Brave defeats The Bourne Legacy and The Expendables 2 at the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 17th – Sunday 19th August 2012…

Having opened in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland earlier this month, Disney-Pixar’s Brave expanded across the rest of the UK last Monday, with its subsequent haul of £5,269,402 enough to give the CG-animated film first place at the UK box office, with another Monday release – The Bourne Legacy – following close behind in second with £4,620,289. In terms of Friday to Sunday takings, Brave amassed £2.6m, while the Jeremy Renner-headlined Bourne Legacy pulled in a franchise low of £2.1m; meanwhile the epic action ensemble The Expendables 2 opened on Friday and banked £1,985,082, which was only enough to take fourth place behind last week’s number one film, the hit Seth MacFarlane comedy Ted.

Moving on further down the chart and The Dark Knight Rises slipped three places to fifth, adding another £1.5m to leave the film just shy of £50m after five weeks in play and pushing its total gross beyond The Dark Knight’s £49m to make it the highest grossing Batman film on these shores. In sixth place is the Bollywood action thriller Ek Tha Tiger, which opened with a solid £543,073, followed by family offerings Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and Ice Age: Continental Drift in seventh and eighth respectively. Elsewhere, dance sequel Step Up 4: Miami Heat cooled considerably in its second week, falling six places to ninth, while British found footage comedy The Wedding Video opens in tenth with £333,079.

Number one this time last year: The Inbetweeners Movie

1. Brave, £5,269,402 weekend; £8,270,546 total (3 weeks – 2 weeks from Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland Only) 2. The Bourne Legacy, £4,620,289 weekend (New)
3. Ted, £2,076,046 weekend; £22,186,549 total (3 weeks)
4. The Expendables 2, £1,985,082 weekend (New)
5. The Dark Knight Rises, £1,506,178 weekend; £49,776,391 total (5 weeks)
6. Ek Tha Tiger, £543,073 weekend (New)
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, £459,526 weekend; £5,229,266 total (3 weeks)
8. Ice Age: Continental Drift, £350,788 weekend; £27,603,587 total (8 weeks)
9. Step Up 4: Miami Heat, £340,072 weekend; £1,797,048 total (2 weeks)
10. The Wedding Video, £333,079 weekend (New)

Incoming…

This week sees the release of a trio of comedies in Keith Lemon: The Film (cert. 15), The Farrelly Brothers’ The Three Stooges (cert. PG) [read our review here] and The Watch (cert. 15), which stars Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. Also opening this week is the hard-hitting IRA tale Shadow Dancer (cert. 15), along with the true crime documentary The Imposter (cert. 15).

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