Ruling the roost once more this weekend was Tom Hooper’s extreme close-up hyper-musical LES MISERABLES. At top place, the film dreamed a dream to the hefty sum of £4.4M, which makes for a cumulative total of £17M after just two weekends. In second place, a strong opening for Quentin Tarantino’s latest rampage of revenge DJANGO UNCHAINED saw the Blaxploitation/Spaghetti Western mash-up scoring an impressive £2.8M launch. This compares to a £3.6M opening for the more starry INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS back in 2009, but nevertheless registers as a very strong opening for an 18-certificate film. Finally at third place, resilient Christmas hit LIFE OF PI took a further £1.2M to make £24M after five weekends of sustained play.
At fourth position, tidal wave weepy THE IMPOSSIBLE took £1.1M to make £9.1M to date, at fifth, second week holdover GANGSTER SQUAD slowed considerably to £780K and £3.9M so far, while at sixth, dwarf-centric epic THE HOBBIT dwindled to £764K, putting the film on just under £50M after six weekends of play. At seventh place, a 3D reissue for MONSTERS INC launched to £678K and a fairly decent £2K average, at eighth, third week grey pound magnet QUARTET took a further £355K to make £6M to date, at ninth, a live broadcast of Donnizetti’s bonkers tragic opera Maria Stuarda took a thoroughly impressive £224K from 166 sites, and finally at tenth, Tom Cruise squib JACK REACHER took £212K, to make £9M after four weekends.
Of the remaining new starts, Brit gangland flick THE WEE MAN launched to a strong £104K from a 17-site opening to average £6.5K, while well-received disability Indie THE SESSIONS fared less well with a £84K launch from 106 sites and a very poor £807 average. Acclaimed portmanteau horror V/H/S meanwhile, in 14 cinemas scrounged just £2.6K to average just £183.
Over in the states, hot young thing Jessica Chastain achieved that rare double whammy of starring in two films at the top. The Oscar nominated star features in throwaway chiller MAMA which took the top spot with £28M, while her break out starrer ZERO DARK THIRTY took the second position with £17.6M in its fifth weekend and a very strong $56M to date for the tough film. At third place, hyped indie SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK expanded into a further 1000 cinemas, a strategy which paid dividends with $11.4M and $55M to date. On the independent circuit no new openers dazzled in the face of strong holdovers for older audience-focused outing QUARTET and AMOUR. QUARTET expanded from 2 to 32 screens, to gross £320K and a strong $10K average, while AMOUR went from 15 to 36 screens after last week’s Golden Globes sweep, taking $431K and an $11.5K average.
From Friday, punters can look forward to launches for feelgood drama WON’T BACK DOWN, ultraviolent Schwarzenegger comeback THE LAST STAND and ensemble comedy MOVIE 43, while the prestige crowd can relish both Spielbergian history lesson LINCOLN and hard-hittin’ water-boardin’ Bin Ladin huntin’ zeitgeist flick ZERO DARK THIRTY. Plenty to choose from.