U.K. box office: ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ jumps in at No. 1

But it was a slow weekend overall last weekend:

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife: £1.4 million (NEW)
2. Aliens in the Attic: £1.3 million (NEW)
3. G-Force: £.94 million (3rd week; drops 23%)
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: £.93 million
5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: £.83 million (2nd week; drops 53%)

(actual numbers, not estimates)
G.I. Joe took a big dive in the U.K. in its second week, though not as steep as the one it took in the U.S. and Canada… but then, it didn’t have District 9 to contend with. Not that Time Traveler’s Wife necessarily benefitted from the lack of real competition, either: as Charles Gant at the Guardian Film blog notes, this is this is “the lowest gross for a No. 1 movie since The House Bunny ruled the roost last October.”

The Ugly Truth saw a big drop, too, in its second week: 59 percent, to fall out of the top 5.

It was an ugly weekend all around: Eddie Murphy’s latest disaster, Imagine That, crashed and burned in the U.K.: it debuted way down at No. 16, and took in only £109,722. Which is even worse, comparatively speaking, than its terrible opening in North America back in June, when it took in $5.5 million — we might have expected a U.K. opening of £500,000 or so. Maybe someone will finally put the notion of “the Eddie Murphy comedy” out to pasture now.

Overall business was down 18 percent from the same weekend last year, and down 8 percent from last weekend. Looks like the August doldrums have hit the British box office.

[numbers via UK Film Council]

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Thu, Aug 27, 2009 3:57am

maryann johanson, how dare you insult a comic legend like Eddie murphy. He never did anything to you, you stupid prick. Grow up; its not like one underperformer will stop his career (how many comebacks has he made already?), and its not like a movie’s box office dictates how good a movie is. The movie is pretty decent, nothing legendary, but still a good watch. Eddie has been here for a long time and even though his last two movies have underperformed (and they were actually pretty good, YES meet dave was actually pretty funny), his career is FAR from over.

Thu, Aug 27, 2009 3:59am

maryann johanson, you are a douche. I hope you get what you deserve (which is anything but good).

Thu, Aug 27, 2009 4:02am

Eddie’s career is not over at all, remember 2002? That was seven years ago—he has several projects in development, Eddie is going to be back whether you like it or not.

Thu, Aug 27, 2009 4:12am

Imagine That is not even a bad movie; neither was meet dave–granted meet dave was poorly promoted it was actually hilarious. Eddie murphy is one of the funniest people on the planet, he is my favorite comedian-he really help revolutionized comedy today, he influenced chris rock, martin lawrence (Delirious and Raw were classics, probably the best stand-ups); all he needs is the right scripts (to satisfy the haters out there) because with the right scripts he can take it to another level (remember 48hrs, coming to america, dreamgirls, bowfinger,nutty professor?)–because eddie is talented. Even with so-so scripts he still shines in it—all the stupid razzies aren’t because his performances were horrible (Admit it, he wasn’t bad in those movies), its because critics ripped on it; and nowadays the razzies attack the big stars not the bad movies or performances (ben kingsley did not deserve that razzie nod for the wackness this year). Murphy has had some flops, but way more hits and mega hits (he is in the top 5 of box office stars of all-time)–he did help strengthen the appeal of shrek (the donkey character is a wildly popular characther), so its going to take a whole lot of flops to stop Murphy.

Thu, Aug 27, 2009 9:04am

Eddie Murphy completely ruined Mulan. For that there can be no forgiveness. I enjoyed his stand up and movies quite a lot between the ages of eleven and sixteen, but the only projects of his that wouldn’t make me turn off the TV/leave the room today are:

The PJs (the best thing he’s ever done)
Shrek the First

That’s it. The majority of his movies/shows/acts are juvenille and insipid, and the PJs demonstrated that he can do a lot better. If producers stop financing his crappy cookie-cutter comedy projects, maybe he’ll move on to something more worthy of his talents. Would that be so terrible, Mr. or Ms. angry fan who posts four comments under different names?