UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November 2012...
After securing the highest-ever seven day total at the UK box office in its first week of release, Sam Mendes' Skyfall (read our reviews here, here and here) continues to break records on home soil, becoming the fastest film to break £50m with a grand total of £53,440,685 after just 10 days in play thanks to an impressive second-weekend haul of £16.1m. By close of play on Sunday, Daniel Craig's third outing as 007 was just under £3m short of the £56.2m amassed by The Dark Knight Rises this summer, meaning that Bond's twenty-third official screen adventure is already the second-highest grossing film of 2012 on these shores, and will overtake Christopher Nolan's Batman swansong to proudly sit in first place this week.
Moving on and despite being overshadowed by Skyfall's success, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted holds firm in second place, with the CG-animated sequel pulling in a healthy £17.6m after three weekends to leave it outperforming both of its predecessors at the same point in time. Meanwhile, the horror sequel Silent Hill: Revelation opened in third place with £1,043,068, helped along by two days of preview screenings to capitalise on Halloween, while Hotel Transylvania also benefited from All Hallows' Eve, climbing one place to fourth ahead of the action sequel Taken 2. Less fortunate was the teen trick or treat comedy Fun Size, which opened in sixth with £410,028 (including two days of previews), along with Paranormal Activity 4, which slipped three places to finish up in seventh in its third weekend on screens.
Shifting towards the bottom of the chart, and after claiming the top prize at the London Film Festival, Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone debuted in eighth with a decent enough £252,099 from just 84 screens. Meanwhile Halloween failed to inject any life into Tim Burton's Frankenweenie - the black-and-white stop motion animation slipping two more places to seventh in its third weekend of release - nor was it much help to Sinister, which fell four spots to round out the chart in tenth after five weeks on screens.
Number one this time last year: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
1. Skyfall, £16,107,687 weekend; £53,440,685 total (2 weeks)
2. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, £2,863,112 weekend; £17,619,560 total (3 weeks)
3. Silent Hill: Revelation, £1,043,068 weekend (New)
4. Hotel Transylvania, £810,821 weekend; £6,833,768 total (4 weeks)
5. Taken 2, £688,148 weekend; £22,275,928 total (5 weeks)
6. Fun Size, £410,028 weekend (New)
7. Paranormal Activity 4, £401,478 weekend; £5,487,985 total (3 weeks)
8. Rust and Bone, £252,099 weekend (New)
9. Frankenweenie, £234,465 weekend; £2,115,073 total (3 weeks)
10. Sinister, £180,783 weekend; £6,346,639 total (5 weeks)
Ben Affleck's acclaimed drama Argo (cert. 15) [read our review here] opens in UK cinemas this Wednesday alongside the Australian comedy The Sapphires (cert. PG), while Friday brings several newcomers, including the Kevin James MMA comedy Here Comes the Boom (cert. 12A) [read our review here], Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut People Like Us (cert. 12A) and the British romantic comedy-horror Love Bite (cert. 15), along with limited releases for the likes of Grassroots (cert. 15) [read our review here], The Joy of Six (cert. TBC), Mother's Milk (cert. 15) and My Brother the Devil (cert. 15).