The Merry Widow (1934)
American Sniper enjoyed a record-breaking January debut over in the States, but despite giving director Clint Eastwood his biggest ever opening here in the UK with £2,530,47, the Bradley Cooper-headlined war drama couldn’t dethrone Bryan Mills from the top of the box office, with Taken 3 retaining first place with £3.3 million and pushing its two-week haul to £12.2 million.
In addition to American Sniper, three other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with Whiplash pulling in £573,546 million in seventh, Wild earning £524,941 to take ninth, and a live event stream of the Met Opera’s The Merry Widow propping up the chart in tenth with a solid £463,195.
Number one this time last year: The Wolf of Wall Street
1. Taken 3, £3,295,309 weekend; £12,223,651 total (2 weeks)
2. American Sniper, £2,530,473 weekend (New)
3. The Theory of Everything, £2,326,473 weekend; £11,942,161 total (3 weeks)
4. Into the Woods,
Liam Neeson's action-thriller earned £3.2 million to secure first place in the chart, with Bradley Cooper's American Sniper in second spot with a debut haul of £2.5 million.
Despite Sniper's huge success Stateside, UK audiences have been less welcoming to Clint Eastwood's war drama. The film narrowly pipped The Theory of Everything, on its third week in cinemas, to second place.
Into the Woods sits at number four, while Paddington continues its impressive box office run by charting at five after two months on general release.
Elsewhere, the chart sees new entries from Whiplash, Wild and the live broadcast of Met Opera's The Merry Widow.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) Taken 3 - £3,295,309
2. (-) American Sniper - £2,530,473
3. (3) The Theory of Everything - £2,326,539
4. (2) Into the Woods - £1,999,377
5. (5) Paddington - £943,320
6. (4) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Cinephiles like to grumble, and the venues of Bologna attract a certain amount of criticism (one has a bar which runs between the front row and the screen, cutting the subtitles in half; air conditioning is switched on and off at random; and then there's
Written and directed by Wes Anderson
More than perhaps any other director, the work of Ernst Lubitsch has been the most noticeable influence on Wes Anderson’s style. Though the great German-American writer-director, most prolific in the 1930s and 1940s, was never quite so aesthetically bold in the look of his sets, he too was preoccupied with meticulous staging for comedy within his chosen locales, be they the titular Shop Around the Corner or the Parisian hotel of Ninotchka; The Grand Budapest Hotel is set in a fictional European country, the Republic of Zubrowka, another Lubitsch trait from works like The Merry Widow and The Love Parade, though The Shop Around the Corner happens to be set in the city Anderson’s mountaintop lodging house takes its name from. He garnered the descriptor of ‘the Lubitsch touch’ thanks to the moving sincerity that
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