UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 11th to Sunday 13th July 2014….
After two weeks atop the UK box office chart, comedy Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie has been knocked from the summit, with Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction steamrolling over the competition to take first place with an opening weekend of £11,751,427. That’s the biggest debut of the year so far, although it did include a whopping £8.04 million from SIX days of previews, and actually only managed £3.71 million over the Friday-Sunday period, which would have placed it tenth overall in the year’s biggest openers.
Officially opening in England and Wales after previews the past two weekends, How to Train Your Dragon 2 pulled in £7.78 million to jump to second place, although again this was inflated by £4.86 million from the preview screenings. In terms of the other newcomers, John Carney’s Begin Again took fifth with £456,438, while Richard Linklater’s Boyhood managed £332,834 from almost a quarter of the screens to claim seventh.
Number one this time last year: Despicable Me 2
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – £11,751,427 weekend (New)
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – £7,779,040 weekend; £9,577,152 total (3 weeks)
3. Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie – £1,081,303 weekend; £11,872,300 total (3 weeks)
4. The Fault in Our Stars – £558,626 weekend; £9,887,813 total (4 weeks)
5. Begin Again – £456,438 weekend (New)
6. 22 Jump Street – £416,025 weekend; £17,489,355 total (6 weeks)
7. Boyhood – £332,834 weekend (New)
8. Maleficent – £312,747 weekend; £17,968,329 total (7 weeks)
9. Tammy – £245,824 weekend; £1,139,668 total (2 weeks)
10. Chef – £77,588 weekend; £1,333,970 total (3 weeks)
Transformers will face stiff competition to retain top spot this coming weekend, with tomorrow seeing the arrival of the hotly-anticipated Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (cert. 12A) [read our review here], while Friday brings us the not-so-hotly-anticipated Pudsey the Dog: The Movie (cert. U).