Magazine article Screen International

Battle: Los Angeles Conquers UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Battle: Los Angeles Conquers UK Box Office

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Sony's action-sci-fi records a week-high location average of $6,872 (£4,269) to topple Rango from the number one slot.

Battle: Los Angeles took $2.9m (£1.8m) and out-gunned the similarly themed Skyline, which opened on $2m (£1.2m) last November.

Last week's champion Rango dropped to second but only fell 6%, the strongest holdover performance of the top 20. Paramount's animated Western corralled $2.5m (£1.5m) at a decent screen average of $5,263 (£3,269) and has amassed $5.8m (£3.6m) so far.

Optimum's Unknown also showed decent resilience after taking a further $1.7m (£1m) to stand at $5.1m (£3.2m). The action-thriller is following a similar path to previous Liam Neeson thriller Taken which went on to gross $10.3m (£6.4m) and could challenge Fahrenheit 9/11's $10.6m (£6.5m) record as Optimum's biggest UK grosser.

The Farrelly Brothers suffered an inauspicious return to the UK box office as Warner Bros' Hall Pass only managed $1.5m (£900,936) from its 407 locations to chart fifth. Despite being the second widest opening for the directing duo, it fell some way short of their best ever opening belonging to the $3.4m (£2.1m) debut of There's Something About Mary.

Momentum's The King's Speech started to show signs of slowing down in its tenth week as it recorded its first sub-$1. …

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