been seeing them all. The film received negative reviews with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘The Other Woman definitely boasts a talented pedigree, but all that skill is never fully brought to bear on a story that settles for cheap laughs instead of reaching its empowering potential.
New in third place is science fiction film Transcendence, which is directed by cinematographer Wally Pfister in his directorial debut, as it brought in £1,181,347 on its opening 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 received mostly mixed and negative reviews. Critics found the film to be hampered by poor logic and storytelling. Brian Viner of The Daily Mail states, ‘This is a good-looking film, as might be expected with Wally Pfister, an Oscar-winning cinematographer, at the helm for the first time as director. And Hall and Bettany in particular are terrific. But as a thriller set in the genuinely fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence, it is a disappointment. Had it not been titled Transcendence, it might have been called Him, a companion piece to the recent Her, with Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, which similarly explored the idea of a computer having human emotions. But Her lingers in the memory in a way that this never will.’
Computer animated comedy Rio 2 is in fourth place after making £882,505 last weekend and after four weeks in the box office charts grossing £11,849,812.
Five weeks in the charts for superhero film Captain America: The Winter Soldier which made £579,076 last weekend and has grossed £18,028,302.
Down to sixth place for American epic Noah, which brought in £512,358 last weekend in cinema ticket sales and has a gross in the UK of £9,097,785.
New in seventh place is Cosi Fan Tutte – Met Opera 2013 which made £362,487 in ticket sales in its opening weekend. The opera is an Italian-language opera buffa in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first performed in 1790.
Falling to eighth place on its second weekend is romantic comedy The Love Punch which brought in £345,981 last weekend. Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson play a divorced couple who scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them. The Love Punch has grossed £1,547,824 in the UK.
Science fiction film Divergent falls to ninth place after last weekend’s takings of £299,068 and a total of £6,207,191 after four weeks on release. 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.
Irish black comedy Calvary slips to tenth place on its third week on release as it makes £296,216 last weekend. The film follows a good-natured priest (played by Brendan Gleeson) as he must battle dark forces around him after being threatened during a confession. Calvary has grossed £2,043,972 in the UK so far.
Look out for next week: Pompeii, Tarzan and Brick Mansions.