The Boxtrolls stomps to the top spot in the UK
Stop-motion 3D animation The Boxtrolls has topped the UK box office with takings of £2,000,597 on its opening weekend, making it the only release to make seven figures. The film is based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow and features the voices of an array of actors including Game of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Sir Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan. The plot revolves around a young orphaned boy, who was raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors, as he tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. It was received positively by critics, with Kirsty Puchko of entertainment site Cinema Blend stating, “Lush with texture, details, and jokes, The Boxtrolls is a feast for the eyes as well as a jaunty ride. Between its lively and colorful world, its rousing story, adorable heroes, willful silliness and daring The Boxtrolls isn’t just a superb movie for the whole family, it’s the best animated film of the year.”
Remaining in second position on its fourth week is sci-fi thriller Lucy which was over £1m out of getting back to the top spot when it made £812,073. 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 has currently made £12,000,631 in the UK.
Second new entry sees a British release Pride enter with £718,778 on its opening weekend. The story is about U.K. gay activists who work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. It was screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section, where it won the Queer Palm award and also received a standing ovation. Pride was met with mostly positive reviews from critics, however Jason Korsner of UK Screen gave the film a negative review stating, “The determinedly feel-good Pride will play well in left-wing communities which share the politics of its central characters and its quirky British charm is likely to appeal to international audiences who enjoyed its cinematic predecessors, but its over-simplified politics and narrative naivety could frustrate viewers whose distance from the story could leave them feeling manipulated but its cynical box-ticking.”
Falling to fourth from last weeks’ top spot is comedy Sex Tape which made another £673,478 on its second weekend on release, totalling £2,705,088 in the UK. 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.
Third and final new entry in this weeks’ chart sees British/American/German co production A Most Wanted Man debut at fifth place with £610,312. It is based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré, whose novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was also recently adapted for the screen, with Gary Oldman starring, A Most Wanted Man premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl and Nina Hoss. The film follows a Chechen Muslim as he illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. It was received generally positively with Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com being left with a feeling of loss, “Here, his precision plays up Le Carre’s hopelessness in a spy game that one knows will never work out the right way for all parties involved. In today’s world of espionage, someone is always going to lose. It’s far from a complete failure but the flaws of ‘A Most Wanted Man’ remind us not of how much humanity and hope we’ve lost internationally since 9/11 but how much we’ve lost by saying goodbye to an incredible actor.”
Second week for mystery thriller Before I Go to Sleep which brought in £537,991 in cinema ticket sales, making it fall to sixth place. Starring Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Anne-Marie Duff, the plot 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. Its gross in the UK stands at £1,897,025.
Falling to seventh place is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy after bringing in £514,564 on its seventh weekend on release, marking its total in the UK as £26,638,350. Following behind in eighth place is comedy Let’s Be Cops which made £477,576 last weekend added to its tally of £4,057,750 after three weeks in the charts.
Comedy drama The Hundred-Foot Journey fell five places from fourth to ninth place, which brought in £437,650 on its second 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 has grossed £1,653,238 in the UK so far.
Seeing off the top ten is comedy The Inbetweeners 2 which over six weeks grossed £32,936,681 with £332,564 coming from last weekend.
Next week sees a big weekend for new releases with American comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too, Zach Braff’s second directing debut Wish I Was Here, novel adaptation A Walk Among the Tombstones which stars Liam Neeson, Woody Allen’s latest Magic in the Moonlight, English-language Spanish thriller film starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack Grand Piano and another novel adaptation of The Giver.