The Hunger Games: Catching Fire holds on to top spot at the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December 2013….

As expected, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire made it two weeks in a row at the top of the UK box office, with the Jennifer Lawrence-headlined sequel adding another £5.5 million in its second weekend to give the film an impressive £21.7 million after just 11 days.

That puts it just behind the entire haul of The Hunger Games (£23.8 million), as well as the £22.5 million take of Gravity, which held on to second place with a fourth weekend take of £1.74 million.

Turning to the new arrivals and the CG-animated Free Birds led the pack with £1,044,074 to take third, followed by Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks in fourth with £795,615 and the remake of Carrie in fifth with £662,625.
Number one this time last year: Skyfall

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – £5,525,476 weekend; £21,711,143 total (2 weeks)
2. Gravity – £1,741,279 weekend; £22,522,241 total (4 weeks)
3. Free Birds – £1,044,074 weekend (New)
4. Saving Mr. Banks – £795,615 weekend (New)
5. Carrie – £662,625 weekend (New)
6. The Butler – £431,666 weekend; £2,929,213 total (3 weeks)
7. Thor: The Dark World – £423,374 weekend; £19,220,530 total (5 weeks)
8. Philomena – £289,860 weekend; £9,788,671 total (5 weeks)
9. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – £211,562 weekend; £12,095,055 total (6 weeks)
10. The Family – £188,835 weekend; £928,487 total (2 weeks)

Incoming…

The big challenge to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this weekend will come from Disney’s latest animated offering Frozen (cert. PG) [read our review here], while other new releases on Friday include Black Nativity (cert. PG), Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (cert. 15) [read our review here], Spike Lee’s box office bomb Oldboy (cert. 18), the Jason Statham / James Franco thriller Homefront (cert. 15) [read our review here] and Kill Your Darlings (cert. 15), which stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Ben Foster.

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