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The Fault in Our Stars shines at the top spot in the UK

Straight to the top spot is romantic comedy drama film The Fault in Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone and based on the novel of the same name by John Green, which made £3,434,334 on its opening weekend. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, with Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe in supporting roles. The plot centres on Hazel Lancaster (Woodley), a sixteen year old cancer patient who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters (Elgort). The Fault in Our Stars was received positively by critics with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘Wise, funny, and heartbreaking without resorting to exploitation, The Fault in Our Stars does right by its bestselling source material.’

Moving down to second place is action comedy 22 Jump Street, which sees Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprising their roles from 21 Jump Street,  made £1,530,775 last weekend. The film follows Greg Jenko (Tatum) and Morton Schmidt (Hill), two police officers who go deep undercover at a local university where they have to navigate through early adulthood to catch their criminals. After three weeks on release 22 Jump Street has made a gross of £12,744,566.

Down to third place is Disney’s Maleficent which made £970,381 last weekend bringing its total to £15,230,777 after four weeks on release. The film is a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated film  Sleeping Beauty and portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent (played by Angelina Jolie).

Fourth place sees Marvel’s X-Men: Days of Future Past after making £564,649 last weekend in cinema ticket sales and bringing its gross to £25,796,941 in the UK after five weeks on release.

In fifth place is science fiction film Edge of Tomorrow which made £515,352 last weekend bringing its total in cinema ticket sales to £6,595,174 in the UK so far.

New in sixth place is American biographical musical Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood, which made £415,608 on its opening weekend. The film is based on the Tony Award winning musical of the same name and tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Jersey Boys received mixed reviews from critics with Mark Kermode of The Observer stating, ‘There’s nothing so structurally audacious in Jersey Boys, which remains an essentially stagey affair – a broad-strokes narrative built around a jukebox compendium of hits that swaps the Greek farce holiday snaps of Abba’s Mamma Mia! for the West Side Story inflections of the Four Seasons’ family albums.’

New in seventh place is action thriller 3 Days to Kill, directed by McG and written by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak, which entered the charts with £324,560 on its opening weekend. The film stars Kevin Costner as a dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, who is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. 3 Days to Kill has received negative reviews from critics with David Hughes of Empire Online likening the film to Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise, stating, ‘Costner does his best with yet another bashed-out Besson script with a direct-to-video plot, but Neeson’s shoes prove surprisingly hard to fill. Got 2 hours to kill? Spend them elsewhere.’

Falling down to eighth place is British drama Belle which has made £203,543 on its second weekend on release. The film is inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle beside her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray at Kenwood House, which was commissioned by their great-uncle, William Murray, and the film centres on Dido’s relationship as a young woman with an aspiring lawyer; it is set at a time of legal significance as a court case is heard on what became known as the Zong massacre, when slaves were thrown overboard from a slave ship and the owner filed with his insurance company for the losses. Belle has made a gross of £1,047,694 in the UK.

Psychological horror Oculus is in ninth place after making £196,422 last weekend bringing its total to £898,880 in the UK.  The film revolves around the story of a young woman who is convinced that an antique mirror is responsible for the death and misfortune her family has suffered.

New in tenth place is Bollywood comedy Humshakals which made £129,181 on its opening weekend in the UK. The plot revolves around three people who each have a lookalike, all with the same name. The critical response was mostly negative with Mihir Fadnavis of Firstpost stating, ‘… sexual tomfoolery, shrieking and hamming aside, there’s much more to hate about this “family movie”. It’s disturbing to see such an atrocious, regressive, misogynistic, sexist, homophobic cinematic product force-fed to paying audiences. I can understand that a comedy need not be ‘safe’, but what goes on in Humshakals is simply too horrifying to bear.’

Look out for next week: Chef, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Cold in July and Seve.

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