After three weeks of sitting comfortably at the top of the UK box office chart, The Woman in Black has been usurped from the number one position by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and company as the John Madden comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel swaps places with the Daniel Radcliffe chiller and takes first place with a second weekend haul of £2.34m compared to the Hammer horror's £1.89m. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has now banked an impressive £7m to date, while The Woman in Black's four-week take of £17.6m means the film remains the highest-grossing feature currently in the top ten.
Moving on to the new faces and three films debuted in the chart this past weekend, with the Reese Witherspoon / Tom Hardy / Chris Pine romantic-action-comedy hybrid This Means War enjoying the best returns, pulling in £1,821,698 to claim third. Found footage party flick Project X banks £561,655 to take sixth, with the Jennifer Aniston / Paul Rudd comedy Wanderlust one place behind with an opening gross of £490,592, which much be considered disappointing given the talent involved.
In terms of the holdover films, Safe House and The Muppets both drop one place apiece to fourth and fifth, while The Artist climbs another place to eighth off the back of its Best Picture success at the Academy Awards a couple of weeks ago. Meanwhile Journey 2: The Mysterious Island slips two positions to ninth, but the biggest drop of the week is reserved for The Vow, which finds itself propping up the chart in tenth after a sixth-placed finish last time out.
Number one this time last year: Rango
|Pos.||Film||Weekend Gross||Week||Total UK Gross|
|1||The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||£2,342,095||2||£7,014,101|
|2||The Woman in Black||£1,888,232||3||£17,629,443|
|3||This Means War||£1,821,698||1||£1,821,698|
|9||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||£387,435||5||£6,231,644|
Leading the new releases this coming Friday is Andrew Stanton's big-budget take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars, John Carter (cert. 12A) [read our review here], while other newcomers include period thriller The Raven (cert. 15) starring John Cusack and Alice Eve, 'urban thriller' Payback Season (cert. 15) with BAFTA Rising Star Adam Deacon, Brit thriller Cleanskin (cert. 15) starring Sean Bean, and period drama Bel-Ami (cert. 15) featuring Kristin Scott Thomas, Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci.