Crikey, what a weekend at the UK box office. In what must have been a disappointing weekend for cinema owners it was a so-so film in its second week of release that topped the charts. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel held on the number one spot despite a 48% week-on-week drop to £1.96m.
Will Smith vehicle Focus was at number two with £1.31m while Fifty Shades of Grey continues to attract cinema goers after four weeks on release managing takings of £1.07m. The new releases for the week all performed poorly. I expected Chappie to challenge for the top spot but poor reviews and a dodgy looking cast probably cost the film dear as it only managed fourth spot. The film crept over the £1m mark while the story was even worse for the badly received comedy Unfinished Business. The Vince Vaughn led project was in ninth spot with £0.40m in takings and was humbled by Still Alice. Despite being only available in 86 cinemas the movie was in eight spot a few thousand pounds ahead over the weekend.
My local cinema manager must be preying for a strong weekend from Insurgent and The Avengers can’t come soon enough.