Magazine article Screen International

Boxtrolls Buries Tombstones at UK BO

Magazine article Screen International

Boxtrolls Buries Tombstones at UK BO

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Universal's animation adds $2.17m (£1.33m) to remain at number one for second straight week, just ahead of eOne's A Walk Among the Tombstones' $2.15m (£1.31m) debut.

Thanks to a week-on-week rise of 2% (excluding previews), The Boxtrolls has held off stiff competition from A Walk Among the Tombstones to retain the UK box office lead.

Universal's latest Laika outing added $2.17m (£1.33m) in its second weekend and has now stacked up $5.9m (£3.62m) in the UK. At the same stage in its run, Coraline (Laika's best performer) stood at $6.9m (£4.2m).

Also for Universal, Lucy fell just 32% in its fifth weekend to take an additional $900,000 (£551,000) for $21.3m (£13.03m) to date. Luc Besson's best-ever UK performer is still in with a shot at £15m but, either way, it's had a strong run.

Stage adaptation The Riot Club didn't exactly shake up the box office with a $810,000 (£496,000) debut at a site average of $2,135 (£1,307). It still managed to become director Lone Scherfig's second best-ever bow ahead of An Education's $652,000 (£399,122), but it's worth noting that came from just 93 sites.EONE

Pipped to the top spot by around $33,000 (£20,000) but boasting a better site average, A Walk Among the Tombstones was the week's highest new entry in second.

eOne's thriller scored a $2.15m (£1.31m) from its 445 sites for an average of $4,844 (£2,986). It's already director Scott Frank's best-ever UK performer, and faces an intriguing battle this coming weekend against The Equalizer.

Also for eOne, A Most Wanted Man dropped 46% in its second weekend with $536,000 (£328,000) for $2.16m (£1.32m) to date and, as expected, is now director Anton Corbijn's best-ever UK performer.

The Hundred-Foot Journey has travelled to $3.6m (£2.2m) after three weeks in play. FO

xPosting a sturdy hold with a drop of just 11% (excluding previews), Pride remained in third with a $945,000 (£578,576) second weekend.

Fox's comedy-drama is now up to $3m (£1.9m) in the UK, having added just over $900,000 (£550,000) during Mon-Thurs in its first week of release. Similar returns will be needed if it's to push towards the £5m mark.

Also for Fox, Let's Be Cops has amassed $7.5m (£4.6m) following a $477,000 (£291,917) fourth weekend, while How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have reached $39.8m (£24.4m) and $53.3m (£32.6m), respectively.SONY

Falling 37% in its third weekend, Sony's Sex Tape grossed a further $694,000 (£425,000) for $5.8m (£3.56m) to date.

Also for Sony, Think Like a Man Too bowed with $214,000 (£131,000) from its 101 sites. That's a debut ahead of its predecessor's $133,000 (£81,516) from 53 sites on its way to $1. …

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