Archive for December, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stays alight at UK box office

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has topped the UK box office for a second week.

Francis Lawrence’s sequel made a total of £5.5 million ($9m) in its second week of release in the UK, surpassing all of the weekend’s new releases.

Animated comedy Free Birds was the highest-grossing new entry in third place with £1 million ($1.7 million), behind Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, which retained the number 2 spot in its fourth week on release.

The Sandra Bullock-starring sci-fi has now taken more than £22 million ($36.8 million) in the UK alone, making it the ninth highest-grossing film of the year overall.

Disney’s biographical drama Saving Mr Banks and Sony’s Carrie remake debuted at fourth and fifth spot with £795,615 ($1.3 million) and £662,625 ($1 million) respectively.

Further down the chart, Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World slipped to seventh place after more than a month on release

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – £5,525,476
2. (2) Gravity – £1,741,279
3. (-) Free Birds – £1,044,074
4. (-) Saving Mr Banks – £795,615
5. (-) Carrie – £662,625
6. (5) The Butler – £431,666
7. (4) Thor: The Dark World – £423,374
8. (6) Philomena – £289,860
9. (7) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – £211,562
10. (8) The Family – £188,835

Source: Rentrak

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PS4 games dominate UK all-format chart

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Call of Duty: Ghosts has reclaimed the all-format top spot from FIFA 14.

Boosted by the launch of the PS4, the latest Call of Duty release manages to outsell FIFA 14 by 6,000 units.

Battlefield 4 holds on to third place, enjoying an 85% hike in sales, followed by Killzone: Shadow Fall, which is the best-selling PS4 exclusive.

Eight of this week’s top-ten games are available for PS4, the only exceptions being Grand Theft Auto 5 at seven and Batman: Arkham Origins at ten.

Elsewhere, Knack makes its chart debut at 13, above Wii U exclusive Super Mario 3D World at 14.

The chart in full:
1. (2) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
2. (1) FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
3. (3) Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
4. (-) Killzone: Shadow Fall (Sony)
5. (4) Assassin’s Creed 4 (Ubisoft)
6. (6) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros Interactive)
7. (8) Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar Games)
8. (13) Need for Speed: Rivals (Electronic Arts)
9. (14) Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
10. (16) Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Interactive)
11. (12) Skylanders Swap Force (Activision)
12. (11) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
13. (-) Knack (Sony)
14. (-) Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo)
15. (5) Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft)
16. (15) Disney Infinity (Disney)
17. (9) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo)
18. (7) Dead Rising 3 (Microsoft)
19. (19) Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
20. (22) Football Manager 2014 (Sega)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2013 UKIE Ltd.

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One Direction score UK number one album

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

One Direction have stormed to the top of the UK Album Chart with their third studio album Midnight Memories.

Gary Barlow’s Since I Saw You Last – his first solo album in 14 years – debuts at number two, with sales of 116,000.

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams – who scored the UK’s 1000th number one album last week – is at three. He sold 109,000 copies of Swings Both Ways this week.

Olly Murs rises from 96 to four on this week’s countdown with Right Place Right Time, following the album’s rerelease on Monday (November 25).

Eminem completes the top five with The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which drops three places from number two.

Boyzone, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, score a new entry at six with their fifth studio album BZ20.

Susan Boyle has scored her fifth consecutive Top 10 album today with Home For Christmas at nine.

Outside of the Top 10, Dido’s Greatest Hits is a new entry at number 27 and Mary J Blige’s festive collection A Mary Christmas enters at 28 following her X Factor performance last weekend.

Source: Official Charts Company