UK Box Office


After a pretty dismal frame at the UK box office, Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, retained the top spot, with a 17% decline from the previous weekend. It marks the end of a long run where fresh titles conquered the chart summit each week – The WolverineThe Smurfs 2Alan Partridge: Alpha PapaKick-Ass 2ElysiumOne Direction: This Is UsAbout TimeInsidious Chapter 2 and Rush.Prisoners is the first film to land consecutive number one chart placements since Monsters University back in July.

Jackman has now spent seven weeks at the UK chart summit, with Prisoners, The Wolverine and Les Miserables.

The runner-up

Following its very strong opening in Scotland the previous weekend, Filthexpands solidly into the rest of the UK, with £842,000 from 380 cinemas. Including the extra week’s play in Scotland, the total now stands at £1.27m. That result is a big improvement on the last film featuring James McAvoy as a policeman – Welcome to the Punch debuted in March with £460,000 from 370 venues – although it’s down on the actor’s Trance, which arrived a couple of weeks later with £1.59m including £433,000 in previews.

Top gross for a film adapted from Irvine Welsh source material is, unsurprisingly, Trainspotting (£12.43m). Filth has delivered the biggest weekend number for an 18-certificate film since Evil Dead debuted in April with £1.38m, including £288,000 in previews. The top-grossing 18-certificate film so far this year is Django Unchained, with £15.6m.

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