It was hard to imagine things getting worse after last week's disastrous performance but that's exactly what's happened as the UK box office tumbles to its worst weekend in over five years (December 2004 to be exact), with hot weather, World Cup football (hey, we had that in 2006) and a lack of decent releases all combining to strike a major blow for UK cinemas.
Top of the pile this week is the newly released (and critically mauled) romantic action comedy Killers, which limps to number one with just over £1m in receipts and pushes reigning champion Sex and the City 2 down into second place in its fourth week (although SATC2 is the highest grossing film in the chart with almost £20m, it now looks very unlikely to exceed the original's haul of £26.5m).
Only one other new release managed to crack the top ten with Brit comedy Wild Target debuting in seventh with £282,498, while fellow debutants Our Family Wedding and MacGruber failed to make an impact registering just £96k and £33k respectively.
Elsewhere in the chart StreetDance 3D (third) and Prince of Persia (fourth) continue to perform well (or as well as can be expected, given the current climate) and hold onto their positions from last week, a feat matched by Death at a Funeral in sixth. Less fortunate are Tooth Fairy and Robin Hood, both of which fall one place to claim eighth and ninth, while Letters to Juliet falls three to fifth and Brooklyn's Finest suffers the biggest drop of the week, plummeting five spots to prop up the chart in tenth.
Number one this time last year: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
|Pos.||Film||Weekend Gross||Week||Total UK Gross|
|2||Sex and the City 2||£710,238||4||£19,376,325|
|4||Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time||£389,715||5||£8,035,706|
|5||Letters to Juliet||£304,319||2||£1,463,111|
|6||Death at a Funeral||£287,073||3||£2,128,373|
This week's big release is the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Get Him to the Greek (cert.15) starring Brit comedian Russell Brand and Apatow regular Jonah Hill, which should look to claim the number one spot after a barren couple of weeks and hopefully reignite the UK box office.
Distributors seem to be moving forward with the new releases despite the World Cup (but likely sensing England's impending exit) with Friday also seeing a host of new releases including rom-coms When in Rome (cert. PG) and Whatever Works (cert. 12A), horror The Collector (cert. 18), Francis Ford Coppola mystery Tetro (cert. 15) and comedy documentary Good Hair (cert. 12A) featuring Chris Rock.
U.K. Box Office Archive