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The Hobbit claims top spot as its precious in the UK

Epic fantasy adventure film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug went straight to the top spot last weekend after making £9,325,626 on release. It is the second installment of a three-part film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, which began with An Unexpected Journey (2012) and is set to conclude with There and Back Again (2014). The story-line follows hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he travels with the wizard Gandalf and a company of thirteen dwarves across Middle-earth to combat the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered in Los Angeles, and was received to generally positive reviews. Jason Korsner of UK Screen states, ‘anyone who’s stuck with the trilogy after part one is more likely to enjoy the sequel, as it’s the rare kind of beast that is guaranteed to appeal to its target audience.’

Making £4,212,920 in its second week on release, bringing it to second place, is computer animated musical fantasy Frozen. Hailed by critics as the best Disney animated musical since the studio’s renaissance era which saw films like The Lion King, Frozen tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Frozen has made a total of £10,298,514 in the UK.

Down to third position is science fiction adventure film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire making £1,368,662 in its fourth week in the UK. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, reprising their roles as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the film received broad acclaim from critics whilst grossing £28,824,306 in cinemas.

Six impressive weeks in box office charts, Gravity remains strong in fourth place taking £592,321 last weekend. The film sees Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts who survive the mid-orbit destruction of a Space Shuttle and attempt to return to Earth. Gravity has totaled £25,763,353 in UK cinemas.

In fifth place is Saving Mr. Banks which stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks as author P. L. Travers and filmmaker Walt Disney. The film explores the relationship between the two during the 1961 negotiations of the screen rights to Traver’s story Mary Poppins. Saving Mr. Banks has received acclaim from film critics and has made £2,802,991 with £359,134 coming from last weekend’s ticket receipts.

Unusually for the film box office charts, the sixth spot is taken by an opera. Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff, adapted by Arrigo Boito from the work of Shakespeare, is shown in three acts. The opera made £224,763 in cinema ticket sales.

American action thriller Homefront is in seventh position taking £202,518 from last weekend bringing its total in the UK to £942,561. The film revolves around DEA agent Phil Broker, played by Jason Statham, who sees his quiet family life turned upside down when his path crosses with a band of drug traffickers, led by meth kingpin Gator, played by James Franco.

Eighth place in the box office charts goes to computer animated comedy Free Birds after three weeks in cinemas. The film follows two turkeys, voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. Free Birds has grossed in £1,788,256 in the UK and £191,656 from last weekend.

American historical drama The Butler, which made £144,573 in cinemas last weekend, has been in the box office top ten for five weeks whilst grossing £3,794,786 in the UK.

Lastly, horror film Carrie, is in tenth position making £118,097 in cinemas. Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother,  unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Carrie was received by generally mixed reviews and the film has ended up making a total of £1,658,491.

Look out for next week: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, American Hustle, The Harry Hill Movie and Moshi Monster: The Movie.

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