UK Box Office Top Ten – weekend commencing 21/05/10

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd May 2010.

StreetDance 3D – the first film outside of North America to be shot on IMAX 3D – jumps straight in at number one in the UK chart in its opening weekend, leaving big budget video game adaptation and fellow new release Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to settle for second place with almost half of the box office takings.

On one hand a five day haul of £2.49m for a newly released 3D movie could be considered disappointing (especially given the recent fascination with that extra dimension), but when said 3D movie is a product of Vertigo Films, the BBC and the UK Film Council, things start to look a little brighter. They will certainly be a lot happier than Disney as Prince of Persia just manages to beat out Robin Hood with less than ten grand the difference between second and third.

In addition to StreetDance and Persia, the top ten also welcomes another two new releases this week with Bollywood actioner Kites opening in fifth [an ‘international remix’ courtesy of Brett Ratner debuts this coming weekend] and Werner Herzog ‘re-imagining’ Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans taking eighth.

Elsewhere in the chart, Marvel’s Iron Man II slips two places to fourth, The Back-Up Plan three spots to tenth, and A Nightmare on Elm Street and Hot Tub Time Machine plunge four apiece to seventh and eighth respectively. Enjoying a much better run of form is Chris Morris’ extremist comedy Four Lions, with the Brit effort holding onto sixth for the third week in a row.

Number one this time last year: Night at the Museum 2

Pos. Film Weekend Gross Week Total UK Gross
1 StreetDance 3D £2,493,948 1 £2,493,948
2 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time £1,371,066 1

3 Robin Hood £1,362,385 2

4 Iron Man 2 £523,266 4

5 Kites £273,958 1

6 Four Lions
£195,812 3 £1,978,699
7 A Nightmare on Elm Street £194,603 3

8 Hot Tub Time Machine £192,635 3

9 Bad Lieutenant £178,953 1

10 The Back-Up Plan £158,482 3



A handful of sequels make their way onto screens this coming Friday with the big new release being chick flick Sex and the City 2 (cert. 15), which should easily claim top spot in its first weekend.

Also opening is horror Rec 2 (cert. 18) and 3D family adventure Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back (cert. PG), while those looking for something fresh can check out action adventure The Losers (cert. 12A) and family comedy The Tooth Fairy (cert. PG).

U.K. Box Office Archive

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