UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2013…
Horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 opened atop the UK box office chart this past weekend, with the James Wan-directed chiller pulling in a solid £2,877,742 – almost double the debut of its predecessor, which opened in third place behind Thor and Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist back in May 2011.
Insidious 2 wasn’t the only new entry to make an impact, with Ron Howard’s F1 racing biopic Rush taking second place on the podium with £2,099,308, followed by the Channing Tatum / Jamie Foxx action thriller White House Down in third with £1,184,338. Meanwhile Justin and the Knights of Valour took fifth behind last week’s number one About Time, with the Spanish animated adventure grossing £831,011.
Elsewhere in the chart, the Vin Diesel sci-fi action sequel Riddick plunged seven places to ninth in its second weekend, while Despicable Me 2 continues to extend its lead as the UK’s highest grossing release of 2013, hanging on in the chart in tenth after eleven weeks on screens.
Number one this time last year: The Sweeney
1. Insidious: Chapter 2 – £2,877,742 weekend (New)
2. Rush – £2,099,308 weekend (New)
3. White House Down – £1,184,338 weekend (New)
4. About Time – £1,092,192 weekend (2 weeks)
5. Justin and the Knights of Valour – £831,011 weekend (New)
6. One Direction: This Is Us – £653,029 weekend (3 weeks)
7. We’re the Millers – £595,627 weekend (4 weeks)
8. Planes – £453,363 weekend (5 weeks)
9. Riddick – £381,994 weekend (2 weeks)
10. Despicable Me 2 – £380,009 weekend (11 weeks)
This Friday sees a good few new releases entering the UK marketplace, including the Jeff Bridges / Ryan Reynolds supernatural buddy cop action-comedy R.I.P.D. (cert. 12A) [read our review here], the Naomi Watts-headlined biopic Diana (cert. 12A), Halle Berry thriller The Call (cert. 15) [read our review here], documentary Hawking (cert. PG), British filmmaker Sean Ellis’ Phillippines-set crime thriller Metro Manila (cert. 15) [read our review here] and Brit romantic drama Kelly + Victor (cert. 18) [read our review here].