Looking at this week’s box office figures, it would seem – like much of the country late last week – a total washout. Topping the chart with the lowest weekend gross of any number one film since April 2007 was the animated sequel Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, which pulled in £853,226 to take first place ahead of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus with £750k. However, it should be noted that the figures only include takings from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland; the film isn’t officially released in England and Wales for a couple of weeks, and this past weekend’s preview screenings of £2m+ will be added to its opening haul for that weekend.
Not only does Prometheus climb two places to second, but it also becomes the highest-grossing film in the top ten, now that Marvel’s The Avengers has slipped out of the chart after an astonishing ten week run that’s banked just over £51.5m. The Five-Year Engagement holds firm in third, with Men in Black III slipping to fourth ahead of another non-mover, Snow White and the Huntsman, in fifth.
Shifting into the bottom half of the chart and sixth place is reserved for last week’s top film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with negative reviews and word of mouth driving a stake right through the heart of the Timur Bekmambetov-directed historical fantasy horror-type mashup. Also on the decline are Chernobyl Diaires (down one to eighth) and Rock of Ages (down three to ninth), with the remaining spots both occupied by new arrivals – ensemble comedy Friends with Kids in seventh with £357,520, and William Friedkin’s latest controversial offering Killer Joe, which opens in tenth with £208,553.
Number one this time last year: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
1. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, £853,226 weekend (New)
2. Prometheus, £750,652 weekend; £23,107,841 total (5 weeks)
3. The Five-Year Engagement, £745,400 weekend; £2,617,531 total (2 weeks)
4. Men in Black III, £727,787 weekend; £20,265,340 total (6 weeks)
5. Snow White and the Huntsman, £606,624 weekend; £14,489,872 total (5 weeks)
6. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, £386,743 weekend; £2,061,175 (2 weeks)
7. Friends with Kids, £357,520 weekend (New)
8. Chernobyl Diaries, £284,530 weekend; £1,150,720 total (2 weeks)
9. Rock of Ages, £240,445 weekend; £2,556,436 total (3 weeks)
10. Killer Joe, £208,553 weekend (New)
With The Amazing Spider-Man opening today (review here), the only new wide release this coming Friday is thriller The Hunter (cert. 15), which stars Willem Dafoe as an American mercenary hired to track the last of the Tasmanian tigers.