‘Bridesmaids’ debuts at UK box office No. 1


Bridesmaids has seen off competition from Kung Fu Panda 2 and Green Lantern to top the UK box office.

The Kristen Wiig-led comedy, which also stars Rose Byrne and The IT Crowd‘s Chris O’Dowd, pulls in a strong £3.4 million to bag first place on its debut weekend on release.

The opening haul is £1 million more than the debut for Ryan Reynolds’s DC Comics superhero movie last week. Bridesmaids had a two-day head-start having opened on Wednesday, but didn’t have Green Lantern‘s benefit of extra revenue from 3D screens.

Three of this week’s top five films are comedies, with Bad Teacher and The Hangover Part II landing at numbers four and five respectively.

Formula 1 documentary Senna continues its impressive box office run as it spends its fourth weekend in the chart. Asif Kapadia’s account of sporting legend Ayrton Senna’s life has now taken more than £2.5 million in UK ticket sales.

Elsewhere, the only other new movie to make a dent in the top ten is Bollywood release Double Dhamaal, starring Sanjay Dutt and Ritesh Deshmukh.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Bridesmaids – £3,445,395
2. (2) Kung Fu Panda 2 – £1,532,459
3. (1) Green Lantern – £1,105,089
4. (3) Bad Teacher – £1,061,551
5. (4) The Hangover Part II – £801,784
6. (5) X-Men: First Class – £709,787
7. (6) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – £523,494
8. (7) Senna – £264,484
9. (8) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – £155,605
10. (-) Double Dhamaal – £117,285