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Man of Steel retains UK box office lead for second week

Warner Bros’ 3D reboot retains top spot for second consecutive week, despite stiff competition from World War Z.

It might not be a bird or a plane, but it’s definitely a hit. Man of Steel has scored an excellent second weekend in the UK to retain the number one slot.

Warner Bros’ 3D reboot added $7.7m (£5.1m) to soar past the £20m mark after just ten days in play and has amassed $32.7m (£21.3m).

That tally makes it director Zack Snyder’s best-ever UK performer, surpassing 300’s $21.9m (£14.2m), and also saw it easily past previous Superman outing, Superman Returns, which took $24.8m (£16.1m).

This year’s other superhero hit, Iron Man 3, stood at $37.8m (£24.6m) after its second weekend but that total included its $3.6m (£2.3m) previews. With its UK run nearing its end, Marvel’s threequel is up to $56.7m (£36.9m).

Also for Warner Bros, The Hangover Part III has grossed $29.9m (£18.8m) following a $482,000 (£313,280) weekend and - barring an unlikely last-minute surge - will end its UK run as the trilogy’s lowest grosser.

The Great Gatsby added $242,000 (£157,578) for $23.4m (£15.2m) to date.

UNIVERSAL

While they won’t be included on this week’s official top ten, Universal’s weekend previews of Despicable Me 2 were outstanding, grossing $7.3m (£4.8m) over Saturday and Sunday.

On those alone, the animated sequel has already recorded a bigger opening than its predecessor’s $5.6m (£3.7m) with a £10m+ debut almost guaranteed.

Fast & Furious 6 added $243,000 (£158,000) in its sixth weekend through Universal as it closes in on £25m.

The sixth instalment in the action racing franchise is now up to $38.2m (£24.9m).

PARAMOUNT

Despite failing to dethrone Man of Steel, Paramount’s World War Z impressed on its UK debut as it charted second.

Marc Forster’s adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel scored a $6.5m (£4.5m) opening from its 487 sites for the weekend’s best site average at $14,247 (£9,261). 47.9% of its gross came from 3D performances.

Also for Paramount, Star Trek Into Darkness is up to $39.2m (£25.5m).

SONY

In its third weekend of release, After Earth fell one place to third after grossing a non-final $685,000 (£430,000). Sony’s sci-fi is now up to $8.9m (£5.7m).

Following almost unanimous critical praise, Before Midnight got off to a superb start in the UK with a $375,000 (£244,000) debut from its 106 sites.

That result marks the best opening of the trilogy, topping Before Sunset’s $214,000 (£139,278) albeit from fewer sites (44).

Sunset went on to do around six times its debut, finishing at $1.4m (£932,259) in the UK and expect Midnight to follow a similar path with over £1m a strong possibility.

EONE

Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra continued its fruitful UK run through eOne, adding $563,000 (£366,500) in its third weekend from its 273 sites.

The Liberace biopic is now up to a sparkling $3.7m (£2.4m).

eOne also released Snitch in 304 sites, resulting in a $409,000 (£266,316) debut and a somewhat soft $1,345 (£876) site average.

FOX

Dropping steeply in its fifth weekend (potentially as a result of Despicable Me 2’s strong previews), Fox’s Epic added $381,000 (£248,125) for $19.4m (£12.6m) to date.

It’s now likely to fall just short of Blue Sky Studios’ previous original outing, Rio, which flew to $20.7m (£13.6m) in the UK.

VERTIGO

Neither of Vertigo’s new releases this week managed to make much of an impact on the chart.

Horror spoof A Haunted House scored a $236,000 (£153,805) debut, including $67,000 (£43,657) in previews, from its 227 sites.

Coming-of-age drama Spike Island could only manage $86,000 (£55,963) from its 99 sites.

UPCOMING RELEASES

This week sees saturation releases for Universal’s Despicable Me 2, Sony’s This is the End and Lionsgate’s Hummingbird.

Entertainment’s Stand Up Guys and Fox’s SXSW closer The East both receive wide releases, while Dogwoof’s The Act of Killing and Curzon Film World’s Stories We Tell are among the films receiving a limited release.

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