UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th January 2015…
Despite taking a pasting from critics, Liam Neeson’s third outing as former CIA agent Bryan Mills proved to be a hit with audiences as Taken 3 took the UK box office by storm with an opening weekend of $£6.71 million, including £926k in preview screenings. This is down on its predecessor’s haul of £7.38 million (with £1.19 million in previews), but it’s still a great return for the action threequel – although sadly it will probably mean we’re going to get a fourth.
Disney’s musical fairy tale Into the Woods opened on Friday, and just managed to beat competition from The Theory of Everything (which was on its second weekend) to claim second place with £2,476,409. Meanwhile, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher opened in sixth place, with the drama earning £877,408 across the three-day weekend.
Number one this time last year: 12 Years a Slave
1. Taken 3, £6,714,530 weekend (New)
2. Into the Woods, £2,476,409 weekend (New)
3. The Theory of Everything, £2,462,191 weekend; £7,942,551 total (2 weeks)
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, £1,276,109 weekend; £39,201,752 total (5 weeks)
5. Paddington, £1,268,785 weekend; £32,834,123 total (7 weeks)
6. Foxcatcher, £877,408 weekend (New)
7. The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, £837,653 weekend; £3,972,647 total (2 weeks)
8. Birdman, £826,316 weekend; £2,992,266 total (2 weeks)
9. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, £648,885 weekend; £10,766,021 total (4 weeks)
10. Annie, £627,910 weekend; £6,372,590 total (3 weeks)
Several new films enter the UK marketplace this Friday, including Whiplash (cert. 15) [read our review here], Wild (cert. 15) [read our review here], American Sniper (cert. 15) [read our review here] and Testament of Youth (cert. 12A).