UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November 2014…
Exactly a year after its predecessor topped the chart, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 debuted in first place at the UK box office, pulling in £12,654,109 – accounting for 2 out of every 3 cinema tickets told and taking home the biggest opening of 2014 to date. It’s also a franchise high, beating out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with £12.2 million.
Despite the success of Mockingjay, The Imitation Game, Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! and Interstellar all managed to crack seven figures, although the life was pretty much sucked out of the rest of the chart, allowing Punjabi animation Chaar Sahibzaade to sneak into the chart in tenth with an opening weekend of £129,328.
Number one this time last year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – £12,654,109 weekend (New)
2. The Imitation Game – £2,129,053 weekend (2 weeks)
3. Interstellar – £1,895,368 weekend (3 weeks)
4. Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! – £1,544,804 weekend (2 weeks)
5. Mr. Turner – £356,743 weekend (4 weeks)
6. The Book Of Life – £296,943 weekend (5 weeks)
7. The Drop – £229,594 weekend (2 weeks)
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – £179,615 weekend (5 weeks)
9. Gone Girl – £173,517 weekend (6 weeks)
10. Chaar Sahibzaade – £129,328 weekend (New)
The Hunger Games will face competition from two big newcomers this weekend in Paddington (cert. PG) and Horrible Bosses 2 (cert. 15) [read our review here], while other new releases include Stations of the Cross (cert. 15), I Am Ali (cert. PG) and Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (cert. 15) [watch the trailer here].
Listen to the Flickering Myth Podcast review of Mockingjay here…