Magazine article Screen International

Big Hero 6 Holds UK Box Office Lead

Magazine article Screen International

Big Hero 6 Holds UK Box Office Lead

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Disney's animation holds number one with $3.8m (£2.53m) second weekend; Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service adds $3.3m (£2.2m) for $12.5m (£8.2m); StudioCanal's Shaun the Sheep Movie is the week's highest new entry.

Having narrowly debuted at number one on its UK bow, Big Hero 6 has retained top spot at the UK box office.

Disney's animation fell a slim 34% (excluding previews) on its way to a $3.8m (£2.53m) second weekend for $11.3m (£7.46m) to date. The arrival on Friday [Feb 13] of Fifty Shades of Grey means it's unlikely to record a hat-trick of number ones, although it does have the half term to look forward to.

In terms of Walt Disney Animation Studios outings in the UK, Big Hero 6's next target is The Princess and the Frog's $17m (£11.1m) result.

Also for Disney, Into the Woods has now sung its way to $13.6m (£8.91m) following a $494,000 (£325,000) fifth weekend.FO

xHolding firm in second was Kingsman: The Secret Service after posting just a 38% drop (excluding previews) to shoot to an extra $3.3m (£2.2m).

Fox's adaptation was the midweek champion in the UK and is currently outgrossing Big Hero 6 with a running total of $12.5m (£8.2m). Barring a dramatic drop, it's in a great position to overhaul the $17.7m (£11.6m) result of Kick-Ass.

Also for Fox, Selma marched to a $1.2m (£779,655) UK opening from its 354 sites, including almost $106,000 (£70,000) in previews. Without awards recognition, it could struggle over the coming weeks but strong reviews and an older-skewing audience could see it enjoy sturdy midweek returns.

Taken 3 took an additional $489,000 (£321,429) for $26.1m (£17.2m) to date and is now unlikely to hit the £20m mark, while Birdman has reached $8m (£5.2m) after six weeks in play.STUDIOCANAL

This week's highest new entry came in the form of Shaun the Sheep Movie, which grazed on a non-final $3.1m (£2.1m) from its 509 sites on its UK debut.

In terms of Aardman outings in the UK, StudioCanal's big screen adaptation of the children's TV show posted a debut on par with that of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! and Arthur Christmas in the UK and, with half term around the corner, it could well challenge the final tallies of both ($25.6m/£16.8m and $31.7m/£20.84m, respectively).

While not on the same level as the recent triumphant box office run of Paddington, StudioCanal will be confident that they can deliver another homegrown family hit with Shaun the Sheep Movie.

Also for StudioCanal, Paddington and The Imitation Game have amassed $54.5m (£35.8m) and $24.3m (£15.95m), respectively.WARNER BROS

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