Apologies for the delay, had some hiccups getting this finished on time.
THE TOP TEN
1. Prometheus. weekend/Total: £2,009,955 / £19,452,845 Sites: 522 (1)
2. Men In Black 3. Weekend/Total: £1,544,429 / £17,436,356 Sites: 495 (2)
3. Snow White And The Huntsman. Weekend/Total: £1,297,559 / £11,872,691 Sites: 496 (3)
4. Rock Of Ages. Weekend/Total: £1,003,107 Sites: 479 (New)
5. The Pact. Weekend/Total: £475,936 / £1,930,949 Sites: 317 (4)
6. Red Lights. Weekend/Total: £445,109 Sites: 288 (New)
7. Avengers Assemble. Weekend/Total: £376,991 / £50,963,003 Sites: 276 (5)
8. Fast Girls. Weekend/Total: £335,700 Sites: 368 (New)
9. What To Expect When You're Expecting. Weekend/Total: £248,185 / £3,671,036 Sites: 208 (8)
10. Top Cat. Weekend/Total: £246,283 / £2,270,508 Sites: 433 (6)
(Previous week's placement in parentheses)
THE TOP 3, SAME AS IT EVER WAS
Prometheus continues its dominance of the box office with a weekend take of £2.01m, after only suffering a minor 36% drop from last week's take. The divisive science fiction film is retaining its audience, either through fan loyalty or morbid curiosity, on 522 screens with an impressive per screen average of £3,851, and has now broke £19.45m total.
MiB3, another strong performer, bouncing back after a lacklustre opening weekend, dropped just 39% from last week with a total of £17.44m after four weeks and has amassed a worldwide total of $544m (£349m) and counting. Not bad for a movie that everyone predicted doom for, following reports of a chaotic production.
Snow White and The Huntsman is a film that defies bad reviews, the fan base is committed and will not let the critics deter them, pulling in £1.30m over the weekend and suffering an average drop of 41%, only slightly down on last weeks 38% drop. The revisionist fantasy movie has taken in £11.87m so far.
ROCK OF AGES CRUISES INTO THE TOP 5
Hair rock musical Rock of Ages disappointed with a weekend take of £1m, down roughly a million on Adam Shankman's last Broadway adaptation, Hairspray, which opened to £2.05m.
Beyond this point every film in the Top 10 is sub-£500k, starting with horror movie The Pact, which fell by 49% and took in £475,936 over the weekend.
THE BOTTOM 5
Supernatural thriller, Red Lights, starring Cillian Murphy and Robert DeNiro, opened to £445,109 with a per screen of £1,546 in just 288 screens.
Avengers Assemble begins its slide out of the charts, finally leaving the Top 5, but with a total gross of £50.96m and climbing, this decline is no real loss.
Shameless Olympics cash-in, Fast Girls, made £335,700 over the weekend averaging just £913 per 368 screens. It turns out that audiences really don't care about the Olympics, which answers my question last week, I suppose.
What to Expect To Expect When You're Expecting continues to underperform, taking in a total of £3.67m after four weeks. Meanwhile, the confounding 3D animation Top Cat, has made £2.27m in total with a per screen average of £569 on a staggering 433 screens (that's almost as many as Rock of Ages).
MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH...
In terms of re-issues of classics, Jaws performed quite light with £187,197 with a per screen average of £589 in 318 screens. This is down on Jurassic Park's £245,422 last September.
I was way off on Cosmopolis, I expected a broader representation on release, but the David Cronenberg weirdfest only hit 62 screens but managed an impressive per screen average of £1,880.
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND...
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opened on Wednesday, which will help pad out its opening weekend numbers, but I am unsure of how well the title will perform. The film is too serious for the irony crowd and too silly for the serious crowd, how this turns out is anyones guess.
Chernobyl Diaries is a horror and will therefore perform respectably, especially when cashing in on the name of Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli. Rom-com The Fiver Year Engagement will probably hit the middle of the charts, even with the above average pedigree behind it, the genre is not as big an earner during the summer.