Magazine article Screen International

Wolf of Wall Street Tops UK Chart

Magazine article Screen International

Wolf of Wall Street Tops UK Chart

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Universal's biopic records Martin Scorsese's best-ever UK debut to land top of the box office; eOne's 12 Years a Slave expands to 386 sites and adds $5m (£3.06m) for $11.7m (£7.12m).

Achieving director Martin Scorsese's best-ever UK debut in the process, The Wolf of Wall Street has charted top of the UK box office.

Universal's biopic posted an excellent $7.4m (£4.52m) opening at a healthy average of $14,913 (£9,068) to dethrone 12 Years a Slave. That tops Scorsese's previous best debut recorded by Gangs of New York (his first collaboration with Wolf lead Leonardo DiCaprio) with $4.3m (£2.6m).

Scorsese's strongest UK performer is currently The Departed's $21.1m (£12.8m) and The Wolf of Wall Street is in a strong position to overtake that. If it holds well, it could even challenge Hannibal's $35.5m (£21.6m) result as the UK's best-ever 18-rated performer.

Also for Universal, Last Vegas fell a respectable 36% in its third weekend to add $1.4m (£828,000) as it crossed the £5m mark. The comedy-drama now stands at $8.9m (£5.44m).EONE

Despite dropping a place to second, 12 Years a Slave enjoyed a strong second weekend as it expanded to 386 sites and posted a 25% week-on-week rise.

eOne's awards contender grossed $5m (£3.06m) at an average of $13,012 (£7,915) to climb to $11.7m (£7.12m) after just ten days in play. Its $6.7m (£4.1m) first week result bodes well for its coming week and should set it up to pass £10m by the end of next weekend.

Also for eOne, Delivery Man recorded a $1.1m (£670,234) second weekend for $3.7m (£2.2m) to date in the UK.ENTERTAINMENT

Having become director David O. Russell's best-ever UK performer last week, topping Three Kings' $11.4m (£7m) result, American Hustle dropped a slim 20% in its third weekend.

Entertainment's awards contender took a further $2.5m (£1.5m) for an excellent $15.5m (£9.4m) to date, and will cross the £10m mark in the coming days.DISNEY

Despite experiencing its biggest drop last weekend, Frozen isn't finished in the UK just yet as it posted just an 8% decline in its seventh weekend.

Disney's Oscar-nominated animation grossed $1.9m (£1.15m) as it retained fourth spot and has amassed a terrific $56.2m (£34.2m) so far. It should cross £35m by the end of this weekend at the very latest. 74.24% of its entire gross has come from 2D screenings.

Saving Mr. Banks stands at $6.9m (£4.2m) through Disney.FO

xRounding off this week's top five was Devil's Due as it scared up $1.6m (£1m), including just over $214,000 (£130,000) in previews.

Fox's found footage horror recorded an average of $4,936 (£3,001) from its 334 sites, but its debut is down on recent original found footage horrors, such as The Devil Inside's $3. …

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