Magazine article Screen International

Turtles Scares off Ouija to Top UK Chart

Magazine article Screen International

Turtles Scares off Ouija to Top UK Chart

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Paramount's reboot climbs back to number one on its third weekend; eOne's Mr. Turner posts strong UK debut of over $1.4m (£900,000) for Mike Leigh's best-ever opening.

Turns out Halloween was no match for half term. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has narrowly seen off Ouija to regain top spot at the UK box office.

Paramount's reboot added $2.27m (£1.42m) in its third weekend and has now amassed a strong $18.8m (£11.77m), after taking around $4m (£2.5m) over the Mon-Thurs of half term.

It's unlikely to remain at number one this weekend as Interstellar lands, but a lack of family competition opening could see it to another sturdy hold.UNIVERSAL

It may have missed out on the top spot but Universal can be very happy with Ouija's $2.18m (£1.36m) UK bow, recording a healthy site average of $5,269 (£3,292) in the process.

In terms of horror at the UK box office in 2014, that's only behind Annabelle's bow of $3.1m (£1.93m) and that film arguably benefitted from its connection to 2013's horror smash The Conjuring.

Also for Universal, The Boxtrolls has now stacked up $13.4m (£8.37m) following a $269,000 (£168,000) eighth weekend.SONY

Last week's champion Fury fell 37% (excluding previews) as it rolled to a $2m (£1.25m) second weekend. Sony's war drama is now up to $9m (£5.6m) in the UK, with £10m a possible target.

Also for Sony, The Equalizer has reached $10.9m (£6.8m) and is now unlikely to surpass King Arthur ($11.4m/£7.1m) as director Antoine Fuqua's best-ever UK performer.FO

xFalling a respectable 30% in its fifth weekend, Gone Girl found a further $1.7m (£1.061m) as it dropped one place to fourth.

Fox's adaptation is now up to a sterling $30.9m (£19.3m) and will become David Fincher's best-ever UK performer this week, topping Seven's $31.2m (£19.5m).

Also for Fox, The Book of Life prospered over the half term and boosted 12% to take $1.69m (£1.056m) for $6.4m (£4m) after ten days in play. Like Turtles, the lack of family competition should see the animation to another decent holdover.

The Maze Runner has raced to $12.4m (£7.8m) after four weeks in play, while Fox's Halloween re-release of Alien grossed $104,000 (£65,225) from 75 sites.EONE

Capturing $1.5m (£944,000) over Fri-Sun, eOne's Nightcrawler posted an overall debut of just over $1.6m (£1m) from its 411 sites. A solid start for what is a tricky sell, but word-of-mouth and critical acclaim should see it to a long run.

The success story of the weekend though is undoubtedly Mr. Turner, posting the highest site average of the period after a staggering UK bow of $1.4m (£900,000) UK bow from just 129 sites.

That's comfortably Mike Leigh's best-ever UK debut, topping Happy-Go-Lucky's $610,000 (£381,005) from 77 sites, and the biopic will shortly become Leigh's highest ever grosser, currently Vera Drake's $2. …

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