UK Box Office

Alan Rickman’s directorial effort starring Kate Winslet hasn’t wooed costume drama fans, while Fast & Furious 7 closes on Fifty Shades of Grey to become the year’s biggest movie.

Helen McCrory, Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet at the UK premiere of A Little Chaos. Photograph: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Helen McCrory, Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet at the UK premiere of A Little Chaos. Photograph: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

With its horticulturally-framed romance, period setting and Alan Rickman in the director’s chair, A Little Chaos could have been the year’s big costume drama – but UK cinemagoers, perhaps drained by the sight of Aidan Turner’s abdominals in Poldark on TV, have not flocked to see it.

The film earned £330,373 at the weekend from an extensive 426 screens, leaving a £775 screen average. It lost out to rivals, including Tom Hardy thriller Child 44 (£505,422) and Woman in Gold (£367,764), starring Helen Mirren.

Its prospects were perhaps damaged by middling to hostile reviews – the Telegraph and Independent praised Kate Winslet’s lead performance, but the Evening Standard and the Guardian handed out one-star ratings. It’s the second drama dud in a row for Winslet, whose film with Josh Brolin, Labor Day, also stalled at the box office. She is, however, part of the successful YA franchise Divergent, playing the megalomaniacal Jeanine Matthews.

At the top of the chart for a third week was Fast & Furious 7, adding another £3m at the weekend to take it to £32m – part of its $1bn tally globally. It’s closing in on the £34.8m that Fifty Shades of Grey made earlier in the year, meaning that by the end of the week it should be 2015’s biggest film in the UK so far.

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