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About Time Sets the Pace

Riddick loses out to chart topping time-travelling romantic comedy, About Time.

About Time Sets the Pace
Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy - About Time (2013)

Richard Curtis’ About Time stormed the gates to the top of the charts on its opening weekend – the first British film to do so since last month’s Alpha Papa. Beating fellow opener, Riddick, the time-travelling Rom-Com managed to break the £1.7m mark, while beating the third instalment of Sci-Fi/Thiller franchise, by £300,000.

Despite Riddick’s kick ass nature, the franchise couldn’t manage to top the opening weekend chart for it’s third release. However, 2013’s Riddick still managed to generate the highest opening earnings of the franchise, with approximately £1.4m – a success in its self.

Thanks to the hordes of screaming girls all over the country, One Direction’s This is Us is very much still up in the mix and sat in 3rd place in it’s second week. However, the British boy band might have been hoping for more after topping the mid week box office table – noticeably, before About Time’s release.

As the last weekend of the summer holidays, Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University are likely to slide down the table; still in 8th and 10th, both managed to impress despite being in their 11th and 9th week, respectively.

Opening Over the Next Week

Our picks of this weekend’s releases are action flick, White House Down, and eerie horror, Insidious: Chapter 2. Both should have a fairly solid impact, predicted to be in the top 5 of next week’s Box Office table.

Also coming to UK screens on the 13th of September is Baseball documentary, 42. Outperforming original forecasts on its American opening weekend in April, it managed to generate approximately $27m. However the sports popularity (or lack of) is likely to diminish UK expectations significantly.

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