4 items from 2011
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd April 2011...
Easter arrives early at the box office this year as family adventure Hop narrowly fends off competition from fellow newcomer Source Code to take top spot in its opening weekend here in the UK (and the States, for that matter). The CG-animation / live-action hybrid, which features British comedian Russell Brand as the voice of the Easter Bunny alongside James Marsden and Katie Cuoco, managed to pull in £1.39m, with Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller banking a shade less to claim second with £1.3m.
Meanwhile the disappointment continues for Zack Snyder as Sucker Punch makes even less of an impact here in the UK than it did across the pond, debuting in fourth place with just £814k. Last week's number one film Limitless slips two places to third, a fate shared by historical actioner The Eagle in fifth, »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 25th to Sunday 27th March 2011...
It's all change at the top of the UK box office chart this week as three new faces occupy the top positions; leading the way with just over £2m is Neil Burger's thriller Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, while Belgian CG-animation A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures takes second with £1.1m and is closely followed by Kevin Macdonald's Roman epic The Eagle, which banks £1m to round out the top three.
Last week's number one film Rango falls three places to fourth, with the Johnny Depp-voiced animated Western enjoying a four-week cumulative gross just shy of £6m, while the Liam Neeson actioner Unknown slips two places to round out the top five and is hot on Rango's heels with £5.3m overall from the same time-frame.
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(Werner Herzog, 2010, Can/Us/Fra/Ger/UK) 90 mins
Herzog's perceptive, musically accented voiceovers have become a trademark of his documentaries, but he's practically humbled into silence here by the world's oldest art gallery – or was it a cinema? Recently discovered, and unlikely to be seen by any of us for real, these 35,000-year-old cave paintings are a sight to behold, and Herzog wisely lets them speak for themselves, in fully justified 3D. We are given some insight into the history and the difficulties of filming, plus a few vintage Herzog musings (radioactive albino crocodiles!), but primarily, this puts us in the position of our supposedly primitive ancestors, gazing in awe at things we barely comprehend.
The Eagle (12A)
A Roman soldier and his British slave band together in a boys' adventure mixing Gladiator-like action and sober historical bromance. »
- Steve Rose
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2011...
Gore Verbinski's CG-animated Western Rango returns to the top of the UK box office in its third week of release, leading a poor weekend for UK cinemas. Rango, which features the voice talents of Johnny Depp, is the only film to cross the seven figure mark (and just barely) with £1,045,326. This pushes it ahead of last week's number one Battle: Los Angeles, while Liam Neeson actioner Unknown rounds out the top three for the third week in a row.
Turning to the new releases, Brit rom-com Chalet Girl is the highest new entry in the chart, taking £677k to finish up fourth, which includes £128k of preview screenings from Wednesday and Thursday. Matthew McConaughey courtroom thriller The Lincoln Lawyer is close on its heels in sixth with £571k, while 'urban comedy' Anuvahood »
4 items from 2011
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