UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July 2012…
Swinging onto cinemas last Tuesday, Sony’s Marc Webb-directed reboot The Amazing Spider-Man pulled in a hefty £11,091,972 to claim first place at the UK box office, although it fell some way short of dethroning Marvel’s The Avengers as the biggest opening of the year on these shores. TASM pulled in £4.3m in preview screenings during the week, with its Friday-Sunday takings coming in at just 51% of The Avengers‘ impressive opening weekend haul back at the end of April.
Andrew Garfield’s wall-crawler also failed to overtake Tobey Maguire’s final effort, coming in just a shade behind the £11.8m of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 back in 2007. Considering the increase in ticket prices – and the 3D surcharge – The Amazing Spider-Man has obviously suffered the after-effects of Raimi’s poorly-received third effort and the film will have its work cut out avoid becoming the lowest-grossing instalment of the series here in the UK (Spider-Man 2 with £26.7m)… especially with The Dark Knight Rises just around the corner.
After topping the chart last time around, Ice Age: Continental Drift falls to second but continues to enjoy solid returns given that its yet to open in England and Wales, adding another £719k from cinemas in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Five-Year Engagement holds firm in third for the third week in a row, while Katy Perry: Part of Me opens in fourth with £449,491 and Men in Black III slips one place to five with a strong seven-week haul of £21m.
Moving into the bottom half of the chart and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus slips four places to sixth but remains the highest-grossing current release with a total just short of £24m, while Snow White and the Huntsman passes the £15m mark but falls two to seventh. Bollywood rom-com Bol Bachchan banks £160,941 on its opening weekend to claim eighth, ahead of comedy Friends with Kids and controversial thriller Killer Joe in ninth and tenth respectively.
Number one this time last year: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
1. The Amazing Spider-Man, £11,091,972 weekend (New)
2. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, £719,769 weekend; £2,327,078 total (2 weeks)
3. The Five-Year Engagement, £514,702 weekend; £3,721,905 total (3 weeks)
4. Katy Perry: Part of Me, £449,491 weekend (New)
5. Men in Black III, £389,853 weekend; £21,021,162 total (7 weeks)
6. Prometheus, £324,779 weekend; £23,918,902 (6 weeks)
7. Snow White and the Huntsman, £312,318 weekend; £15,129,299 total (6 weeks)
8. Bol Bachchan, £160,941 weekend (New)
9. Friends with Kids, £134,752 weekend; £817,659 total (2 weeks)
10. Killer Joe, £122,831 weekend; £473,204 (2 weeks)
Tomorrow sees the UK release of the Channing Tatum stripper comedy-drama Magic Mike (cert. 15), while Friday offers up a choice between the comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (cert. TBC) starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, the Tony Kaye-directed drama Detachment (cert. 15), and the re-issued British classic Chariots of Fire (cert. U). Ice Age 4 will also see an increase in takings as it expands to the rest of the UK, but it’s unlikely to put up a challenge to The Amazing Spider-Man for the number one spot.