Wolfing up the top spot in the UK
Straight to the top spot last weekend was Martin Scorsese’s latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street, the true story of Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, a wealthy stockbroker living the high life until his fall involving corruption, crime and the federal government. The film made £4,655,984 on its opening weekend in the UK, and is the fifth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio. The Wolf of Wall Street also stars Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey and Jean Dujardin and was received positively by critics, but was also controversial for its moral ambiguity, presence of drugs, and use of animals. Jason Korsner of UK Screen states, ‘Scorsese and DiCaprio clearly enjoy working with each other and the director has achieved as much success with his latest male muse as he did with his earlier collaboration with Robert De Niro, but this time round, the final product has plenty of glitz and glamour but very little depth.’ DiCaprio won a Golden Globe for his performance and the film is nominated for four Oscars including Best Achievement in Directing (Scorsese), Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter), Best Performance by a leading actor (DiCaprio) and Best Performance by supporting actor (Hill). The Wolf of Wall Street has also made cinematic history by being the first major film to be distributed entirely digitally and for being the film with the word ‘fuck’ said the most.
Second week on release and epic historical drama, 12 Years a Slave has been pushed down to second place, making £3,055,020 last weekend. The film is an adaptation of the 1853 memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. 12 Years a Slave received universal acclaim by critics and audiences, for its acting, Steve McQueen’s direction, screenplay, production values, and its faithfulness to Solomon Northup’s account. The film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama and is nominated for an impressive nine Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year. 12 Years a Slave has totalled £7,125,073 in the UK.
In third position is American Hustle, which stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, as it made £1,547,249 last weekend bringing its gross in the UK to £9,422,593. The film won three Golden Globes including, Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Performance by an Actress (Adams) and Best Performance by a Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and is nominated for ten Oscars including Best Motion Picture.
Remaining in fourth is Frozen, the computer animated tale which follows Princess Anna as she teams up with a mountain man named Kristoff in an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa. The film has grossed £34,166,925 over seven weeks on release, with £1,151,814 coming from last weekend’s ticket sales. Frozen won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film and is nominated for two Oscars.
New in fifth place is American horror, Devil’s Due which made £1,002,627 last weekend in cinema ticket sales. The film follows a newlywed couple who finds themselves dealing with an earlier than planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behaviour in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. Devil’s Due was received negatively by critics with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reading, ‘Derivative and mostly uninspired, Devil’s Due adds little to either the found-footage or horror genres that it’s content to mimic.’
Sixth week and in sixth place is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, second in the Hobbit trilogy. The film made £847,078 last weekend in cinema sales, bringing its gross in the UK to £41,589,347 and is nominated for three Oscars which are Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.
Last Vegas is in seventh place in the box office chart having made £830,499 in its third weekend, totalling £5,442,891 in the UK.
In eighth place is the war film, The Railway Man, which follows the story of a victim from World War II’s “Death Railway”, as he sets out to find those responsible for his torture. The film has grossed £3,028,139 in the UK after two weeks on release, with £776,512 coming from last weekend.
Delivery Man is in ninth position after two weeks as it has made £670,753 bringing its total to £2,240,103.
Lastly, Gravity can’t keep out of the top ten box office charts, as it remains in tenth place after eleven weeks on release, making $497,188 last weekend and a total of £28,848,926. Gravity won a Golden Globe for Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón) and is nominated for ten Oscars.