Magazine article Screen International

Battleship Sinks Titanic 3D at the UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Battleship Sinks Titanic 3D at the UK Box Office

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Universal's action sci-fi commandeers top spot with an estimated $6.1m (£3.9m) haul.

Bolstered by $1.5m (£947,085) from two days of previews, Battleship has debuted top of the UK box office.

Universal's blockbuster, based on the classic Hasbro strategy game, took an estimated $6.1m (£3.9m) from its 496 sites at a decent average of $12,298 (£7,765), beating the debuts of recent blockbusters Wrath Of The Titans and John Carter.

However, its opening is less than half the debut of Transformers which grossed $13.8m (£8.7m) from fewer sites (456) in July 2007.

Dropping a place to second, but falling just 35% in its second week, was Fox's 3D re-release of Titanic. James Cameron's epic sailed its way to a further $2.9m (£1.8m) to stand at an impressive $12.8m (£8.1m) after ten days in play.

Collectively, Titanic is now the second biggest film of all time at the UK box office, meaning Cameron has a one-two on the all-time list alongside Avatar's extraordinary $148.9m (£94m).

Lionsgate's horror The Cabin In The Woods enjoyed an excellent debut as it charted third on $2. …

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