Magazine article Screen International

Rio 2 Tops UK Chart

Magazine article Screen International

Rio 2 Tops UK Chart

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Fox's sequel leads the way thanks to preview-boosted $4.8m (£2.9m) debut; Disney's Winter Soldier heads up Fri-Sun weekend; Fox's Grand Budapest Hotel becomes Wes Anderson's best-ever UK performer.

With the Easter school holidays kicking into gear, Rio 2 has landed top of the UK box office.

Fox's sequel flew to a $4.8m (£2.9m) debut from its 534 sites, including just over $1.2m (£700,000) in previews. It's worth noting that based solely on Fri-Sun, Rio 2's $3.6m (£2.2m) would have seen it chart third.

The opening is up on Rio which managed $2.5m (£1.5m) from its 522 sites, including $180,000 (£108,505) in previews, on its way to $22.5m (£13.56m). The school holidays should see the sequel well set to overtake that tally.

Also for Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel is now director Wes Anderson's best-ever UK performer.

The comedy-drama is up to a terrific $15.2m (£9.15m) following a $1m (£606,801) sixth weekend, surpassing Fantastic Mr. Fox's $15m (£9.03m). A UK result of over £10m is all-but guaranteed.

Starred Up is up to $2.2m (£1.3m) after three weeks in play.DISNEY

With a very respectable drop of just 34% (excluding previews), Captain America: The Winter Soldier fought its way to a further $4.6m (£2.76m).

Disney's latest Marvel outing is now up to $18.1m (£10.9m) in the UK, and has now surpassed The First Avenger's $15.7m (£9.5m) result. Next in its sights is Thor's $23.3m (£14m) and Iron Man's $28.9m (£17.4m) UK runs.

Based solely on Fri-Sun grosses, The Winter Soldier would have topped this weekend's chart.

Also for Disney, Muppets Most Wanted added $1.5m (£897,000) in its second weekend, following a 24% drop (excluding previews), for $5.8m (£3.5m) to date. It'll need a strong Easter holidays to have a chance of hitting £10m, but The Muppets' $27.8m (£16.8m) UK tally is likely to be a target too far.PARAMOUNT

Setting sail in the UK with a $4.1m (£2.5m) debut from its 455 sites was Paramount's Noah, charting third.

That marks the second-best opening for director Darren Aronofsky, behind Black Swan's $4.6m (£2.8m) bow from 356 sites which included $91,000 (£54,697) in previews. Black Swan is also Aronofsky's best-ever UK performer with $26.8m (£16.19m).

It's worth noting that based on Fri-Sun takings alone, Noah would have found itself in second.EONE

The third new release of this week's top five came in the form of eOne's Divergent in fourth.

Neil Burger's adaptation of Veronica Roth's young adult novel scored a $2.9m (£1.8m) debut from its 424 sites. By comparison, The Hunger Games launched with $8. …

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