300: Rise of an Empire knocks The LEGO Movie from the top of the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 7th – Sunday 9th March 2014….

After three weeks atop the UK box office, The LEGO Movie has fallen to second place, with the sword and sandals prequel/sequel 300: Rise of an Empire seizing its glory and claiming top spot with an opening weekend of £2,761,612. While that was enough for first place, its debut is down considerably from Zack Snyder’s original, which pulled in £4.75 million back in 2006.

Joining 300: Rise of an Empire in the top ten were a further two newcomers, with Wes Anderson’s latest star-studded offering The Grand Budapest Hotel pulling in £1,532,239 and giving the director his best ever UK debut in third place, while CG-animation Escape from Planet Earth opened down in seventh with £395,392. 

Number one this time last year: Oz the Great and Powerful

1. 300: Rise of an Empire, £2,761,612 weekend (New)
2. The Lego Movie, £1,633,265 weekend; £28,801,707 total (4 weeks)
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel, £1,532,239 weekend (New)
4. Non-Stop, £1,496,108 weekend; £5,364,237 total (2 weeks)
5. Ride Along, £823,312 weekend; £2,832,887 total (2 weeks)
6. The Book Thief, £569,776 weekend; £2,693,536 total (3 weeks)
7. Escape from Planet Earth, £395,392 weekend (New)
8. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, £385,338 weekend; £12,091,150 total (5 weeks)
9. 12 Years a Slave, £368,857 weekend; £19,177,585 total (9 weeks)
10. Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, £318,157 weekend; £5,072,228 total (5 weeks) 

Incoming…

Today sees the arrival of the high-octane racing actioner Need for Speed (cert. 12A) starring Aaron Paul, while Friday’s new releases include the Scarlett Johansson-headlined Under the Skin (cert. 15), Terry Gilliam’s latest The Zero Theorem (cert. 15), British sequel Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood (cert. 12A) and a limited release for the Kickstarter funded Veronica Mars (cert. 12A).

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