War Horse tops the UK box office chart for the third week on the trot

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 27th to Sunday 29th January 2012…

It may not be the front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar, but Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is certainly setting the pace at the UK box office (and providing me with the opportunity to churn out a slew of horse-related gags), with the World War I drama adding another £2m to give it a strong cumulative gross of £13.4m to date on these shores.

War Horse fended off some pretty strong competition from new releases this past weekend, including fellow Best Picture nominee, Alexander Payne’s George Clooney-starrer The Descendants, which takes second place with £1,797,939. Also surpassing the seven-figure mark on their debut weekend were the Liam Neeson survival thriller The Grey (taking third with £1,097,338) and 3D animation A Monster in Paris (in fourth with £1,043,531), while the recent awards success for Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist sees the acclaimed silent feature climb three spots to finish up in fifth after five weeks on screens.

Moving on to the bottom half of the chart and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows drops two positions to sixth and remains the highest-grossing release in the top ten, while Underworld: Awakening suffers a steep decline in its second weekend, plunging four places to seventh. Meanwhile The Iron Lady, The Sitter and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol all fall three positions each, occupying spots eight through ten.

Number one this time last year: Tangled

Pos. Film Weekend Gross Week Total UK Gross
1 War Horse
£2,081,490 3 £13,418,627
2 The Descendants
£1,797,939 1 £1,797,939
3 The Grey
£1,094,338 1 £1,094,338
4 A Monster in Paris
£1,043,531 1 £1,043,531
5 The Artist
£704,348 5 £4,470,081
6 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows £655,144 7 £25,663,306
7 Underworld: Awakening
£627,846 2 £2,382,349
8 The Iron Lady
£567,397 4

9 The Sitter
£554,568 2

10 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol £529,462 6



Wednesday sees the release of the found footage super powers flick Chronicle (cert. 12A) from first time director Josh Trank, while new arrivals on Friday include Adam Sandler’s latest comedy Jack and Jill (cert. PG) [read our review here], Roman Polanski’s Carnage (cert. 15) [read our review here], acclaimed psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene (cert. 15), Jason Reitman comedy Young Adult (cert. 15), family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (cert. PG) and crime thriller Man on a Ledge (cert. 12A), starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell and Ed Harris.

U.K. Box Office Archive