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Third week in a row for Prisoners in the UK

Last weekend’s UK box office saw the worst takings since June 2012, with no film making over £1,000,000. The last time no title managed to reach more than a million was in June 2012 when the staggered release of Ice Age: Continental Drift saw it occupying the top spot with takings just from Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. However, the poor result can partly be blamed on the way UK box office figures are accounted. For example the new DreamWorks animation Turbo was showing previews on the Saturday and Sunday and would have been number one if the numbers had been included but instead those will go towards this weekend’s comings figures.

However, Prisoners held its own once again after its third weekend at number one, which makes it the third film this year to be number one for three weeks, the other two being Les Misérables and The Croods. The American thriller film made £968,990 after receiving positive reviews and coming a second runner up for the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, where it came behind Philomena and 12 Years a Slave. Prisoners has grossed £5,035,660 in the UK.

Moving on up to second place is British Musical film, Sunshine on Leith, which made £732,296 last weekend.  Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film follows the story of two men, who try to readjust to life after serving in Afghanistan, which is built around 13 The Proclaimers songs. With the film making a total of £2,165,216, critic Robbie Collin of The Telegraph states, ‘The film’s modest romances and heartbreaks play out on cobbled streets and in echoey tenement stairwells, with all twists carefully calibrated to the lyrics in a way that may remind some viewers of Mamma Mia.’

Woody AllensBlue Jasmine moved up to third in its third week after grossing a total of £3,333,633 at last weekend’s box office. The film follows a wealthy socialite who goes to stay with her sister after losing her money and becoming homeless. Blue Jasmine has been met with generally positive reviews with critics often praising Cate Blanchett’s performance. It made £642,241 last weekend.

Down to fourth place is Filth, based on Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same name, with £638,856 grossed last weekend. The film centres on a bigoted and corrupt cop as he schemes and manipulates his way through festival season in a bid to secure a promotion and win his wife and daughter back. Filth has made a total of £2,532, 897 in the UK with generally positives reviews, Deborah Ross from Spectator website states, ‘Filth is ghastly and unpleasant, but also kind of brilliant, and therein lays both the reward and the rub.’

Retaining fifth place is Formula One film Rush starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl as James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the years of their rivalry. The film made £531,945 on its fifth week in the box office, grossing £8,892,873 in the UK. Sadly, British racing driver, Sean Edwards, who recreated his fathers’, Guy Edwards, heroic efforts in the film to pull Niki Lauda from the track in 1976 has died in a crash on a track in Australia this week.

New in at sixth place is The Fifth Estate, which made £502,495 in its opening weekend. The film is a dramatic thriller based on real events that follows the journey to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned WikiLeaks into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organisation. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as its editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange, and Daniel Brühl as its former spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Being the highest profile film out last week, many critics are shocked it hasn’t done so well, considering Cumberbatch being propelled into stardom. The film was received to mixed reviews with positive mentions going to the performances, particularly Cumberbatch’s acting, however the negative reviews reflected badly on its screenplay and direction. With UK Screen’s Jason Korsner stating, ‘The film was exciting and revealing, but seemed to dwell too much in some of the less interesting areas and glossed over parts of the story that felt more interesting..’

At seven, British drama film Le Week-End is directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi and is the fourth collaboration between both. The duo began developing the story seven years prior during a weekend trip to Montmartre in France. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The film made only made £324,488 despite receiving positive reviews from critics with David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter stating, “[Le Week-End] is pleasurably supple in its mood shifts between droll verbal comedy and penetrating emotional truth. While not without touches of precious affectation, the film is imbued with an engaging mix of warmth and prickliness by the lovely, lived-in performances of Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan.” BFI’s Sight and Sound magazine named the film as its film of the week.

Down two places to eighth place is Runner Runner starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, which made £279,339 on its third weekend, totalling £2,385,186 after receiving negative reviews in the UK. Ninth place goes to Justin and the Knights of Valour, a Spanish 3D animated comedy, which made a gross of £2,695,856 after pulling in £191,556 last weekend.

Still remaining in tenth place is White House Down, which after five weeks in the box office charts has made £189,586 last weekend and £4,175,310 in total in the UK.

Check back in next week for Captain Phillips, Escape Plan, Enough Said, Last Passenger and Turbo!

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