Despite this weekend being one of the best in terms of well-reviewed cinema product and the high-profile re-release of Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, the UK box office recorded its lowest aggregate gross so far this year. The total tally of all films on release this weekend came in at under $9.5m (£6m), a harsh contrast to the record-breaking $23.3m (£14.8m) taken Feb 11-13 this year.
The opening of A Clockwork Orange did not emulate Warner Bros' 1998 box office success for the re-release of The Exorcist which took over $11m (£7m). Some 29 years after A Clockwork Orange's original release, the Kubrick picture grossed $974,937 (£618,615) from 328 screens over the weekend, putting it at number four in the chart under Warner Bros' Gulf war epic Three Kings.
The platform release of New Line's Magnolia on one screen at the Empire Leicester Square scooped $57,831 (£36,695) in its opening three days for distributor Entertainment. Magnolia goes wider this Friday on around 220 prints.
The abundance of critical praise for Being John Malkovich - the directorial debut from Spike Jonze (currently appearing in front on the camera with George Clooney in Three Kings), spun out the film's opening box office gross to $472,800 (£300,000) from 55 screens.
Elsewhere, the seven-times Oscar nominee The Cider House Rules, starring best supporting nominee Michael Caine, rolled out with a soft launch on 12 West End screens taking $75,000 (£47,6310).