The Lego Movie can’t be moved at the UK top spot
Third week in the top spot for the computer animated, The Lego Movie which made another £3,266,594 and after three weeks on release has totalled £26,671,764 in cinema ticket sales.
New in second place is the American thriller, Non-Stop, which made £2,652,364 on its opening weekend and stars Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o and Scoot McNairy. The film follows an air marshal who has to spring into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an offshore account. Non-Stop received mixed reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘Despite a handful of incoherent plot points, the narrative does largely hang together, until the true antagonist is revealed – at which point nothing quite makes sense anymore, particularly when we get the typical “why I did it” baddie speech, which will leave audiences as disappointingly stunned as the passengers.’
American action comedy, Ride Along starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, made £1,420,992 in its opening weekend in the UK, leaving it to fall into third place. The film revolves around fast-talking security guard Ben as he joins his prospective brother-in-law cop James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister. Ride Along generally garnered negative reviews with the consensus of Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘Kevin Hart’s livewire presence gives Ride Along a shot of necessary energy, but it isn’t enough to rescue this would-be comedy from the buddy-cop doldrums.’
The Book Thief is an American war drama film based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak and is in fourth place, with £1,370,649 coming from its opening weekend. The film, set in World War II Germany, follows a young Liesel as she finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. The Book Thief received mixed reviews, with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘Book Thief is a moderately successful attempt to introduce aspects of the Second World War to youngsters, but narratively, it’s less of a success. While the sets and costumes give an effective sense of place and time, the faux accents lack the authenticity for us to believe that these people are real.’
Falling to fifth place is computer animated film Mr Peabody and Sherman after four weeks on release. The film made £795,797 last weekend, which contributes to its gross in the UK to date, which is £11,628,241.
Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy is in sixth on the box office charts, bringing in £658,312 last weekend. The film, which has been in the charts for three weeks, follows the story of when a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust. Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy’s total in the UK stands at £4,689,596.
Third week in the box office charts and at seventh place is The Monuments Men, which follows an allied group, the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Program, tasked with finding and saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II. Last weekend the film made £533,264 and in the UK, has grossed £5,301,276.
Sitting is eighth position is Academy Award nominee, The Wolf of Wall Street, which after seven weeks in the charts has totalled £21,797,636, with £466,697 of that coming from last weekend’s ticket sales. The Wolf of Wall Street was nominated for five Oscars in last weekend’s Academy Awards including Best Motion Picture, however it failed to win any.
12 Years a Slave remains in ninth place after eight weeks on release and made £354,612 last weekend, grossing £18,411,670 in the UK. The film has received universal acclaim from critics worldwide and won three out of the nine Oscars it was nominated for, them being, Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Motion Picture of the Year.
In tenth place is the ‘rebooted’ Robocop which made £344,943 last weekend, and after four weeks on release had grossed £7,741,546.
Look out for next week: 300: Rise of An Empire, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bullet, Escape from Planet Earth, Paranoia and The Stag.