Magazine article Screen International

'San Andreas' Rocks Rivals to Top UK Box Office with $7.1M Debut

Magazine article Screen International

'San Andreas' Rocks Rivals to Top UK Box Office with $7.1M Debut

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WARNER BROS

Replicating its chart-topping domestic success, San Andreas cracked Pitch Perfect 2's chance of a hat-trick at the top of the UK box office.

Warner Bros' disaster thriller scored a strong $7.1m (£4.63m) debut from its 506 sites, including $1.1m (£739,000) in previews. It's worth noting that its $5.9m (£3.89m) Fri-Sun tally would have also seen San Andreas comfortably debut in first.

The debut marks director Brad Peyton's best-ever UK bow and will soon see San Andreas become his highest grossing outing, currently Journey 2: The Mysterious Island's $10.7m (£7m) result.

San Andreas has also already outgrossed the entire run of stablemate disaster film Into the Storm, which whipped up $4.3m (£2.8m) last year, but couldn't quite match the $9.9m (£6.5m) bow of 2012, which arguably benefitted from a more well-known director in Roland Emmerich.

Also for Warner Bros, Mad Max: Fury Road continued its great UK run with a $2.7m (£1.75m) third weekend for $20.9m (£13.72m) to date.

UNIVERSAL

It may have been knocked offthe top spot, but Pitch Perfect 2 continued to shine with a $2.8m (£1.87m) third weekend.

Universal's sequel is now up to a healthy $22.1m (£14.5m) and still has an outside chance of £20m.

Also for Universal, Fast & Furious 7 has reached $58.6m (£38.5m), while Search Party went missing on its UK bow after grossing just $27,000 (£17,876) from its 106 sites.

DISNEY

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond dropped to fourth with a $1.6m (£1.04m) second weekend after a slim drop of 27%.

Disney's adventure is now up to $6.2m (£4.11m) after ten days in play and has at least avoiding being director Brad Bird's lowest ever UK performer having passed the $3.5m (£2.3m) result of The Iron Giant.

Also for Disney, Avengers: Age of Ultron fell just 17% in its sixth weekend as it took an extra $1.3m (£883,000) for $71.7m (£47.14m) to date.

FOX

Poltergeist fell 48% on its way to a $1.1m (£734,867) second weekend as it dropped to sixth.

Fox's horror remake is up to $5.1m (£3.36m), which compares favourably to the final tallies of recent horror remakes (albeit not in 3D) Evil Dead ($5.2m/£3.42m) and Nightmare on Elm Street ($5.3m/£3.5m).

Also for Fox, Home was boosted by the half term and increased 90% with a $695,000 (£456,794) for a superb $36.6m (£24.1m) after 11 weeks in play.

Far from the Madding Crowd and Pinewood Pictures' Spooks: The Greater Good have amassed $8.7m (£5.7m) and $4.7m (£3.07m), respectively.

STUDIOCANAL

Man Up charted seventh with a somewhat disappointing $804,000 (£528,652) from its 357 sites, with three still to report.

StudioCanal's rom-com failed to come close to the $2. …

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