Still stealing all the bread this weekend was 24601 (his name is Jean Valjean) and portly Thunderbird Javert, his tuneful adversary. At top place, big budget musical adaptation LES MISERABLES took an additional £2.8M, making just over £30M to date after four weekends of play. At second position, third week hold DJANGO UNCHAINED continued to guns blaze with £1.7M, breaking £10M to date, while at third place, coked up Denzel caper FLIGHT took off with a very respectable £1.4M opening and £3.6K average. Upside down, boy you turn me…
At fourth place, second week hold LINCOLN took another £1.4M to make a very strong £4M so far for the Spielbergian history lesson; at fifth, surprise smash sustainer LIFE OF PI held fast with another £843K, edging the film closer to £30M after seven weekends adrift; then at sixth, THE IMPOSSIBLE sustained a fiscal storm with £755K and £12M to date after five weekends of strong play. At seventh position, torturin’ and sleuthin’ CIA think piece ZERO DARK THIRTY slowed drastically into a second week with £665K and £2.4M so far, and at eighth, Disney’s 3D reissue of Pixar classic MONSTERS INC did more strong matinee business with a further £482K. At ninth position, a very soft opening for Sly Stallone epic BULLET TO THE HEAD took £428K to average £1.4K – uncannily mirroring the result average achieved by fellow Expendable Arnie’s THE LAST STAND last weekend. Finally at tenth sleeper hit MOVIE 43 took an additional £396K to make a very strong £1.5M to date for the critically panned gross out comedy. Yet again, proof there are no lows too low.
Of the remaining starts, the biggest studio upset came in the form of light-hearted period piece HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON, a release primed and ready to rake in that lucrative grey pound, which nevertheless flopped to a measly £136K and very poor £879 average. What went wrong? Meanwhile, on the indie circuit, muscular Belgian thriller BULLHEAD underperformed with a £15K total from 18 sites and an £895 average. Disappointing.
Over in the states, the big hitter this Superbowl weekend proved to be a launch for teen Zomcom WARM BODIES, which opened top position to a strong $19.5M. At second position, last week’s sleeper smash HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS dropped to $9.2M, while at third, an astonishing twelfth week figure for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK saw the softly-softly approach to expansion pay dividends for the flick, with an additional $8.1M and astonishing $80M to date. On the indie end of the spectrum, QUARTET and AMOUR continued to successfully expand, while the success story opener proved to be Israeli doc THE GATEKEEPERS which launched to $66K, to average a splendid $22K from three sites.
From this Friday, a veritable host of titles do battle for any bread not munched up by 24601 (his name is Jean Valjean) and company. Teen Zombie Romcom WARM BODIES goes on saturation release, as does Working Title Romcom I GIVE IT A YEAR, playful biopic HITCHCOCK, and high energy kiddie flick WRECK IT RALPH. There also small releases for delightful Japanese drama I WISH and the Oscar nominated NO from Pablo Larrain, feat. Gael Garcia Bernal. Happy viewing!