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Top 10 suffer against summery competition, but multi-platform release for Ben Wheatley's civil war drama is hailed a success

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Blazing skies across the UK and the two most-watched TV programmes of the year provided formidable alternatives to cinemagoing at the weekend. Box-office fell hard, especially on Sunday when the Murray-Djokovic Wimbledon men's final peaked at 17.3m viewers. Murray's previous match, Friday's semi-final against Jerzy Janowicz, peaked at 13.2m viewers.

Despicable Me 2 posted the smallest decline in the top 10 – down 60% from the previous weekend – for a 12-day cumulative total of £22.9m. That figure already puts the film ahead of the total lifetime gross of £20.2m for the original Despicable Me.

Despicable Me 2's decline compares unfavourably with many previous animated hits – Toy Story 3 fell just 29% in its second frame – although not many faced the particular challenges presented at the weekend. Based on the relative amounts grossed »

- Charles Gant

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