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American Sniper

American Sniper shoots down Taken 3 in UK

26-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ awards contender posts $3.8m (£2.5m) second weekend to dethrone Taken 3; Universal’s Ex Machina leads openers with $1.7m (£1.1m) debut.

Taken 3

Taken 3 retains UK box office lead

19-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s threequel adds $5m (£3.3m) for $18.5m (£12.2m) after 11 days in play; Warner Bros’ American Sniper records Clint Eastwood’s best-ever opening with $3.8m (£2.5m).

Taken 3

Taken 3 tops UK chart

12-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s threequel opens to excellent $10.2m (£6.7m), including previews, to dethrone The Theory of Everything; Disney’s Into the Woods hits $3.75m (£2.48m) note on UK bow.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox leads UK market in 2014

6-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Top 10 distributors, films and British films of 2014 revealed.

The Theory of Everything

Theory of Everything debuts top of UK chart

5-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s biopic posts chart-topping $5.7m (£3.74m) bow, including previews; Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing leads Fri-Sun chart; StudioCanal’s Paddington crosses £30m.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit retains UK lead

22-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing hits £20m as it retains top spot; StudioCanal’s Paddington holds off newcomers to stay in second with $3.9m (£2.5m).

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit tops UK chart

15-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing posts chart-topping $15.3m (£9.76m) bow; StudioCanal’s Paddington becomes distributor’s highest grossing release of all time.

Paddington

Paddington to set StudioCanal record

14-Dec-2014 | By

Studio executives said on Sunday (December 14) that the family feature was on course this weekend to overtake Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and become its biggest release of all time in the UK.

Paddington

Paddington retains UK lead

8-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation adds $6m (£3.8m) to hold off Mockingjay and Penguins of Madagascar.

Paddington

Paddington posts record UK bow

1-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation grosses $8m (£5.1m) from its 520 sites to record the distributor’s best-ever UK opening.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay scores record UK debut

24-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s adaptation records biggest opening of 2014 to date with confirmed $19.8m (£12.65m), including previews.

Interstellar

Interstellar retains UK lead

17-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi posts strong second weekend of $5.9m (£3.8m) for $18.9m (£12.1m) to date; The Imitation Game posts StudioCanal’s second best-ever UK bow with confirmed $4.29m (£2.74m).

Interstellar

Interstellar tops UK box office

10-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi takes $8.6m (£5.4m) from its 578 sites to dethrone Turtles; eOne’s Mr. Turner climbs up to second with $1.6m (£1.01m).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles scares off Ouija to top UK chart

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s reboot climbs back to number one on its third weekend; eOne’s Mr. Turner posts strong UK debut of over $1.4m (£900,000) for Mike Leigh’s best-ever opening.

Fury

Fury tops UK chart

27-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s war drama posts $4.4m (£2.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Turtles; Icon’s The Babadook lands with $557,000 (£345,862) from 147 sites ahead of Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tops UK chart

20-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s reboot dethrones Gone Girl with a $7.7m (£4.8m) debut, including previews; Fox’s Gone Girl reaches $22.8m (£14.1m); Munro Films’ Northern Soul records highest three-day opening weekend gross for a British film opening in under 100 sites.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl retains UK lead

13-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s adaptation records $4.9m (£3.1m) second weekend to lead chart as stablemate The Maze Runner posts UK bow of $3.3m (£2.04m), including previews, and Warner Bros’ Annabelle scares up $3.1m (£1.93m).

Gone Girl

Gone Girl tops UK chart

6-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s adaptation records $6.6m (£4.1m) opening, including previews; Universal’s Dracula Untold bites into $2.7m (£1.7m) on debut.

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot levels Equalizer in UK

30-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s Billy Elliot the Musical - Live sets new Event Cinema record with $3.1m (£1.904m) to become its first-ever number one; Sony’s reboot lands with $3.07m (£1.89m) from its 458 sites.

The Inbetweeners 2

Slow summer at UK box office

24-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

The Inbetweeners 2 led the way, but the summer period at the UK box office was down in both gross and admissions this year. Screen talks to distributors and exhibitors to find out why.

The Boxtrolls

Boxtrolls buries Tombstones at UK BO

22-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s animation adds $2.17m (£1.33m) to remain at number one for second straight week, just ahead of eOne’s A Walk Among the Tombstones’ $2.15m (£1.31m) debut.

The Boxtrolls

Boxtrolls tops UK chart; slow start for Pride

15-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s animation dethrones Sex Tape with $3.3m (£2m), including previews; Fox/Pathe’s Pride opens with non-final $1.2m (£714,119) from 491 sites.

Sex Tape

Sex Tape goes viral at UK box office

8-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s comedy debuts top with $2.3m (£1.43m), including previews; Universal’s Lucy crosses £10m and led Fri-Sun with $1.9m (£1.19m).

