Magazine article Screen International

Scream 4 Slashes Its Way to Top of Resurgent UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Scream 4 Slashes Its Way to Top of Resurgent UK Box Office

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Scream 4 was the best of five top-ten openings in the UK, taking £2.1m from 408 screens

Entertainment's thriller Scream 4 opened top in the UK, making £2.1m from 408 screens at a strong average of £5,054.

The opening was the third-best in the popular slasher franchise, behind the £2.5m taken by Scream 2 and the £2.4m scored by Scream 3 and marks a solid comeback for a franchise whose last instalment came out over a decade ago.

Wes Craven returns to direct David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell, whose franchise stalwart Sidney Prescott is once again terrorized by Ghostface when she returns to Woodsboro as a successful author.

Fox's second-placed animation-comedy Rio climbed an impressive 12% in its second week, taking a further £1.7m from 531 screens for a cumulative of £5.5m. The film scored the week's second-best screen average of £3,194.

In a busy week of openings, eOne's adventure-comedy Your Highness entered the chart in third position, grossing £926,338 from 388 screens and Warner Bros.' thriller Red Riding Hood debuted a place below on £842,398 on 403 screens.

The UK box office saw signs of decent depth again with the top seven films grossing over £500,000, but with so many new openings falling over a school holiday weekend, once again, the UK results weren't spectacular. …

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