Archive for January, 2015

The Theory of Everything beats The Hobbit at UK box office

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The Theory of Everything has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.

The Eddie Redmayne-led Stephen Hawking biopic earned £3.7 million to secure first place ahead of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Co-starring Felicity Jones as Hawking’s first wife Jane, the film follows Hawking’s university romance and his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The Hobbit finale, which has now surpassed £36 million in lifetime grosses in the UK, sits in second place ahead of Paddington. The family movie has now earned more than £30 million in the UK, marking an impressive haul for the StudioCanal release.

New release The Woman in Black: Angel of Death and Exodus: Gods and Kings round out the top five.

Elsewhere, Michael Keaton’s Birdman debuts at number seven with £1.5 million.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) The Theory of Everything – £3,749,293
2. (1) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – £3,246,845
3. (3) Paddington – £2,834,003
4. (-) The Woman in Black: Angel of Death – £2,431,823
5. (5) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – £1,736,233
6. (2) Exodus: Gods and Kings – £1,575,131
7. (-) Birdman – £1,524,667
8. (4) Annie – £1,347,598
9. (6) Dumb & Dumber To – £752,738
10. (8) Penguins of Madagascar – £629,774

Source: Rentrak

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare remains top-selling game

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has topped the all-format gaming chart for its sixth week.

Activision’s first-person shooter has now topped the game chart for one week more than its predecessor Call of Duty: Ghosts.

It is once again followed by Grand Theft Auto 5 in second and FIFA 15 in third. The top three games experienced respective weekly sales drops of 51%, 48% and 57%.

A Ubisoft triple-bill of Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity and The Crew chart at four, five and six, while Destiny and WWE 2K15 follow at seven and eight.

Driveclub and Minecraft: Xbox Edition complete this week’s top ten.

Elsewhere, Wii U exclusive Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is this week’s only new entry, debuting at 16.

The top 20 in full:
1. (1) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
2. (2) Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
3. (3) FIFA 15 (EA Sports)
4. (5) Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
5. (4) Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft)
6. (6) The Crew (Ubisoft)
7. (11) Destiny (Activision)
8. (12) WWE 2K15 (Take-Two)
9. (7) Driveclub (Sony)
10. (8) Minecraft: Xbox Edition (Microsoft)
11. (9) Minecraft: PlayStation Edition (Sony)
12. (10) LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Warner Bros)
13. (16) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros)
14. (18) Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft)
15. (14) The Evil Within (Bethesda)
16. (-) Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo)
17. (13) LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony)
18. (19) Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Microsoft)
19. (17) Assassin’s Creed Rogue (Ubisoft)
20. (20) Super Smash Bros (Nintendo)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2014 Ukie Ltd.

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Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars retain number one single

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Mark Ronson has retained the top spot in the Official UK Singles Chart for a third non-consecutive week with ‘Uptown Funk’.

The track featuring Bruno Mars sold 156,000 copies and was streamed nearly 2.56 million times this week, setting a new Official Chart record by beating its own previous record of 2.49 million audio streams last week.

DJ Philip George is new in at two with the Stevie Wonder-sampling ‘Wish You Were Mine’, while Ed Sheeran remains at three with ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

X Factor winner Ben Haenow is down to four with ‘Something I Need’ and Taylor Swift rounds out the Top 5 with ‘Blank Space’.

This week’s biggest risers are Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ featuring Jess Glynne, which climbs 22 places to 28, and Sigma’s ‘Changing’ featuring Paloma Faith, which climbs 20 places to 33.

Kanye West’s new release ‘Only One’, which features Paul McCartney, enters the chart at number 35.

Source: Official Charts Company

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