American Sniper might be setting records on the other side of the Atlantic but in the UK the Oscar prospect was no match for the ever aging Liam Neeson. Taken 3 was number one for a second weekend after takings of £3.3m. The latest Clint Eastwood project instead opened in second after a solid showing of £2.5m. The top three was rounded out by The Theory of Everything that had a very strong third weekend on release. Week-on-week takings fell just 6% to £2.3m.
It was sad to note that nobody was paying much attention to my social media campaign to get everybody to see Whiplash. Come on people! It’s the best film currently available in UK cinemas. Get out their and support it. On its opening weekend the film managed seventh spot with £0.58m.
I’ve been ill this week so haven’t been able to catch up with Foxcatcher or American Sniper yet. Hopefully I’ll be back to full strength soon – really looking forward to Ex-Machina!