UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 16th to Sunday 18th January 2015…
American Sniper enjoyed a record-breaking January debut over in the States, but despite giving director Clint Eastwood his biggest ever opening here in the UK with £2,530,47, the Bradley Cooper-headlined war drama couldn’t dethrone Bryan Mills from the top of the box office, with Taken 3 retaining first place with £3.3 million and pushing its two-week haul to £12.2 million.
In addition to American Sniper, three other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with Whiplash pulling in £573,546 million in seventh, Wild earning £524,941 to take ninth, and a live event stream of the Met Opera’s The Merry Widow propping up the chart in tenth with a solid £463,195.
Number one this time last year: The Wolf of Wall Street
1. Taken 3, £3,295,309 weekend; £12,223,651 total (2 weeks)
2. American Sniper, £2,530,473 weekend (New)
3. The Theory of Everything, £2,326,473 weekend; £11,942,161 total (3 weeks)
4. Into the Woods, £1,999,377 weekend; £5,368,800 total (2 weeks)
5. Paddington, £943,320 weekend; £34,067,531 total (8 weeks)
6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, £640,490 weekend; £40,331,079 total (6 weeks)
7. Whiplash, £573,546 weekend (New)
8. Birdman, £551,250 weekend; £4,015,427 total (3 weeks)
9. Wild, £524,941 weekend (New)
10. Met Opera: The Merry Widow, £463,195 weekend (New)
Several new films open in the UK this Friday, including The Gambler (cert. 15) [read our review here], Ex Machina (cert. 15), A Most Violent Year (cert. 15) and Mortdecai (cert. 12A).