To say this week’s box office top ten is a bit of an interesting one is a bit of an understatement as not only do we have a new number one but two films that were expected to make an appearance in the top ten didn’t even manage to make a splash.
First of, on to the new releases and we have three new films in the chart. Going in at number seven was Bollywood film Talaash, doing a bit better but nowhere near what was expected of it was another re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectation which hit the number six spot. The final new entry of the week went to the very good animated movie Rise of the Guardians which went in to the number the spot.
Now on to some bad news for two films that were expected to be at the bottom end of the chart but failed at the first hurdle. This week’s first big flop went to Alex Cross which just failed to get into the chart, however with bad reviews and Tyler Perry not having the pull here in the UK, it was expected that the film would not do well but certainly not this badly. The biggest flop of the week, and of his career, went to Clint Eastwood’s latest film Trouble With the Curve as not only did it not even pass the £50,000 mark but the average takings for the film from each screen was a really low £232.
There is one other film that needs a mention and that’s this week’s new number one, Skyfall – now the highest grossing UK film of all time, knocking Avatar off the top of its perch. What’s even more impressive though is that Skyfall has only taken 40 days to reach the magic £94 million target.
10. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – £263.163 – £21.755.873
9. End of Watch – £306.005 – £1.356.670
8. Argo – £338.545 – £4.538.400
7. Talaash – (NE) – £389.522
6. Great Expectation – (NE) – £544.636
5. Silver Lining Playbook – £749.055 – £2.705.416
4. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger – £1.204.066 – £3.165.716
3. Rise of the Guardians – (NE) – £1.968.984
2. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 2 – £2.180.909 – £31.373.440
1. Skyfall – £2.275.469 – £93.769.331
New Releases – not a very big week for new releases as only two films of any note are out. First off is comedy thriller from the director of In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and the only other new film of note is the hyper-violent The Man with the Iron Fists.