Lucy

Lucy holds UK box office lead

1-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s action sci-fi becomes director Luc Besson’s best-ever UK performer as it records a second straight week at the top of the chart.

Lucy

Luc Besson's Lucy tops UK box office

26-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s action sci-fi scores excellent $5.1m (£3.1m) bow to dethrone The Inbetweeners 2.

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2 retains UK lead

18-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s comedy sequel crosses £20m mark with non-final $7.2m (£4.3m) second weekend.

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2 biggest UK debut of 2014

11-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s comedy sequel opens with over $21m (£12.5m), including previews, for the biggest debut of the year.

Inbetweeners 2 breaks comedy record

7-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The sequel’s £2.75m opening is biggest ever for a comedy in UK.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians tops UK chart on $10.7m

4-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest Marvel outing scores $10.7m (£6.35m) debut to dethrone Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future event grosses $1.2m (£720,000) over first four shows.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes retains UK box office lead

28-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel retains top spot with $6.4m (£3.8m) second weekend; Paramount’s Hercules muscles in with $2.46m (£1.45m).

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes conquer UK box office

21-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel scores $14.9m (£8.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Transformers: Age of Extinction, as two event cinema releases – Monty Python and André Rieu – land in the top five.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers tops UK chart

14-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s latest outing records year’s biggest opening to date with $20.1m (£11.75m); Universal’s Boyhood scores strong $565,000 (£330,000) debut.

Mrs Browns Boys DMovie

Mrs. Brown’s Boys retains UK lead

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s big screen adaptation of TV sitcom adds $3.7m (£2.2m) to record second week as the UK’s number one; Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction previews strongly.

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie

Mrs. Brown’s Boys tops UK chart

30-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s big screen outing for the popular TV sitcom scores excellent $7.3m (£4.3m) debut to dethrone Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars.

The Fault In Our Stars

Fault in Our Stars tops UK BO

23-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s adaptation posts $5.8m (£3.4m) debut, including previews, to dethrone 22 Jump Street; Warner Bros’ Jersey Boys is off-key with $706,000 (£415,000) bow.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street retains UK lead

16-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel adds $3.8m (£2.26m) to hold off newcomers and the World Cup; Warner Bros’ Oculus is the highest new entry with $701,000 (£413,000).

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street tops UK chart

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel posts strong $8.1m (£4.85m) bow to dethrone Maleficent; Warner Bros’ Grace of Monaco lands with $400,000 (£238,000).

Maleficent

Maleficent enchants UK box office

2-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s reimagining posts excellent $11m (£6.6m) debut, including previews, to top the chart; Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past nears £20m after just 11 days in play.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men tops UK box office

27-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s latest X-Men outing posts best debut of the series to date at $15.4m (£9.1m), marking the biggest opening of 2014 in the process.

Godzilla

Godzilla tops UK chart

19-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ reboot leads a sun-affected market with $10.7m (£6.4m), including previews.

Godzilla

Godzilla tops UK buzz

16-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ reboot leads on overall buzz and intent-to-view; Fox’s latest X-Men outing excites ahead of release next week.

Neighbors

Bad Neighbours tops UK chart

12-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s comedy scores mighty $14.2m (£8.42m) debut, including previews; StudioCanal’s The Wind Rises posts second-best UK bow for Studio Ghibli.

Neighbors

Bad Neighbours leads UK buzz

9-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s comedy set to knock The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from the top spot.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 records UK hat-trick

6-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel retains top spot for third straight week with $3.4m (£1.98m); Universal’s Bad Neighbours previews strongly; eOne’s Pompeii is the week’s highest new entry.

The Other Woman

Other Woman leads UK buzz

2-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s comedy generates more buzz and intent-to-view than week’s new releases; Universal’s Bad Neighbours set for strong preview start.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 retains UK lead

28-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel adds $5.7m (£3.36m) for $27.8m (£16.52m) to date; Fox’s The Other Woman posts strong UK bow of $4.5m (£2.7m), including previews.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 tops UK chart

22-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel records biggest opening of 2014 with $15.2m (£9m); eOne’s The Love Punch lands with $1m (£611,000) from 373 sites.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man set for UK top spot

17-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel garners most buzz and intent-to-view.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier regains UK lead

14-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest Marvel outing leapfrogs Rio 2 with $3m (£1.78m); Lionsgate’s The Quiet Ones posts non-final $1.1m (£681,305) debut for week’s highest new entry; eOne’s Calvary records third best opening of year in Ireland.

Rio 2

Rio 2 tops UK chart

7-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel leads the way thanks to preview-boosted $4.8m (£2.9m) debut; Disney’s Winter Soldier heads up Fri-Sun weekend; Fox’s Grand Budapest Hotel becomes Wes Anderson’s best-ever UK performer.

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