Total Recall knocks Brave from the top of the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September 2012…

After two weeks at the top of the UK box office chart, Disney-Pixar’s Brave is knocked down into third as both Total Recall and The Watch shrug off generally negative reviews to occupy the top two positions, with the Len Wiseman-directed sci-fi reboot Total Recall banking £2,493,230 to claim first place and alien invasion comedy The Watch hot in its heels in second with £2,235,933. However, £959k of Total Recall’s haul came from two days of preview screenings, while The Watch pulled in £1.43m between Monday and Thursday, meaning that Brave’s £1.6m was enough to claim victory over the Friday – Sunday period.

Moving on and despite dropping two places to fourth, Seth MacFarlane’s feature debut Ted continues to perform well and adds another £990k to give the comedy a fantastic £28.1m after five weeks in play, while the Sam Raimi-produced horror The Possession enjoyed a decent enough opening in fifth with £979,192. In the bottom half of the chart, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises extends its position as the highest-grossing UK release, banking another £759k to push its gross to £54.5m overall, while action offerings The Bourne Legacy and The Expendables 2 finish up in seventh and eighth respectively. British comedy Keith Lemon: The Film falls four places to ninth – which was to be expected, given the absolute mauling its received from critics, while family flick Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days slips two spots to round out the chart in tenth.

Number one this time last year: The Inbetweeners Movie

1. Total Recall, £2,493,230 weekend (New)
2. The Watch, £2,235,933 weekend (New)
3. Brave, £1,604,163 weekend; £17,940,622 total (5 weeks – 2 weeks from Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland Only)
4. Ted, £990,842 weekend; £28,122,651 total (5 weeks)
5. The Possession, £979,192 weekend (New)
6. The Dark Knight Rises, £759,838 weekend; £54,535,548 total (7 weeks)
7. The Bourne Legacy, £714,020 weekend; £9,895,086 total (3 weeks)
8. The Expendables 2, £376,319 weekend; £5,546,276 total (3 weeks)
9. Keith Lemon: The Film, £370,735 weekend; £2,531,902 total (2 weeks)
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, £287,969 weekend; £7,086,728 total (5 weeks)

Incoming…

This Friday sees Karl Urban donning the helmet of Judge Dredd for the British reboot Dredd 3D (cert. TBC), while other new releases include John Hillcoat’s gangster epic Lawless (cert. 18) [read our review here] starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina (cert. TBC) with Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Adam Sandler comedy That’s My Boy (cert. 15) and Brit horror A Night in the Woods (cert. 15).