UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th January 2015…
After three weeks atop the UK box office chart, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been dethroned by The Theory of Everything, with the Eddie Redmayne-headlined Stephen Hawking biopic pulling in £3,749,293 to take first place in its opening weekend.
Joining The Theory of Everything in the top ten were two other newcomers, with Hammer’s horror sequel The Woman in Black: Angel of Death claiming fourth with £2,431,823, and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman opening in seventh with £1,524,667.
Meanwhile, in its sixth weekend of release, Paddington added an impressive £2.8 million, pushing its haul to £30.82 million to date, which makes it the fifth-highest grossing movie of 2014 here in the UK.
Number one this time last year: American Hustle
1. The Theory of Everything, £3,749,293 weekend (New)
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, £3,246,845 weekend; £36,748,786 total (4 weeks)
3. Paddington, £2,834,003 weekend; £30,818,050 total (6 weeks)
4. The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, £2,431,823 weekend (New)
5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, £1,736,233 weekend; £9,694,189 total (3 weeks)
6. Exodus: Gods & Kings, £1,575,131 weekend; £6,362,743 total (2 weeks)
7. Birdman, £1,524,667 weekend (New)
8. Annie, £1,347,598 weekend; £5,373,045 total (2 weeks)
9. Dumber and Dumber To, £752,738 weekend; £5,540,013 total (3 weeks)
10. Penguins of Madagascar, £629,774 weekend; £7,110,994 total (5 weeks)
Tomorrow sees Liam Neeson returning as Bryan Mills for the action threequel Taken 3 (cert. 12A) [read our review here], while Friday’s new releases include Foxcatcher (cert. 15) [read our review here] and Into the Woods (cert. PG).