The UK truly came down with Scarlett fever this week. Not only did Monday morning BAFTA nomination announcements reveal that actress Scarlett Johansson had secured two of the five nominations in the best actress category but the two films she was nominated for were doing stellar UK business over the weekend.
New release Girl With A Pearl Earring got off to a good start for Pathe with a tenth position and a $6,536 screen average. The 17th century set drama about the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth) is based on Tracy Chevalier's novel which tells a fictionalised story of a maid (Johansson) that inspired one of the painter's most recognised pieces - Girl With A Pearl Earring. The film scored the best average amongst the four new releases in the chart.
Meanwhile Momentum Pictures widened last week's limited release hit Lost In Translation, which stars Johansson and Bill Murray, to 187 prints. The film jumped 31% from its opening weekend and landed third place. Boasting the best screen average ($10,036) of any film on release in the UK - ahead of chart leaders Return Of The King and The Last Samurai - Translation has already grossed $4.2m (£2.4m) in its first ten days.
Another Pathe BAFTA nominee, acclaimed documentary Touching The Void, passed a landmark this week as its gross edged passed the £1m after six weeks on release. It is only the third documentary ever to pass the mark in the UK following 1991 release In Bed With Madonna and 2002 record-breaker Bowling For Columbine.