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)
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.