Magazine article Screen International

Paul Lands at Top Spot in UK

Magazine article Screen International

Paul Lands at Top Spot in UK

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Universal's comedy-sci-fi Paul opened top at the UK box office over the January 18 -20 weekend, plundering $8.9m (£5.5m), including previews.

The opening is bankable British actor-writer Simon Pegg's third best UK opening, behind JJ Abram's 2009 Star Trek update ($9.6m/£5.9m) and Edgar Wright's 2007 comedy Hot Fuzz ($9.6m/5.9m).

Greg Mottola's latest, about two British comic-book geeks who encounter an alien outside Area 51, easily scored the week's best screen average at $20,852 (£12,860).

Last week's number one film, eOne's 3D-animation Gnomeo and Juliet, dropped a place to second, taking $3.6m (£2.2m) for $10.4m (£6.4m) from 479 screens.

In its seventh week Momentum's The King's Speech continued to roll, grossing a further $2.8m (£1.7m) for a staggering $60m (£37m), the third biggest-haul for a UK production since records began, trailing only to The Full Monty ($84.3m/£52m) and Bridget Jones's Diary ($68.1m/£42m).(The titles in the predominantly US-backed Harry Potter franchise are also above Tom Hooper's drama.)

This week saw the Oscar hopeful's week-on-week profits drop only 15%, the smallest week-on-week decline among the top 15 films, and enough of a boost to see it surpass 2003 smash Love Actually on the all time UK films chart. …

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