Magazine article Screen International

Wolverine Debuts Top in UK

Magazine article Screen International

Wolverine Debuts Top in UK

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Fox's 3D sequel scores chart-topping $7.2m (£4.7m) debut, while Disney's Monsters University crosses £15m mark.

The Wolverine has sunk its claws into the top spot at the UK box office, preventing Monsters University from a third straight week at the summit.

Fox's 3D sequel scored a $7.2m (£4.7m) debut, including $1.4m (£939,117) in previews, to comfortably land the number one berth. Even without the preview boost, The Wolverine would have found itself in first place.

However if the estimate holds up, that result marks the lowest opening of the entire X-Men franchise, failing to top the previous lowest - X-Men's $7.3m (£4.75m). The previous solo outing for the character, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, achieved a $10.3m (£6.7m) debut in the UK before going on to take $25.1m (£16.3m).

It's worth noting that X-Men: First Class opened with $8.4m (£5.4m) but that included $3.1m (£2m) in previews.DISNEY

Despite falling one place to second, Disney's Monsters University recorded a solid increase in its third weekend, taking $4.8m (£3.1m).

The latest from Pixar Animation Studios is now up to $23.8m (£15.5m) in the UK and with $10.5m (£6.8m) grossed over the past seven days, it's an auspicious sign that the animated sequel could enjoy a healthy long run during the school holidays.

In Pixar terms, it will shortly overtake both Cars 2 and Cars which ended up at $23.95m (£15.6m) and $25.2m (£16.45m), respectively.UNIVERSAL

Universal's Despicable Me 2 grossed $3.2m (£2.1m) to retain third spot, posting a week-on-week increase in its fifth weekend in the process.

The animated sequel is now up to an outstanding $53.4m (£34.7m) and is the ninth biggest animation of all time in the UK, surpassing the likes of Up ($52.8m/£34.3m) and The Lion King ($52.5m/£34.1m).

Next in its sights are Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($53.7m/£34.9m) and Monsters Inc ($58.4m/£37.9m).

Meanwhile, Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy closer The World's End took $2.2m (£1.4m) for a ten-day total of $8.3m (£5.4m).

It will surpass Shaun of the Dead's $10.3m (£6.69m) UK total but unless it shows significant staying power, it is unlikely to challenge Hot Fuzz's $32.2m (£20.99m) haul.EONE

Still with a trick or two up its sleeve, eOne's Now You See Me enjoyed a minimal drop in its fourth weekend to add $1. …

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