Newcomer storms the chart to take first place
It has been a good weekend for dramas with 4 drama films topping the chart. Sitting on the top of the pile are Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllanhaal who take the lead with Prisoners which has caught the audience’s imagination, generating over £1.3m. This is the only film to break the £1m mark this weekend. In a solid second place is last week’s top film, Rush, which brought in just under the £1m threshold.
Shaking up this collection is Woody Allen’s comedy drama, Blue Jasmine. The story of a New York socialite that made more than £834k in its first week, and could go onto be a firm favourite for Woody Allen fans. This a surprise entry as Allen film’s aren’t usually box office hits but the success of Midnight in Paris two years ago has most probably got more people into the cinemas. Completing the drama dominated top 4 is fourth placed Runner Runner, directed by Lincoln Lawyer’s director, Brad Furman. By taking just over three quarters of a million, the folks at fox will hope that this is a slow burner, much like Ben Affleck’s previous big hit Argo. Justin Timberlake who also stars has yet to get a real box office scorcher and this looks like he will miss the mark again.
In its first week, with a restricted release (Scotland only), is the big screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth. Taking just under a quarter of a million means it doesn’t have a chance of troubling the top 5, until it goes on to general release on Friday.
OPENING THIS WEEK
There are plenty of new films this week for people to get excited about. Representing the British film industry are Dexter Fletcher’s adaptation of the stage hit, Sunshine on Leith, and the general release of Filth; joining these is the action thriller, How I Live Now, starring Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan. The American films being released this week are more focused on comedy with
with teen comedy The To Do List and comedy drama Thanks For Sharing vying for a high position in the chart.