UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd December 2012…
Musical comedy Pitch Perfect banked a decent £952,107 from its opening weekend to debut in fifth place, while Skyfall slips out of the top half of the chart for the first time in its 9 week run, banking £554k to edge ever-closer to the magical £100 million mark here in the UK. Disney animation Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings fell two spots to seventh ahead of the newly-released Bollywood action sequel Dabangg 2, which amassed an opening weekend of £341,619, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and Seven Psychopaths dropping three places each to fill out the chart in ninth and tenth respectively.
Number one this time last year: Arthur Christmas
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – £5,979,241 (2 weeks)
2. Life of Pi – £3,610,604 (New)
3. Rise of the Guardians – £1,221,504 (4 weeks)
4. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger – £1,188,380 (5 weeks)
5. Pitch Perfect – £952,107 (New)
6. Skyfall - £554,958 (9 weeks)
7. Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings – £469,630 (2 weeks)
8. Dabangg 2 – £341,619 (New)
9. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 – £167,952 (6 weeks)
10. Seven Psychopaths – £167,952 (3 weeks)
Boxing Day saw several new films entering the UK marketplace, including the Tom Cruise action thriller Jack Reacher (cert. 12A) [read our review here], Colin Trevorrow’s sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (cert.15) [read our review here] and family comedy Parental Guidance (cert. U, strangely enough), along with limited releases for Grabbers (cert. 15), Midnight’s Children (cert. 12A) [read our review here] and Zaytoun (cert. 15) [read our review here]. And if none of those takes your fancy, then New Year’s Day sees the arrival of The Impossible (cert. 12A), Playing for Keeps (cert. 12A) and Quartet (cert. 12A).