UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September 2013…
After debuting in second place last week, Ron Howard’s Rush has taken pole position at the UK box office in its second weekend, pulling in £1.34 million to give the Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl-headlined F1 biopic a solid £4.67 million to date. Rush swapped places with last week’s top film Insidious: Chapter 2, the James Wan-directed horror falling to second with £1.1 million, while White House Down and About Time were unchanged in third and fourth.
Down in fifth is the first new entry of the weekend, with director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic Diana opening to a rather soft £623,051, no doubt due in part to the horrendous reviews for the film, which sees Naomi Watts as the People’s Princess. The supernatural action-comedy R.I.P.D. followed in seventh with £506,521, while the only other new arrival to crack the top ten was the Halle Berry thriller The Call, which claimed eighth with £409,975.
Number one this time last year: The Sweeney
1. Rush – £1,336,449 weekend (2 weeks)
2. Insidious: Chapter 2 – £1,076,295 weekend (2 weeks)
3. White House Down – £710,772 weekend (2 weeks)
4. About Time – £701,473 weekend (3 weeks)
5. Diana – £623,051 weekend (New)
6. Justin and the Knights of Valour – £512,671 weekend (2 weeks)
7. R.I.P.D. – £506,521 weekend (New)
8. The Call – £409,975 weekend (New)
9. One Direction: This Is Us – £365,148 weekend (4 weeks)
10. We’re the Millers – £342,877 weekend (5 weeks)
This week’s new releases include the Hugh Jackman / Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Prisoners (cert. 15) [read our review here], Woody Allen’s latest Blue Jasmine (cert. 12A) [read our review here], comedy Girl Most Likely (cert. 12A), crime drama Runner Runner (cert. 15) starring Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Ben Affleck, and Latin actioner Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman (cert. 18) [read our review here].