Archive for January, 2014

American Hustle beats The Hobbit at UK box office

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

American Hustle has topped the UK box office, ending The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘s three-week run at the top of the chart.

The David O Russell-directed comedy drama, starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, opened on limited release in the UK on December 20, peaking at number 15 over the Christmas period.

After expanding its location count on January 1, American Hustle surged to the top of this weekend’s box office with £3,467,644.

The Hobbit, now on its fourth weekend in cinemas, earned £3.2 million to chart in second place ahead of Frozen.

New release Last Vegas earned £1.8 million to debut at number four, while Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is at five with £1.58 million.

Elsewhere, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opened at number seven with £1.47 million.

The UK box office top 10 in full:
1. (-) American Hustle – £3,467,644
2. (1) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – £3,200,972
3. (2) Frozen – £2,922,721
4. (-) Last Vegas – £1,811,695
5. (-) Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – £1,584,354
6. (3) Anchorman 2: The Legend Contunues – £1,543,091
7. (-) Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – £1,472,500
8. (4) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – £1,184,474
9. (6) Walking with Dinosaurs – £757,637
10. (7) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – £538,493

Source: Rentrak

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FIFA 14 tops gaming chart for sixth week

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

FIFA 14 is the all-format number one for the sixth week, charting above Call of Duty: Ghosts and Assassin’s Creed 4.

In fifth place, GTA 5 is revealed to be the fourth biggest-selling game of all time in the UK and could potentially become the biggest ever in the next three months, according to UKIE.

In a relatively static top ten, Minecraft and Just Dance 2014 swap places at eight and nine, above Gran Turismo 6 at ten.

Elsewhere, Saints Row 4 re-enters at 16, above Football Manager 2014 and fellow re-entries Ryse: Son of Rome and Tomb Raider.

The top 20 in full:
1. (1) FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
2. (2) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
3. (3) Assassin’s Creed 4 (Ubisoft)
4. (4) Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
5. (5) Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar Games)
6. (6) Need for Speed: Rivals (Electronic Arts)
7. (7) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros Interactive)
8. (9) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
9. (8) Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
10. (10) Gran Turismo 6 (Sony)
11. (13) Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft)
12. (11) Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros Interactive)
13. (19) Dead Rising 3 (Capcom)
14. (12) WWE 2K14 (2K Games)
15. (20) Aliens: Colonial Marines (SEGA)
16. (-) Saints Row 4 (Deep Silver)
17. (17) Football Manager 2014 (Sega)
18. (-) Ryse: Son of Rome (Microsoft)
19. (-) Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
20. (18) Disney Infinity (Disney)

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

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Ellie Goulding tops album chart

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Ellie Goulding has scored her second number one album with Halcyon Days.

The follow-up to her debut Lights was first released 65 weeks ago in October 2012 and re-released with new songs in August 2013.

It has so far sold nearly 665,000 copies in the UK.

Goulding keeps Gary Barlow off the top with his album Since I Saw You Last, which remains at number two.

Beyoncé climbs one place to three with her self-titled album, while Robbie Williams is at four with Swings Both Ways.

The top 5 is completed by John Newman’s Tribute, up 11 places from last week.

Meanwhile, Rudimental’s Home and Haim’s Days Are Gone climb 27 places each to seven and 13 respectively and Irish rockers Kodaline jump 25 places to re-enter the Top 40 at 40 with their debut In A Perfect World.

The Lumineers are this week’s highest climbers, up 39 places with their self-titled debut album to re-enter the chart at 29.

Source: Official Charts Company

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug ends 2013 atop UK box office

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has topped the UK box office on the final weekend of 2013.

Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth sequel saw a 2% rise in ticket sales over the post-Christmas weekend (December 27-29) as it held off competition from Frozen (up a place from last week’s number three) and Anchorman 2 to secure first place.

The Hobbit, the second of three films based on JRR Tolkien’s novel, has now earned £29.3 million from UK cinemas on its three weeks on theatrical release.

The fantasy epic’s predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, closed out its cinema run earlier this year with a £52 million cumulative haul.

Elsewhere, this week’s top ten saw new entries in the form of Boxing Day releases The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Keanu Reeves’s 47 Ronin.

With earnings of £2.2 million, star/director Ben Stiller’s Mitty trails some way behind the £8.5 million the actor’s Little Fockers earned over the festive season in 2010. The latter film, however, had the benefit of weekday preview screenings.

All Is Lost, Robert Redford’s one-man survival drama, opened to £231,595 from its 89 locations to land just outside the top ten at 11.

Justin Bieber’s latest documentary movie Believe debuted at number 14 with £205,242 from 103 locations. The Jon M Chu-directed film falls short of matching the opening for the popstar’s Never Say Never, which opened with £625,496 in early 2011.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – £5,450,824
2. (3) Frozen – £3,518,099
3. (2) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – £2,563,375
4. (-) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – £2,235,612
5. (-) 47 Ronin – £1,415,252
6. (4) Walking with Dinosaurs – £936,458
7. (6) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – £819,683
8. (5) Dhoom 3 – £424,637
9. (7) The Harry Hill Movie – £404,946
10. (9) Gravity – £363,143

Source: Rentrak

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