Magazine article Screen International

Transformers Tops UK Chart

Magazine article Screen International

Transformers Tops UK Chart

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Paramount's latest outing records year's biggest opening to date with non-final $20.1m (£11.74m); Universal's Boyhood scores strong $565,000 (£330,000) debut.

As expected, Transformers: Age of Extinction has recorded the year's biggest opening to date as it exploded into life at the UK box office.

Paramount's latest outing for the popular franchise shot to a non-final $20.1m (£11.74m) debut from its 532 sites, including $13.7m (£8m) in previews. As with last weekend's Sat-Sun take, the film's Fri-Sun tally of $6.3m (£3.7m) would have also seen it top the chart, based purely on Fri-Sun takings.

The debut also marks the biggest opening of the Transformers series to date, surpassing Transformers: Dark of the Moon's $18.4m (£10.7m) which included $7.2m (£4.23m) in previews.

If we consider this Fri-Sun to be its first 'weekend' though, Age of Extinction's $6.3m (£3.7m) gross is actually the lowest of the franchise.

Dark of the Moon is currently the highest grossing Transformers outing in the UK at $48.1m (£28.11m), and the arrival of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will provide stiff blockbuster competition for Transformers: Age of Extinction this coming weekend in its attempt to overtake that result.FO

xExpanding nationwide after two weeks of release in Scotland and Ireland, How to Train Your Dragon 2 climbed up to second with a $13.3m (£7.8m) weekend, including $8.3m (£4.9m) from its England and Wales previews over the past month.

Just taking into account Fri-Sun, Fox's animated sequel took $5m (£2.9m) for a boost of 11% over last Fri-Sun when the film previewed across the UK and Wales. With its predecessor's $29.7m (£17.4m) in its sights, How to Train Your Dragon 2 stands at $16.4m (£9.6m).

Also for Fox, The Fault in Our Stars is on the cusp of £10m after a $956,000 (£558,357) weekend lifted it to $16.9m (£9.9m).

X-Men: Days of Future Past stands at $46.2m (£27m).UNIVERSAL

Last week's champion Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie fell to third with a $1.8m (£1.06m) third weekend through Universal. The big screen outing of the popular TV sitcom is up to a healthy $20.3m (£11.84m) in the UK, and still has a good chance of hitting £15m.

Also for Universal, the critically acclaimed Boyhood is off to a strong start with a $565,000 (£330,000) debut, including $34,000 (£20,000) in previews, at a site average of $5,827 (£3,402). …

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