There was quite a shake-up at the U.K. box office this past weekend as four new releases opened in the top ten. Sam Raimi's return to 'true-horror' Drag Me to Hell was the biggest of the new films, collecting over £1.9m in receipts to clinch second place behind last week's No. 1, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The Ben Stiller comedy sequel becomes the first film in six weeks to retain the top spot for two consecutive weeks, and has pulled in an impressive £12m in that short time.
The Dan Brown adaptation Angels & Demons (directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor) and J.J. Abrams sci-fi reboot Star Trek both dropped one place to third and fourth respectively, while WWE star John Cena bodyslams his way into the top five with action film 12 Rounds, directed by Renny Harlin.
Coraline and Hannah Montana: The Movie remain in healthy positions in the chart but X-Men Origins: Wolverine continues its steep decline, dropping four places to eighth after five weeks on release. The Hugh Jackman superhero flick falls behind Star Trek in terms of overall gross, despite being in cinemas one week less.
Two other new movies - Obsessed and Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience - managed to sneak into the chart, but there was no room for Fighting, Tormented, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past or State of Play, all of which dropped out of contention.
|Pos.||Film||Weekend Gross||Week||Total UK Gross|
|1||Night at the Museum 2||£2,054,769||2||£12,131,383|
|2||Drag Me to Hell||£1,907,731||1||£1,907,731|
|3||Angels & Demons||£1,048,014||3||£14,351,043|
|7||Hannah Montana: The Movie||£252,230||5||£7,608,019|
|8||X-Men Origins: Wolverine||£219,999||5||£15,940,227|
|10||Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience||£117,060||1||£117,060|
Continuing with the Wednesday release schedule, Warner Bros. will be hoping that Terminator: Salvation can go one step further than it managed on American soil and open in top spot at U.K. cinemas. The McG sci-fi action sequel stars Christian Bale as resistance fighter John Conner, who is joined by Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common and Michael Ironside in the fight against the machines.
Also released is romantic drama Last Chance Harvey, starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, along with a limited re-release for the 1963 Richard Harris Brit classic This Sporting Life.