|Much as Empire loves it, it was highly unlikely that 18 rated horror film The Descent was ever going to steal the thunder of one of this summer's hugies.|
Neil Marshall's cave diving terror has fought the good fight to amass £570,850 on its opening weekend, landing it solidly in third place at the UK box office. It finished more than a hundred grand in front of its nearest competitor, Mr And Mrs Smith, who managed to take an additional £476,040 in their fifth week, bringing their total purse to £12,541,517. That, for those who ponder why stars get paid so much, is where casting Brad Pitt opposite Angelina Jolie will get you. Of course the fact that it's a good film won't hurt, either.
In second place, Batman Begins continued to draw the public in, to the tune of £782,152 in week number four. It has so far recouped £13,871,254 for Warner Brothers, but is showing signs of slowing – especially if you consider that it took its money from 461 screens (an average of £1,697 per theatre), while The Descent ran through 329 projectors (a per screen average of £1,735). But then, those three extra weeks Batman has been on is a long time in the world of distribution. In other words, let's see how well The Descent's doing in a month's time.
The grand pooh-bah for another weekend was of course War Of The Worlds, which you really didn't need to cross our collective palm with silver for us to tell you. Even with a sizeable drop-off of 51% from opening weekend, Spielberg's little effort has brought in a whopping £4,219,120, meaning that all 506 screens it's been playing on across the country have been crowded houses (no pun intended), with a per screen average of £8,338. WOW, indeed.
-51% seemed to be the number of the week, also being the exact amount to affect Revenge Of The Sith (total box office now standing at £38,877,900) and A Lot Like Love (£1,280,361). Elsewhere, Kung Fu Hustle continues to do well in eighth spot, just above Sin City still hanging in there after six weeks, with a healthy £6,911,294 total.