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Disney's Wreck-It Ralph maintains its momentum at the UK box office as half-term gave a lift to children's films
It lost the best animated feature Oscar to Disney stablemate Brave, but Wreck-It Ralph scored a victory at the UK weekend box-office. Takings for the film were almost the same as the previous weekend (£3.42m v £3.44m), as families slotted in a cinema visit before the end of school half-term. Over the 10 days of the school holiday (15-24 February), the video-game-themed adventure grossed an impressive £11.54m, for a total so far of £18.62m. Audiences will decrease now children are back at school, but Wreck-It Ralph should bump along for a few more weeks and is well placed to overtake the totals for 2012's Madagascar 3 (£22.74m) and Brave (£22.17m).
- Charles Gant
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 15th - Sunday 17th February 2013...
Despite mixed to downright atrocious reviews, Bruce Willis' latest outing as terrorist killing machine John McClane opened in first place at the UK box office, with A Good Day to Die Hard pulling in a solid £4,551,116 (including one day of preview screenings totalling £1.28m). That figure is almost on par with the previous instalment Die Hard 4.0 (which banked £5.01m from a five-day opening, with £1.59m from previews), and must be a relief for Willis after the disappointing performance of the latest films from fellow action veterans Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Last Stand) and Sylvester Stallone (Bullet to the Head), although in fairness it will have been helped immeasurably by the name recognition of the Die Hard brand, and the 12A certificate.
Despite slipping to second, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph banked another £3.44m in its »
- Flickering Myth
A Good Day to Die Hard has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.
This Is 40, the latest comedy from Judd Apatow, debuts at number three with £1.2 million ahead of musical Les Misérables. Beautiful Creatures, the supernatural teen romance starring Alice Englert, completes the top five with earnings of £1.1 million.
Elsewhere, children's animated movie Sammy's Great Escape is the only other new release to make the top ten, debuting at number eight with £519,049.
> Danny Dyer's 'Run for Your Wife' flops with £602 at box office
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Critics may have questioned the need for a fifth Die Hard movie, but audiences signalled their sustained interest in the franchise, powering the latest instalment to an opening of £4.55m. That was enough for A Good Day to Die Hard to elbow Wreck-It Ralph aside, claiming the chart crown. On closer inspection, however, the Bruce Willis flick saw its takings inflated by Valentine's Day previews totaling £1.28m. Strip those out, and A Good Day's debut falls to £3.27m, below Wreck-It's second-weekend takings of £3.43m. It's actually doing better in the UK than the Us, going by the accepted rule of thumb. The Us four-day opening of $37.54m would typically yield a UK equivalent of £3.8m, but the actual achieved result »
- Charles Gant
Side By Side | A Good Day To Die Hard | Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God | Beautiful Creatures | This Is 40 | For Ellen | Run For Your Wife | Reign Of Assassins | Sammy's Great Escape | Andrea Bocelli: Love In Portofino | Madame De… | Murder 3
Side By Side (15)
(Christopher Kenneally, 2012, Us) 99 mins
Celluloid versus digital film-making – hardly a blockbuster proposition, but this surprisingly fascinating documentary makes you think twice about how movies are made, and seen. It also gives you a rare audience with the top technicians and film-makers out there (Scorsese, Cameron, Lucas, Nolan, Von Trier, Lynch, etc), while host Keanu Reeves keeps things informal and accessible.
A Good Day To Die Hard (12A)
Old dog Willis does no new tricks in this tiresomely cacophonous action movie, which brings in new pup Courtney for a father-son ass-kicking.
- Steve Rose
Disney's arcade hero pulps the competition and British romcom I Give It a Year takes a respectable third place at the box office
Ending Les Miserables' impressive four-week reign at the chart summit, Wreck-It Ralph smashes its way to the top of the UK box office with a robust £4.53m, the biggest three-day tally for an animated feature since Ice Age 4 last July. Among other recent animations, Madagascar 3 posted a bigger opening number, but its £6.03m debut included £2.39m in previews. Similarly, Brave's first weekend of wide play (£5.27m) included significant previews (£2.67m).
While Wreck-It Ralph's Us opening of $49.1m last November represented the highest ever for Walt Disney Animation Studios, the UK result can't quite make an equivalent claim, since Tangled debuted here in January 2011 with £5.11m. Disney-owned Pixar, of course, has achieved even bigger numbers. Disney scored some big PR wins with visiting voice cast »
- Charles Gant
6 items from 2013
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