Need for Speed takes pole position at the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th – Sunday 16th March 2014….

The Aaron Paul-headlined video game adaptation Need for Speed has taken first place at the UK box office, dethroning 300: Rise of an Empire with an opening weekend haul of £2,011,249, while Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel climbed one place to second, giving Anderson his best UK return with a total of £4.1 million to date.

Elsewhere, the only other newcomer to manage to crack the top ten was Under the Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress looking for men in the Scottish highlands. The film pulled in £238,694 to claim tenth place. 

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

1. Need for Speed, £2,011,249 weekend (New)
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel, £1,309,103 weekend; £4,115,618 total (2 weeks)
3. 300: Rise of an Empire, £1,223,370 weekend; £5,351,262 total (2 weeks)
4. The LEGO Movie, £998,176 weekend; £30,063,416 total (5 weeks)
5. Non-Stop, £901,107 weekend; £6,905,787 total (3 weeks)
6. Ride Along, £426,034 weekend;£3,540,829 total (3 weeks)
7. The Book Thief, £281,937 weekend; £3,366,007 total (4 weeks)
8. Escape from Planet Earth, £257,812 weekend; £721,489 total (2 weeks)
9. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, £242,010 weekend; £12,364,901 total (6 weeks)
10. Under the Skin, £238,694 weekend (New) 

Incoming…

Aaron Paul returns to screens this week with the release of A Long Way Down (cert. TBC), while other new releases this Friday include Labor Day (cert. 12A), Starred Up (cert. 18), About Last Night (cert. 15), Svengali (cert. 15) and The Machine (cert. 15).

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