Magazine article Screen International

Mrs. Brown's Boys Retains UK Lead

Magazine article Screen International

Mrs. Brown's Boys Retains UK Lead

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Universal's big screen adaptation of TV sitcom adds $3.7m (£2.2m) to record second week as the UK's number one; Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction previews strongly.

With Transformers: Age of Extinction not being officially reported until next week's chart, Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie has retained top spot at the UK box office for the second straight week.

Universal's big screen outing for the popular TV sitcom enjoyed a second weekend take of $3.7m (£2.2m) for an excellent ten-day total of $15.9m (£9.3m).

In terms of TV-to-film outings, that means it has already surpassed the $10.7m (£6.22m) lifetime total of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

The official arrival of Transformers: Age of Extinction and the nationwide expansion of How to Train Your Dragon 2 will prevent the comedy from a third straight week as the UK's number one, but it could still hold well as counter-programming to the blockbusters.PARAMOUNT

As with Bad Neighbours in May, Transformers: Age of Extinction will contain previews from July 5-10 in its official opening weekend on July 11-13.

Paramount's latest installment from the popular franchise is off to a strong start having grossed a non-final $8m (£4.7m) on Sat-Sun, a figure that incidentally would have seen it top the chart this weekend.

It's all-but guaranteed to record the biggest opening of 2014 to date next weekend, surpassing X-Men: Days of Future Past's $15.6m (£9.13m) debut.FO

xWith its full nationwide release to come on Friday, How to Train Your Dragon 2 banked $4.4m (£2.6m) on Fri-Sun from its Scotland and Ireland full release and nationwide previews in England and Wales.

Fox's animated sequel has flown to $10m (£5.8m) overall in the UK and Ireland to date, a chunk of which will be added to next weekend from its extensive previews in England and Wales over the past few weeks.

Also for Fox, The Fault in Our Stars continued its healthy UK run with a third weekend of $1.6m (£951,231) for a running tally of $14.7m (£8.6m).

X-Men: Days of Future Past and Belle have amassed $46m (£26.9m) and $2.7m (£1.6m), respectively.WARNER BROS

The week's highest new entry came in the form of Tammy, which landed with a $799,000 (£466,000) UK bow from its 339 sites through Warner Bros.

That's down on the openings of Identity Thief and The Heat, but direct comparisons are unfair given that it's the first solo lead for Melissa McCarthy.

Also for Warner Bros, Edge of Tomorrow fought its way to a further $195,000 (£114,000) for $13m (£7. …

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