X-Men: Days of Futures Past claws its way to the UK top spot
Straight to the top spot is the seventh installment of the X-Men series, X-Men: Days of Futures Past which brought in £9,144,971 on its opening weekend. The film focuses on two time periods as the X-Men send Wolverine back to 1973 in a desperate effort to change history and save the future of mutantkind. X-Men: Days of Futures Past stars an ensemble cast, including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. The film has received nearly unanimous positive reviews with David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter stating, ‘While it’s more dramatically diffuse than the reboot and lacks a definitive villain, the new film is shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe.’ As of June 2, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past has grossed a worldwide total of $503,315,109 (£300,702,954.53), making it the highest grossing entry in the franchise.
Knocked down to second place on its second week is monster film Godzilla which made £2,731,355 last weekend. The film is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise as it retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a terrifying force of nature and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins and Bryan Cranston. Godzilla has made a total of £11,828,213 in UK.
Down to third place is the comedy Bad Neighbours which made £1,222,235 last weekend bringing its gross in the UK to £13,511,060 after three weeks. The film stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and follows a couple with a newborn baby as they face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.
New in fourth place is British computer animated comedy Postman Pat: The Movie which made £774,750 on its opening weekend. Postman Pat, the star of the long-running BBC children’s series, finds his beliefs challenged after he enters a TV talent show competition. Pat is voiced by Stephen Mangan and Pat’s singing voice is performed by Ronan Keating. Also voicing characters in the film are Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint and David Tennant. Postman Pat: The Movie received mixed reviews with Patrick Smith of The Telegraph stating, ‘where the TV series was charming in its simplicity, this seems over-egged.’
New in fifth place is American romantic comedy Blended, which stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and brought in £688,547 on its opening weekend. The film marked the third romantic collaboration between the two, following The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. Blended sees the story of a man and a woman, who after a bad blind date, find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship. The film has received mostly negative reviews with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, ‘Lurching between slapstick and schmaltz without showing much of a commitment to either, Blended commits the rare Sandler sin of provoking little more than boredom.’
Remaining in sixth place is animated comedy Rio 2 which made £341,785 last weekend. The film follows Blu, Jewel and their three kids as they are thrown into the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law. After eight weeks in the box office, Rio 2 has made a gross of £13,936,487 in the UK alone.
Down to seventh place is the romantic comedy The Other Woman which made £335,059 last weekend bringing its total in cinema ticket sales to £8,681,688 after five weeks.
Dropping from fifth place to eighth on its second week is thriller The Two Faces of January which brought in £303,037 last weekend. The film, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac as a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee Greece after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer. The Two Faces of January has made a gross of £907,494 in the UK.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the biggest faller this week as it dropped six places from three to nine and brought in £255,482 to bring its total in the UK to £23,642,745 after six weeks on release.
In tenth place we see our biggest riser as the animated comedy The Lego Movie rose up from twenty two after making £185,087 last weekend. The Lego Movie has made a gross of £33,512,593 in the UK alone.