Need for Speed claims pole position at UK box office

Need for Speed has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.

The Aaron Paul-led action film, based on the long-running EA video game franchise, earned north of £2 million to see off competition from The Grand Budapest Hotel and secure the top spot.

Need for Speed fared better with UK audiences than it did in the US, where it charted at number three over the weekend.

Back in this weekend’s UK chart, 300: Rise of an Empire fell down to number three, while The Lego Movie and Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop round out the top five.

Elsewhere, the only other new release to make it into the top ten is Scarlett Johansson’s Under the Skin. The Jonathan Glazer-directed drama earned £238,694 to land at number ten.

The UK box office figures in full:
1. (-) Need for Speed – £2,011,249
2. (3) The Grand Budapest Hotel – £1,309,103
3. (1) 300: Rise of an Empire – £1,223,370
4. (2) The Lego Movie – £998,176
5. (4) Non-Stop – £901,107
6. (5) Ride Along – £426,034
7. (6) The Book Thief – £281,937
8. (7) Escape from Planet Earth – £257,812
9. (8) Mr Peabody & Sherman – £242,010
10. (-) Under the Skin – £238,694

Source: Rentrak

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