Magazine article Screen International

Dark Shadows Lacks Bite as Avengers Makes It a Hat-Trick in the UK

Magazine article Screen International

Dark Shadows Lacks Bite as Avengers Makes It a Hat-Trick in the UK

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Disney / Marvel's superhero epic spends third consecutive week at the top of the chart; Warner Bros.' gothic comedy opens in third.

For the third week in a row, The Avengers - Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK - reigned supreme at the UK box office.

Disney's superhero team-up took an further $6.7m (£4.2m) to stand at an extraordinary $64.9m (£40.3m) to date, the third best performer of the last 52 weeks in the UK with The Inbetweeners Movie's $72.5m (£45m) haul firmly in its sights. It's the third film this year to achieve a trio of consecutive number ones, following War Horse and The Woman In Black, and no film has yet made it four weeks at the top.

It faces tough competition to do so next week as well with the arrival of Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comedy The Dictator, which opens on Wednesday (16). Cohen's previous two solo efforts Borat and Brüno have made $10.1m (£6.2m) and $8.1m (£5m) respectively on their debuts.

In a repeat of last week's top two, Universal's comedy American Pie: Reunion held firm in second after adding $4.1m (£2.5m) for $19.7m (£12.2m) after two weeks in play. Reportedly the final instalment of the popular franchise, Reunion is closing in on American Pie's $22. …

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