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Thor breaks into the top spot in the UK

Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Thor: The Dark World is the second Thor film, first being Thor in 2011, and the eighth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first seven include the three Iron Man films, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Marvel’s The Avengers. The film follows the story of Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, who must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Tom Hiddleston, as bad guy Loki, also reprises his role from the first. It made £8,668,172 on its opening weekend in the UK and has earned $109,400,000 worldwide. By the end of the weekend Thor had topped the weekend box office in all 36 countries outside of North America, where it was released. Thor: The Dark World was received to generally positive reviews with Ben Child, writing for The Guardian saying, ‘Thanks to Hiddleston and Hemsworth’s impressive collective charisma, Thor: The Dark World is far from a franchise killer.’ While promoting the release of Thor: The Dark World in October 2013, Hemsworth stated that he is contracted for another Thor film and two more Avengers films but would be happy to keep going, if people want more.

Pushed off the top spot to second, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 made £2,074,667 last weekend bringing its total in the UK to £8,933,787. The film is the sequel to the 2009 film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and follows Flint Lockwood, who now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. He is forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.

Captain Phillips is at third place with £1,622,925 made last weekend. The film, which stars Tom Hanks, is the true story of mariner Captain Richard Phillips, played by Tom Hanks, who was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean during the Maersk Alabama hijacking. Captain Phillips has been praised for its direction, screenplay, production values, cinematography, and the performances of Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi.

Philomena is a British drama film that stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and tells the story of a world-weary political journalist, Martin Sixsmith(Coogan), as he picks up the story of a woman’s, Dench, search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. The film has been met with positive reviews with Jason Korsner of UK Screen stating, ‘There’s certainly a sense in which the film restores your faith in humanity, if not religion – Philomena’s response to her plight, against Martin’s judgement, is uplifting, if hard for some to accept.’ Philomena made £1,509,726 bringing it to fourth place in the box office.

Turbo, the 3D animated sports film, has made £1,351,821 last weekend after its third week on release and following an impressive opening weekend. A remarkable cast voice the characters including Ryan Reynolds, who voices Theo aka Turbo, Snoop Dogg, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Michelle Rodriguez and Samuel L. Jackson.  Turbo is in fifth place after making a total of £9,711,401 in the UK.

In sixth place, American hidden camera comedy film Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa which is the fourth instalment in the Jackass film series, has made a total of £4,058,130.  The film’s plot revolves around 86 year-old Irving Zisman who is ordered to take his 8 year old grandson to see his father after his mother is jailed. Last weekend Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa grossed £975,121.

Ender’s Game has made £469, 112 and a total gross of £2,463,575 on its second week on release in the UK taking it to seventh place. The American science fiction tells the story of the International Military as they seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Despite controversy surround the novel’s author Orson Scott Card’s views on homosexuality,  the film generally received mixed by critics with Carole Mallory from Huffington Post stating, ‘Enders Games poses real questions in a make believe IMAX world. These questions are important and thought provoking. But, please, with such a serious message, why do we have the stereotypical Sci-fi monster that we’ve seen so many times before that we feel he is our neighbour instead of an Alien.’

Bollywood superhero science fiction film, Krrish 3 is in eighth place by making £408,625 last weekend. Krrish 3 was due to be released as a 3D film but due to time restraints the director, Rakesh Roshan, decided to just release in a 2D format. The film has received mixed reviews from film critics with praise directed towards Roshan and Ranaut’s performances, the visual effects, and the cinematography; criticism has been directed to the music provided by music composer and Rakesh Roshan’s brother, Rajesh Roshan, story and screenplay. Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times stated, ‘Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan deserves a round of applause for giving us a homegrown superhero. Krrish 3 is ambitious and exciting.” Although, Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN said, ‘The film is ambitious but flawed. It is, however, consistently watchable for its terrific lead star who you can’t take your eyes off, even for a moment.’

Down to ninth place is British film One Chance about the story of Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts which made £339,722 and a total of £1,866,395 in its second weekend.

Tenth place goes to Escape Plan after three weeks in the box office chart, the action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger has made £185,957. The film follows the story of Ray Breslin, played by Stallone, a structural engineer who is incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, and meets his cellmate Emil Rottmayer, played by Schwarzenegger, who aids his escape. Escape plan has grossed £2,504,262 in the UK.

Look out next week for: Gravity, Seduced & Abandoned and Love Tomorrow.

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