UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February 2013…
After being toppled last week by Bruce Willis, Wreck-It Ralph returned to the top of the UK box office chart in its third weekend on screens, reclaiming first place with a solid £3.42 million – just £16k less than it pulled in the previous weekend. Wreck-It Ralph has now amassed a healthy £18.62 million so far, and looks on course to overtake Pixar’s latest offering Brave, the Academy Award-winning feature having banked £22.17 million during its release last year.
Despite dropping 50% of its takings, A Good Day to Die Hard managed to hold on to second place with £1.65 million, while the Guillermo del Toro-produced Mama opened in third with £1,512,297. Les Misérables continued to pull in the crowds, retaining fourth place and banking another £765k to give the musical an impressive £37.8 million after seven weeks on screens, while I Give It a Year climbed one place to crack the top five at the second time of asking.
In the bottom half of the chart, Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 novel Cloud Atlas debuted in sixth with a less-than-impressive £544,725. Meanwhile the British drama Song for Marion also opened soft with £456,714, finishing up in eighth behind Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, with Django Unchained and Beautiful Creatures rounding out the chart in ninth and tenth.
Number one this time last year: The Woman in Black
1. Wreck-It Ralph – £3,420,196 weekend; £18,624,692 total (3 weeks)
2. A Good Day to Die Hard – £1,646,541 weekend; £8,192,198 total (2 weeks)
3. Mama – £1,512,297 weekend (New)
4. Les Misérables – £765,367 weekend; £37,804,139 total(7 weeks)
5. I Give It a Year – £632,195 weekend; £5,084,998 total (2 weeks)
6. Cloud Atlas – £544,725 weekend (New)
7. This Is 40 – £473,915 weekend; £2,288,475 (2 weeks)
8. Song for Marion – £456,714 weekend (New)
9. Django Unchained – £427,027 weekend; £14,541,950 total (6 weeks)
10. Beautiful Creatures – £398,401 weekend; £2,170,260 total (2 weeks)
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton team up today for director Tommy Wirkola’s fairy tale action-horror Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (cert. 15), while Friday’s new releases include the Mark Wahlberg / Russell Crowe thriller Broken City (cert. 15) [read our review here], Park Chan-wook’s Stoker (cert. 18) starring Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman, and the romance Safe Haven (cert. 12A), which features Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders.