Archive for October, 2012

‘Skyfall’ shatters UK box office records

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Skyfall has shattered records in the UK to emerge as the number one film at the box office.

Daniel Craig’s third outing as James Bond delivered ticket sales north of £20 million, making it the highest-grossing opener of 2012 ahead of The Avengers (£15 million) and The Dark Knight Rises (£14 million).

Skyfall is also the highest-grossing bow for a Daniel Craig 007 film, besting Casino Royale‘s £13 million and Quantum of Solace‘s £15 million.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted falls down a place to number two with £2.8 million, while Taken 2 charts at number three with £1 million. Paranormal Activity 4 and Hotel Transylvania round out the top five.

Elsewhere, the chart’s only other new entry is Ice Age: Continental Drift, which climbs back up to number ten with £102,952 as schools break for half-term.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Skyfall – £20,180,369
2. (1) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – £2,803,874
3. (3) Taken 2 – £1,004,463
4. (2) Paranormal Activity 4 – £792,342
5. (4) Hotel Transylvania – £782,340
6. (7) Sinister – £310,408
7. (6) Frankenweenie – £274,780
8. (5) Looper – £221,768
9. (9) Beasts of the Southern Wild – £117,972
10. (-) Ice Age: Continental Drift – £102,952

Source: Rentrak

Taylor Swift wins first UK No.1 album with ‘Red’

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Taylor Swift has scored her first UK number one album with Red.

The country singer’s fourth studio LP topped the charts, after her previous efforts Fearless and Speak Now peaked at five and six respectively.

Emeli Sandé climbs six places to two with her new deluxe edition of 2012’s best-seller so far Our Version of Events.

Jake Bugg’s self-titled album drops two spots from last week’s number one to three, while Lawson enter at four with their debut release Chapman Square. Mumford & Sons fall three spots to five with Babel.

Dappy lands at six with his debut solo album Bad Intentions, equalling the peak position of former band N-Dubz’s highest-charting LP Against All Odds.

Daniel O’Donnell’s latest collection Songs from the Movies and More enters at seven, while Stone Sour land at 13 with House of Gold & Bones – Part 1.

Muse fall four with The 2nd Law to eight, with Paloma Faith leaping up 26 places to nine with Fall To Grace. Leona Lewis drops seven spots to ten with Glassheart.


‘Madagascar 3’ beats ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ at UK box office

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted has beaten Paranormal Activity 4 to top the UK box office.

The DreamWorks animated sequel, featuring the voice talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith, earns north of £6 million to easily coast past Paranormal Activity‘s £2.5m earnings.

Taken 2, last week’s chart-topper, falls down to number three with £2.2m. The Liam Neeson-led action sequel has now grossed an impressive £18.5m from UK screens since opening on October 4.

Hotel Transylvania falls two places to number four, while Looper rounds out the top five.

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which opened the BFI London Film Festival last week, debuts at number six with £741,683.

Elsewhere, the critically acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild enters the chart at number nine with £181,801.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – £6,030,904
2. (-) Paranormal Activity 4 – £2,544,701
3. (1) Taken 2 – £2,264,856
4. (2) Hotel Transylvania – £1,023,722
5. (4) Looper – £781,211
6. (-) Frankenweenie – £741,683
7. (3) Sinister – £711,918
8. (5) The Perks of Being a Wallflower – £213,091
9. (-) Beasts of the Southern Wild – £181,801
10. (11) Brave – £176,827

Source: Rentrak

Jake Bugg beats Leona Lewis to score debut No.1 album

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Jake Bugg has soared to the top of the UK album chart with his self-titled debut.

The 18-year-old singer-songwriter entered straight at the top and knocked Babel by Mumford & Sons down to the runner-up spot.

Leona Lewis’s third studio album Glassheart entered at three, having been at number two in the midweeks.

Muse drop one place to four with former number one The 2nd Law, while Rebecca Ferguson’s repackaged version of Heaven enters at five.

Bat for Lashes enters at six with her latest LP The Haunted Man, just one place lower than her previous album Two Suns.

Art Garfunkel achieves his first solo album Top 10 placing in 32 years with his The Singer compilation at ten.


‘Taken 2’ sees off ‘Hotel Transylvania’ at UK box office

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Liam Neeson‘s action sequel Taken 2 has held onto the number one spot at the UK box office for the second consecutive weekend.

Taken 2‘s £3.7 million haul is enough to see off competition from new release Hotel Transylvania, which earns £1.7m from its 471 locations.

Ethan Hawke’s horror movie Sinister holds its position at number three, while Looper slips down two spots to number four.

Emma Watson’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower completes the top five.

Ruby Sparks and Kristen Stewart’s On the Road are the only other new releases to enter the top ten, debuting at numbers six and seven respectively.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) Taken 2 – £3,743,046
2. (-) Hotel Transylvania – £1,734,231
3. (3) Sinister – £1,259,405
4. (2) Looper – £1,175,220
5. (4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower – £397,869
6. (-) Ruby Sparks – £299,382
7. (-) On the Road – £218,738
8. (5) ParaNorman – £212,810
9. (6) The Campaign – £170,286
10. (9) Untouchable – £144,432

Source: Rentrak

Mumford & Sons beat Ellie Goulding to top UK album chart

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Mumford & Sons have reclaimed the top spot in the UK album chart with Babel.

Topping the chart two weeks ago, the folk band’s second studio album beat Ellie Goulding’s second LP Halcyon to the summit.

Muse drop two places to three with The 2nd Law. Pink falls one to four with The Truth About Love, while Emeli Sandé is a non-mover at five.

Jeff Lynne dominates the lower end of the Top 10, with his second solo album Long Wave entering at seven.

Electric Light Orchestra’s collection of new recordings Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best Of is new at eight, while All Over The World – The Very Best Of is a non-mover at ten.

All Time Low land at nine with their latest LP Don’t Panic. Australian band Tame Impala enter at 14 with Lonerism.


Liam Neeson’s ‘Taken 2’ smashes UK box office rivals

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Liam Neeson’s action sequel earns north of £7 million to easily secure first place ahead of the likes of Looper and horror film Sinister.

Taken 2‘s £7,378,048 haul is more than the entire UK box office earnings of its predecessor, which pulled in £6 million from UK cinemas in 2008.

Looper, which has spent the last fortnight at the chart summit, falls down a place to number two with £1,519,503 million.

Sinister occupies third place, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower only manages to make fourth spot despite the presence of Harry Potter star Emma Watson.

ParaNorman rounds out the top five with £797,754.

Elsewhere, the chart sees two movies climb from last week, as Brave ascends two spots to number seven and Untouchable climbs up from nine to ten.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Taken 2 – £7,378,048
2. (1) Looper – £1,519,503
3. (-) Sinister – £1,435,722
4. (-) The Perks of Being a Wallflower – £827,983
5. (2) ParaNorman – £797,754
6. (4) The Campaign – £389,287
7. (9) Brave – £304,735
8. (3) Resident Evil: Retribution – £286,350
9. (10) Untouchable – £245,343
10. (7) Hope Springs – £190,860

Source: Rentrak

Muse score fourth number one album with ‘The 2nd Law’

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Muse have secured their fourth UK number one album with The 2nd Law.

It is their fourth consecutive number one LP following Absolution, Black Holes and Revelations and The Resistance.

Mumford & Sons drop one place to two with Babel, while Pink stays at three with The Truth About Love.

The Killers also stay at four with Battle Born, while Emeli Sandé climbs back up two to five with Our Version of Events.

The Overtones enter at six with their second album Higher. Electric Light Orchestra land at ten with All Over the World: The Very Best Of.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Looper’ leads UK box office

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Looper has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.

The time travel thriller, which also stars Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, pulls in more than £2.4 million to knock last week’s number one movie ParaNorman off the top spot.

Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth instalment in the video game horror franchise, bows at number three with £792,265. The total represents a significant dip from its predecessor Resident Evil: Afterlife‘s £1.69 million opening haul in 2010.

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign debuts at number four, while Jennifer Lawrence’s House at the End of the Street completes the top five.

Elsewhere, French comedy Untouchable climbs into the top ten as it expands its location count. The worldwide box office smash earns £317,979 from 153 sites across the UK in its second weekend on release.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Looper – £2,427,994
2. (1) ParaNorman – £1,080,197
3. (-) Resident Evil: Retribution – £792,265
4. (-) The Campaign – £772,102
5. (3) House at the End of the Street – £545,961
6. (2) Killing Them Softly – £470,712
7. (5) Hope Springs – £423,051
8. (4) The Sweeney – £410,578
9. (7) Brave – £400,511
10. (17) Untouchable – £317,979

Source: Rentrak

Mumford & Sons beat Green Day to top UK album chart

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Mumford & Sons have topped the UK album chart with Babel.

The folk band’s second studio LP has become the fastest-selling album of 2012 so far, shifting 159,000 copies in its first week. They surpass the previous record of 117,000, set by Lana Del Rey.

Green Day settle for second place with their latest album ¡Uno!, which was outsold by over three copies to one.

Pink falls one place to three with The Truth About Love, while last week’s chart-toppers The Killers fall three to four with Battle Born.

Britain’s Got Talent runners-up Jonathan & Charlotte score a new entry at five with their debut album Together.

Deadmau5 enters at six with new album >album title goes here<, while Lucy Rose scores a debut hit album at 13 with Like I Used To.