The Hobbit at UK Christmas top spot
After three weeks on release, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has stayed on the top spot though the Christmas weekend. The film, which follows a hobbit played by Martin Freeman, has made another impressive taking of £5,450,824 last weekend bringing its total in the UK to £29,331,600. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second of three films to be adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and follows Bilbo Baggins (Freeman), who is in possession of a magical ring, the dwarves and Gandalf the Grey as they continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug.
Back up to second place, after last week’s third place, is computer animated musical fantasy Frozen making £3,518,099 from last weekend’s cinema ticket sales and grossing £23,583,531 in the UK alone.
American comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has grossed £8,443,608 in the UK after making £2,563,375 from last weekend bringing it to third place. The film stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate who are all reprising their roles from the first film, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
In fourth place is American comedy drama film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which is directed by and stars Ben Stiller. The film made £2,235,612 on its opening weekend and is the second film adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story of the same name. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about a day dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. The film was received to mixed reviews, with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘A film about the daydreaming Walter Mitty could certainly have done with more daydreaming heroics and less of his real-life trip to Greenland. The actual life of Walter Mitty isn’t a patch on his secret one.’
American fantasy action film, 47 Ronin, is in fifth place in its opening weekend after making £1,415,252. The film follows a band of samurais set out to avenge the death and dishonour of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun. 47 Ronin has been generally panned by critics and was widely reported to be a major financial failure, likely to leave a $175,000,000 (£106,684,120.50) financial loss for Universal studios. On Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus states, ‘47 Ronin is a surprisingly dull fantasy adventure, one that leaves its talented international cast stranded within one dimensional roles.’
Down to sixth place is BBC Earth produced, Walking with Dinosaurs as it made £936,458 on its second weekend on release. Walking with Dinosaurs is about dinosaurs in the Late Cretaceous period 70 million years ago and named after the BBC’s 1999 show of the same name. Walking with Dinosaurs has brought in a total of £2,624,594 in the UK after being received to generally unfavourable reviews from critics.
Six weeks in the box office top ten for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as it still holds strong making £819,683 in cinemas last weekend making its total in the UK £31,696,628 and bringing it into seventh place.
In eighth place is Hindi action thriller Dhoom 3, which made £424,637. The film revolves around a circus entertainer that 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. 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. Dhoom 3 has made a gross of £1,976,454 in the UK.
Ninth position goes to British comedy film, The Harry Hill Movie, which stars Harry Hill, Julie Walters and Simon Bird amongst others, made £404,946 in ticket sales last weekend. The film follows Harry Hill and his Nan (Walters) who, after mistakenly thinking his pet hamster is dying, believe his last wish is a trip to Blackpool. The trio embark on a hilarious trip with many unexpected plot twists before them. The Harry Hill Movie has made a total of £1,384,808.
An impressive eight weeks in the charts brings, Science Fiction film Gravity to tenth place making £363,143 last weekend and £27,056,356 in total in the UK.
Look out for next week: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Last Vegas.